All Starred Up

Ever wondered what it takes to make it as one of Hackney’s leading entrepreneurs? Over on the Dalstonist they got chatting to Rob Star (Mulletover, Eastern Electrics), so we ad-libbed some of the good bits for you to peruse at your leisure.

Rob Star has built his mini Eastern Empire from the ground up, and like almost everyone boasting a business portfolio as enviable as his, it’s not based on fluke or fast track. Throwing his own parties as early as age 16, a move to London to study at Goldsmiths meant work in the capital’s club scene. This was the mid-90s. The booming Tribal Gathering nights at Club UK gave Star his first proper look behind the curtain, and fixed his sights on one day owning his own nightclub. At the turn of the millennium Star had to take stock, and when aspirations faced working reality, he started selling pacemakers for a medical company.

Despite the day job, he and DJ Stuart Geddes kept working together on their famous Mulletover parties, a novel, paradigm-challenging part of the club landscape prior to accessible TENs (Temporary Event Notices) and East London’s head-spinning gentrification. After five years Rob still didn’t have enough for a nightclub, but there was a pub going. The Star of Bethnal Green was born on a shoestring, however a lack of furniture and draft beer played into the pub’s hands, with a spin that saw it as being at one with the ‘Rob Star aesthetic’ established by his warehouse parties. Some savvy live bookings from the seasoned promoter boosted revenues, and just a couple of years later in 2009 he was scooping up the Star of Kings in King’s Cross. Having added two more since, Hackney Downs’ Star and the Jackdaw and Star in Homerton, plus parties aplenty, Rob’s got his empire off to a hefty start. Knock off a few pints at one of his establishments and you’ll soon feel the charm of the Star effect.

Read the full interview on the Dalstonist