Anyway, so the excuse for my absence? So I don’t have a note from my parents, or a doctors certificate, but take it from me it’s valid one. I won’t bore you with endless apologies, but basically last year has to be hands down the busiest of my life so far… and this year’s already got off to a manic start, 2011 is already fronting up to challenge it’s predecessor, It’s set to be exciting indeed. But before I divulge, I’m gonna give you a rundown of some of my highlights from 2010.
REVIEW – Highlights of 2010
So the year got off to a good start, when I donned a fur coat along with 7 girls and ventured to Reykjavik for the weekend for my sisters hen party. Let’s just say Croydon girls know how to party, I’m not proud of my heritage but goddamn we know how to have a good time, even in minus temperatures.
So being a true romantic, my sister got married the weekend of valentine – Sat Feb 13th was the date. Maybe I’m biased, but my sister and her husband were the most idyllic wedding couple I’ve ever seen. (and being an ex-wedding singer, I’ve seen a few in my time) I was blushing bridesmaid and for old time’s sake also sung a little number at the reception. It was perfect from start to finish, and perhaps one of the best and most proud days of my life.
My birthday time - and this year I decided to celebrate it over in Australia. My two best friends were both out there (separately) for two-year jaunts, so I went a-visiting. Sydney Mardi-gras was the first stop, moving down to Adelaide to catch the future music fest and Adelaide festival. Moving over to Melbourne to hang out with old friends from Brighton then back to Sydney before heading home. Fulfilling indeed.
April: Party time.
Nothing significant to report, but a whole heap of clubbing, house parties and drunkenness.
May: OPP Debut.
A continuation of the partying of April, but the end of May saw my debut DJ set at East London’s most desirable lez fest OPP (Other People’s Property). Not only was it an damn-fine night, but my set was dandy too, which has lead on to many more E-London parties.
June: I want Candy.
So June was more work than play, but I played my debut set at London’s Candy bar, having been a long-standing resident at Brighton’s Candy bar it was nice to return for a one-night only appearance.
July’s highlight was def lovebox at Victoria park, just on my doorstep and a formidable line-up of some of Electro’s finest bands, including: Hot Chip, Hurts, Chromeo, Cut Copy, NYPC, We have band, Hercules & Love Affair, Peaches, and of course the legendary Miss Grace Jones, as well as a plethora of Londons finest underground nights and DJ’s.
August: Pride – a deeper love.
The first weekend of August is always Brighton Gay pride, one that I’ve had the pleasure to DJ at every year since my early DJ days. Having moved away from Brighton two years ago, it was an honor to return to my DJ birthplace and play for the promoter who gave me my first ever DJ set back in the day. In August I also attended my first gay wedding, which doubled up as my first ever wedding DJ set. A beautiful lesbian couple, who are friends of mine, it was a wonderful day and real honor to be part of. The end of August saw my debut DJ set at the legendary East London gay haunt, the joiners Arms.
Sadly at the beginning of September my poor car – Betty did her last journey. After serving me for over 10 years, my little Fiat Punto finally gave up and I waved goodbye as she was towed away. But outweighing the bad, I also graced Berlin with my presence with my best friend (Grace) who returned to UK from Oz for her birthday. On our arrival we headed straight to Berlinfest, where we saw a heap of Electro artists such as: Boys Noize, Hot Chip, Soulwax and Peaches perform in the hangers of a disused Aiport. Mid September my other best friend Claudia returned to UK from OZ, to be best man at my second lesbian wedding, another DJ set and another day I was proud to be a gay. Late September I also headed to Copenhagen for a weekend, a new friend who I’d met in the Summer was staying out there, she invited me to visit her and chill out in her company, the weekend ended up being more romantic than ‘pretty woman’ and my ‘new friend’ soon became my ‘new girlfriend’ 5 months on, were still going strong.. nice one.
October: Night of the Off Key Hat.
The second weekend in October saw my debut stage performance with my long-term band ‘The Off Key Hat’ Having recorded together for several years, with a number of vinyl releases with a variety of labels under our belt, we finally took our recordings to the stage. Fronting the band I was wearing a one-off Alexander Mqueen and a large pout. The end of October, later I rinsed the last days of Sun out of Barcelona with my crew of 10 strong Polish girls and Boys on a short 5 day trip. Finally rounding October up, with a Halloween DJ set at Family Affair.
The calm before the Christmas storm, November I chilled out but managed to take in an amazing performance by Chromeo at the roundhouse in Camden. I also took my newly purchased Ford KA for a spin down to Devon, to meet the girlfriends’ big bro and new baby boy, and great news from my sister - I’m going to be an Auntie for the first time!!!
December: Ding Dong Merrily on High.
As always December was a crazy month work wise, 12 hour DJ sets and more Mariah Carey than you can stomach. I did break this up with some sterling dirty DJ sets, starting with Flashmob @ Visions early December, and throwing out some dubstep at ‘Other Peoples Twats’ the most talked about lesbian warehouse party so far. I was also lucky enough to take see the vocal powerhouse Jocelyn Brown at the Jazz Café. Rounding off the year with the perfect family Chrimbo with my Girlf & my folks at my sisters in the country. Seeing the year in with a DJ set at Tiger Tiger.
What a blinding year it was!
Shockingly we’re already 2, nearly 3 months into the year and already lot’s to write home about:
The second week of January ‘The Off Key Hat’ released our first Digital EP with our new record label ISM. It stormed to no1 in Juno’s download chart and has been creating quite a stir.
Check out Junos review http://www.junodownload.com/plus/2011/01/06/the-off-key-hat-coming-up-shaking-review/
If you want to hear what they’re talking about you can listen to the EP on our soundcloud:
Coming up shaking EP (ISM records 2011) by The Off Key Hat
and can download at Juno: http://www.junodownload.com/artists/The+Off+Key+Hat/releases/
or Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/coming-up-shaking/id408698608
We all love a good free-bee so here’s one from me to you. We recently recorded a cover of Artic Monkeys – I bet you look Good.
I bet that you look good on the dance-floor (Artic monkeys cover) FREE DOWNLOAD by The Off Key Hat
So the end of January, I returned to Berlin, this time with my girlfriend and 7 friends in tow, to celebrate our friends 21st. Trust me when I say it was cold, but fun-packed.
Another fun-packed month it was. I returned to Copenhagen with my girlfriend to celebrate our friends 40th birthday in style, let’s just say champagne was a plenty and we were in the presence of not one, but two of Copenhagen’s heart-throbs, one from todays pop world and another from yester-year.
To show I’m not just a one-trick musical pony, I also took in some more traditional music and culture in Feb. Two trips to The Royal Opera House with my girlf, the first to see Mozarts ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (magic flute) and the second (call me a romantic) a breath-taking valentines day performance of Swan lake.
March: The Big three-Oh dear god.
So this year I’m hitting the big three zero. It’s never ok to ask a lady her age, but if she offers simply smile and say ‘wow I would never have guessed, you look much younger’ and here’s where I blush and say ‘Thank you’. So of course I’m celebrating in style, organizing a little warhousey type party, with a selection of my fave DJ friends on the decks. I’m then heading off with my girlf to Cape Town to take in a breath of South Africa air, where my aforementioned best friend Claudia is currently residing. Sundowners over table mountain, should be a good way to gracefully wave goodbye to my 20’s.
April: Substitute Satisfaction.
So the first two weeks of April I’ll be in Cape Town. On my return I’ll be spinning my debut DJ set at ‘Dick and Fanny’ on the 16th April. And The Off Key Hat will be hosting our album launch party on the 30th April at The Star of Kings Cross.
May: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
so the 9th of May is the proposed date for the official release of Off Key Hat’s album, which will be available for download, vinyl and for the first time as physical CD too, a momentus occasion indeed! I’ll also be returning to Copenhagen once again with my good lady, to play DJ at a warehouse party. And the last weekend in May, I’ll also be jetting off to New York for the first time, for a wedding and to see the bright lights.
June: Woman from Auntie.
So my sisters little peanut is due to pop out some time in June and auntie duties will consist of babysitting, changing nappies and bottle-feeding, all a first for me, but in my 30th year it’s about time I learnt some mothering skills.
That’s just the first half of the year, who’s to know what else will crop up and present itself, but one things for sure, it’ll be exciting - Watch this space. So come on then 2011 you fucker, gimme all you got!