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.
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.
Tying in nicely with the release of our debut EP on Black Riot Records, Chris Massey & DJ Paulette will be taking over the controls at MCR Live for 2 hours this Thursday with a kind of breakfast/not breakfast show!
It’s nearly time to introduce our little baby to the world. #Sheroes is a little something (the A-Side, B-side is called ‘Violins and Things’) that I made earlier with Chris Massey (Sprechen Records, Electrik).
So it’s finally been revealed – I’ll be playing for La Discotheque in the VIP Colonnade during the Parklife Weekend – June 9th and 10th in Heaton Park.
If my selection of actual, tried and tested, ‘wake up guaranteed’ alarm calls doesn’t make you leap out of bed, into the shower, leap out of the shower, into your clothes whilst dancing around your bedroom in your knickers and lip-synching into your hairbrush then you need defibrillating now. For real. These are the best wake up tunes ever. I know. I use them every week.”
The Rex Club could not resist rending homage to this Manchester scene and welcomes Dave Haslam and Mike Pickering two of the principal figures in the Manchester and in fact the UK house music scene – and along with DJ Paulette welcomes three of the residents of the mythical club where Laurent Garnier made his first moves as a DJ.
Massive thanks to The A-Magazine for including me in their round up of Manchester Women Of The Year. It is a massive honour yet also very humbling to be considered in such esteemed company. I can’t lie, it feels so good to get some recognition for what I do, and especially in my hometown.
Here is the very wonderful and very cheeky and all too short debut guest show that I produced, curated and presented for MCR:Live on International Women’s Day. It was a crazy, full throttle session involving juxtaposing some new stuff, some old stuff, some classics and some downright curve balls in one steady ( as it could be shifting from live arrangements to digital?) continuous mix with a bit of chat and all in an unfamiliar studio environment
My friend, Producer Mark Ovenden, posted this about his ground breaking show ‘Loud and Proud’ on his Facebook page a while ago. I am honoured to have been chosen to front this show and thankful for having had the experience of working for Radio One.
Remember, remember the 4th of November – for great music, raving and getting seriously hot. After the fun of August Bank Holiday’s three floor extravaganza, HomoElectric returns for another three floor takeover at Hidden in Manchester.
Join us for 3 days & 3 nights over the August bank holiday for the Come As You Are Weekender 2017!
A carefully curated gathering of outside street parties, DJs, food, drink, music, dancing, performance by House Of Decay, basement club parties & more as we celebrate Mardi Gras in Manchester.
2nd FLOOR – Is Manchester turning its back on music? This is the second event in the Floor electronic music talks and discussions panel series. The event starts at 7.00pm sharp at Lock 91, 9 Century Street, Manchester, M3 4QL. Admission is free.
Fancy waking up with me next week from Monday to Thursday? Well you can! I will be joining Mr Gorgeous – Chris Holliday and standing in for the fabulous Emma Goswell on THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GAY RADIO STATION – Gaydio. Hear me blah blah blah-ing and bantering on the Breakfast Show next week from Monday to Thursday (19-22 September). The show is live on air from 07am – 10am so join us on 88.4FM, online via www.gaydio.co.uk, DAB or the Gaydio and Tune In apps. You can tweet and facebook us too and keep us pirouetting on our pointy toes.