Producer turned DJ, this girl knows how to bring the vibes with her energetic bass-driven sets. Now part of Marcus Nasty's Bass City project, she's one to watch if you know what's good. We caught up at Bristol's legendary venue Cosies for a little chat in the run up to her Rinse.FM debut.
Interview and photography by Beth Sheldrick
"My taste definitely revolves around the more bass-orientated, high-energy music."
"I really wanted to learn how to produce so I enrolled at Access To Music college when I was 19. I loved it there, but feel for my teachers at the time, I was a bit of a nightmare "
So when did you actually start mixing?
Over the years I had dabbled here and there but didn’t properly get into it until a year and a half/ two years ago. Then had my first gig at Rainbow Venues in Birmingham last June.
What were your first pair of decks?
I have one 800 and one 1000 Pioneer and share them with my boyfriend Daniel [Fish]. He only had one when we moved in together because his mum had unknowingly car booted the other! Luckily I had an 800 to complete the pair.
Tell us about your partnership with Fish – it must be nice being able to make tunes and do B2B sets with your other half.
Yeah it's ace, we've been together 2 and a bit years now and both made the move to Bristol together. Fish used to run the UK Bass Music blog and we chatted through there for about a year before we met. We eventually met each other when he had a gig in Nottingham and have been mad close ever since. It’s great though I love it, I couldn’t imagine doing collabs with anyone else to be honest! We probably made our first collaboration after about three months together. I mean it was pretty terrible, we’ve definitely come along way since then, haha.
"Marcus [Nasty] began repping and pushing me and Fish straight away which was amazing. I think he saw something in us and has been pushing our sound ever since."
So things have been moving pretty fast for you over the past year, you have big support from Rinse.fm's Marcus Nasty – how did your involvement in his project, Bass City, come about?
I had my first Rinse FM play just over a year ago through Dappa, which I was a gateway to a much wider audience and Marcus Nasty picking us up. Marcus began repping and pushing me and Fish straight away which was amazing. I think he saw something in us and has been pushing our sound ever since. He did ‘Marcus Nasty Presents Bass City’ for Get Darker last August which was boss! It was my second gig, so I was pretty nervous but stoked to be involved with the project. He started Bass City - with me, Fish, PVC, Bad Jokes, Dark0, and Nina Wilde. We are all set to be regulars on his Rinse show this year, and I’ve loved Rinse for years so I’m massively exited!
I guess most electronic music genres are seen as male dominated – how do you find it being a women in Bass music?
I hope this doesn't sound bad but I actually think it makes things a little bit easier being a woman. There’s so many DJ’s about and people get sent so many tunes, so I think sometimes it can work to your advantage. In terms of pro's and con's, some people think it’s sick where as some people don’t take you seriously. I’ve been asked before “What bit did you do?” when they’d heard tunes I've done with Fish. It’s a little bit insulting but I find it quite jokes.
Do you find that people compare you to other female DJs based on aesthetics rather than sound?
A couple of people have said “You’re gonna be the next Flava D” but I feel like that's an easy comparison because we are both women that make tunes. I don’t actually make Garage and Bassline and if you listen to our sets I play mostly different stuff to her. But of course I found it flattering because she’s a don!
"I like to keep my sets varied and wouldn’t wanna restrict any creativity within myself by sticking within one specific genre."
Do you often find yourself described as a “female DJ” as if the term “DJ” would usually imply that you're male?
I don't find too many problems in that area. The only thing is that me and Fish are spoken about as a duo a lot but we also want to be seen as artists in our own rights rather than be defined by each other.
Are there any sounds that define your sets at the moment?
To be honest I pretty much play what I’m feeling at that moment in time, whether it’s Minimal Techno, Grime, UK Funky, or Bass. I like to keep my sets varied and wouldn’t wanna restrict any creativity within myself by sticking within one specific genre.
What particular Producers or DJs are you into right now?
I really rate Cause & Affect, Doctor Jeep, Fish, and Gundam at the moment. Also Killjoy is a don too, if you like Bassline and you haven’t heard of him you definitely need to check him out. He puts out banger after banger.
Where can we hear or see you play in the coming month?
Well this Wednesday I’ll be guesting on Marcus Nasty’s Rinse FM show which I’m looking forward to. Then 23rd I’m gonna be playing at Cubana alongside TQD, Girl Unit, Murlo, Madam X and a whole bunch other sick DJs. Then come 30th I’m gonna be playing David Rodigan’s Ram Jam at Motion. Perfect start to the year!
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