Hemlin, London based DJ / collector that is heavily influenced by her Cypriut heritage both culturally and musically.
The music she collects is diverse, ranging from downtempo ambient electronic, to more peak time House tracks and has recently started to dig a little deeper into the world of Greek music from the 70s and 80s.
She teaches DJ lessons at the weekends at @londonsoundacademy as well as working for the NHS looking at how Genomics can be embedded into routine medical practice. In her own words “I like having the creative/sciency split, i think it helps me become more rounded as a person.”
A staple member of the @rhythm_sister collective, whcih is platform & community promoting female, non binary, and trans DJs and producers through workshops and events & monthly radio show on Balamii
Make sure to give Hemlin a follow 👉 @iamhemlin
DIGGR: What are you favourite record labels?
Hemlin: "Strictly Rhythm, Banoffee Pies, Tartelet Records"
D: What were your earliest musical influences?
MS: "At home I was schooled in Soul, Jazz and Big band by my Dad. I fondly remember the album sleeve art of the Isaac Hayes LP ‘Live At The Sahara Tahoe’, on my Dads turntable. I helped my brother with his mobile disco “Solar Explosion”; he was a Soul and Funk aficionado and played Philly Soul, Funk and Disco.
We used to rock up in his Ford Transit with flames painted above the wheel arches and his logo on the side wearing matching satin jackets. Happy days!"
D: One record that sums up your happiest memories and where does it take you back to?
MS: "Bimbo Jet - ‘El Bimbo’.
A not so well known French Euro Disco holiday hit that takes me back to happy times of holidaying in Spain with my Mum."
D: What’s the one thing people don’t know about you?
MS: "I am a 2nd Degree black belt In Lau Gar King Fu… but I never use my moves in anger. I'm a lover, not a fighter!
And yes, I do have “Kung Fu Fighting” in my record collection, that Carl Douglas LP includes a nice Modern Soul track."
D: What is it about vinyl that makes you dig it?
MS: "There are many things I enjoy about collecting and playing vinyl. I love having something tangible, the way it feels in my hands, the label and the sleeve design, the run-out etchings, and coloured pressings make them all so individual (and collectable). It never ceases to amaze me how sound comes from its grooves – its physics but it feels like a miracle.
Vinyl is the purest format to play with; it pushes me as a technical DJ and keeps me on my toes. I enjoy the whole “pulling records” before a gig ritual and the restrictive nature of having to choose from only what you have selected for your record bag when it comes to the party. "
Thanks Mike for sharing your digs with us!
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