Dick And Fanny has a chat with Lauren Flax

Lauren Flax

After her first DAF gig in April 2010, New York resident LAUREN FLAX became one of Dick And Fanny favourite artists to work with. She has graced our decks several times and it’s with an immense pleasure that we are welcoming her again for our grand finale, this Saturday 4 October. Come celebrate our 5th birthday, Lauren’s birthday, and the UK release of “Pleasure Principle feat. Kim Ann Foxman” at our last ever Dick And Fanny event…

Lauren has been busy in the last few years from producing her own singles as well as working on her project CREEP with co-conspirator Lauren Dillard. The pair released their debut album, Echoes, last year, which features 14 different singers such as Sia, Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, Tricky, Lou Rhodes of Lamb, Alejandra De La Deheza of School of Seven Bells, Dark Sister, Holly Miranda, Alpines, Planningtorock, Nina Sky and Romy xx. Lauren has also collaborated with a slew of international talent from Fischerspooner to Sia and has remixed bands including Le Tigre, MEN, Telephate and Heartsrevolution.

Hi Lauren,

You grew up bathed in the awesome music scene of Detroit, didn’t you? Is that how you fell into this industry? What were you playing then?

I was definitely immersed in the rave / club scene at an early age in Detroit. House music was always there for me, but in the beginning I used to play Drum & Bass. After that I was really into electro like dopplereffekt, I-F, Adult., and so forth. House music took over though full time for the past 12 years or so.

Why did you decide to leave Detroit?

Well back then I just needed to function somewhere else. I decided to move to Chicago once I turned 21 to learn how to produce music with some friends of mine that had also moved there from Detroit. I could only handle a few years there though until I up and moved to New York City, which has been home ever since.

You are an internationally renowned DJ but most of us know you as a very talented producer as well. When did you start producing your own stuff?

Probably in 1999, but I don’t think I wrote anything worth while until many years later haha.

Did the release of “You’ve changed feat. Sia” mark a defining moment in your career and if so, how?

Well it was definitely my biggest release to date but I don’t think it would be where it is today if it weren’t for Sia. She’s just so wonderful and her voice is simply unmatched. I was very fortunate to work with her.

Another defining moment perhaps is the release of your album “Echoes” under CREEP INTL, which you produced with the other half of CREEP, Lauren Dillard. The album has the kind of ethereal beauty that transcends you into another world [get your copy here]. We absolutely love it. ‎Your collaborations on it work so well. How did that come about? Did you write the tracks for these specific artists or did that come afterwards?

It was all a very organic process. It just started out with us writing music and asking friends to sing on them for fun. We didn’t really think people would pay much attention. When they did, we decided to just go for a full length. The music does come first and then we just sort of conjure which vocalist should sing on it.

What was the industry’s reaction to the release of your album?

I have no idea. I don’t think it’s healthy as an artist to pay too much attention to that kind of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I cave but it’s really best to just stay focused on your creativity.

We know how hard it can be for female artists to be respected and recognised. Was that why you decided to release “Echoes” under Creep Intl?

Honestly we only had a couple of labels we would trust to want to work with us and if they didn’t want to release it, then we would handle it ourselves and maintain complete creative control. That’s exactly what we did.

If you have any advice for the younger female musicians out there who admire your work, what would those be?

Don’t listen to anyone when they talk about male dominated blah blah. Just practice your craft, do the best you can, crave to learn more and share that knowledge. work together with others so you can grow even faster.

And of course, we can’t have this interview without mentioning your latest release, the wonderful “Pleasure Principle featuring our friend Kim Ann Foxman” [get your copy here]. We’re also beside ourselves that Dick And Fanny will be celebrating the UK release of the track. What’s the story behind that one?

It was just something fun I started a while back. I put it to the side for years until coming back to it. I ended up scrapping the entire first version and created what you hear now in about a day. I had asked Kim Ann to sing on it on the first go around years ago so I just used the vocals she had recorded before a popped them on my new version. It worked out so great, her voice is just perfect Janet.

And finally, do you have anything else up your sleeve that we can get our hands on in the near future?

More dance releases with more fun singers / rappers. You know how I just love those collaborations haha. Expect more from me on CREEP INTL very soon.

We cannot wait!!

So so looking forward to more coming from your talented self!

Thankyou!

Dick And Fanny has a chat with The Carry Nation

The Carry Nation

THE CARRY NATION are New York City’s Nita Aviance and Will Automagic. Will has produced and remixed records as part of Automagic and other monikers for many labels over the last 14 years and has produced and remixed for artists including including N’Dea Davenport, The Ones and The Ananda Project. He has played all over NYC and globally with residencies at Vandam, Ladyfag’s 11:11 and roving art-based warehouse party SPANK. Nita, having made a name for himself performing as a member of the House of Aviance in the 90s, landed behind the decks in the early 2000s with residencies at AREA10009, Mr Black and currently at the award-winning WESTGAY. In his relatively short production history, he has already logged remixes for Beyonce, the Scissor Sisters, Le1f, Automagic, & Adam Joseph.

The Carry Nation will be played at Dick And Fanny on Saturday 12 July at Dance Tunnel (London, UK) alongside DR. SLEEP and MICHELLE MANETTI. We caught up with them before they grace our decks. Have a read below…

You’ve just come back from Glastonbury. How was it for you?

Glasto was great fun this year. Bloc 9 is beyond compare and the family vibe there allows everyone to bring their A game. We heard some of the best sets this year in that field.

How did you two meet?

We were always fans of one another before we became friends. It wasn’t until we started getting booked at the same gigs that we realized a closer working relationship was undeniable.

When did you first start working together as The Carry Nation?

The Carry Nation was officially formed 3 years ago with the help of a vocal outtake from our good friend Viva, thus bringing This Bitch to life.

What’s the story behind The Carry Nation name? You don’t seem like the type of girls who bring out the hatchet when someone’s having a drink ;)

That is exactly the point. We have been known to carry on.

You have quite a few tracks and remixes under your belt as The Carry Nation. What’s coming up next?

We have a 2-part mix compilation coming out on TRIBAL this month which helps mark the relaunch of one our favorite labels. We dug deep in their vaults to find rare mixes of TRIBAL classics to compliment the labels new material. We also have some exciting remixes on the way but that’s all we can say about that for now ;)

Where are the best parties happening in NYC right now?

Well our ten hours roving warehouse parties are pretty cute, but you should also check out Westgay, 11:11, KUNST @ Verboten and the grandfather of all parties, now in its 46th year, The Loft.

And who are your favourite DJs and producers in NYC and further afield at the moment?

The list is far too vast to name just a few, but you can be pretty sure if our names are on the same bill/release we are down with that sound!

Thanks guys, we can’t wait!

DAFx

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Dick And Fanny has a chat with Dr. Sleep

Dr. Sleep

San Francisco-based DR. SLEEP has been DJing and making music since 2003. She started her career spinning new wave and synth pop and returned to her roots in house and techno in 2009. She has held residencies at Public Works, 222 Hyde, Underground SF and the Deco Lounge and has guested at many of the current underground San Francisco party institutions, such as Honey Soundsystem, As You Like It, Go Bang!, Haceteria, Booty Call, Viennetta Discotheque, Odyssey, Hot Pants, Comfort and Joy, and Bearracuda, to name a few. Dr Sleep has also DJed across the US and abroad, in such places as NYC, LA, Seattle and Shanghai.

It’s summer, the sun’s out and Dick and Fanny is back for our July outing at Dance Tunnel on Saturday 12 July. This time round we welcome a double header of guests from the USA. THE CARRY NATION (NYC) and DR. SLEEP (SF) have been on our wishlist for a while and we’re excited to finally have them play at Dick and Fanny. Support comes from MICHELLE MANETTI who has graced our decks on several previous occasions.

Check out Dr. Sleep’s exclusive Dick And Fanny mix and our interview below.

Hi Dr. Sleep,

We are so happy to have you here this summer for an exclusive UK gig. It’s taken way too long to get you out here! 

So first, and also because I’m super jetlagged and so tired as I’m writing this, why Dr. Sleep? Can you tell us the story behind this?

Sorry to hear you’re jetlagged and tired, but, also, I suppose it is apropos of your first question! I wish the story of my DJ name had more twists, but, it comes from a book I was enjoying back in the day, Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell. It’s the story of a hypnotherapist who develops insomnia and gets wrapped up in all sorts of terrible business, but, on a deeper level, it explores consciousness and surreal dream/wake states, so, maybe we can apply some retroactive meaning to that and how I was subconsciously searching to find the role of the DJ in nightlife. At the time, however, it just seemed more interesting than DJ Meli$$a.

How long have you been living in San Francisco? Is that where you started DJing?

I moved to San Francisco from Minneapolis in 2001, and, yes, that’s where I started DJing. When I first moved, I would go out dancing to house music, looking for community, and, never actually found it at that time (this story gets more uplifting). I eventually met a great collaborator in my friend, Campbell, and I remember the first time she brought me to her studio, my mouth fell open because she had 10,000 records spilling from her shelves, and a wall of vintage synths. I knew I had found my person and actually couldn’t believe there was another queer who was as obsessed with records and music as I was. I had already been hoarding music, playing instruments, and writing about music for magazines, but, after meeting her, she pushed me to DJ and we started making ambient music and soundtracks under the name Paperboats, using field recordings, processed guitars and her amazing synth collection.

You are doing lots of stuff with the Honey Soundsystem boys, how did that come about?

I think the first actual contact occurred when I was set up with Honey co-founder, P-Play/Jackie House, for a gig at a DIY space in SF called The Big Gay Warehouse in 2010. I had just moved back to SF from Minneapolis, but, in my two years away I went through a total music reset and re-educated myself on all the music I used to listen to in the 90s and early 2000’s, as I knew I wanted to focus on house and techno. I was in school in Minneapolis at the time, so in lieu of doing my work, I would spend 8 hours a day listening to music and also learning to properly mix records in the privacy of my own apartment (thank me later). In this music research, I started looking at what was happening back in SF, and it was then I discovered Honey Soundsystem. I knew immediately I had to be a part of what they were doing when I moved back, so, when the opportunity presented itself to do the gig with P-Play, I said yes right away. The funny thing about that gig was, of course, I had practiced all of those hours learning to mix on records and this gig ended up being on Pioneer CDJ 200’s. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere, the least of which was P-Play’s advice to me after we played: “Fake it ’til you make it, girllllll.” After that, I started going to the Honey parties regularly, and, eventually met all the residents and they started to book me for events and guest spots. I consider them all dear friends at this point and I think I share the general sentiment of San Francisco and the greater music and queer scenes, we are lucky to have them and to be able to experience all they bring to the table.

Where can we catch you play these days?

I have a weekly mix show on Intergalactic FM‘s Channel 6 every Sunday at 6 pm CET. Given the rich history of IFM and that Hague scene, I feel very lucky to be able to broadcast from there. Aside from that, I am taking a breather from throwing parties and focusing on production, the record label, and traveling to new cities to play and draw inspiration.

You launched a label, Jacktone, how did that come about and what have you released so far on it?

Having a label was a lifelong dream, so, to finally make it happen felt very satisfying for all of us (I started the label with two good friends, Dabecy and Exillon). Thus far, we’ve released a 12″ by Exillon and a 23-track double-cassette compilation. We have our next 3 releases lined up and the first of those is a 12″ by an Oakland producer you’ll be hearing a lot more about this year, Worker/Parasite, with remixes by an amazing techno duo, Funerals, and myself. After that release, we have a vinyl compilation featuring some favorite producers from SF and Pittsburgh, and, finally in the Fall we’ll be launching a 7″ series, which we’re reserving for non-dancefloor releases. There is more exciting stuff, but, I’ll stop there.

You recently released a remix of Stereogamous and Shaun J. Wright’s track Sweat. When did you start producing and what can we expect from you in the near future?

Prior to the Sweat remix, I didn’t have any material released, so, when I was contacted by Paul (of Stereogamous), I was pretty over the moon about it. I’d also just spent a weekend raving in the desert with Jonny (the other half of Stereogamous), so, I was doubly excited to work with them. The deadline forced me to work out any kinks that had prevented me from finishing tracks in the past, and, when it was over, not only did I feel good about the track, but, it felt like a huge weight off my shoulders from a creativity-block perspective.

From that point on, I’ve been spending as time as I can in the studio, working on my own stuff and collaborating. Jackie House/P-Play and I gave away a track using source material from the recent Patrick Cowley School Daze release on Dark Entries/HNYTrax, which you can scoop up on XLR8R. I have a house track on a recent comp by W. Jeremy and Christy Love’s Get Up Recordings, as well as some squelchy analog under the moniker Headgear, which is a collab between Worker/Parasite and I on a great cassette label out of Austin, TX called Obsolete Future. I also contributed a techno track to my label’s recent compilation. Besides the forthcoming remix mentioned above for the Worker/Parasite Jacktone 12″, I have a darkwave track with synth guru, Bezier that will be out on Dark Entries before the end of 2014. I’m working on tracks for another local label I’m really excited about, as well as starting material for a debut EP. Headgear is also working toward a live PA, which is a fun challenge, as I haven’t played out on machines since Paperboats toured in 2006.

What are your influences?

That’s a tough one, of course, but, I think my obsession with IDM and trip hop in those formative years still informs a lot of what I do now, as I’m still drawn to records that are a bit left field, dark and not necessarily straight 4 the floor. To put it succinctly, I think my friend said it best: “sad shit you can dance to.” I also love lush dreamy textures, so I probably have shoegaze to thank for that. As far as segueing to dance music and thinking about the role of a DJ, the early DJ-Kicks series had a great impact on me. The Andrea Parker CD, specifically, I can still remember the moment I first heard her transition from It’s No Good by Depeche Mode to Dr. Octagon’s Earth People. I’d never heard anybody mix genres like that, but, maybe even more importantly she included Gescom, Man Parrish, Gil Scott Heron, Afrika Bambataa, Model 500, Dopplereffekt, Drexciya – everybody! That album opened up a whole new world for me.

What’s next on your agenda?

 

After I play your party, I head to Berlin for several days to get my Berghain fix, then am flying back through NYC to play Scissor Sundays. After that, it will be back to work mode and getting the 3 Jacktone releases to press and hitting the studio.

Thank you for having me at Dick and Fanny, I can’t wait to play.

Dr. Sleep is playing Dick And Fanny on Saturday 12 July at Dance Tunnel.

DAFx

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Dick And Fanny has a chat with Sudha

Sudha Kheterpal

SUDHA has enjoyed global success as the percussionist for Faithless and has worked with a huge variety of artists including Talvin Singh, Kylie and The Spice Girls as well as performing at legendary clubs including Cream and The Hacienda.

We are mega happy to welcome back our good friend and talented all-round musician to the decks of Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel. Also on the bill are the no less amazing SEVERINO (Horse Meat Disco) and HONEY DIJON (NYC).

Sudha also concocted an exclusive mix for us that will make you jump on your feet, have a listen and a dance right here right now!

Sudha mix for DAF

Sudha exclusive mix for Dick And Fanny by Dickandfanny on Mixcloud

Hi Sudha, what is your musical path? How and when did you start playing percussion?

Apparently the first word I ever said was ‘drum’ but I think that’s just my mum adding a nice bit of spice to my story. I do remember always really wanting to play but started on piano and guitar before I was able to get my wicked way. I had drum lessons at school when I was 11 and carried on for about 6 years, learning the rudiments of playing and subsequently bashing the hell out of the drum kit.

Did you start playing for bands straight away?

Yes, pretty much. I played in various bands at school and college and then after Uni I took a music course where I met loads of session musicians. Realising that was the job for me, I moved up to Manchester in the early ‘90s where I played in various jazz bands. Eventually I hooked up with the sound engineer for 90’s House band, K Klass. The rest is history. Rhythm is a mystery.

You travelled the world with Faithless and many others fabulous bands, can you tell us one of the most memorable moments you remember of that time?

OMG. One? There are hundreds! But I’ve learnt, ‘What goes on on the road stays on the road’ so it’s probably a good thing if I don’t spill all the beans. Ok, the one that’s coming up right now is sticking chocolate on a piece of toilet paper and attaching it to Sister Bliss’s trousers without her noticing, before she went on stage. Shit happens, eh?

Haha, omg, that’s hilarious and so not surprising coming from you! ;)

Were you DJing all along or did you get into it whilst gigging?

I’ve been playing club percussion since the early ‘90s, being resident at Cream and the Hacienda back in the day. Playing week in week out, it was great experience in really working a crowd, seeing what makes a good DJ and what makes a not so good one. So, I decided to apply the knowledge and got into DJing a few years later.  Certainly when the likes of Ableton Live came out, that was me, hooked.

Your DJ sets are real live compositions, can you share some of your set building secrets?

Being a live musician first and foremost, I love the creative aspect of DJing and making bootleg tracks on the fly. So, I’ll compile a few samples of old tracks and drop them in accordingly, mashing up songs and re-working them. As long as I know the key beforehand then the magic can work.

Amazing, we love it, it makes your sets really stand out!

What are your influences?

They are really diverse – from 80’s Detroit and Chicago Techno, early electro like Mantronix and Newcleus, all things percussive particularly Afro-Cuban vibes, and anything that is raw and touches my heart.

Where can people listen to your own productions?

 I’ve got tunes and mixes on iTunes, https://soundcloud.com/sudhaha and http://www.mixcloud.com/Sudhaha  

We’ve heard about a special project you are currently working on, can you share anything about it at this stage?

Just because it’s you, yes I can! After many years of gigging and being in the music industry, I felt like I needed to do something more socially conscious. So, I’ve spent the last year working on developing a way of creating sustainable energy through playing music. I’ll be taking the project out to areas in the world with no electricity. I’m off to Kenya next month to run the Rift Valley Marathon as part of raising awareness and to do some filming for a Kickstarter campaign, due for launch at the end of May. Check my twitter for updates! @sudhaha

We are so in awe of you, Sudha! We can’t wait to hear more about your project and we’ll definitely support your Kickstarter campaign. Oh and happy running!

Finally, what are you looking for the most in 2014? 

After having survived 2013, I’m not looking for anything. I know that everything you need is right here!

Right on!

Sudha is playing Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel.

DAFx

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Dick and Fanny talk to Honey Dijon

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Chicago native and New York resident Honey Dijon has a wealth of experience behind the decks drawing inspiration from the house sounds of the Windy City and the Big Apple alike but not restricting herself to any particular sound. Honey is equally at home on the dancefloor as she is at a fashion show having DJed nightclubs from Paris to London and Berlin to Ibiza as well as fashion shows for global tastemakes such as Louis Vuitton (which she just played in Paris), Givenchy and Rick Owens. We’re delighted to welcome her to the first Dick and Fanny of 2014 and asked her some questions before her set at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.

Hi Honey, lovely to meet you and very excited to have you play the next Dick and Fanny. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Rebel. Artist. Sensualist. Vinyl Junkie. Househead. Musician. Style Junkie. Yoga Enthusiast. Vegan. Sassy. Funny. Eccentric. Kinky. Traveller. Foodie. Funny. Gin Lover. Music Addict.

When and how did you first start djing? How did you get into house music?

I grew up in Chicago. House music is practically in the water. I had no choice. It seduced me. Ron Hardy, Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, Laura Branch, Lil Louis, Pharris Thomas, Giorgio Moroder, Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nitzer Ebb, Green Velvet,George Duke, Peter Brown, Patrick Crowley,Masters At Work, David Morales, Armando, Chez & Ron are all responsible for the person answering these questions in one form or another.


You have produced a fair amount of remixes as well as your own productions. Are you working on anything at the moment?

Well I just finished a remix for Huxley and Sam Russo called Don’t Understand for Matt Tolfrey’s label Leftroom that is getting some buzz. Hercules and Love Affair just approached me about doing a remix for them which is cool and I have some business coming out on Classic as well. I’ve also been working on my first artist album for the last two years so hopefully that will see the light of day this summer.

What else are your plans for 2014?

It just started loll Just really focusing on productions and spending more time in the EU. I love Berlin, Paris, and London.That’s my goal for the year.

You are also heavily involved in the fashion world, how did you get into that?

I love style! I have always thought music, fashion ,and art was the perfect manage a trios! I was fortunate enough to dj in a lot of places where fashion folk would flock to and I was always true to what I did as far as never playing silly fashion music ( pop shit! ). I’ve always played house or disco and I think by sticking to my guns I stood out and fashion folk tend to like a little bit of conviction and flair so it worked out I think.

You were featured in Antony (of the Johnsons) and Charles Atlas’ film Turning. How did that come to be?

I’ve known Antony for years. He used to come hear me dj in New York. We became friends and when he put that project together he invited me along. Funny enough, originally I wasn’t’ gonna go because I was in Tapei for a gig, flew back to New York, and the next night was on a plane for Italy. I had a cold as well and was being a bit of a baby but I pulled it together, got on that plane and I’m so happy I did because it was a life changing and affirming two weeks! I will never forget it.


What can the Dick and Fanny crowd expect from your set?

Me, some vinyl situations, and efx. Town and country exclusively DONE.

Honey Dijon plays Dick and Fanny at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.

Dick and Fanny chats with Severino

Seve

Hey Severino! We’re super excited to finally have you back at Dick and Fanny. It’s been a full four years since the last time (which was only our 2nd one ever). What have you been up to since?

Happy to be back at your fun party. I’ve been busy with gigs everywhere with Horse Meat Disco but also with side dance projects with Nico De Ceglia as Hyena Stomp, with HiFi Sean as Up Yours (including the lovely Feral is Kinky) and by myself remixing Claudia Brucker and others and doing a comp for Classic Records. More projects are in the pipeline for this year, a dance project…

You travel a lot DJing all over the world. What are some of your favourite clubs to DJ at?

Well Panorama in Berlin has to be, where apparently I’m gonna play again Good Friday 18th April.

Cielo and Output in NYC where we do HMD have a great soundsystem, fun in Amsterdam with Room Service and Provincetown for Bear Week was amazing with HMD & Christeene.

You’ve also just celebrated Horse Meat Disco’s 5th birthday in Berlin. How is the Berlin party different from your London parties?

I’m still in Berlin actually, it was amazing. All of us 4 were there, soo good. Berlin knows how to go out a lot. LOL.

You produced and released the brilliant London with Hifi Sean featuring Feral aka MC Kinky as your project Up Yours last year. Do you have any Up Yours releases coming up this year?

Yes actually, another one with Kinky and more remixes including the lovely I Am A Camera duo.

Are there any other productions you are working on at the moment?

Yes as I said above looots of music, plus I need a solo project!

Will there be another Horse Meat Disco album in the near future?

Yes indeed, in fact the other day Jim [Stanton] was showing me the artwork from our Adrian Fillary man, it looks ace. I think it’s gonna be out this springtime. Exciting times. Strut Records are excited too.

What else have you planned for 2014?

More travels with my residency in Tel Aviv too at PAG (Very Dick And Fanny actually), Panorama Bar for Easter, SMS festival in Croatia, Glastonbury, SF Gay Pride and mooore.

Severino plays the Dick and Fanny January 2014 edition on Saturday 18th January at Dance Tunnel.

Dick And Fanny has a chat with Michelle Manetti

Michelle Manetti

DJ, Vocalist, producer, purveyor of musical delights and prowess of the night, with over 10 years’ experience under her belt, it’s fair to say that MICHELLE MANETTI is a jack of all trades master of many. Her love of old skool sounds crosses from obsession to perversion and back again and can be clearly heard in her music. From London to Brighton, Ibiza to Australia, she has DJ’d and performed at many a club around the world. Both in the studio and on the decks she has worked alongside the likes of Joey Negro, Serge Santiago, Tom Neville, Howard Donald, Prok & Fitch, Sharp Boys, Sunset Strippers and Bryan Chambers.

Michelle Manetti will be gracing our decks again this coming Sunday 29 December at Dalston Superstore for our PRE-NYE’s bash. DAVE KENDRICK, LA GOSSE and DAVID OH, as well as DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also aim bringing about your best dance moves.

Hi Michelle,

You’ve been working the musical scene for a while now, can you please tell us a bit about your musical journey?

It’s a long winding one, I’ve got a very musical family, we had a piano in my house that my mum played and three of my uncles were guitar and bass players so music would always feature in family gatherings from a young age, singing and playing instruments. During my youth I picked up a variety of musical instruments but never had the patience to follow many of them through, but singing was always something that just happened easily. I was in various choirs, singing groups and musicals in and outside of school and was intending to study musical theatre at drama school when I left college, but sadly my scholarship fell through. I ended up joining a function band and getting into session singing, spending time in recording studios. I had a thirst to make my own music and not just be the voice behind the recording, so decided to go and study music production at Uni. I realised that to be a good producer, it would be a good idea to know what a DJ looks for in a track and how it works on the dancefloor, so the DJ-ing came about as a happy accident. It paid my way through Uni, then everything else really kicked off from there…

Where can we listen to your vocal talent?

I have a number of recordings on my Soundcloud. A lot of them are from my band The Off Key Hat then a few tracks I’ve worked on as sessions or collaborations.

What are you working on at the moment? Any new productions coming out soon?

Yes indeed, I’ve just completed a few vocal collaborations, one with a producer called Shaklo, which is due for release in March, then a couple of others which are yet to have a release schedule. I’ve got some vocal collaborations which I’ll be working on early January, a couple of remixes to get stuck into and I’ll also finish up my own EP which will combine my own productions and vocals.

Wow, that’s a packed year ahead already, we can’t wait to hear these new releases!

Can you tell us about Lipstick Disco? Are you getting a lot of feedback on it?

Lipstick Disco is my music blog, for Deep House and Nu Disco. The initial idea behind the blog was to create a collective of  fellow female musicians working in the same genre of music and to give us a platform to post about music we love, projects we’re working on, nights we’re playing at etc. At the moment it’s still just me running and writing for the blog, as I wanted to build its identity first, but there’s a number of girls that will hopefully come on board early next year. Since it’s been running, it’s had really great feedback, gained a lot of interest and respect within the industry and I get contacted regularly by various record companies, PR companies, labels, managers and artists themselves, who are looking for exposure through the blog to our regular followers.

This is great news, we do think it is a worthwhile initiative, we love it! Good luck with it all.

Finally, what’s in your bag for 2014?

To keep on keeping on! I want to work on more productions next year and get a few EP’s under my belt, gain more exposure and get some more gigs on foreign soil. I’m also hoping to expand the blog more and take it from a blog on the web to a proper brand. I’m possibly looking to start my own night in the near future too. Watch this space.

For sure! Thanks again Michelle, we can’t wait to have you back at the decks!

DAFx

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