I was born in East London to parents that are from The Spice Island Grenada, where I have lived all my life. From a very young age I always had an interest in music, which was influenced by my father and close cousins, who were in sound systems, Unity HiFi, Main Attraction, Spinners Hi Tech and Viking Sound and they were very positive role models to me.
Growing up I listened to a variety of musical genres, ranging from Calypso, Country, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae (Roots, Revival, Studio One, Treasure Isle) to Gospel music.
In those days it was all about ‘The Vinyl’ being played on ‘The Gram’ –my parents had a Blue Spot (Blaupunkt) radiogram which was played constantly and I still have one that works!
As I matured, I would play alongside my cousins at family gatherings, selecting records and sometimes I was even allowed to put the needle on the record. As time went on I was asked to play at friends’ parties with my cousin, these opportunities were my gateway into the ‘DJ scene’.
I have always been ‘a raver’ and mostly raved in ‘Shubeens’ in case you don’t know these raves were held in the basement of people’s houses or basements under shops for example, or as my Mum called them “In the hole”, as this was where a lot of the best music was played.
In 2013/14 I started playing music at a club in Norwood called ‘ The Sugar Bar ‘ on Sunday evenings with my cousin and where I practiced using ‘the mixer and decks’. I became a lot more confident using the equipment on my own.
From there I decided I wanted to play at other venues. I approached various Club Owners / Promoters to get bookings, but I was turned away as they stated “they had not heard of me” and wanted to know what radio station I DJ’d on, so they could listen to me.
When I explained that I didn’t play on a radio station as this was not what I wanted to do, they would say “I’ll get back to you,” but of course they never did.
Eventually I got a break playing at the new ‘All Nation’s Bar’ in Broad Lane, Tottenham on a Wednesday night, which then led to getting bookings on Sunday nights too. I went on to get further bookings on a Thursday night at ‘The Flower of Kent’ in Lewisham and also played at ‘The Heritage Inn’ in Cricklewood before it closed down.
I then got my first big dance from the late promoter, Mikey Stay Green RIP, who heard me playing one night at the ‘All Nation’s Bar’. He organised an all-female DJs Mother’s Day Dance which was a great success at The Tottenham Green Leisure Centre”.
I then heard about a ‘Reggae, Revival and Lover’s Rock Cup Clash’ competition taking place in Catford organised by David Reid and Eternity Entertainment Sound in 2017. I was totally blown away as I had never experienced a clash before.