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East London 2012: Femi Adeyami / NTS Radio

We have words with the founder of Dalston's fast-rising NTS Radio station in the current issue of Dazed about the future of east London

Celebrating their first birthday this Saturday with a massive party, we spoke to the founder and director of Dalston's NTS Radio for our "Is East London Dead?" feature about his views on local creativity, the Olympics and much more. You can also be part of the debate by uploading your memories of east London on the 'A Secret History of East London' project, mapping the changes the area has gone through in the last 15 years. And also make sure you check out the Synth Hero show, hosted by our music editor Tim Noakes, once a month on NTS. 

Dazed & Confused: Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Femi Adeyemi:
Femi Adeyemi, and I am the founder and director of NTS Radio.

D&C: Where in east London are you based?
Femi Adeyemi: We are based in Dalston.

D&C: What first attracted you to the area and how long have you been working here?
Femi Adeyemi: I've been living in and around the area for most of my life so it was only natural to set up shop here about two years ago.

D&C: How has east London changed the most since you've been here? Why do you think that is?
Femi Adeyemi: There's definitely a vibrant nightlife that wasn’t really here a few years ago – simply because the area has become attractive place to live for many people. 

D&C: What is the most exciting part of your local creative community?
Femi Adeyemi: Some people are doing very interesting things.

D&C: Has the area informed your creative work at all and if so, how?
Femi Adeyemi: The sound of the station tries to reflect the area and the local community. We try to keep our programming as diverse as possible, musically and culturally.

D&C: What's your favourite East End hangout?
Femi Adeyemi: Hanging outside the NTS studio in Gillett Square – I hear all the good music I need there.

D&C: Does anything annoy you about the area? If so, what? 
Femi Adeyemi: Once you've had one coffee you've had them all. 

D&C: What are you going to do during the Olympics – stay or flee? Why?
Femi Adeyemi: Might flee to try and make some money from my flat.

D&C: Is east London dead?
Femi Adeyemi: I don't think so.

Dazed Digital invites you to map your east London memories on our timeline, 'A Secret History of East London'. Get involved HERE!

Photo by Jamie Hawkesworth