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.
I am very proud to announce that I will be playing for the HOME (Manchester) team this year on the National Theatre’s RIVER STAGE programme. Catch me dj’ing here on July 21st – and bring your dancing shoes.
Big love to one of THE original Sheroes The Black Madonna for dropping Massey & Paulette – Sheroes on her most recent BBC Radio 1 Residency show!
My personal thoughts on the male heavy party line ups, gender pay gap and inclusion. Forgive me for thinking that this is 2018 and not 1918. And thanks Elie Taylor for speaking up for women everywhere.
Massey and Paulette were on the radio last Friday when one of our Sheroes – and a queen of pure awesomeness – Nemone played our track on 6Music.
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!
Welcome to ‘Sheroes’ the final cut. It’s a huge musical salute & fist bump to all the ‘Sheroes’ mentioned here, an answer back and antidote to the female free zone aka Daft Punk’s ‘Teachers’ and a nod and hug to those that we love but couldn’t quite fit into the final cut! You are all an inspiration.
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.