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Gina Breeze – After Dark EP

2017 September 2
by Michelle Manetti

Gina

In September 2015, Manchester based Gina Breeze provided us with the 7th of our exclusive mixtapes, (SEE HERE) I’ve had the pleasure of Dj-ing with her myself a couple of times, she’s an outstanding DJ and incredibly talented producer. She’s been growing from strength to strength since the that mix back in 2015 and last week saw her release a three track EP on one of house music’s most highly regarded labels ‘Classic‘. Each of the three tracks is solid, with definite nods of appreciation to her underground queer house roots.

As Classic describes ”Gina Breeze is a new recruit to the Classic crew. A budding DJ and producer rising through the ranks via Manchester clubbing institutions SpeedQueen and a residency at HomoElectric, Gina’s debut for Classic is complex, with influences in grassroots club culture with some wicked moments of acidity. ‘After Dark’ has a hypnotic late-night club feel while ‘Reckless’ employs a brooding, biting 4/4 beat enhanced by vogue-inspired percussive rhythms. ‘Look Don’t Touch’ gyrates with dancefloor sensuality, featuring wonderkid and performer Ted Rogers on the cutting vocals. An intriguing debut for this developing talent”.

I couldn’t put it better. Gina is one to watch and i’m excited for more releases from her to come.

PURCHASE AFTER DARK HERE

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EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #026 – RHYTHM SISTER

2017 August 25

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No 26 of our mixtape series comes from Jess Farley (L) and Liv Howarth aka Liv Ayers (R), who make up two quarters of London’s brightest, freshest, most vibrant and most abundantly sought after all-female DJ collective: ‘Rhythm Sister‘. The other two quarters that complete the Rhythm Sister collective are Demetra Georgiou aka Hemlin & Alice Lewis aka Carpe DM. The mix was recorded live during Jess and Liv’s set at Rachael’s ‘Outside’ party at Dalston Superstore on May 29th.

Jess had a bright spark back late 2016 to set up a community to encourage female DJ’s; this spawned a number of DJ ‘Mix Sessions’  exclusively for Female, Female identified, Queer and NB. Spring-boarding off the back of these (still regularly occurring) successful sessions, a number of Rhythm Sister clubnights took place and soon after, the collective was born. Rhythm Sister‘s success has rapidly elevated, now with a regular weekly show on Balamii radio, a growing online community and regular guest appearances at various clubnights across the Capitol. A busy summer has also seen them play alongside some of the most-sought after names in the business, at some of Europe’s biggest festivals; including Love International, where they kindly invited me to come along as their guest DJ (and much much fun was had) . Rhythm Sister is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with and is growing in strength by the minute, so we’re delighted and excited to have the girls join our mixtape ranks and take the musical helm for this months exclusive mix –  and trust me, this one’s a melting pot of musical treats!.

I managed to catch up with Jess and Liv for a quick Q&A to accompany the musical gift.

Before we start, to give our listeners an idea of the sounds they’re about to here, describe the musical vibes of Rhythm Sister collective in 5 words. God that’s a hard one ha…. We play loads of genres from Techno to Funk! But for today we’ll say: diverse, percussive, disco, techno, ACID

Ha, I like the way you prominently label ACID there, girls after my own heart! So Rhythm Sister is both a community which supports female / identified and NB DJ’s as well as an all-female DJ collective, so Jess as the founder of Rhythm Sister, let’s start with you – what inspired you to start Rhythm Sister? And how did you go about getting things off the ground? JESS: I was inspired by various conversations with women while working in the industry, loads who loved music but were too nervous to pick up the headphones, alongside my own experience with wanting to learn to DJ (and feeling terrified for a while!) I wanted to create a community to help breakdown that initial anxiety on learning something they didn’t feel was accessible to them, and for women to encourage, support and teach each other.

Jess

JESS FARLEY

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LIV AYERS

And now Liv, how did your involvement come about? LIV: My friends tagged me in Jess’ post calling for female DJs as it was getting shared quite widely and I dropped her a message! I was umming and aahing about whether to message as I wasn’t sure if I was ‘ready’ as a DJ yet, but I’m so relieved I sucked it up and did it.

There’s a few girls involved in the DJ collective, but four mainstay’s how did you all meet? JESS: Demetra, Liv & myself met online actually! I put a post in the New Music Group about the workshops I was setting up and put a shout out for other DJs to help me with them. We decided to do a Rhythm Sister gig together shortly after and really connected, so the collective was born! Alice was a friend of Liv’s who had some great ideas for the project (and an amazing selection of tunes) and joined a few months later. There’s also others from the community who’re involved quite closely with what we do, playing at gigs with us regularly etc

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PHOTO: L-R HEMLIN, LIV AYERS, CARPE DM, JESS FARLEY

Nice! So as a collective, you’ve already had some pretty sweet gigs, from Glastonbury, Gala Festival, Farm fest, Love International, Secret Garden Party [RIP :( ] and more – which is a pretty-jam packed first summer as a crew! So how do you organise your sets as a collective, is it a bk2bk2bk2bk kind of affair? We tend to play with 2 of us at once as we’ve found the flow of the set works much smoother and you can really build the energy together (it also means there’s less time off the decks so it’s more hands on!) and yeh we go bk2bk aka bum2bum :)

Bum2bum sounds much more fun! :) Now, each of the DJ’s in the collective have come from different musical backgrounds and have different musical tastes, so how does this work when you all come together to play? Although we have varied sounds individually we have a strong overlap of music between us which works really well, we tend to have a Rhythm Sister ‘sound’ as such, which is nice, this has developed and grown since we started and is still being explored. It’s really exciting playing together regularly with a group and sharing tunes, we’re all learning loads from each other.

Which was the whole point of founding Rhythm Sister in the first place right? to support, encourage and learn from each other! So when you talk about female collectives, it’s hard not to mention the Discwoman crew, but there are so many more that are cropping up, from the ‘Born n Bred’ and ‘Siren’ crews of London, Copenhagen’s ‘Apeiron Crew’, Paris’ ‘TGAF crew’ and Bristol’s ‘Boys Club’ what do you think is the importance of these all-female crews? And do you think having these solid female crews is helping to address the gender balance in the music industry? It’s definitely helping for sure, it’s crazy to think even a few years ago a lot of these collectives didn’t exist. I can feel it in the air that change is happening, these collectives are not only inspiring and supporting each other but they’re encouraging others on the outside too. We probably wouldn’t have had the courage to start what we did if it wasn’t for crew’s like Discwoman. More women & LGBTQ+ are seeing their peers on the stage and they’re like ‘hey I can do this too’, they’re learning to mix, playing out, and generally more and more talent is finally getting recognised in the industry, it’s slow but it’s happening.

YES!!! and we’re all for it! OK now, let’s focus on the mix sessions you run. Just like the all-female collectives, there seems to be more ‘female only’ music courses, panels and learning sessions cropping up, such as Red Bull’s #NormalNotNovelty sessions and your own, why do you think these female-only learning spaces are important? I think being in female only or predominantly female spaces has a strong sense of solidarity, ‘we’re all in the same boat’, kind of vibe, and it’s really empowering. The female experience in life can be very different to that of a man, being in a room by a load of women who ‘get it’, get your struggles in society, get your anxieties, and are there to be kick ass with you and learn a sick new hobby – there’s just something really rewarding about it. Women are wonderful & powerful and it’s important for them have space to help them be those things.

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Exactly! So how often do you run your sessions? And if someone wanted to get involved where can they hear about them? We run our DJ workshops aka ‘Mix Sessions’ once a month, usually on the 3rd Thursday, we’re going to be started a mailing list soon but the best way to find out would be on our Facebook page or group! Please feel free to contact us at hello@rhythmsister.com also :)

And do you have any plans for growing these sessions further? We really enjoy the grassroots community vibe of our sessions, rather than in a strict lesson format, but we’re aiming to invite some guest teachers down in future and we’ve also just launched some free music production workshops with Secretsundaze & CDR.

FIND MORE ABOUT THIS HERE

So before we get to the mix, where can we next hear / see you play? What gigs and shows do you have coming up? We’re playing at Ruby’s with you Michelle tomorrow 😉 At Pangea Festival Manchester on the 23rd of Sept & the Love Inn in Bristol in October. We have an exciting party coming up in Brighton soon! TBA! and are also planning something exciting for our birthday! so watch this space!!

These sound exciting and YASSS very excited about Ruby’s at Brixton Jamm on Sat with you and Hemlin. More deets HERE

 Brixton Jamm

And of course, as you guys know we’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists here at Lipstick Disco, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists?

JESS: So many! Helena Hauff forever blows me away, Beta Librae is a new found favourite, check Donna Leake for the most beautiful selections and I just have the utmost respect for Nina Kraviz who just keeps doing her thing and is still playing the music she loves as a world renowned DJ.

LIV: Some very very good DJs I saw in NYC who I can’t wait to go back and see (trying to come up with excuses to go back to Brooklyn..) – Barbie Bertisch and L&L&L Record Club, and then Avalon Emerson is just sick.  

And one final question we always like to ask, what’s your drink of choice?

JESS: Espresso Martini!!!

LIV: Negroni, the most beautiful drink when done well

So there you have it, classy cocktails for classy girls, get your Rhythm Sisters Disco boots on and come have a shimmy to their mix.

Mix was recorded on May 29th at Dalston Superstore for Rachael’s ‘Outside’ party

 

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EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #025 – YULIA NIKO

2017 June 2
by Michelle Manetti

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No 25 of our mixtape series has just landed and this months mix comes from DJ, Producer and label manager Yulia Niko. We had a chat with Yulia about her first DJ set, her recent relocation from US to Berlin, her label TochnoTechno and more…

Hi Yulia, thanks for the mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, Describe your sound in 5 words? Hello and nice to meet you! I’ve seen you are guys always supporting my new releases. Very much appreciate it. As many artists say – “I don’t play styles, I play music”. But of course this is music from house – techno genre .

Of course! Now let’s start right at the beginning, what first inspired you to get behind the decks and become a DJ? And how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I was super young, like a 15 years old. It was the right time and a right place. I used to live about 3 blocks away from the club to where I just went in and I asked if they needed a DJ. Obviously, today that wouldn’t work . 15 years ago there wasn’t such a big competition on the market . But an idea about deejing came up to my mind because in my country there were just a few females and I decided to became one of them.

 You’re currently based in NYC, but originally from Europe – you traded the beaches in Greece for the pavements of the big apple. More often you find US DJ’s moving to Europe, so what was it that made you want to do the reverse and exchange Europe for the states? Actually “Yulia Niko” came back to Europe again and i’m planning to make my new home in Berlin. Life in US was more like life in University, how to survive in the best city in the world plus to learn everything about production and playing really cool music. New York City gave me a big basic skills about everything i need for the future. I feel very complete now and it’s a perfect time come back closer to my family.

Amazing, I’m sure Berlin will welcome you with open arms, It looks like you haven’t played in Europe for a while, are you itching to come back to home soil? And i’m guessing there’s some plans then to play this side of the Atlantic again soon? Yes, I m back because I have some big offer and I decided to take a chance. I can’t open all cards now but big things is coming soon in Europe for me.

So in spite of now leaving it behind, tell us some of your favorite party hot spots in New York, the hidden gems and underground treasures you might not know about unless you’re a native New Yorker. Before i left I had an opportunity to play at my favorite Brooklyn warehouse party BlkMarket membership with Tini & Bill Patrick. This one party is the best in New York and it’s a place where real underground lives for sure.

So as well as being a DJ, you’re also a producer and label boss running TochnoTechno, we just heard your forthcoming EP Hablame on your imprint, which is due out on June 7th, a super solid ep with 3 Acid and Electro-Techno cuts! It seems more producers are turning DIY with their releases these days and opting to open their own imprints to release their material, why do you think that is and what prompted you to start up your own label? If I hadn’t decided to run my label, you might never have noticed my art lol. It’s a good thing to do for me as an artist, which has an idea to push my own style of music! But I also get pretty lazy to send music to different labels and ask to them about put it out. For me so much easier to make my own thing. It’s more fan.

We’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists? I’m big fan of Black Madonna. Big respect to my homies girls Nina, Julia Govor and Nastia.

And one final question we always like to ask, what’s your drink of choice? I’m trying do not drink. Not my favorite thing to do. But tequila it’s the best if I am finally going to have fun!

So there you have it, Yulia is coming back to European soil, with some exciting projects coming I’m sure. Keep an eye peeled for news on the blog. And here’s the mix in it’s full glory, taking from a live recording of  Yulia’s set at Gazgolder Club / Moscow on May 19.

Press Play – Happy Friday.

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Lipstick Disco presents: Michelle Manetti & Kat Kat Tat at Farbfernseher Berlin

2017 May 30

Were just wiping the beads of sweat from our brow, from the madness that’s been bank holiday… and despite our ever-so-slightly delicate state, we’re already gearing up and getting excited for this coming weekend, because WE’RE GOING TO BERLIN. Yes folks, we’re taking London’s Lipstick Disco and easyjetting ourselves to the Techno Mecha for a weekend of frolicking and fine fine music. Setting up home in one of Berlin’s lesser known, but very much-loved clubs Farbfernseher, we’re bringing an evening of House, Disco, Acid, Techno and whatever jams we fancy to the Farbfernseher dancefloor.

Our chief editor / head honcho Michelle Manetti, well known for her dynamic, eclectic, uplifting sets, will be joined behind the decks, by one of Berlin’s primo Deep House selectors, Kat Kat Tat who’ll be rummaging through her records, to bring the finest dancefloor cuts, keeping you kids dancing till the early hours. Kicking off at 11pm finishing at a modest 7am, this is going to be one hell of a musical ride.

For a taste of our very own Michelle Manetti’s music, have a listen to the little promo mix she did for her own party Fèmmme Fraîche:

And for a sample of Kat Kat Tat’s selections:

and a recent little Techno track, feat Kat Kat Tat.

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EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #024 – ELUIZE

2017 April 21
by Michelle Manetti

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Kick-ing off the weekend, we have the next installment of our mixtape series, and we’re delighted to have the Australian born / Berlin Based Eluize at the helm taking us on a 60 min, blissful, melodic, musical journey. We caught up with Eluize, to give us an insight into her musical background, chat about her label, he DJ duo and her musical inspirations.

Hi Eluize, thanks for the lush mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, can you describe your sound in 5 words? Moody, melodic, diverse, impulsive, vivid

You’re originally from Australia, but now based in Berlin, what inspired you to pack your bags and move over to Europe? For me Berlin has the perfect combination of a laid back lifestyle, with time to work on your passions and tonnes of creative inspiration. There’s so much music and so many people working on weird and wonderful artistic projects, plus, being in Europe it’s the perfect base for adventures and opportunities in other cities on this side of the world.

OK let’s start from your early days, what first inspired you to get behind the decks and become a DJ? And how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I was a musician and producer before I was a DJ. I collected music and enjoyed nightlife but it wasn’t until a friend couldn’t get back from Melbourne for a gig in Adelaide (my hometown) that I started. He asked me to cover for him, so I had a quick lesson on the mixer, took a bag full of records and played soul, jazz, hip hop and groove all night. I was hooked. From there I played in all sorts of places, began playing more disco and house, and eventually techno, dub, acid and all the incredible subgenres of dance music I get to put together now.

And you’ve taken quite a journey since then it seems and your DJ-ing has taken you far and wide from sets in Lisbon, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Barcelona, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and of course Berlin and Various cities in Australia, to name a few, what’s been your favourite city to play so far? I love traveling and discovering new cities. It’s always a thrill to meet people who share your passion, hear their stories and listen to their translation of sound. Each city has it’s own magic so it’s way too hard to pick a favourite. Of course Berlin is incredible, the freedom and sound in many of the clubs here is still top of my list. Australia will always be home, I know the crowds so well, and open-air parties in the sunshine or Sugar in Adelaide with its gorgeous warm system are very close to my heart. Other highlights internationally the last 12 months would have to be the Observatory in Ho Chi Minh city and Masters in Zagreb, so much good energy in the people around those parties, maximum vibe.

Do you find yourself having to change your sound to adapt to each cities’s audience? I don’t think I have to change my sound. I love music from across a wide spectrum of genres so there’s always something from my collection that I feel will work in a space and speak to the audience. The pleasure of playing for me comes from finding the perfect mix of records that are musical, beautiful, interesting, engaging, that have feeling and keep you wanting to move your body.

So let’s talk about your own productions, you dropped your first solo EP in 2014 and have had some tasty tracks and remixes out since, including most recently this gorgous remix for Tiefschwarz & Yawk, how did that remix come about?

YAWK is the new moniker from a friend Julian Ganzer, who I met just after I moved to Berlin at a birthday. I’d been playing his remix of  “When it Was Good” by Ioakim Sayz all over the place and I told him I really loved the track and asked if he’d like to do a remix for me, he made this gorgeous version of “Symmetry”

We played each other’s parties and really found some common ground with musical style, so when he launched his new label Studio Kreuzberg and invited me to do a remix for the first release I was thrilled. I really love the way it turned out, quite a 90s house vibe on it.

We do too! so as well as DJ-ing and production, you also launched your own imprint ‘Night Tide’ in 2016, seems a lot of DJ / Producers are opting for the DIY approach when it comes to labels these days, but what was your reasoning for starting your own label? I’m so excited about Night Tide. I’d dreamt of starting my own label for years. I love making things and when I write music I usually have a strong concept of how it should come across visually as well as from a sonic perspective. So Night Tide was me creating a platform that allows me to see the ideas through from start to finish, to be involved in every detail, the sound, art, medium, texts and so on.

To add to this, now that music is become so widely available and quickly consumed, I wanted to make something that feels considered and cared for, that has had time and love put into it, that feels hand crafted that can be enjoyed and treasured for a long time.

Can you tell us, what’s on the release schedule for Night Tide? What can we expect from the label in the next few months? The next release on the label is a new solo EP from me, “For the Forgetful” which will be out early June. Its 5 tracks follow 24 hours searching to be lost, finding comfort in the dance floor, time spent after hours and the day that follows. It seeks out soaring highs and sweeping lows covering all energies. I’ve got beautiful new photographs from Christophe Mauberque that I used for the artwork. Next I’m currently curating compilations and putting finishing touches on some EPs for a new series I’m launching to put out music from women and female identified artists. I’ve discovered so many great producers on my travels that aren’t releasing and I find it really exciting to get new music heard by ears it may not have otherwise reached.

Incredible, we’d certainly like to hear some of those, keep up posted. So as well as DJ-ing solo as Eluize, you also play as part of a duo ‘Together’ how did this come about and what’s the benefits of playing in a duo? Playing in a duo can be a lot of fun. A B2B can go places you never would have imagined solo, it can be challenging but also thrilling and really inspiring. Not to mention you get to travel and hang out with another bestie even more of the time. I do “Together” with Gratts, a fantastic Belgian DJ and all round great guy. We met in Berlin and share a mutual love for finding and sharing great music and surprising each other with tracks the other has never heard. We decided to make the mixes to share these treasures with friends, this lead to some gigs together and then we started writing music. Our first release will come out on Bordello A Parigi next month ( https://clone.nl/item45969.html ) We’ve called our production project Ca$hminus and are going to be doing some more shows this summer.

Great. So as you know, here at Lipstick Disco, we’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists and ladies that inspire you? There are so many! It’s impossible to name all the wonderful, inspiring, talented people doing cool things right now, which is such a great thing….

For sure shouts to my mum, my sister Alice Sainsbury and Peggy, who are crazy and incredible artists in their own fields, seriously excellent women and never stop believing in the dream to do your art.

To Steffi, Shinedoe, Virginia, Helena Hauf, Aurora Halal for inspiration and for making great records I love to play.

To other friends, excellent selectors and music enthusiasts I’ve met along the way, Claire Morgan, Kristin Velvet, Michelle Owen, Persille, Johanna Knutsson, Kate Miller, Daniela la Luz, Shanti Celeste, Avalon Emerson, Courtesy & La Fleur. Big shouts to the talented artists who’ve remixed my music including Ena Cosovic (coming soon on Night Tide – she has done an incredible job), CC Disco, Astrix Little and Anna Leopolder.

To the women making it happen back in Australia. To Ena Lind, Zoe Rasch, La Fraicheur and the whole Mint family for their support and wisdom and to the other collectives putting on events and creating opportunities to play, share and be heard.

And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? Coconut water or a Negroni

So there you have it, if you catch Eluize playing, buy her a Negroni or Coconut water and enjoy her spin, in the meantime, sit back – press play.

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Avalon Emerson Shares Live at Printworks Mix

2017 April 7
by Michelle Manetti

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So it’s rare treat for Avalon Emerson to share one of her live DJ sets, but she’s just given a little gift on her Cybernedits website, via soundcloud, which is the recording from her set on March 4th at Printworks in London (complete with crowd noise for added effect) it’s accompanied on the site by a game of Snake for extra added retro geekness, go check it out HERE or else stream below.

Her Cybernedits site is also jam packed of free edits, from her and her music buddies and includes edits of Dusty Springfield, Technotronic, Bananrama, Bjork and Julie Ruin, here’s a little taster..

but go rummage through the site for more free gems.

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EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #023 – REBECCA VASMANT

2017 February 24
by Michelle Manetti

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One of Glasgow’s stalwarts and leading ladies; DJ, Producer, Record Label Owner, Record fair runner, radio presenter, party promoter and more, Rebecca Vasmant has many creative strings to her bow. A Sub Club resident and Ministry of Sound Tour DJ, she’s been playing House and Techno worldwide for many years, but of late she’s been bringing a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz, the original form of unbridled spiritual sonic expression. Rebecca has delivered a 58 min mix of warm, soulful house, we caught up with Rebecca to have a chat about some of her projects, passions and future plans.

Hi Rebecca, thanks for the mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, Describe your sound in 5 words?  
Warm, deep, emotive, eclectic and love filled.  

Let’s start from your early days, what first inspired you to get behind the decks and become a DJ? And how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I had always dreamed of playing music in clubs and had absolutely no idea how to even start to think about getting into doing this, I always knew I had more of an interest in music than most other people, so I just decided to start trying to teach myself to mix.  

I did the classic – bought turntables (bad belt drive’s at that) and started the task of teaching myself how to mix. I remember my flatmate at the time, he picked it up in about two weeks and I was in tears over and over again trying to make it click. Eventually it did all come together, but after months and months of tears and frustration.  

I then just asked and asked until someone eventually gave me a chance to play in their club, and it all went really quickly from there and I was playing in clubs every weekend from pretty much that point. 

What’s been your most memorable DJ moment so far? There have been many ups and downs on this journey. I feel that of course one key moment in my career was the World Tours Residency for Ministry of Sound and I am grateful that, at a very young age, it allowed me to travel the world and gain invaluable experience and meet so many amazing people. It was almost overnight that I was being sent all over the world on a weekly basis on tours, so that really made me feel that what I was doing was starting to be heard.  At the end of the day, music is timeless, as are experiences, and that is very important, to be able to just be together as people. No matter what age, religion or type of  person, people just being together as one and enjoying one thing that we all have in common – A love for music, is an amazing thing really. 

Another amazing moment was performing for the first time live with ‘Glasgow Jazz Experiment’ which is the project I have started up with some amazing and talented musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Its just so amazing to be able to bring together my two absolute favourite things, Jazz and house music!  

Your Ministry Of Sound tour residency sounds amazing, you traveled with them to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Estonia, India, Africa, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Latvia, Dubai, Austria, Turkey, Serbia, Algeria, Bulgaria and more, how did the residency come about? The residency happened really quickly and the guys at Ministry and my management asked me to make up a mix to send over to them which I did, then it all really went from there! It was almost overnight that I was being sent all over the world, and that was really amazing!

You’re based up in Glasgow and have residencies at some of Glasgow’s finest from the infamous Sub Club, Made in Glasgow and Know The Way parties, but give us a bit of insight into the Glasgow underground scene.  Glasgow has an amazing scene for underground music, the people here are really so clued up and passionate about music, and all the DJs seem to be this big family who are always on hand to be a friend and help each other out when its needed. The whole feeling that everyone here works together instead of against one another is a key factor in the way this city just seems to have such a strong and amazing scene. Also of course is the amazing crowds, they are the best crowd in the world, I always say.  

You run your own night in Glasgow, when and where can we come to your party and what can we expect from the night? I do indeed and have been doing a few parties in Glasgow, ranging from house music to Jazz dance and I really love to keep a wide variety of music and a fun atmosphere within parties.  I have a new residency starting up at the Poetry Club in Glasgow so please keep an eye out for the dates online.

We hear, you also run a record fair with Sub Club, tell us a little more, when can we come crate digging? Running record fairs was something that had been a dream of mine, people coming together and swapping records, listening to records, and just appreciating being together because of a love for music. This was a hugely happy and rewarding experience that I was lucky enough to have been able to do, we possibly might be doing another record fair this year so again – keep an eye out for that too.  

Your DJ sets, vary from house to techno, but you also have a love for Jazz music and are part of a monthly radio show on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as working on your project ‘Glasgow Jazz Experiment’ with musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra which you mentioned earlier, but tell us a little more about this project and how it came about.  I am indeed a huge collector and fan of Jazz, I am not really sure where that came from, my parents were not into Jazz, I think its just come from somewhere really deep within and perhaps there isn’t an explanation other than I love it!  

It is like a completely cleansing experience and the emotion that it derives from within our core can allow us to feel however we want to feel. Whether this is good or otherwise, we just allow ourselves to feel emotion that we may not feel in our daily lives and this is a beautiful thing. And I really do appreciate and respect musicians and producers for allowing us to be able to do that. When I hear a piece of music that I really feel, it can almost put me into a meditative state and I can allow myself to purely focus on what that piece of music is saying, whether it is classical, Jazz, Soul or Techno.. The emotion is still the same.

Glasgow Jazz Experiment all came about from being asked to perform live at Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2014, I had always wanted to do a live project with some musicians but always felt like I was somehow not qualified to put it together, so just didn’t ever go ahead and do it. Then when I was asked to perform at the Jazz Fest, it was almost like the decision was made and that was it. We got together, did some writing, did a few rehearsals and then that was it! The gig went so well that we decided to start the project officially and since then, we have been writing music together and recording and are nearly in the finishing stages of an album together which we hope to Tour in 2018 together. I am so grateful to be lucky enough to be working with such amazing musicians and its all like a crazy dream with this project!  

That sounds incredible, So you’ve really got a lot of fingers in a lot of pies creatively, but what’s next for Rebecca Vasmant? What other projects can we expect from you in the near and distant future? I am working really hard on some music of my own at the moment, so my hope is that this year I will be able to release an album of my own, and perform this live. Starting a label is also something on my list for the future, if there is enough hours in the day for that of course! 

You recently did this fantastic video for BBC The social, about sexism in the music industry 

we’re big advocators of supporting women and female identified artists, so on that note, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favorite fellow female artists? I absolutely respect and adore so many female artists – friends and people I don’t know.. I really love the stuff that Willow is making, my good friend Maya (Nightwave), Fatima has done some amazing stuff, there’s so so many females killing it right now that I can’t even type them all because its just so many! Really so many amazing girls smashing it which is so great 

And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? If you asked me that one year ago I would have said buckfast… now I will opt to say Chambuck (50% champagne – cava or any fizzy wine can also be used 50% buckfast) 😉  that or a good coffee. You can’t beat a good coffee and piece of cake!

So there you have it, if you’re ever in Glasgow, head along to one of Rebecca’s parties, record fairs and buy her a good chambuk, in the meantime, take a listen to this month mix from Rebecca Vasmant HERE:

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Nasty Woman

2017 February 17
by Michelle Manetti

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Are you a Nasty Woman? we are.. yes and now more than ever. There’s a call out for solidarity, among our fellow female peers and male supporters, a comradery, to fight for women’s rights, for equal rights, for human rights. The Women’s march on Jan 21st was a global phenomenon, a mighty stand by the people, for the people, the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history and a huge worldwide statement. There’s so much to fight for, so much to be said and done, and while here at Lipstick Disco, we’re constantly striving to support and promote women and female identified artists within the music sphere, to help educate about the incredible women there are out there, it’s important we try to spread the word of equality and human rights as far and wide as possible, beyond just the musical platform now more than ever.

This wonderful track, originally produced by Valesuchi was edited by Matias Aguayo to fit a speech from the Washington DC Women’s March, it’s a perfect statement and I hope by posting this track it will continue to resonate, shared by the wonderful folk at Cómeme please listen and share, download and play it loud, not only for it’s musical content, but to show your support and solidarity, spread the message far and wide.

Lydia Eisenblätter – Panora

2017 February 16

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Lydia Eisenblätters latest offering ‘Panora‘ on Stundenullmusic comes with remixes from Jamy WangLucianno Villarreal and Mac – Kee, but it’s Lydia’s original that is my personal preference from the EP, released on Jan 27th, stream the whole EP HERE: and listen to Lydia’s original below.

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Yulia Niko – The Donezk

2017 February 15
by Michelle Manetti

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New York City based DJ and Producer Yulia Niko, has just released a sublime three track EP on her imprint TochnoTechno, with both a digital and vinyl release. The Donezk‘ marks the third release on the label and drops today. Hyper leads the way, a bouncy, jackin’ track with spliced up vocal to help drive this bubbly little number, Leto is a laid-back chuggy track with Acid sensibilities, while Random picks up the energy with a drum-focused jam, with tribal rhythms and clever sound effects to create fizzes and pops for extra effect. Listen to all three below. buy digital HERE

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Alice Bas – Mother (Ena Cosovic Remix)

2017 February 14
by Michelle Manetti

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What do you get if you cross a Swede (Alice Bas) with a Danish based Bosnian (Ena Cosovic)? absolutely wonderful Techno that’s what. The two up-and-coming artists have joined forces, for a release on Swedish label Svedjebruk, as part of a 4-track vinyl release coming out on Feb 27th. Ena Cosovic perfectly reworks Alice Bas’ ‘Mother‘ – the original of which is taken from her debut EP ‘Triune‘ also on Svedjebruk. Alice’s version is a more bouncy, jackin’ house number, with driving analogue drums and a soulful synth-led breakdown, where Ena remixes the track into something a little deeper, synth-driven, techno-fueled house. Both worthy of dance-floor mayhem. Take a listen to both tracks HERE:

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TERR – Misantropicalia

2017 February 13

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The chuggy, cosmic vibes of this three track EP from Brazilian-born / Barcelona Based Daniela Caldellas aka TERR immediately caught my attention. Misantropicalia was released on Hotflush Recordings Jan 27th, so it’s still pretty fresh off the press, but with definite retro sensibilities. Daniela’s EP nods to the Moroder-esq Cosmic Disco sounds, along with 80’s electro and acid influences with unmistakable analogue feels. Misantropicalia marks her return to Hotflush following on from her Burn The Past EP released April last year. Take a listen to Misantropicalia below.

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The Black Madonna – XOYO Residency

2017 February 1
by Michelle Manetti

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So London’s XOYO have announced their new Friday resident, taking the helm for 13 weeks every Friday in April, May and June, is none-other than Mixmag’s top DJ – The Black Madonna, taking us back to the original club culture and delivering her ‘We Still Believe’ musical quest to London .

As yet, none of her joining guests have been announced, but you can rest assured, they will be of the absolute highest of caliber. The only thing we know, is the residency is in three parts – opening on Friday 7th April with ‘THE BODY ELECTRIC’ the first of her three all-nighters, where she’ll take us on a trip through early electro, EBM, industrial and techno to chronicle the evolution of synthesizer music. Friday 5th May – part 2 of her all nighter’s ‘THESE ARE THE BREAKS’ From the deepest dub to hip hop, Miami bass, jungle and beyond, with an ultra rare exploration to the bass station. Finally she will end her residency on Friday 30th June with her final all nighter ‘LOVE IS THE MESSAGE’ – A 6 hour session into the the soul of dance music, dipping through disco rarities and taking a tour of the house that Jack built.

The tickets are available to buy from westillbelieve.co.uk and we suggest you grab them quick, as they won’t last long; don’t wait for the line-ups to be announced, they’ll probably be snapped up before that and these are going to be unforgettable parties, not to be missed.

While we’re at it, in our advent for The Black Madonna, (HERE) we mentioned about her vinyl only release ‘He Is The Voice I hear’ (yes we got our mitts on some vinyl) but there we’re no streams then, however it’s now available on digital and is streaming in full on soundcloud – so here it is, in all 10.29 of it’s Epic glory, as well as a little taster video of what’s to come at her XOYO residency. Enjoy.

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EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE #022 – NATHALIE CAPELLO

2017 January 27
by Michelle Manetti

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When a friend of mine Natalie Capello sent me over a live recording from her set at one of my favorite Berlin Clubs Salon Zu Wilden Renate, and asked if i’d like to use it for Lipstick Disco, an immediate listen and seconds into the recording, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and decided to use it for this months exclusive mix. It’s bouncy, fun, energetic and retro-tastic, with splatterings of Disco, Italo, 80’s piano house, acid and other treats old a new, mostly vinyl and most definitely served with love. While Nathalie is a relative newcomer to the DJ scene, she’s been making waves fast and building up a reputation on the Berlin club scene, playing regularly at venues such as Farbfernseher, IPSE and the notorious Salon zur Wilden Renate, I had a chat with Nathalie about her influences and musical experiences.

Hey Nathalie, thanks for the awesome live mix and having a little a chat with me. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, Describe your sound in 5 words?
Happy, moving, layered, piano, housy

You’re a Dutch girl, originally from Rotterdam but now living in Berlin, would you say these cities have influenced your musical tastes and how? Yes, I think especially Rotterdam since that’s where I first started clubbing. It’s obviously known for it’s harder sound, so in my younger years I was influenced a lot by techno, minimal, rave and hardcore. Later on, in the years leading up to me leaving the city, I discovered a softer side which included different streams of house disco, italo. I guess these influences have formed my current style. Although, I do also love playing a proper techno set.

Rotterdam isn’t as well known for it’s musical scene as it’s bigger Dutch sister Amsterdam, but tell us some of the of the most influential clubs and parties you attended there? I guess the club that has had the biggest impact on me was Now & Wow (in the Maassilo), cause that’s about the time I started clubbing in Rotterdam. I was so impressed by the music, the people and of course the venue – which is an old grain silo, very big, lots of concrete and very raw. At some point the club closed but the venue is still very much up and running. Now & Wow is now a festival that’s held there twice a year (I believe). Other than that I have to say BAR. It used to be a tiny cozy bar with great music and DJs and overall great atmosphere. Then they had to relocate and they’re a proper bar with club now, and their programming is outstanding.

Other than that I’ve been to many fun illegal raves and parties in the coolest places. It takes some time to discover the city I guess, but once you have its easy to fall in love.

I’ve not actually been to Rotterdam, so i’ll be hitting you up for advice when I do! So when was it you realised you wanted to be involved as more than just a voyeur? What inspired you to get behind the decks yourself? I knew from very early on that I wanted to get involved in the music, and do more than just clubbing. The only thing that was holding me back to play out was stage fright. Once I moved to Berlin I started paying out and sort of naturally got over it. Then I got my decks and started to play vinyl. That’s when I got slightly obsessed. Somehow all of a sudden everything made sense and all I wanted to do was play records.

So how did you go about getting your first DJ set? Through my friend Emma, she does parties in Farbfernseher in Berlin and I told her I would really like to play. She proposed I would open the night and so I did. I remember being really nervous and it being over really fast.

What would you say has been your most memorable moment at a gig so far? I played in a bar in Playa-Del-Carmen last year, when the subwoofer failed. So for about an hour there was no base. The bar staff was trying to fix it until one of the guys carried in the biggest subwoofer – it barely fit in the bar. At some point they finally fixed the original one and people started shouting and dancing. Since they had already carried the replacing subwoofer in, they went ahead and switched it on too. The response of the crowd was so cool and there was such great energy. I think that night was one I’ll remember for a long time.

As well as DJ-ing yourself you also work as a DJ agent,  is it a help or hindrance to your own DJ-ing to work as an agent for other DJ’s?Funny you should ask, I do feel it can be a little bit of a hindrance for my own DJing, as I’m putting my own DJing on the backseat in favor of the guys I’m representing. Luckily I’ve got amazing girlfriends who help me out and find me gigs.

Yes female comradery! it’s great to have other awesome women around to support you, so with that and rounding us off, you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give support and respect to other women in music, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favorite fellow female artists? Easy, Honey Dijon – her sets blow me away. Besides her, The Black Madonna‘s sets always move me, too. I also have to give a shout out to my super talented girlfriends Juliet Fox, Vonda7 and BEC. They’re the most fun bunch and are a great source of support.

And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? Red wine, of course 🍷😋

So there you have it, if you see Nathalie play, grab her a glass of Red wine and in the meantime, kick back with this awesome mix.

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Shanti Celeste – ‘Untitled EP’ – Peach Discs

2017 January 26
by Michelle Manetti

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When we featured Shanti Celeste in our December advent HERE, we mentioned she was launching her own imprint Peach Discs and it’s arrived. The debut EP from the label is from Shanti Celeste herself, ‘Untitled’ is a double sided EP, with ‘Loop One’ on the A side and ‘Selector’ on the flip. Coming out on Feb 3rd. Pre Order the 12” HERE

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