Cecily Mullins by The Hunger on Mixcloud
Cecily Mullins works at London’s Playboy Club, but not like that. As Head of Music Programming you won’t find her anywhere near a pair of bunny ears but instead planning the live performances and curating music for the newest addition to the premises, Baroque club. We pinned Cecily down to curate a mixtape for Hunger TV – featuring some of the UK’s rising new music stars.
WHAT MUSIC DO YOU PUT ON WHEN YOU GET HOME AFTER WORK?
Most of the time I work from my home office and I always have BBC radio 6 on in the background, when I’ve been at the club I tend to get back quite late so it’s the sound of my dog snoring that I listen to!
WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO BEFORE A NIGHT OUT?
Well I’m getting ready right now actually (whilst answering these questions -multi task much!) and listening to Beastie Boys “Sure Shot”.
AND WHAT’S YOUR CHILL OUT SOUNDTRACK?
Maybe some Bob Dylan or Bobby Womack? But I quite like Bonobo and S. Carey too.
DO YOU HAVE A GO TO FAVOURITE SONG?
I don’t really but today I’m going to say R Kelly ‘Bump n’ Grind. I saw him live a couple of years ago, it was the most hilarious gig I’ve ever been to.
EXPLAIN YOUR JOB AS HEAD OF MUSIC PROGRAMMING AT BAROQUE TO US – HOW DO YOU CHOOSE ACTS?
I oversee all of the music bookings for Baroque at Playboy. An understanding of what is currently happening on the music scene helps and I have a beautiful venue to work with which makes my life a lot easier. I choose acts that I love and that I think will suit our members. There isn’t really a set criteria, it’s important for us to be varied but never compromise the ethos and vibe of the club. Some of the acts I’ve booked are well established; Kills, Mark Ronson, Grace Jones, Pete Tong and others are brilliant newcomers like AlunaGeorge and Alt-J.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PERFORMER?
I don’t really look for something in particular. We have such a variety at the club, live acts and DJs. Of course a good live show is important, artists who connect with the crowd get the best reactions.
WHO ARE SOME OF TEH ACTS THAT YOU’VE BOOKED RECENTLY, AND WHO HAS IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST?
Some of the acts we had on last year at the club are: Dimitri From Paris, Groove Armada, Alt-J, Pete Tong, AlunaGeorge, Grace Jones, The Kills, The Big Pink and The Noisettes. Grace Jones put on a killer show for our Christmas party, such a fantastic performer and the most professional act I’ve ever worked with. To see her in such an intimate venue (she wore a G-String, it was pretty intense) was a once in a lifetime experience. Also Alt-J were excellent, the club was rammed to the rafters and it was a great vibe. Lovely boys too. Most recently we had Two Door Cinema Club and they were by far the most memorable act for me, that night was the most fun I’ve had all year.
WHO’S EXCITING YOU IN UL MUSIC AT THE MOMENT?
Sweet Baboo, Tom O’dell, Jake Bugg, Temples, Wave Machines. And Disclosure are coming out with their album soon and I can’t wait. It features Sam Smith on vocals, so good! Everything Everything’s new album is good an’ all.
WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?
I love that I get to call something I love “work”, being able to book bands that I love and see them up close and personal is such a privilege, there’s so much great music out there right now and if I occasionally get to work with an absolute legend like Grace I’m buzzing! Emotionally, I live just off Portobello and if you walk down it on a sunny day there’s an old Jamaican man (he’s been there forever, he’s probably ancient) who plays the steel drum. And that sound just makes my heart smile.