Fabric founding partner and promotions chief Steve Blonde chatted to Skrufff this week about his new life running Islington gastro/DJ pub the Old Queens Head and revealed that he left the massively successful club for personal reasons.
I started working at Fabric 18 months before it opened, helping to set it up and the club celebrated its sixth anniversary back in October, I felt it was reaching the point for me personally where it ceased to be a challenge, said Steve.
I turned 30 last year and felt I was starting to become slightly disconnected from the audience, and I felt the right move for me was to do something aimed more towards people more around my age group, he explained.
His new pub offers music from characters including Dot Alisson, the Plump DJs, Basement Jaxx protégé Sinden and Hot Chip with catering overseen by Marco Pierre White acolyte Payne whos also teaching Steve some new tricks, he admitted.
I love food, its a passion of mine but in terms of actual cooking myself, Ive got a long way to go, Steve told Skrufff, But Im learning, he added, Only last week, we learned how to make bread.
Steve also revealed hed deliberately avoided Hoxton when choosing a pub for his new business.
The danger of opening somewhere in Shoreditch is that youre here today, gone tomorrow, the audience is very transitory because theyre always looking for the fresh new thing, he said.
The scenes constantly changing and its so dynamic there which can poses problems if youre aiming to build a business with any longevity; you dont just want to be hot for one year.
That was part of the beauty of what we achieved at Fabric. Fabric was never perceived as a super-cool venue so was therefore never the super-uncool venue. It achieved something of quality and consistency instead and I think its very difficult to do that given the audience in Shoreditch. When we were looking for a site we didnt look at anywhere in East London, he added.
http://www.theoldqueenshead.com (Ninja Tune artist Fink plasy live at the Old Queens Head on Wednesday April 12, from 7pm-midnight)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)