Shanti Celeste doesn’t take herself too seriously.
The DJ, who made her name tearing up clubs in Bristol before moving to London, is always armed with the tracks and attitude to ensure the club is a firmly pretension-free zone. She is serious about her craft of course – recently releasing a stream of gorgeous house music on her own label Peach Discs – but this fun-loving energy seeps into everything she does. So naturally we tapped up the vibe aficionado to ask about drunk snacks, celebrity crushes and the best way to exit a party.
Tell us about your first formative club experience.
Warehouse Project with Sasha and Booka Shade in 2008.
What is the proudest moment of your life so far?
Looking after Grandma and Grandad at the end.
What’s your worst habit?
Saying sorry all the time.
When was the last time you were genuinely star struck?
When I saw Dobby from Peep Show at the table next to me in a restaurant.
Who’s the best pop star of all time?
What is your favourite drunk snack?
Fish Finger sandwich.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A sesame seed grinder.
What’s your least favourite trend?
Shoes that have a giant sole that sticks out of the back.
Which city really feels like home and why?
London, because of its multiculturalism that makes for amazing music, art and fashion.
Favourite song of all time?
Kelis ft. Andre 3000 – Millionaire.
Who’s your favourite person to stalk on Instagram?
Kim Chi from Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Best – and worst – club in the world?
Cosies in Bristol and Cosies in Bristol.
What’s your go-to hangover cure?
Full-fat Coca Cola.
What was the last series you binge watched?
Best way to respond to a creep in the club?
Depends how creepy they are being, but probably telling them to fuck off or get them kicked out.
Do you have pre-party rituals?
Pretty standard, but have a drink and listen to tunes.
Who is your celebrity crush?
What’s the best way to leave a party?
French exit. Leave without saying bye. Especially if it’s past 5am, if you say bye to people it kills their vibe because they start thinking ‘oh what time is it!? Should I go home too?!’
Who would you like to give a shout out to here?
My big family, in Chile and in the Lakes! And all my mates! Luv u xxx
Shanti Celeste appears at Crack Magazine’s ADE event, Garage Noord, Amsterdam, 17 October