The decks have long been dominated by blokes, but these female Leeds DJs are shattering preconceptions.
Record decks have long been dominated by men, but in the 21st century, that no longer needs to be the case. In fact, there’s an ever-growing pool of talented female DJs popping up all over the world. Right here in Leeds, it’s no different, and we’ve picked out of three of the best from around these parts to show that the DJ booth is no longer just a man’s world.
A regular on Leeds’ late night scene for more than a decade, Lucy Locket was a resident DJ at longstanding club night Speedqueen for six years as well popping up at the likes of Purrrfect and Gladrags.
She specialises in the finest disco and soul tunes from between 1976-1983. Since the end of Speedqueen in 2006, she now hosts her own infrequent night of disco classics at Outlaws Yacht Club in Leeds, Keep It Up, as well warming up for the likes of Joey Negro and Horsemeat Disco. Not only does she get people grooving, she now passes on her knowledge of vinyl DJing, DJ history and kit techniques to the next generation through DJ School UK.
One of a new breed of DJs that are currently making their mark in Leeds is Tacat. A native of the Midlands, she’s now making Yorkshire move to the sound the noisy, bass-heavy beats spinning from her decks.
She’s part of the pioneering Slut Drop club night at Chunk on Meanwood Road, which prides itself on providing a platform to talented and creative women in Leeds. As resident DJ, she gets their parties going and keeps them up until the early hours, as well as regularly playing at Headrow House’s In/Out/Up/Down night. She’s branched out too, taking on the decks at nights in Sheffield and Manchester – there’s no doubting that Tacat is one of the most talented young DJs around, and we’re not just talking about the female ones.
M-Melodie has been making the people of Leeds dance into the early hours since 1998. Starting out with her first gig at the iconic Mint Club, she held a 15 year residence at Speedqueen, first when it was at The Warehouse, and then again when it started returning for intermittent nights, where she shuttles out one funky house tune after another. She’s also been booked to play at clubs as big as Gatecrasher, Miss Moneypenny’s and Retro.
As well as tearing up the clubs of the UK, she’s the Melodie behind Melodie’s DJ Academy, deciding to set up her own DJ school in Leeds to influence the youngsters of today, teaching them all the tricks of the trade, so they can become the clubland stars of tomorrow.