SAOIRSE will be speaking on the evening panel and closing the raving display of unity at Backdrop Sounds Of Solidarity : The Power & Politics of Dance Music on February 10th in Cosmic Ballroom. We are chuffed that she is open to sharing her experiences in this ever changing electronic musical landscape, as well as sending us all skew whiff with her much coveted record bag, procured from years of dedication to her craft. In anticipation of this celebration, Dr. Joseph was fortunate to chat with her on getting her first decks in exchange for “shit hash”, the magic of Ricardo Villalobos and how we can make nightclubs safer for lgbtiq+ communities, women and marginalised groups. Edited by Hester Cheuk.
Our Away With The Mixer : SAOIRSE feature goes right back to the start… “I was going to my first illegal raves at about 9 or 10 and seemed to always be drawn to music that went: DUVV DUVV DUVV DUVV. By 13 I was adamant that I wanted a set of decks, and by 14 I blagged myself a pretty purple pair of Numark belt drives and a mixer in exchange for two ounces of shit hash…”
“Saoirse’s first foray into the field of electronic music came at a very young age, accompanying her mother to free parties and raves in her home country of Ireland. It was at these parties that her young ears began to make sense of the sounds from the likes of Leftfield, Fluke & Orbital and a close allegiance to electronic music was forged. It wasn’t long before every last penny was being spent on vinyl and every spare hour spent digging for records old and new.
Once the door had been opened, Saoirse’s passion grew steadily into obsession and so media college seemed like a logical step upon leaving school, something that opened the door into the world of radio. Her earlier years saw her play numerous regular shows on pirate radio stations, before landing her own show on Ireland’s leading media broadcaster, RTE. Saoirse’s love for radio remains and these days she can be found sharing her appreciation and knowledge for music on London’s Rinse FM.
Hard graft, determination and unforgettable sets saw Saoirse make a name for herself on the London scene, over the years enjoying frequent appearances for promoters such as Art of Dark, Toi Toi, Make Me, Half Baked & fabric.
In more recent years, she has gained wider recognition across the UK, Europe and the USA. Her broad & diverse record bag and genre jumping antics is a combination that has seen her booked for a wide range of parties, across a number of different scenes. Whether it’s playing alongside Ricardo Villalobos in Ibiza, supporting DVS1 in London or playing next to Objekt in Paris, it’s clear that promoters trust her ability to deliver, whatever the setting.
When not DJ’ing Saoirse can be found in her London based studio where she continues to improve on her production technique of hardware synths and drum machines but there is no doubt that her recognition up until this point has come from her passion for collecting and playing records.
As a DJ, Saoirse is confidently in control of her sound. A sound that is the product of an already long and varied musical journey. Her interest in and comfort with such a range of genres means she is capable of effortlessly weaving sounds together, with equal measures of ease and style.
Expect dub, ambient, house, jazz, electro, garage, techno and some surprises, alongside a unpredictable and cheeky mixing style coupled with palpable passion and creativity. ” (Paramount Artists).