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Whilst I was growing up I listened to a variety of musical genres in social settings – from standards to rock and roll, be pop, Blues, Soul together with big band music from Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington. At school and in my bedroom I danced to Tamla Motown.  Then I rebelled and took to Ska and Reggae. It didn’t occur to me that ‘a girl’ could be a DJ! I just bought the music I liked. Then I discovered the West End and the music shops there, I bought white labels and imports. After jostling with the guys who would ask me “Why do you want that  tune for, you’re not a DJ”


I got older, had ‘proper jobs’, dropped out of the music scene but kept most of my music but added to it in the new-fangled form of CD’s.  I re-discovered the music I loved during cancer treatment– I went back to jazz funk, soul and reggae. I listened to community radio stations, started dancing again and of course buying music. I impressed and irritated some of the male dj’s by my knowledge of certain genres of music. One radio station eventually banned me from entering music competitions as I won prizes every week. My first appearance in a studio was a birthday gift in the form of spinning some tunes live on air. I occasionally DJ’d for friends hosted ‘You Tube’ parties.


Life events together with  three  house moves in a short time span meant I had to sell a large amount of vinyl and once again music was on the back burner. I moved to Kent and re-discovered live music and that lovers of vinyl were in abundance. I attended Open Decks sessions, became familiar with decks again, learnt how to use CD mixers, ‘selected’ tunes via Twitter, joined the #funkclub and have begun buying music again.


#Jazz, #Jazz Funk, #Motown #Reggae # Ska, #Mod, #Swing #Gospel, #Sophisticated Standards #Blues


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BERNADETTE HAWKES aka DanceQueenDq

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