I recently shared some thoughts for this great article on the influence and legacy of heroes Kemistry & Storm, to mark the 20th anniversary of their K7 DJ-Kicks mix album release.
It brought back a lot of happy memories, some bittersweet. Shouts to Becca Inglis for asking me to contribute.
One thing I’d like to add is the issue of representation. For me, it meant EVERYTHING seeing Kemi, a Black woman with locs, DJing this weird and wonderful music I’d fallen in love with, and to such an excellent standard of selection and mixing.
I’d initially wanted to become a filmmaker; after having my hopes dashed by a not so great school careers advisor I decided to focus on my love of Art & Design. Meanwhile my obsession with underground music grew, I found K&S, and the rest is history…
Would I have taken those first steps to start buying records and learning to mix if I hadn’t seen Kemi play, and got to know her & Jayne? It’s a question I can’t answer definitively, but if I’m honest with myself – possibly not. People are inspired to try their hand at something if they see their likeness already involved.
So, in the spirit of encouraging a more inclusive scene: if you or someone you know are a Black/ brown womxn mixing Jungle Drum & Bass, please get in touch. I’d love to hear what you’re up to.