I chose where I was going to live at University purely because it was 2 minutes from the radio station. Little did I know that my love of experimental music would mean I'd be incarcerated in a basement after midnight every week. But it suited the type of music I wanted to play – extreme in terms of both beauty and brutality. Nothing much has changed since I started The Revolution Will Not Be Televised on CUR1350 (Cambridge University Radio). I still make a show that is filled with music that I love and that I cannot wait to play to other people. The only difference is that I've swapped a Cambridge basement for a London loft.
In 2007 I won the Best Female Radio presenter award at the national Student Radio Awards. Apart from coming off like a bit of an Edith Bowman stalker, the other perks of the award were getting to present a show on BBC Radio 1 and having a masterclass with a Radio 1 DJ of my choice. If I had won the award five years ago I would have chosen Peel without a second's hesitation, but in his absence I chose Mary Anne Hobbs – queen of the experimental, lovely lady and friend of Peel's. Mary Anne's unfaltering dedication to finding and promoting challenging music inspired and urged me to keep playing the music that I love. This is how I ended up at Dandelion. I knew of the station's exciting and uncompromising take on broadcasting from being a new music 'tipster' for Radio 1's Huw Stephens show, where the team are fans of the station. Coincidentally, I crossed paths three years ago with fellow Dandelion DJ Rachel Neiman when I was lucky enough to witness her label Cherryade records pick up the award for label of the year in 2006 at the Huw Stephens Christmas party. With DJs as involved and in love with music as that, I knew I had to be part of the station. I graduated, moved to London, and begged them to give me a try. And here I am.
To give you an idea of what I like to play, here are my two favourite musical feelings: One – bass that seeps up through the soles of your shoes, vibrates up your body and grabs you by the throat leaving you breathless. Two – layers of guitar squall that pin your arms, legs, and ears to the walls. But this is not all that I like. You'll find all I like, and even all that I love, in my show (or as much as I can fit into two hours).
Other things about me:
My favourite festival is Supersonic festival run by Capsule in Birmingham (they have great cake!) and I was their intern this summer. I also interview metal fans for Capsule's Home of Metal oral history project about metal in the Black Country at www.capsule.org.uk.
My finest musical moment was playing drums on stage with Shellac at Touch and Go's 25th Anniversary in Chicago.
I cry to music a lot, especially A Silver Mt. Zion. And my friends say I'm emo.
Tracklistings for my previous shows:
Festive 50 2009 - Festive Fifty Build-Up 2009 - 05/2009 - 03/2009 - 02/2009