Chris Massey (Sprechen Records, Electriks) and I (Princess Paulette) have embarked on our collaborative dj alter ego adventure and this is our first foray into sound for Midnight Riot Radio
Here is my April Takeover of Reform Radio featuring the amazing Brett Gould (mixing for SNATCH! Records). Brett – respect for dragging yourself out of your sick bed to deliver the beastly beauty – it’s amped and cranked just the way we like it.
Here’s me waxing lyrical about life, the world and my dj universe in the May issue of DJ Magazine. Words by Carl Loben, Picture by Annapurna Mellor Photography.
“The first time I went to the Number One in 1991, the main queer club in Manchester, Prince’s “Get Off” was in the charts. I hadn’t been going out as much because I’d just got married and was always in the studio with my husband. When they played that track, something unleashed in me. I was up on the podium and went around the club doing a full Prince routine. It was like I just remembered who I was. The boss saw me and asked me to dance there three nights a week, which I did for few years. I was absolutely ripped back then.” • To call @dj_paulette1 a club culture legend is a great understatement. When Hacienda’s seminal gay night Flesh came about in ‘91, Paulette, a regular, who once pretended to be a journalist to get in for free, got offered a regular five hour dj set for a sweet fee of £30. Only problem is that she’d never touched decks before and had to listen out to pointers from the Sound Engineer, before she worked it out for herself. Her best Flesh memory? “There was sweat down the wall and the floor was a skating rink, covered with bodily fluids. People were swinging up the rafters. It was off the scale hedonism.” • Paulette moved to London in 1994 for her residency at Heaven and a job at Mercury Records, before taking her djing career to Paris and Ibiza. She returned to Manchester three years ago and now, when she’s not gracing the decks of the @rexclub, Glasgow’s Weirdo Warehouse and @Homoelectric, she’s working in radio and community outreach. She says the city’s alternative queer scene isn’t nostalgic, “but looks at the past to create the future. There was a rest period and now it’s come back to itself. What makes the scene special is that it’s not mega branded, or ageist and superficial - it’s for everyone.” • #BRWorldwideDance #BRFleshback #Paulette #Manchester #Hacienda
Boiler Room post on Instagram today for #brworldwideDance – thanks to Daniel Newman, Peter J Walsh and Lauren Jo Kelly for the pictures and Anaïs Brémond (Boiler Room) for the words and the feature.
Here’s a little taste of the flip side of our acid house squelch and disco experience. ‘Violins And Things’ is dedicated to a shimmery sunglasses wearing Sebastian Manox, to soaring strings, Meat Free T-Shirts, to Social Services signage and last but not least, all about love for Afield graphic shirtage.
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).
On May 1st I took the plunge and swum 100 lengths of a 25 metre pool (thankyou Total Fitness, Whitefield) to raise money for the Guide Dogs Charity as part of their #Swim100 challenge.
May the 4th, 5th and 6th be with you, as this Bank Holiday, Saturday and Sunday are not for the faint hearted. Join me on the yellow brick disco road for a glittery swish around the Northern Quarter and Deansgate.
I write poems, lyrics and songs. In poems my preferred format is haiku (yeah yeah short, yeah yeah lazy whatever) but I was moved to write a longer piece for a spoken word performance in a large group when I had a presentation for a job (which I eventually never used but I got the job and I will tell you about it in another post soon). This is my newest baby – it’s called ‘I Am The One’ and I am super proud of it.
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.”
I got into the St Patrick’s Day spirit by sitting in for Craig Law again on the drive time show on Gaydio. You get lots of housey, techy, uplifting, cheeky, banging, urban new music for your dollar with one or two detours around the ‘wtf was that’ Shazam-free zone, rabbit hole.
We’re lollopping through the year at a fare pace now and hippety hopping into Easter with a brace of parties that should keep your booty jiggling through the Bank Holiday weekend and well into April.
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
As you know it is 100 years since (some) women (ie the ones who OWNED their own properties and had their names on the title deeds) got the vote so this year’s International Women’s Day is coming at you full force. Now it’s time to OWN our womanhood and our EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS and be courageous when making our voices heard. It’s time to roar. It’s time to come into our power and this week in Manchester there are plenty of opportunities to be inspired, to share and to do just that.
I am massively excited to appear as the very special guest at Supernature on Sunday’s February party. This Sunday (25/02/18), the residents BB, Richie V and James the Cat are stepping in for an absent Rob Jones and I’ll be hoofing it straight from my Sunday Service at Schloss to close the proceedings with some disco, house and tech goodies in an hour of pure, unbridled mayhem.
February is all about high notes, high spots and high rollers as I work my way around the metropolis sprinkling my disco and house fairy dust on the twinkle toes of all who dare to dance.
It’s 2018 – and we’ve already hit the ground running. In this year that celebrates and highlights the centenary of women’s suffrage, I am proud to be featured amongst the 25 STRONG portraits in the ‘Suffragette City’ exhibition that has been curated by media powerhouse and Manchester Digital Music Archive co-founder Alison Surtees and photographed by Elspeth Moore.
I am totally buzzing in that busy bee kind of way, as I will be joining my Manchester family at Homoelectric at Hidden on Saturday January 27th for three floors of bacchanalian hedonism disguised as sedate clubbing.
Here’s two hours of new music, my first show out for Reform Radio this year and with some lovely bits of me gassing and gossipping all over it too. It bounces, it jacks, it’s all yours and a very #HappyNewYear to you.
Starting on Friday 5th of January (yes this Friday as in today if you are reading this in real time) from I will be jumping into Craig Law’s now rather well worn in breeches to deliver four weekly shows. For two hours, once every week, you can expect to hear my usual assortment of the best in jacking house jump-up, deep house decimators and plenty of tech house treats.
So here we are and here we go again. It’s December. Yay. Which means we’re in the countdown to Christmas and New Year – double yay! 2017 has been like a musical drive-by that has had me holding you hostage on many a dance floor and you’ll be pleased to know that December continues in this tradition.
I am really proud to say that Reform Radio headed off some heavy competition to scoop the Bronze Award for Best Online Station at The ARIAS 2017.
I am super buzzed to announce that my guests for December’s Reform Radio Takeover are Will Automagic and Nita Aviance – collectively known as THE CARRY NATION, they’re two of New York’s fiercest and finest
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.
Gaydio’s magnificent Toby Lawrence is away for three weeks in November. Boo. Not to worry, I’m the one who’s slipping into Toby’s Gucci loafers. Listen out for three consecutive mix shows November 10th, 17th and 24th on Fridays from 8pm – 10pm.
Do not change your URL. This is a Paulette Takeover. Welcome to the award winning (we won Bronze in Best Online Radio Station at The ARIAS) REFORM RADIO, to the wonderful world of Sprechen Records and the multi-talented mind of dj / producer / promoter and Refuge / Electriks head tea boy Chris Massey.
October / November. It’s the season of freaky funk and disco sparklers so here’s how and where you can plot your course through the season of changing colours, falling leaves and that seductive pull of bouncing basements and boogie bangers.
It’s time for me and the always effervescent Martin Cooper to stand in whilst Chris and Emma are away, to sprinkle fairy dust in your eyes and bring you a Gaydio Breakfast Show that snaps, crackles and pops. Broadcasting live13/10/17 from 7am till 10am. Looking forward to entertaining you.
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.
Here’s my latest Reform Radio #takeover featuring a solo / live guest mix from SOUL CLAP’S #Eli aka #Bamboozle . Archived and #streaming direct from the Reform Radio website and now available to stream and download here on Soundcloud.