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RPM: Rosy Ross

Rosy Ross cut her teeth sharing an eclectic array of music for friends at house parties, through whatever medium she could. This naturally led to her expressing her selections in front of a set of turntables.

With this momentum, Rosy founded an open decks club TBAM – the most excellently titled “There’s Been A Mix Up” which is a tongue in cheek reference to the idea of an ‘amateur’ stepping up to the professional-looking (and, frankly, intimidating) DJ booth and taking over for the night.

The night welcomes and encourages DJs of all levels to explore what it feels like to play music out for the first time in front of an audience at venues such us Folklore, Theatre Deli & Off The Cuff Bar in London

Rosy also is no stranger to radio – in fact she’s well acquainted, she is senior producer for @threadsradio and also hosts her own shows ‘En Vacances’ & ‘Back To Ours’ on the station.

While En Vacances explores the edges of balearic, disco, italo, synth pop, house and other gems her other show on Threads with Casey Dewhurst (@halcyonfaze) “Back To Ours” provides tunes for all stages of the after party.

If that wasn’t enough radio shows to shake a record at, Rosy formerly hosted a Disco show on @aajamusic Radio aptly titled ‘Disco to Disco’ – a deep exploration into the genre and its inspirations and offshoots.

When not on air Rosy’s picked up a steady stream of gigs playing at venues such as @dsuperstore , @ryewaxrecords and @bgwmc, where you’ll find her spinning her signature blend of boogie, dub, disco, italo, house, chuggers to balearic, & psychedelic – either flying solo or as a core member of DJ collective @sisucrew

Each week we will be taking a dip into the crates and minds of some of the digging scenes most prolific collectors.

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DIGGR: Favourite record labels of all time?

ROSY: “West End and Sleeping Bag Records for releasing the best disco (/not disco). Some more recent – Spacetalk, Star Creature, Love on the Rocks, Safe Trip, On-U Sound, T4T LUV NRG and Dark Entries. A treasure trove of mind bending, body moving and heartbreaking music among these catalogues.”

D: One record that sums up happiest memories, and where does it take you back to?

R: Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion. Nottingham, 2009 – end of university. The album is so pure and also rough around the edges – I love that vibration.

It’s an ecstatic record that brings back endless dancing and many dawns witnessed with friends in warehouses, front rooms and back gardens. One of the best summers.”

D: Name a song to soundtrack the sunshine…

R: “Dhaima – Sweat Til Your Body’s Wet”

D: Your birthday track…

R: “La Vie En Rose (Grace Jones’ version).”

D: What is one of my favourite pieces of sleeve art & why?

R: ‘Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed’ – perhaps also the most enchanting title for a compilation.

I bought this on the strength of the cover art and to find out more – it was worth it. Design by Kathrin Remest.

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