Seven Days in the Life Of... tales from London's nightlife - Part 1

Words by: Clare Scott
Posted: 20/11/12 7:09

Ever wondered what it’s like to take pictures at world famous clubs for the week? Spin tunes for seven days, or run your own techno night? In our two part series ‘Seven Days in the Life of...’ we find out exactly what it’s like via the diaries of the very people that make London’s clubbing industry tick. Beginning with the photographer and the clubber, read on to learn how these talented people balance everything from shooting shots at student nights, to holding down a hectic day job and still managing to cram in over 36 hours of partying in just one week.

The Photographer: Beth Marsh, a.k.a. Daddys GotsweetsThe Photographer: Beth Marsh, a.k.a. Daddys Gotsweets
Monday
Wow. Another heavy weekend. Thank god it's half term from college, I’m not sure I could handle another guilt stricken week of not being able to make it in on Monday. I just about made it out of bed to give my dog a walk but editing photos is impossible today, even watching X-Factor is a struggle!

Tuesday
Finished editing photos from fabric's birthday last week, not 100% happy with them as the whole event resulted in the fairly painless, but inevitable, death of my Nikon D5000. Posted the shots anyway and got some lovely feedback and some great memories – the most important things! The departure of my D5000 meant that I just had to get a new camera with my student loan – my Nikon D600 is THE DADDY and I had a lot of fun with it this weekend. I had a call from a super-cool guy who owns a hair salon; he wants me to take photos one busy day and I’ve happily obliged in return for a much needed cut and colour!

Wednesday
Got a last minute gig at a student night called "Fuck Me". It was funny arriving at Elephant and Castle to hear lots of teeny-boppers saying "Are you going to Fuck Me tonight?" I had no idea what to expect as it was my first time at the Coronet and I don't think any amount of chat could have prepared me for it. A 3000-capacity Halloween foam party with dance, dubstep, and fire dancers. Students are mental. I had a great night and got some fantastic photos!

Thursday
My first and only ‘hater’ has been in touch again. I thought we were over this, but no, apparently she's still adamant I've stolen her style. Apparently I'm a weak photographer, I'm fake, I'm the reason she hates club photography, yada yada... I've never met this girl in my life. Kinda sucks, but if someone hates you enough to put that much effort in to putting you down you've gotta be doing something right, right?

The Photographer: Beth Marsh, a.k.a. Daddys GotsweetsFriday
Two of my friends are going globe-trotting in a few weeks. Boo! So they need to offload loads of their clothes and makeup. Yey! Over a girly catch-up I pretty much clear them out of nice dresses, shoes, and chili con carne. Oh, and it was the first time I’ve taken the DLR [Docklands Light Railway, London]. Travelling backwards through a tunnel is like some sort of time warp shit and simple things please me!

Saturday
Working at Solo Danza with Chris Lattner and The Martinez Brothers tonight. I’ve not been before and haven’t met the team either so I’ve no idea what to expect. I’ve not gone all-out Halloween but I’m wearing a sexy little lacy all-in-one piece. I feel like I should paint my nose and drawn on some whiskers but I'm travelling alone and feel a bit silly. Just warming up before leaving the house with a 1998 inspired trance binge – feeling really fucking good right now! Nalin & Kane, Solarstone, Lustral, Veracocha. A lot of my friends would be pretty disgusted with me right now but I'm sticking my two fingers up at them, this is classic and amazing!

Sunday
Solo Danza was fantastic! The dance floor was rocking from start to finish. It was filled with fancy dress which made for some really cool photo opportunities. The party was at Relay, attached to Cable, so my journey to Jaded on Sunday morning was just a stumble from one club to the next. After Jaded I was tempted to head to a friend’s house where they had been up since Friday mixing and dancing, but the halo on my head had words with me and I opted for an afternoon of sleep, bad TV, and dog cuddles, ready for another week at college. Feeling pretty proud of myself right now – and ready to do it all again!

The Clubber: Jameel ‘Jammy’ NobeebaccusThe Clubber: Jameel ‘Jammy’ Nobeebaccus
Monday
After a weekend of clubbing I feel quite drained on a Monday. I tend to post pictures and videos of my weekend’s exploits to different social sites when I get home, and begin to hunt for tunes (I’ve just started learning to DJ). Once dinner’s over, I might watch a film before bed and then it’s lights out. I try to catch up on sleep during the week as I know that I’ll hardly get any on my adventurous weekends!

Tuesday
A 6.30am wake up every day for work is a killer, but needs must! I listen to my soundcloud or a mix I’ve downloaded while commuting – it’s my release, both before and after work. I work through my lunch and check in with what’s happening on email, Facebook, and Twitter. Today is usually the day I start planning what parties to go to over the weekend and how I’ll fit everything in. Once home, it’s all about a cup of tea while checking out RA [Resident Advisor] and updating my social media.

Wednesday
The regular routine begins again. Sometimes I feel like I live a double life; my normal routine on weekdays and then ‘super hero clubber’ on weekends. Clark Kent – esque! After work I practice DJing for an hour or so, playing the tracks I’ve recently downloaded. The second the mid-week is over means that the weekend is nearly here – bring it on!

Thursday
Usually this day goes one of two ways; it drags like hell or it goes insanely fast. On a Thursday I go out for lunch and I have more time to myself and for others rather than being swamped with work. Once home, I re-check the events I’m thinking about for the weekend, paying close attention to the venues. My stop-offs usually include a warehouse, a visit to fabric, Cable, or a party friends are running.

Friday
The weekend has begun! It’s straight down to the pub after work for a few drinks and then straight home to get ready for a weekend of partying. Once a good meal has been eaten it’s time to see what London’s nightlife has for me, before heading to Machine Party’s 10th birthday at Corsica Studios.

Saturday
Following on from the night before (and getting a sprinkling of sleep), Saturday consists of a bit of football. During the summer months I’m normally out until Sunday afternoon, starting off with a daytime party or somewhere with good music and great friends. By evening, it’s pre-drinks before heading straight to somewhere like Hot Flush’s warehouse party in Oval and a certain detachment from modern life.

Sunday
As morning arrives, so too does the usual jaunt to an after-party. If I wasn’t working on a Monday, I would usually carry on through, but even someone like me needs to rest and prepare for another week at work. Getting home and reliving the weekend’s activities is always good – remembering the tunes and watching videos that were taken, as well as thinking of the new people I met. The cycle begins again on Monday and before you know it, the weekend will be with us again!

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