David Barrett and his Fitzroy crew put on hip-hop, dancehall, dance and live gigs all week round
What was your modus operandi with Laundry?
We took over a club called Revellers in July 2011 and did a renovation, relaunching as Laundry the next month. My business partner Hugh Waters (DJ Streetparty) and I put together a broad music program, a bunch of great staff and some design elements, with the idea of bringing some great music and awesome parties to this side of town.
Going by other clubs, were there any things you were determined not to do?
Not be wankers, over charge and lose sight of being a great spot to party, because suddenly we we're the cool spot to hang out.
What were you doing prior to Laundry?
Previous to laundry I spent the last year touring with acts like Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, The Clipse, Talib Kweli, DJ Premier, Ill Bill and a bunch more. And previous to that I was the general manager of the Espy Hotel in St Kilda for about six years. The Espy was a great experience and I learnt a lot from those guys that I still apply today to our new bar.
What are your regular events?
We do a regular Monday that's all hip-hop; we showcase MCs upstairs with a live band and DJs downstairs. It's a pretty regular occurrence to have an international or two drop by and spin or jump on a mic. Tuesdays we run a party called MSG with the Streetparty guys. It's cheap drinks and 110 per cent party. We also do free mi goreng that night. It's always a rager! Thursdays we do a weekly called Freakout, which showcases live bands upstairs and great music downstairs. Saturdays downstairs we run Planet of the Breaks with DJs Peril and Manchild. We do a lot of regular hip-hop, dancehall, dance and live gigs every week and the party never really stops!
What does your day-to-day job involve?
Booking, conceiving gigs, coming up with grand schemes and plans.
What have been your hairiest and proudest moments?
It's been great to have acts like Lord Finesse, Boogie Blind, DJ Revolution, Pete Rock, Lunice, Briggs, 360 and a bunch of others through here in the short time we've been open. It's never hairy – always fun!
Laundry Bar, 48–50 Johnston St, Fitzroy