HOMEBIRD: 2006 – 2016 is about the time when I debuted fully in Paris – I had started a weekly residency at Mix Club in October 2005 so by 2006, every Friday and some Saturdays Paris was mine. My residency at Queen Club started in 2010. I eventually resigned from Queen Club and Radio FG and moved to Ibiza in March 2013. By 2014 I was had a weekly mix show on Virgin Radio in France – I played a 30%/70% mix of playlist and free choice so yes to Disclosure and yes to Rudimental and yes to Dennis Ferrer and yes to Duke Dumont and yes to Sam Smith and yes to London Grammar. Ibiza was about Eden, Privilege, Space, Pacha, Ibiza Rocks and Pikes.
Welcome to HOMEBIRD 4 – the decade is 1996 – 2006. These are my London Mercury / Talkin Loud / Azuli Records / Defected Records / Diesel and Diesel U:Music and Notting Hill Carnival / Miami Winter Music Conference / Billboard years. I think I went clubbing in London four nights a week and I still got into work on time the next morning. I dj’ed internationally when time allowed and I a&r / spotted then signed Afro Medusa Pasilda. I was also responsible for the press campaign that took Roni Size and Reprazent to the Mercury Music Prize and The Brits.
My love of soaring, spiritual voices, crisp production and great song writing is beautifully illustrated here in HOMEBIRD 1986 – 1996 with a playlist including The Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Prince, Malcolm McLaren, Nirvana, SNAP, Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Massive Attack, D*Note, Galliano, Jamiroquai, Sounds of Blackness.
DJ Paulette – Homebird: Edits 03 has a musical heart. This is part one of a six part series that you will find at the centre of the maze. It is live on Spotify as of today and will continue to live when the exhibition is finished. Maybe you will hear something you recognise? Maybe it will spur a memory? Each playlist has been date checked, so historically everything should be in the right place. Exhibition launches at The Lowry on Saturday September 22 and runs until October 14th.
If you missed the show (were stuck in traffic / cooking your tea / eating the dog’s homework) when my guest mix went out live on Horsemeat Disco’s Rinse FM takeover on Saturday August 4th, fret not for here it is. All official and all straight from the Rinse FM Soundcloud page.
The Horsemeat Disco Rinse FM Radio Show is 5 this week, so it’s ‘Happy Birthday and congratulations’ to Luke Howard, James Hillard, Jim Stanton and Severino Panzetta. Join them for a marathon 12 hour takeover of Rinse FM and join me there because I’m one of their giddy, excited guests.
My Homebird: Edit 03 exhibition just made the cover of The Lowry Contemporary Autumn18 brochure. Thank you to all my contributors – near and far – you know who you are.
Here’s ‘Homecoming’ a short film supporting my cover feature by Matt T and Intern Magazine in association with Ace and Tate. I talk about music, family, fashion and Manchester. Promoting the launch party at the new Ace and Tate store in Manchester (02/08/2018) and the arrival of the new issue (limited edition run) of Intern magazine. Quick watch. Big heart. Proper read. Loads of love.
Here is my Reform Radio Takeover – June 19th 2018. Cassimm served us all with an impeccable masterclass in ‘how to house and tech us all the eff up’. I bow to him all day and every day. And so will you.