Why HOMEBIRD? My feeling was that birds have the luck and good fortune to see everything laid out before them. A bird’s eye view is stunning and quite dizzying, it being the best optimal viewpoint to pick out even the finest details over a large expanse. A Homebird is someone to whom home is Ground Zero – that place of rest, rootedness, relaxation and returning preferable to and better than anywhere else in the world. As an exhibition, it is cosy, comfortable, a nest, a safe place for friends and family, a cocoon, a collection of shiny trinkets and souvenirs earned, bought, borrowed and maybe even stolen.
In life, I feel very much like a magpie, a cherry picker, a prodigal and a curator all rolled in to one. I’m a first-generation Black, British citizen born in North Manchester General Hospital (Crumpsall) to solid, working class parents. I am one of 8 siblings (7 girls, 1 boy), Catholic / Grammar school and University educated who has been clubbing since I was 15 and working in the media / musc industry since I was 18. I started dj’ing in 1991, have lived, worked and seen ridiculous success in London, Paris and Ibiza because of it, then I returned to Manchester to rejoin my family at the end of December 2015, when I decided to live, work and settle here again just like a homing pigeon.