Last Wednesday (October 3rd) I took part in the Skiddle Mental Health event that was held at Joshua Brookes. The focus of the discussion was a poll that Skiddle had commissioned, drawing some staggering statistics from a sample of events workers, organisations and promoters regarding the effects their work / jobs have on their mental health.
Sobs. Only six more sleeps to the end of my HOMEBIRD exhibition at The Lowry. How do I feel about this? Well, it’s been the most incredible journey from start to finish. I’ve had the honour of working alongside Michael Simpson (Director of Visual Arts) and Laura Biddle (Galleries Co-ordinator), and the pleasure absolute of collaborating with a top flight design team – massive props to Sean Longmore, Hannah Tinsley, Hannah McLennan-Jones and Nicky Jones – all have helped me to filter, transform and translate my ideas, archive oddities and memories into the awesome work of art in the maze in Gallery A – there until October 14th.
Thanks also to my collaborators – Michael Anthony Barnes Wynters (Sticks And Stones wall, I Am The One and Paulette Goes Bang videos), Stanley Chow (exclusive portrait – copies available to buy in the Lowry shop), Cheryl O Meara and Silvia Hoya Mena (the scapecoat lives) and photographers Elaine Constantine, Soyad Mahat, Lee Baxter, Annapurna Mellor, Louise Rhodes and Peter J Walsh. For full credits see the final wall in the exhibition and full Sheroes collage credits are available on the Lowry site.
Should you need a little motivation to catch it before it closes…
If you visit The Lowry this Tuesday (9/10) or Saturday (13/10) afternoons
#TuesdayMotivation & #SaturdayMotivation I will be there – floating around (and filming a few interviews) and available to answer questions / explain exhibits / have a general chit chat. #DoNotSleep #neverforget
Plus plus plus – the six bespoke Spotify playlists that I curated and created for this exhibition are live and can be joined via The Lowry website here: https://thelowry.com/whats-on/edit-03-homebird-dj-paulette/
You can also join them directly on Spotify – just search ‘HOMEBIRD’.
DJ PAULETTE: HOMEBIRD – EDIT 03. Admission is free and The Lowry Gallery is open from 10am till 5pm (GMT) every day.
Thank you The Lowry for this little clip from the Private View of #Homebird – if you have a free afternoon do go and check it out – we’ve all poured a lot of love into it.
HOMEBIRD: 2006 – 2016 is about the time when I debuted fully in Paris – I had started a weekly residency at Mix Club in October 2005 so by 2006, every Friday and some Saturdays Paris was mine. My residency at Queen Club started in 2010. I eventually resigned from Queen Club and Radio FG and moved to Ibiza in March 2013. By 2014 I was had a weekly mix show on Virgin Radio in France – I played a 30%/70% mix of playlist and free choice so yes to Disclosure and yes to Rudimental and yes to Dennis Ferrer and yes to Duke Dumont and yes to Sam Smith and yes to London Grammar. Ibiza was about Eden, Privilege, Space, Pacha, Ibiza Rocks and Pikes.
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.