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.”