#023 – Kathryn Dodds
It’s time for mix #023, and this time we’re delighted to welcome local house DJ and Nebula co-runner KATHRYN DODDS to our happy family of guests. Conjuring images of both the warmth of the Balearic Islands and the depth of the Mediterranean Sea, Kathryn straddles the boundary of house and techno to take us on a pulsating voyage through her music collection. We hope you like this one as much as we do.
File it under: Warm Balearic Vibes
Hey and it’s a pleasure to be chosen as a feature. I’m good thanks, really busy with gigs at the moment which is great.
Well I’m 22, graduated from Uni with a law degree in July and been DJing for about 2 years (double life I know!) I’m into house of the underground variety, techno and a bit of disco!
I’ve liked house music from an early age, albeit it was ‘Pacha classics’ style house when I was younger! Good Life is still an absolute tune though – can’t deny that!
The first time I heard underground house was my first visit to Sankeys in Manchester back in 2009. From the moment I walked in I remember thinking ‘this music is amazing.’ As cheesy as it sounds house music brings people together, makes people happy and keeps them dancing for hours. For me that was the moment I fell in love with the music I play now.
I have so many influences, I’m inspired by anyone who works hard and is passionate in what they do. Being a girl, a lot of female DJs really inspire me. Dinky, Anja Schneider, Ellen Allien and Michelle Owen are all DJs that have really impressed me in the past and their productions are quality too.
Other major musical influences for me are the likes of Guy Gerber, Henrik Schwarz, Dixon, Derrick Carter, Deetron and Kerri Chandler. All absolute legends!
Ha yeah gigs have been crazy for me over the last few months. It’s a difficult one because since finishing Uni my life pretty much revolves around gigs and production. So in that sense yes I am doing what I have always dreamed about. It took a lot of balls for me to make the decision to not go down the graduate job route too, so I’m hoping the risk pays off.
However, there is still a long way to go until I’ll reach the point when I think I’m doing what I have always dreamed about. Don’t get me wrong when I play big gigs I literally have to pinch myself as I can’t believe its happening and I get so excited when I am confirmed on good line-ups. But I wouldn’t consider myself as doing what I have always dreamed about until I’m knocking out productions left, right and centre and making a successful career out of it all.
I’d like to think I’m building the foundations of the life I have dreamed of now. Luckily I really enjoy it all (or I wouldn’t be doing it) so I wouldn’t call it work!
Prague and Ibiza were fantastic experiences, you meet so many amazing people and the crowd is also different to what you’re used to at home. Of course you get to do all the touristy stuff too! I love playing in Europe and I am looking forward to more gigs there next year.
They do have some very odd food over there! I remember eating a lot of meat dishes like goulash – hard luck if you’re a vegetarian out there! Oh and I obviously sampled a lot of the beer!
I played at Evolution Festival in May and Parklife Festival in June. I was also supposed to be playing Vertigo Festival, Italy in August but the festival has been postponed to June 2014 so I wont be playing there until then. Ended up playing in Ibiza instead of Vertigo so it wasn’t all bad!
I love the atmosphere of festivals, everyone is always in such a good mood and there are so many different things going on. The crowd is always brilliant and it’s a great opportunity to meet lots of talented artists too.
As well as Vertigo I am also playing at MCR Festival next year and could potentially be playing another two big festivals but can’t say anything more just yet.
I played for Nebula a couple of times before I became a resident there. I really like the vibe of Nebula, it attracts a class crowd and I have a lot of time for World Headquarters. They were a person short in the management so in May we had a business meeting and I became a co-runner and resident from there.
It’s going okay there is A LOT to get your head around. It all overwhelms you at first but I am really enjoying it. I’ve just started a course at Newcastle College on music production so I’m hoping that will help me a lot.
I’ve almost finished my first song, it’s a Chicago old school deep house style track. Hoping to have that done in the next couple of months if all goes well. I’m a perfectionist so can spend so long tweaking every little thing!
I’m pleased you asked this actually. Generally speaking I don’t get any problems no, but I would be lying if I said that I never have problems. Not mentioning any names but there has been times when I turn up to a gig and you can see guys instantly dismiss you as a DJ because you’re a girl. Then when they hear that you can actually DJ they have a look of shock on their face. I get a lot of comments too, like “Oh you’re a girl and you can DJ.” Yeah, why does it matter if I’m a girl or not? To quote Darius Syrossian “You don’t need a dick to play records.”
On the whole though I like the fact it’s a male dominated industry as I think you can use it to your advantage. Being a girl definitely makes you stand out more.
05.10.2013 – Module at Digital
17.10.2013 – Hygge Sound with The Golden Boy at World Headquarters
19.10.2013 – Nebula at World Headquarters
01.11.2013 – Rub A Dub Dub with Julio Bashmore at Digital
Chicken breast in a crusty baguette – can’t beat it!
Has to be the Lion King.
Haha difficult one but I’d probably say Ruby Wax.
Although I’d love to be able to turn someone I didn’t like into a jelly babies temporarily I think I would choose being able to breathe underwater. I love the sea, so it would be sick to go exploring if you could breathe underwater!
I’d probably go for Starblazer by Deetron because it’s a beautiful tune and all his productions are quality. I played Starblazer and Character, another Deetron track, in my mix actually.
I have quite a lot of goals over the next 2-3 years as its pretty much make or break time for me. The music production course I am doing at Newcastle College is two years, so by the end of that I am hoping to be at the standard where I am getting some tracks signed to labels. After three years I am aiming to be in the position to assess whether I have a realistic chance of making a career out of gigs and producing. If all goes well and I work hard enough then I’m hoping the answer will be yes to that! Gig wise there are so many places I want to play. I’m hoping to get some more national gigs over the next couple of years as the only national gigs I have played have been in the north. Also really want to play a club in Ibiza… Sankeys Ibiza or Space would be a dream come true for me!
When I put mixes together I always try to take the listener on a journey. So it starts off with some groovy tech house then goes into techno and ends on some pretty magical deep house/techno tracks. I always try to keep my mixes varied across the genres I play too. Some of the tracks are old and some new, just a true selection of the stuff I am playing out at the minute.
Okay so firstly I’d like to give a shout out to my closest friends. As a group we go call ourselves ‘The Tribe,’ (don’t ask haha!) They really support my music and come to the majority of my gigs. So this is my way of showing my appreciation.
Next I’d like to give a shout out to the parents. My Mam bought me Ableton Live 9 as a graduation present which was pretty sweet of her! But on a serious note I wouldn’t have been able to go back to college if it wasn’t for their support. So huge thanks to the folks for everything that they do for me.
Finally I’d like to give a shout out to anyone who has told me they liked my set or liked a promo mix. Every little thing means a lot and its what keeps you going. I’d also like to give a shout out to all the other local DJs that keep you inspired, the house scene in Newcastle is so good right now!
Tanya – Nina Kraviz
Hey Girl – Samuel Dan
You’ve Got me – Ryan Crosson, Guti
Starblazer – Deetron
San Trope (Oxia Remix) – Mihalis Safras
Coming With Da Sounds (Yousef’s Chicago Beat) – DJ Sneak, Dirty Sneakers
The Regular – Quell
Gummosity – Mattias Fridell
Take Words In Return (C2 instrumental remix) – Henrik Schwarz
Character – Deetron
La Flaminia – Jorge Savoretti
Ordinary (Lake People’s Circle Motive Remix) – Kollektiv Turmstrasse