What’s My Weekend: Ami Carmine

One half of boy/girl DJ duo Them&Us shares her weekend hangouts

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Friday

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My typical Friday consists of DJing at a club or doing a live show with my band Them&Us. At the moment I’m prepping songs and working out DJ set lists for an awesome new night called House Of Mask, which I'm super excited to be doing. It's an incredible pop-up club travelling around the UK, starting In London on 3rd April at secret location that people have to find with clues. It's all very magical and surreal, like finding Narnia (House Of Mask, cubanisto.com).

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Before I perform, I love to go for dinner with friends. I'm a huge Asian food fan and I love Gilgamesh, above, in Camden. (The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH, 020 7482 5757, gilgameshbar.com) The decor in there is as incredible as the food. I discovered it when the band supported Kelis at Proud Galleries, next door, and I've been hooked ever since.

Speaking of Proud Galleries, above (The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH, 0207 482 3867, proudcamden.com,) if I'm in Camden, this is where I usually go for drinks and to party (performing or not), as there's always something going on and they have tables in stables! I sometimes head to the Dublin Castle (Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN, 020 74851772, thedublincastle.com - a renowned band- breaking venue , as I like to keep on top of new music.

Saturday

After Friday night’s festivities, a good breakfast kicks off my Saturday the right way. There's a place aptly named The Breakfast Club, above, in Soho (33 D Arblay Street W1F 8EU, 020 7434 2571, thebreakfastclubcafes.com,) where you can have breakfast any time of day, so for us late-night creepers, there's no guilt in grabbing a bacon and egg toastie at 2pm.

Carnaby Street is just around the corner, and just off it my favourite make up shop, MAC (28 Foubert's Place, London, W1F 7PR, 0870 192 5555, maccosmetics.co.uk). Working on stage I get through a lot of make up, so I always need a restock. Nearby, I love The Great Frog (10 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QR, +44 (0)20 7439 9357 thegreatfroglondon.com), for their beautiful silver jewellery.

Irregular Choice, below, (35 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7DP, +44 (0)207 494 4811, irregularchoice.com,) does amazing unique shoes and I always leave the store with at least one pair.

My favourite Saturday night spot is Ciro's Pomodoro (51 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NY, 020 7589 1278, pomodoro.co.uk). It’s got an authentic italian vibe, live music and Ciro (the owner) is one of the coolest people you'll ever meet. He's a personal friend and always makes sure I'm looked after with a table. I usually go for the pizza with tuna and anchovies, which was Marilyn Monroe’s favourite.

Ciro even has his own table at the infamous Rainbow Bar and Grill (9015 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, 001 310 278 4232, rainbowbarandgrill.com) in LA, which is another favourite spot of mine. Last time I was there I sat with Lemmy from MotorHead, and he bought me Jack & Coke all night.

Sunday

House of Mask

To wind down on 'Super Sunday', as I like to call it, I usually spend some much needed recoup time with my partner and cook breakfast and roast dinner at home. On special Sundays, I love Cecconi's (5A Burlington Gdns, London W1S 3EP, 020 7434 1500, cecconis.co.uk) for lunch. I'm in love with their truffle pasta, which is only on the menu when the truffles are in season, but I’d eat it every day, given the chance.

Their desserts are also delicious and the staff are lovely and friendly, too, which is always a deal-breaker for me when choosing a place I want to spend my time (and money).

After lunch I'll head back to the studio and dedicate some time to find new music to add to my DJ sets. I have Pioneer CDJS at home which is great (my neighbours may disagree!), and means I can keep up to speed with my mixes and practise ready for my next gigs.

Sunday nights are always fun to head into Hoxton for a catch up with friends. I love The Dragon Bar (138-139 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE, 0560 311 8255, facebook.com/dragonbarshoreditch) for wonderful cocktails and really good live DJs.

Another favourite is Hoxton Pony (104 – 108 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3AH, 0207 613 2844, thehoxtonpony.com), where I also DJ sometimes. It has great music, people dancing and it's a fun way to spend a Sunday night.

If I'm too tired to go out, I’ll order in from HANA Japanese restaurant in Kensal Rise (8 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3JD, 020 8964 3333, hana-kensalgreen.co.uk). They do some of my favourite sushi, seafood dumplings and duck and spring onion rolls. It usually sets me up ready to do it all again come Monday.

Ami Carmine is a singer/songwriter/producer, DJ, and one half of boy/ girl duo Them & Us (themandusofficial.com) Formally a lead vocalist for Basement Jaxx, she now DJs internationally and will be performing at the new House of Mask pop-up club opening (cubanisto.com) in London on 4th April