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I spin music, vocals and words, and run an award-winning venue – following in the footsteps of my granddad Syd, party animal and band leader.
Music found me quite late … Early passions were sport, and animals. Vegan from 18, I took part in many animal rights protests and actions. Later, in the early 90s, I worked undercover in two animal research labs, and was elected President of the Vegan Society, where I founded World Vegan Day and made a film with Benjamin Zephaniah.
Around the same time I met my partner Frank – a.k.a. Mr Frenzy. Fellow vegan, and “Godlike guitarist” in hotly tipped, all-veggie, indie band The Playthings, he invited me along, as a kind of honorary member, for one of their press interviews. I took him raving, and our lives were changed. Consumed by house music and DJ’ing, we rocked clubs and parties all over London and Europe, and for many years ran a free sound system. We had a residency at The Foundry, the famously anarchic arts venue, where our band Luminous Frenzy was formed, and I made it into the World’s ‘Top 100 Female DJs‘
Our first album Violence/Ambience (Freeport ) is a haunting exploration of beauty and malevolence, with several tracks featuring voices relating violent experiences – most memorably in Del’s Story and Menagerie. We debuted live as an 8-piece band on one of the main stages at the Big Chill Festival, and later, at the Southbank Centre, to promote our acclaimed single Three Cliffs Bay, written with Adam Thomas. Mutating into a 5 piece Art-Rock act, we recorded three tracks with Producer Paul Sampson (Catatonia, The Primitives), and performed at the ICA as well as Supernormal Festival.
We’ve made two music videos, the first on location at Three Cliffs Bay in Wales, the second, for the track Duck Down, in Shunt – a shambling labyrinth of railway arches-turned-arts-space, entered via a portal in London Bridge station. For some reason they both feature masks.
Now at the helm of Kabaret @ Karamel, we have our own award-winning venue & restaurant. A fabulous space with fantastic acoustics, and a late licence. A vegan republic with revolving shows, where no two nights are the same, and anything can happen ….