Things are heating up in my book corner… I am excited to present the cover to my upcoming book ‘WELCOME TO THE CLUB’. Published by Manchester University Press and in stores in January 2024 it is available for pre-order now via my linktree.
I join three fabulous humans for this feature that was published in The Guardian Culture on Thursday July 21st, 2022. PDF courtesy of The Guardian with thanks to Nicholas Pritchard.
Massive thanks to Sekeenat Karim Lissi Simpson and HOME Mcr for this beautiful film ‘Black Creatives: In Conversation’ in celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth2021 – short watch 15 minutes. Subscribe to Home’s channel on YouTube. Trigger warning – discusses trauma and sexual assault.
ANTON STEVENS – DIRECTOR OF HIDDEN CLUB (MANCHESTER) is next in my line of men you should know about. He’s a music loving Mancunian born and bred, a Leeds University graduate, a techno dj, an events organiser and promoter, a club director, a blindfold-level nappy changer and a grafter who eats hard work for breakfast. He is the Director of Hidden Club in Manchester aka Anton Fitz (DJ) with a 360 understanding of clubbing from artist to promotion, marketing and events and he gives a deep insight into where his natural affinity to the job comes from and the behind the scenes graft required to take him from being a 13 year old schoolboy handing flyers out for his birthday party to maturing into a keen business man who can keep one of Manchester’s finest underground clubs running like clockwork even during the pandemic.
Next stop on the HEAR HEAR journey around the world for International Women’s month (because a day is nowhere near enough time to show all the women who influence and inspire us some love) is Manchester. In Episode 4 I celebrate the Divine Feminine version 184.108.40.206 with a true Manchester legend, celebrity, singer, Manchester United fan, dog lover and my HEAR HEAR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH ICON – ROWETTA (MCR, UK). She’s a Proper Mancunian with a heart of gold and I’m honoured to have gained an audience with this absolute Queen.
In celebration of the Divine Feminine and for International Women’s Month version 220.127.116.11. I’ve crossed the Atlantic landing in NYC for a Zoom audience with all round powerhouse, artist, producer, remixer, dj, fearless activist and cat whisperer LAUREN FLAX. She’s a New Yorker from Detroit and she has a lot of tea to spill.
Welcome to Episode 2 of ‘HEAR HEAR’. Consciously uncoupled from my Reform Radio show, it’s my chance to share the wisdom and joy of some extraordinary people in a lockdown regulated session that is exclusive to my YouTube channel. I am blessed and schooled this month by the inspirational and unfuckwithable Jamz Supernova. She’s a BBC 1Xtra and Selector Radio powerhouse and the brains behind the Future Bounce parties and record label and she brings the fire in some beautiful ways.
I invited the powerhouse Heléna Star (Foundation FM) to do a guest mix and an interview to close out 2020’s isolation shows with a flourish.
Welcome to Voices by Black Bandcamp; a mixed media series of interviews with talented Black artists and music industry members, where we champion the voices of Black people within the global electronic music sphere. Part one of a two part interview.
Youtube Premiere for new content. Meet Heléna Star – presenter (Foundation FM and DJ). We’re accentuating the positive through the lens of the pandemic. So here it is. HEAR HEAR. the lunch break interlude you need now, full of help, blessings, advice, guidance and lots of laughter.
16 October 2020 I had the good fortune to sit at the table with a BBC 1Xtra presenter par excellence. the incredible Jamz Supernova. I sat in on her ‘Distant Dialogues’ special on the British Council’s ‘Selector Radio’ and this is what it sounded like.
Congratulations to my friend Jaguar Bingham on launching her new podcast series ‘Utopia Talks’. So honoured and proud to have sat around the virtual table with her, Lauren Flax and Sophia Kearney (Weird and The Wonderful) to discuss the issue of sexual misconduct and abuse in the music industry.
This Is DJ Mag’s ‘Black Representation in the UK Dance Music Industry’ #paneldiscussion from the BRIGHTON MUSIC CONFERENCE. Set an hour aside for you to view and reflect.
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We’re live on air on @weoutherefest www.weoutherefestival.com for the first of @stampthewax #talks . Join @dj_paulette1 @djflight @missloujasmine as they discuss the Politics of Joy on the dancefloor. Beautiful start to your viewing / listening day. Welcome to Day 2 of the We Out Here Virtual Festival. . . . . . . #weouthere #weoutherevirtualfestival #worldwidefm #stampthewax #politicsofjoy #loujasmine #djpaulette #djflight #blackwomanpower #blackgirlmagic #blacksisterhood #blackexcellence
For the first panel of our Dancefloor Diversity series we have assembled a group of leaders and experts to discuss the impact that black culture has had on the UK electronic music scene.
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@djmagofficial celebrates it’s first, new print copy with ‘Dance music Is Black Music’ an issue with a 33 page cover section dedicated to fighting racism within their organisation and throughout the dance music industry and exploring the black experience across the spectrum of the music industry. I am in conversation with @anzieanz and we discuss our personal experiences across the generations. A long, important read written by Lauren Martin. . . . . . . . #djmag #laurenmartin #anz #djpaulette #print #publishing #magazine #racism #antiracism #blm #blacksisters #blacksisterhood #blackbrothersandsisters #blackbrothers #blackwomanmagic #coverfeature #longread #dancemusic #blackmusic
DJ Magazine celebrates it’s first, new print copy with ‘Dance Music Is Black Music’ an issue with a 33 page cover section that sets out their pledge dedicated to fighting racism within their organisation and throughout the dance music industry and to more fully and fairly exploring the black experience across the spectrum of the music industry. ANZ and I have an isolation conversation about our experiences across the generations.
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Here is the second part of my interview for @playitlouder1 . I talk about best / worst gigs, Achilles heel, lockdown, future plans and hopes and wishes. Follow @playitlouder1 for more DJ interviews like this. . . . . . . . #parttwo #djstory #interview #djpaulette #playitlouder #lockdown #bestgig #worstgigever #mywish #livestreams #block9 #unitedwestreamgm
A little while ago Play It Louder messaged me on my Instagram account and asked if I would do an isolation interview for their page. Here is part two of a two part post.
Award winning actor, activist, dj and all around beautiful person, Maxine Peake was the Guest Editor of the Culture section of Morning Star newspaper at the end of June. She invited me to write an opinion piece on how COVID and lockdown has affected my work and life. Here is my column.
Welcome to my interview for ‘The Edit’. It’s all about titanium ceilings, purple sequins and no requests in this podcast with Loreal Blackett. Get into it.
RSVP to get on the list to Gilles Peterson's Club Unity, which opens its doors to all this Saturday from 2pm.— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) June 6, 2020
Announced so far: DJ Paulette, Channel One Soundsystem, Adrian Sherwood, Neneh Cherry, Steve Davis (@SteveSnooker), @LaurentGarnier... and more! #StayHomeRaveSafe pic.twitter.com/k5Noaf2wPf
In response to the Music Industry’s Black Out Tuesday and Black Lives Matter, Gilles Peterson programme for Stay Home, Rave Safe on 6Music and his Saturday session became CLUB UNITY – a space for reflection, education and celebration through black music. You can listen here for the next 20 days.
It’s been an intense few weeks finding black people and people of colour landed squarely in the middle of another pandemic – racism. Something has to give. Something has to change. When conversation fails me, I turn to poetry. Here’s a poem I wrote earlier about some of my experiences – it’s not finished yet. I will continue to tweak until it’s right.
Welcome to my Livestream for the Glitterbox Virtual Festival 15/05/2020. Just so you don’t think I am completely looney tunes – there’s a few notes on the visual codes / symbols featured in my set up. The full track list is included and please click through to make donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund here: https://defect.click/WHO-COVID19-DONATE
I did an interview for NRTHLASS blog and it turned out like this. I am super proud of it because it covers past, present and future in a really beautiful way. Short read – ten minutes max. Enjoy.
Last week I had the honour and the joy of joining my friends at Pxssy Palace and BBZ London for an Isolation Boiler Room session.Move the furniture back, turn the lights down and fire up the smoke machine. This is how it goes down when we rave at home alone 😀 …
For my last ‘in studio’ show before the World got quarantined I was honoured to welcome the super talented, multi instrumentalist, dj, singer, producer and personification of zen – Pops Roberts to take control of my Reform Radio Takeover and this is how it sounds. Just beautiful. Enjoy. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives. Stay connected.
LOCKDOWN 1 has me in house/tech mode. This week I took my inspiration from a Twitter / Instagram friend called Stephanie who asked when I would be doing a live stream. I made this especially for her. Life is about overcoming challenges, about never being defeated and about doing what I’m best at. Life is about disco, tech and house. Life is about living. Life is beautiful indeed.
Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.
Catch me streaming a set for UNITED WE STREAM – https://confidentials.com/manchester/free-streaming-service-to-broadcast-manchester-entertainment-worldwide
LOCKDOWN 1 has me in house and tech mode. This week I took my inspiration from a Twitter / Instagram friend called Stephanie who asked when I would be doing a live stream. I made this especially for her. Thanks to her subsequent tweet to Sacha Lord, you can catch me streaming a set this week for UNITED WE STREAM – twitter.com/mcrconfidential/sta…77957089288201?s=20 #StaySafeStayHome #StaySafeSaveLives
On March 12th I am honoured to welcome Nancy Noise (London) one of the true pioneers of acid and balearic house to the guest slot for International Women’s Day / Week / Month. Starting her career opening for the titan now known as Paul Oakenfold at Future and Spectrum in London and Amnesia in Ibiza. Fast forward to 2020 and you’ll see her headlining May Bank Holiday at The Refuge in Manchester.
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We're celebrating #worldradioday by announcing @anniemac as our first ever Ambassador. We are over the moon to welcome Annie to the Reform Radio family. As one of our DJ and broadcast heroes, who shares many of our values, we can't wait to start working together, strengthening our mission to use radio and music to develop new skills in those looking for employment. WE'RE SO HAPPY!!!
Some awesome news for us all at Reform Radio, as they announce their first global Ambassador … read on.
Trump is coming to London in December for the NATO Heads of State summit, and on Tuesday 3rd December the Queen will be hosting a reception for him at Buckingham Palace. R3 Soundsystem will be taking to the streets that evening, to protest against the far-right politics of The Tories, Trump and Farage. RESIST. REJECT. REVOLT.
If you haven’t already invested in your hardback first issue copy of @generationwbook you can still buy via this link @ordergenerationw.com (a steal at £19.99) It’s all about 💯 fierce women who talk about their life experiences, seen through the lens of 2018 and the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
After well received events in London, Liverpool, Bristol and Brighton this Summer, Urban Kingdom are holding one final pop-up event to celebrate the first edition of the groundbreaking book ‘Generation W’. Join us at a free entry daytime event in the birthplace of the Suffragette movement, Manchester. I’ll be closing the event with a short QnA.
Held monthly, #NormalNotNovelty is open to female-identifying DJs, sound engineers, producers and vocalists from all musical tastes and backgrounds. This month it’s an Equaliser special sponsored by Red Bull and Sable Radio and I’m honoured to be their special guest. Tickets are free – but limited so click through the link asap.
I spoke to Resident Advisor’s rapier sharp interviewer Martha Pazienti Caidan about life, the world, the universe, dj’ing, the music industry, equality, diversity and talking to slugs. It’s a 90 minute listen that you can download and listen to on Itunes and add to your Spotify collection too. I can’t tell a lie, this is very much a dj #goals #bucketlist moment for me. #proud #gratitude – and huge thanks to Mark, Martha and all at Resident Advisor for making me feel so welcome on the day.
This is one of my favourite interviews. I eat a bit and talk a lot to Ben Brown (Manchester’s Finest) at Volta. The interview is a half hour watch but you can catch a 10 minute quickie if you head over to IGTV.
PLEASE ROTATE YOUR SCREENS … This was the closing of yesterday’s excellent #MusiciansUnion #WomenInMusicConferenceheld at HOME in Manchester. Panel includes Dame Evelyn Glennie#JessPartridge(PRS) Laura White (Songwriter) #LadyIce (Grime / R n B) and was moderated by Kelly Wood the MU’s Live Performance Official.
Kamila Rymajdo writes about Manchester’s thriving club scene and cites 10 of the best djs who she thinks should be on your radar. This article ran on Redbull Online February 2019.