Coming from Greek heritage, Lady Elusive is passionate about family. She started mixing garage at 14 years of age when her brother Ray taught her on Stanton Belt drives at their Mum’s house. When Lady Elusive was 16 years of age, her and Ray found their love for Drum n Bass after they both listened to a tape from 1997 which was Mickey Finn B2B with Darren Jay. At 16 years of age Lady Elusive had massive dreams of becoming a big name in the music scene along with her brother. Ray Moved away to London and Lady Elusive continued to work on her own music in Milton Keynes doing events at The Beacon and house parties to build her reputation as an artist and get a following for her music. When Ray moved away to London, unfortunately their decks and equipment were stolen, so they needed to start from scratch to build everything they needed back up.
Lady Elusive had some time out and went back to mixing in 2005 after meeting her children’s father and he mixed and had decks they could both use. She eventually in 2007 decided to take the plunge, take out finance and bought herself some direct drives – Mk5 12/10’s. Lady Elusive had kept all her vinyl collection. Lady Elusive set up a My Space account, decided to put a couple of mixes on there and was pushing her career forward. As a female artist in Milton Keynes back between 2007 and 2009 she found it very difficult to be accepted as a serious artist. She found that she would play out and more often than not be pushed off the decks as it wasn’t accepted that a woman could mix as well as male artists. In 2008 Lady Elusive met two female MC’s at The Beacon in Milton Keynes who are now far ahead in the DnB scene and doing very well which has inspired her to push forward and make the same achievements. Lady Elusive was meant to hook up with these ladies back in 2008 in London but found out that her beloved brother Ray had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and this meant she needed to put her brother and family first and concentrate on spending every minute with them.
She carried on playing and fell pregnant with her first son in 2009. Unfortunately, the day her brother Ray was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lady Elusive lost her son at 16 weeks pregnant, February 10th, 2009. This stopped Lady Elusive in her tracks and she stopped her music. In 2010 Ray sadly passed away. Determined to make Ray proud she learnt to drive and fell pregnant again with her second son. Through this maria decided to sell her MK5 for her son! She had made the decision she wanted to start her music up once again but just 10 months after her brother Ray died, she was involved in an horrendous car accident whilst on her way with family to a memorial service for Ray. Lady Elusive was in hospital for four days as she was heavily pregnant with her second son at this time. Her son was born – still born due to the car crash. After this happened, Lady Elusive became very ill suffering with PTSD, not being able to leave the house and the court case surrounding the crash dragged on over a five-year period.
In 2012 Lady Elusive felt strong enough to have a mix at a friend’s home on New Year’s Eve at a friend’s house after being persuaded to have a go again. This was a massive buzz for Lady Elusive as the party went off during her set. Still having treatment, being very ill, getting over the trauma of losing not only her brother Ray but her second son, Lady Elusive decided she needed to concentrate on her health and get well again. Just three months after losing her son, Lady Elusive fell pregnant again with her daughter. At this point she felt she would never get back on a set of decks again. Lady Elusive literally had to learn everything again from scratch and with treatment and medication she has battled to where she is now.
In 2015 Lady Elusive started to feel better in herself and had compensation from her car accident and decided that she would pick up where she had left her career all those years before. Obviously, equipment had gone from using less vinyl decks to the digital world and it was imperative that Lady Elusive came back with a bang and understood which direction the music scene was going in. She decided to invest in all the equipment she needed and learn the new digital world. This has been and remains to be extremely difficult for Lady Elusive as she had sustained injuries from the car accident and suffers with PTSD – but she was determined, and the results can be clearly seen from her passion in the music and the amazing sets and mixes she produces. Every day is a school day learning digital. Lady Elusive is loving the new world of digital and is learning new tricks and tips daily to make her music even better.
Lady Elusive started playing Garage music which she loved but after listening to a Micky Finn tape was converted to Drum N Bass and has never looked back. She has played on various radio stations and still does today. In 2018 she started mixing on Dose Radio, then later on was invited to play a guest slot on Rough Tempo and now has a regular show, bi-weekly on there. Lady Elusive gives massive thanks to TQ Youngman – aka – Scoundrel at Rough Tempo for making her a resident at the radio station. Lady Elusive also has mixed guest spots on Bloc2Bloc, Origin UK Radio, About the Beats Radio, Twisted Indulgent Radio, On Point Radio and various other stations and has been invited to guest on CodeRed, LifeFM & RawFM. Lady Elusive started to do lives from her home in 2019, started to get more well known and was starting to be invited to mix a lot more in different places. Every set she wants to be different and makes sure she puts every effort to keep her sets up to date, current and keep people enjoying the tunes. Lady Elusive has played various events such as ‘Roll Out’ at Escape Venue in Northampton.
When she came back into the music scene, she played at an event at Bedford Empire. In 2018 Lady Elusive was contacted by Oliver Cogle who is running a DnB focused platform – Liquiform Up north promote ladies in the drum and bass scene which at the time Lady Elusive futured, called Strictly Sister’s. https://soundcloud.com/liquiformupnorth/strictly-sisters-x-lady-elusive
COVID-19 has as we all know brought the world to a halt – but there is BIG THINGS TO COME……. Bookings for: Unit Nine, Macky Gee - Ministry of Sound, Audio Unity Drum & Bass Ladies of DNB – The Club House – these bookings were cancelled due to COVID-19 but are hoping to take place when lockdown is lifted.
Lost in Bass UK has been booked during COVID-19 for the online festival which is the NHS fundraiser arranged by Daniel Eaton.
Playing on Bloc2Bloc gave Lady Elusive massive coverage and her name was then mentioned in ‘mixmag’ - https://mixmag.net/feature/how-young-artists-are-transforming-drum-n-bass-dnb
Lady Elusive’s inspiration came from her brother – Ray Cousins, better known as DJ Ray C. Lady Elusive oozes, love and inspiration for her brother Ray who sadly passed away in 2010 – he was just 26 years of age. Ray told Lady Elusive that she wasn’t to cry for him but instead to live her life for him, “do all the things we said we would do and make sure you do them well”. Lady Elusive said: “It’s an emotional butterfly effect for me – but I am doing this for my son and my brother” and my passion in music. All that Lady Elusive is now achieving is for her, her two amazing daughters and her family. Lady Elusive is a very spiritual person who lives by her morals and beliefs and stays humble and true to herself.
Other artist inspirations come from
Brockie & Det
Lady V Dubz
Starz & Deeza
And so many more…
IN MEMORY OF RAY COUSINS
-Peace – Love – Unity - Respect-
Special Memory of Ray Cousins
DJ Ginge is 19 years old. She was born in Harlow Essex and spent part of her life there and then moved to Cambridgeshire DJ Ginge has been into music since she was born and have done multiple private music lessons which is where she learnt to play instruments such as drums ,flute, violin and guitar.
Her love for drum and bass was influenced heavily by her family . She didn’t explore it more until she hit 16 which is when Ginge was in college . DJ Ginge plays a lot of jump up drum and bass because the energy that is comes with is brilliant and DJ Ginge has autism so she found this suits her energy well .
I have my own events company ‘bassquake’ sadly due to covid we had to council our first event but we still had our radio show on rough tempo going every fortnight on a Sunday .
DJ Ginge was scouted in college by promoters looking for djs for their event in Peterborough.
This was her first gig and she had just turned 18 - Magistrate and Dreps were the headline act.
It was deffo an experience she had no idea what she was stepping into but it was brilliant for her.
DJ Ginge made loads of connections with plenty of DJ's and MC’s who she works with a lot to this current day .
DJ Ginge was shown a few things by a close friend - some techniques for mixing drum and bass as well as sub genres such as jump up ,rollers and liquid. This is where she found her genre that she enjoys mixing the most .
The first radio show DJ Ginge got to play on was Rough Tempo on Tripsta’s show on a Tuesday and many more followed after such as Jumped Up Audio on Rough Tempo , Intense Flavours and Bellyman show on origin , and lastly code red.
In terms of events DJ Ginge got to play at detonation multiple times , xcentric events and skirmish which she now holds a residences with and multiple other events as well up and down the country which she is very grateful for .
DJ Ginge's inspiration for her work has came from people such as Turno , Hedex, Guv, AMC and upgrade.
Turno has been her main inspiration the work ethic , the mixing and everything he stands for has inspired her . DJ Ginge first got a glimpse of on a set in Belgium which is watched on youtube . He was on a b2b set with Logan d and upgrade at rampage , DJ Ginge has been hooked since . She then got to witness the master him self in Nottingham , he completely change her way of djing and producing in a way she never thought she could dream of . Hedex has highly inspired DJ Ginge with his production work as his sound design in production is incredible and she always wanted the mixture of both hedex and turno so she has incorporated that into her djing and production .
She is forever thankful for the day turno surprised her at her home for her 19th birthday and getting to watch himself and hedex play b2b at print works - it was honestly a dream day for her, meeting both of them and talking to them really completed her birthday so she will always thank them for the hard work and the inspiration they give her everyday that pushes her that little bit further.
Bäm Bii has always had a passion and love for liquid drum and bass. She first started her mixing career in the underground music scene mixing 4x4 beats at underground music events and did not start mixing drum and bass until 2018. Never having owned a pair of decks and still not to present day she took every opportunity that came her way, throwing herself into the deep end many a time just to learn.
Founded in early 2018 by OTC Recordings she was asked to guest mix on RoughTempo and then onto become a resident DJ. Shortly after going on to become NR1 families first female resident. This led to many live streams and a string of music events that started in Norwich and quickly moved all around the the country and abroad to play in Ibiza.
Bäm Bii’s aim is to tell her personal stories through the energy and feel that her music creates allowing listeners to relate and become more connected to the music and each other in the dance, to bring emotion arising moods, understanding and a feel of conscious awareness.
Bäm Bii's first inspirations led from artists such as Netsky, B- complex, High contrast in early 2009 and hospital records predominantly but was also inspired by a friend who produced called Unresolved DJ he helped to push her further.
Kali is Midlands born. She first got into dnb in early 2000s after picking up a One Nation tape pack. She started hitting any local raves and yearly festival Global Gathering,..... always firmly rooted in the Accelerated Culture tent!! Kali always wanted to DJ, she felt like dnb was a genre she instantly connected to - so she bought a vinyl set up in 2006. Kali Messed around with it for a few months but never really had the confidence or self belief to push herself forward with it, so didn’t touch mixing again until November 2019, when her brother came to visit and got her to have a go on his controller. He told Kali that she has a 6th sense for the selection, because when she was mixing with all his tunes, which she hadn’t really heard before, and smashing it, first go in the mix.
This gave Kali the confidence to start again, and she got her first set out in December 19 the very next month, but playing 140. Had a few more 140 sets off the back of that, and then Kali's first dnb set was for a Hospitality Pre party event in her local town. Kali loves to DJ 140 as well and first got into dupstep when Benga’s Diary of An Afro Warrior came out. Kali loves the diverse sounds within 140.
I asked S.W.I.D - why this name - 'My name is Carly, I really wanted my DJ name to be Kali, like the Hindu goddess of death and creativity. But there is already a 140 & DJ producer called Kali.... So I did a bit of research and found out that another name Kali went by was 'She Who Is Death', so yeah, I went with S.W.I.D
All the Bloc2Bloc ladies - seeing them smash it on a daily gives Kali the confidence and inspires her to push forward. Since being more involved in the scene, Kali has met some talented DJs such as Jaded, Lucidik, Prosek and Skesa, who all have really supported and inspired her.
From when Dj Nyx was little She has always had a love for music , which carried on through her years of growing up , she took exams in the flute , she had a friend who she use to watch mixing when She was 15 and he taught her that carried on as some fun up until 18 months ago, when she got back into it and took it more seriously. Since then she has had numerous bookings at fire and lightbox , stamford and numerous residencies, including raverz assemble, a.d ,code red . motivation is the way the music makes other people feel and her Aim is to tell her personal story through the energy and feel that her music creates allowing listeners to relate and become more connected to the music and each other in the dance the reaction she gets from The crowd is her motivation to keep pushing and succeeding in the industry
Dj Nyx has set herself some goals to play on Main Stages across the country and to play abroad and to keep pushing the boundaries for female djs she is hoping she can inspire other women to mix and pursue their dreams like she has
Inspiration for as long as Nyx could remember - Aphrodite is massive inspiration in her life.
IZATT is an up and coming Cambridgeshire based female DnB Selector – She has always had a love for DnB even since before knowing what DnB truly was due to her parents having a solid collection of the classic tunes. Her raving journey began in the early 2010’s with her first rave being none other than Warning Cambridge which is her home rave and is also one of the UKs longest running DnB rave nights! As soon as her raving journey started her love for Drum and Bass grew to a completely new level and she has been nonstop loving it ever since. For years Izatt new she wanted to DJ but finally took the first step in September 2019 by getting her decks and getting her mix on!
Izatt made her debut on NYE in none other than the UK’s capital for DnB - Bristol, and has since co-founded and become a resident for Lovely Drop which then has lead to hosting and being part of shows in her local area and has supported the likes of K-Motionz, Gorilla Tactics with many more to come. Despite the pandemic, Izatt has still come far in 2020 with the events at the beginning of the year and her regular livestreams over lockdown making her name heard! Since the start of her DJing, Izatt has put maximum passion and effort into what she loves doing the most and cannot wait to continue showing what she is made of once we are back in the rave!
Izatt has had a long-time passion for the genre from listening to sounds by the likes of Hazard, Annix, Bou and many more, to then appreciating more underground types of drum and bass, and has had influencers such as female DJ Lady V Dubs.
Yours Truly hails from Leighton Buzzard. Yours Truly grew up listening to Jungle and Drum n bass from a young age, having older brothers that introduced her to the scene. Ed Rush and optical were definitely up there at the top for Yours Truly and as the years progressed added to her amazing production.
As time has gone on Yours Truly has developed a love for rollers which her sets are heavily influenced by. Her other love is Neuro, Eatbrain in her opinion is one of the best labels right now and she believes their nights are phenomenal. Lauren's favorite record label right now is Critical music, Her music library is stacked full of stuff that's been brought out on there mostly by ENEI.
Lauren always wanted to be a DJ but it wasn't until 2 years ago that she got her first set of decks and since then you can't get her off the things!!! Now Yours Truly has moved into her own home, she has been able to build a studio which means she can play as often as she likes now.
The love and passion Jade has for music was always so much more than just being a consumer, Jade wanted to do it all herself. Jade has
recently got into production with two bootlegs already out,
Shy Fx- His music always gives Jade feelings of euphoria. She would love her sets and music to have the same effect! Also Benny Page playing at Jungle-cakes was Jades first ever rave that she attended when she was younger. Jade feels like these two artists combined have influenced her style massively.
Blufury started DJ’ing under a separate guise in the 90’s successfully playing raves, parties and clubs across London, Brighton and the south of the U.K - focussed at that time on mainly Detroit based Techno and UK Hardcore.
Having taken a few years break, Blufury decided to concentrate more on Jungle, Drum & Bass since these had always been huge personal passions. Nowadays you can still hear aspects of Techno, as well as Grime, Dubstep, 140, Leftfield and everything in-between in their mixes
Blufury's biggest lifetime music influences have been Dave Clarke and Andrew Weatherall whilst recently it's been the likes of Thugwidow, Fearful, Mauoq and Yazzus.
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