Ladies of DNB Interview
Thanks for taking time out Shannon.
You are based up in Scotland, were you born there and can you give us a bit of background on where you are from?
Yes I was born in Falkirk and grew up in a small mining village on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It’s an old village with little to do so probably one of the reasons why I love my music so much.
What got you into dnb?
I’ve been listening to all types of rave music my whole life; I grew up hearing all the old tapepacks because of my dad. I always enjoyed the hardcore and dnb ones the most. Helter Skelter, Accelerated Culture frequently “borrowing” them lol. I went through the standard rock phase during my early teens and but by the time I was 17 I had the hardcore/dnb bug again. I attended my first dnb night which was Rebirth at the Voltz in Kettering. My love for dnb has since then continued to grow.
How long have you been djing now?
I began learning to mix almost immediately after I started raving. After finally experiencing DJs playing live in a club I knew it was something I wanted to do. That was 10 years ago now.
You have played all over the UK and Scotland, what is your favourite venue?
I would have to say that Mains Castle in Dundee is definitely up there as one of my favourites. It’s in a stunning setting, and it’s fairly small which creates a more intimate vibe which I’ve always preferred. They split the music over two areas, one indoors in a large hall and one outdoors in the courtyard.
And your favourite country to play in?
My favourite country to play in so far has to be England. There’s a much larger dnb scene down there, meaning more ravers and more events. Club opening times are longer than Scotland too, ours shut at 3am apart from during the Edinburgh Festival period.
You’re very social able with your music. Is it being such a social part of your life why you enjoy it so much?
I love to meet new people, and create new musical connections. Music has introduced me to so many passionate and driven people who inspire me everyday. It’s great to have that shared love for music.
You have been taken on as an official Asbo Records label DJ. Can you tell us how that came about?
I’ve known Asbo frontman Rassterlin for a few years now, I love the sound that Asbo have and have always supported the label. After playing for the labels event Rehab last year, Ras asked if I would like to join the team as one of their DJs. Since then we’ve done Asbo showcases together at various events and also on Rough Tempo and Kool London. Our next set is at Jungle Fresh on the 2nd September at SWX Bristol and is raising funds to build a new children’s home.
You joined GTA – Girls Take Action, an all female dnb collective this year. Can you tell us about this, how it started and it’s plans for the future?
GTA was established in 2014 by Lady V-Dubz, Enamie and Blazer after they performed on Rough Tempo Radio. After a huge success with their 1st GTA show a positive following from DnB fans across the UK began. GTA has expanded and now consists of 9 DJs and 6 MCs each bringing their own individual flavour to the brand. We have now hosted our first GTA event in Soho earlier this year with plans for more events in future. Also the team have been doing several takeovers on a few different stations. GTA’s next showcase is on LifeFM with MC Bellyman on the 8th August.
You took part in a 51 female DJ showcase in London held over 7 nights. Who else was playing and how did you find it?
The Female DJs London Showcase was held at the Big Chill Bar off Brick Lane and organised by frontwoman Lady Love. Each night was a different genre of music, ranging from dnb, jungle, oldskool to 45s and jazz. There were 51 different sets from 51 talented women. A few of the ladies involved were Lady V Dubz, Kitty Amor, Cherry Fly, Auntie Maureen and Marcia Carr. It was a really inspiring movement to be involved with, seeing so many women in the industry pulling together for one big multi-genre showcase.
You played for Jungle Nation in 2013, headlining the event. They are mad for it up there right, did you enjoy it?
Playing at Jungle Nation was an amazing moment for me as a DJ as it was my first time headlining an event. Jungle Nation has been running since 1997 so is a really well established brand here in Scotland and I felt honoured to be asked to play. The Aberdeen crowd, mad for it is definitely one way to describe them! They have a unique and contagious vibe that you can’t help but get infected with. Tez who runs Jungle Nation is a true gent and honestly one of the best promoters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with.
You were asked to join Ray Keith for his show Blueprint on Radar Radio for a guest mix and interview, was it recorded and can you tell us a little about how you found it?
I was contacted by MC Bellyman who had recently been doing the Blueprint show with Ray and they asked me to join them for the show. Honestly, I really was nervous but it was an awesome experience, especially meeting someone like Ray who I’ve admired for so long. He’s done a lot in the scene over the years so to be joining him in the studio was a real pleasure. The mix and interview were recorded and can be found on the Radar Radio Mixcloud here >>>https://www.mixcloud.com/RadarRadioLDN/blueprint-w-ray-keith-and-special-guests-mrs-magoo-mc-bellyman-29th-april-2016/
You are now part of Jungle Division, the DJ and MC collective. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Jungle Division is a collective of 7 DJs Sticky Badman, Uzi, Baggatrick, Hypnotik, Jaguar Paw, Dizzy Blonde and myself and 2 MCs Yush and Peluso. This collective is focused on performing as a team, having back to back showcases ideal for the festival vibe. We recently performed at No Mans Land Festival this year and can be seen at a couple of the Bass on the Beach events later this year which are raising funds for the Trevor Mann Unit. We have also done shows on Rough Tempo, Kool London, Loco Ldn and Four Aces Radio and have more planned for the future.
You are playing your first festival this year. No Mans Land 27-29th May Charisworth Farm near Bournemouth. What kind of dnb are you playing?
I played a variety of dnb including jungle, ragga jungle and jump up.
As a successful DJ you are being approached by record labels now to do exclusive mixes of their music. You just released an Asbo Records one and now putting one together for our friends Totally Dubwise Recordings. Are you contactable by labels to do more mixes or are these just exclusive labels?
Officially I’m an Asbo Records DJ and in the future I’m sure there will be more exclusive mixes from me for them. I love doing studio mixes and was recently contacted by Dan from Totally Dubwise Recordings to do an exclusive mix for them as I am on their promo list. Also if contacted I will happily do studio mixes for people.
You have always been very supportive of artists in the dnb scene. What is it that you love so much about the music and the people?
I love how the music brings people together, like a family. I’ve made some friends for life through dnb and will always support the scene.
What are you drinking from the bar?
Vodka and iron bru or a Jagerbomb
Where would you like to be in 5 years time with your music career?
I’m hoping to start producing soon so would love to have my first release by then. I’d also love to DJ abroad, hot, cold, snow, sand I wouldn’t mind where lol! Just love the idea of playing to a different crowd and experiencing a new country.
Any shouts and thanks?
First of all, thanks to all at DnB Muzik for the opportunity to do this interview. I’d like to thank Rassterlin for his continued support and the opportunities he’s given me as a DJ and the rest of the Asbo team for constantly pushing great music. Also the following labels – Natty Dub, Totally Dubwise, Intaface Audio, RIQ Yardrock, Auraya, Deeper Vision, SLR, Soul Bros, Sliced Note and Viral Mental for sending me their music. The GTA girls and the Jungle Division team for having me onboard. All the event promoters I’ve worked with, radio stations I’ve played on and everyone who has supported over the years. Special mentions to Jaguar Paw, Sticky Badman, JMD and of course my family for their ongoing support xx
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