BC: As Big Chill King’s Cross’s music programmer, resident DJ, party thrower and friend, you are very much a part of the Big Chill family, how many years has it been now?
SAI: It’ll be 6 years in July since my first party at Big Chill Brick Lane!
BC: What boxes do DJs have to tick for you to book them to play at Big Chill King’s Cross?
SAI: They have to be versatile, able to play to any crowd with a good selection. And they have to be able to work well with others!
BC: For anyone thinking about becoming a music programmer talk us through a typical day.
SAI: Every day I’m looking for new ideas for events, listening to new mixes, keeping on top of DJ’s availabilities and working to keep the right DJ’s playing at the right parties in terms of musicality and keeping that music calendar up to date!
BC: You run numerous popular nights all over the UK, which would you say is your favourite night to put on and why?
SAI: ‘That’s So 90s’ is my favourite party to put on and play because it’s the music I grew up too, and it is always good vibes! I’m very pleased to share that this year That’s So 90s will have a monthly residency at Big Chill King’s Cross, playing the last Saturday of each month. We have lots of great themed nights in the pipe line so watch this space!
BC: A little birdy tells us that you are currently travelling, where abouts in the world are you and do you think travelling influences your music?
SAI: I’m currently in El Nido in the Philippines, drinking tequila! Travelling influences my music a lot, for my stag in Malaga we stumbled across a huge Reggaeton festival which led me to come home and start my ‘Reggaeton Party’ which is the biggest of its kind right now!
BC: On a night out, what’s your go to Big Chill drink?
SAI: Big Tea Party! Your version of a Long Island is my kinda drink.
BC: We are all really excited for the Big Chill King’s Cross refurb, what things have you got planned for the venue once it re-opens its doors?
SAI: We’ve got exciting new resident DJ’s joining the rotation, and a new music policy for Saturday nights. It’s gonna be a big year!
Explain That Gram
We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random that we would like you to tell us the bigger story behind each one?
2 years ago, me playing with DJ Yella from NWA at Big Chill King’s Cross. One of the highlights of my DJing career.
This is my pug Bizkit when she was a puppy, she’s one of my biggest fans and carries my gear to every gig for me.
This is me playing at a pool party in Croatia, one of the best pool parties I’ve been to! It was on the Shorebitch stage for Fresh Island Festival which is one of Europe's biggest Hip-Hop festivals going.