Part of the club scene in Leeds for literal decades, Lucy is a DJ, record collector and DJ workshop facilitator. Starting with a residency at the forever underrated SpeedQueen, (hey music press and archivists, your misogyny is showing), Lucy developed and specialised in a love of disco which led to regular sets further afield at Northern Disco and Homoelectric.
Recent (As in the last 10 years) endeavours include a residency at Leeds’ pumping queer dance party @lovemuscleleeds DJ workshop director for Equaliser; plus sets here and there at Beatherder, Dimensions, We Out Here, Liverpool Disco Festival and the positively delightful Gut Level in Sheffield.
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Each week we will be taking a dip into the crates and minds of some of the digging scenes most prolific collectors.
🤔 Who should be on the next RPM feature?
One institution that changed your life musically and why?
I’m fortunate to say that I have experienced a few! Northern Disco in Manchester is a big one though and one that deserves more recognition than it receives. Things like the attention to detail which came out of researching and understanding the roots of disco, and then showed up in the way the party was run. When I think about this party it’s easy for me to be wowed by the DJs and music they played (and the way that they played it!) but it was the environment crafted that added the extra special bit, and showed off the DJs, music and skill at their absolute best. Al and Lee gave me access to something that was a game changer for informing my DJing; also a lesson in doing the things that may seem insignificant and acknowledging they still show up in what you create. Thank you 🙂
Your birthday track…
Let’s go with the Stars on 45 instrumental for this year only.
It’s a slothy Sunday, what tune are you hanging out to?
I do love the whole of the Tusk album, but ‘Save Me A Place’ in particular is a big Sunday favourite.
When digging, what are the two things that draw you to a record?
I always check the musicians credited for familiar names, anyone I recognise and I will pop it in the listening pile. And highly unscientific but sometimes when having a dig I just know when I hold a record that I need to give it a listen – based on lots of extra information that I’m not consciously processing in the moment I’m sure. But I don’t deny it when it happens and the conversion rate to purchase is pretty good.