Dear Shaded Viewers,
Photos by Alistair Allan http://www.dirtydirtydancing.com
As Richard Mortimer says, all good things must come to an end so on January 1st BOOMBOX shutters up.
How did you get started and what were the times like when Boombox was
born, how have they changed since then?
BOOMOX WAS STARTED ALMOST BY ACCIDENT. IT ACTUALLY GOES BACK OVER 4 YEARS.
MY FRIEND DANILO MILIC AND MYSELF WERE REALLY BORED OF GOING OUT AT THE
WEEKENDS IN SHOREDITCH. I WAS FRIENDS WITH THE OWNER OF THE HOXTON SQUARE
BAR AND KITCHEN AND APPROACHED HIM ABOUT HAVING THE VENUE ON SUNDAY NIGHTS.
HE WAS A LITLLE SCEPTICLE AT FIRST, BUT TOOK A CHANCE ON US ANYWAY. SUNDAY
NIGHTS BACK THEN WERE OFTEN THE QUIET NIGHT OF THE WEEK. THEN SOMETHING
HAPPENED. THE GEORGE AND DRAGON AND JONNY WOO BEGAN TO HOLD A WEEKLY PARTY
CALLED ‘RADIO EGYPT’. IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS – A MIX OF UNASHAMED 80’S POP
MUSIC AND AMAZING DRAG PERFORMANCES FROM JONNY WOO. IT WAS AN INSTANT HIT
AND RAN FOR ABOUT A YEAR ON A WEEKLY BASIS, BUT THEN WAS SUDDENLY CUT SHORT.
WE WERE THEN THROWN BACK TO LOST SUNDAYS. IT WAS A FEW MONTHS AFTER THIS
THAT WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING OURSELVES.
What is life like as a party promotor? Can you take me through your
different incarnations, how did you get started, etc. etc.
LIFE AS A CLUB PROMOTER IS OFTEN MUCH HARDER THAN PEOPLE THINK. BOOMBOX IN
PARTICULAR IS REALLY DIFFERENT TO OTHER CLUBS. THE MAIN DIFFERENCE IS THAT
IT IS A NON-PROFIT CLUB. I DON’T CHARGE ON THE DOOR, THEREFORE, I DON’T GET
PAID. THE VENUE PAY MY DJ AND STAFFING COSTS, BUT THATS IT. ANYTHING ELSE, I
PAY FOR MYSELF. IT