Turn Up the Volume!
IN THIS PHOTO: Goldierocks
The Brilliant New Breed of British Female Radio D.J.s
THERE are many I have had to omit from this list…
IN THIS PHOTO: Tasty Lopez
but there is a wealth of terrific female radio talent out there. I feel, when it comes to D.J.s, there is less exposure of and spotlight on female talent. Maybe that is different in clubs and the music world but, if one looks at the major/mainstream radio stations; the majority of their members are male. I hope that changes because, as you will see from this list, their voices are incredible, essential and much-needed!
I have picked sixteen female D.J.s from the best independent and nationwide radio stations around…
PHOTOS (unless otherwise credited): Getty/Press
Stations: Hoxton Radio; Pyro Radio
"With her down to earth nature, Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry’s rising stars presenting Thursday’s 4pm – 6pm on Hoton Radio.
A face of the ITV family, she can currently be seen waking up the nation each weekend on ‘Scrambled.’
As a self confessed music geek, in 2015 Arielle was selected by Ministry of Sound to re-launch their radio station, taking the coveted drive time slot broadcasting live to a global audience Monday to Friday.
With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle seeds most of her summers hot footing it around the UK’ biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.
For two years Arielle was lead anchor on 4Music fronting shows “Would you rather…?”, “Feelgood Friday” and “Boxplus Live.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Adrian Lee
Station: Capital XTRA
On-air: Weekdays, 2-6 A.M.
Stations: Bestival FM; selector-radio.com
"Goldierocks, AKA Sam Hall, is an international DJ and broadcaster with a celebrity following that includes Kate Moss, The Rolling Stones, Richard Branson, Larry Page, Giorgio Armani, Gordan Ramsay, Madonna and The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (she's performed exclusively for them all).
Her weekly, award winning global new music radio show 'The Selector', which she’s presented for 8 years now, is legendary to those in the know. Broadcast in over 44 countries on FM, to over 4 million listeners a week; transmitted in China, Mexico, South Africa, Cuba, India, Spain, Malaysia, Russia & more. The Sunday Times has described it as "the most cutting-edge British music show out there." She also conceived the idea and now presents the specialist spin-off dance show ‘Selector After Dark’ also broadcast worldwide".
Station: Soho Radio
"Hailing from sunny Sydney, Australia, this spicy little mama has been spinning tunes, busting vocals and making beats since she was a teen. Starting in the rock’n’roll scene with her all-girl line-up Creepers, she moved onto making big bad girl electronic beats with her duo Twincest. Then moving into production, DJ’ing and other collaborations, including taking part in Karen O’s ‘Stop the Virgens’ Opera at the Sydney Opera House.
Since relocating to London this year, she has been working as a feature vocalist with international and local artists, being played on Triple J Radio, FBI Radio and BBC Radio 1 program Diplo & Friends. She has also been cooking up some exciting production and co-writing with new artists".
PHOTO CREDIT: Motel Rocks
Stations: Hoxton Radio; Beats1
"Monday’s 4pm – 6pm playing the best in reggae, dancehall, bashment, trap and rounding up the hottest gigs in London.
25 year old, Essex born Becca graduated from The London College of Fashion with a degree in Fashion Styling and Photography. On leaving she combined her passion for fashion with working as both an editor and stylist for FIASCO magazine, interviewing (amongst others) the legendary dub reggae artist Lee Scratch Perry.
In 2012 Becca was signed up as one of the new faces of MTV UK fronting daily news – 4 years on and she is their leading presenter. She currently hosts over 7 shows across MTV including her very own music show, Live Lockdown as well as covering worldwide music events with World Stage.
Alongside TV Becca has a passion for radio, she is a regular DJ for Apple Music’s international station Beats 1 and also presents her own specialist reggae and dancehall show on Hoxton Radio. She has launched her own brand DEADLY and will be putting on events in London with international reggae artist Protoje. As if that’s not enough you can also find Becca dj-ing reggae, dancehall and hip hop at major venues across London and the UK, spinning at festivals such as Glastonbury and supporting some of the worlds biggest reggae and dancehall artists".
PHOTO CREDIT: Vicky Grout
Station: NTS Radio
"Part of the NTS family since day dot, Moxie has held her bi-weekly Wednesday show since the stations first broadcasts. Inviting esteemed guests for interviews & mixes and breaking new, unreleased music, she’s got your Wednesday afternoons covered... Tune in to hear anything from soulful house and disco to rolling techno".
Station: Hoxton Radio
"Elspeth Pierce hosts the Hoxton Fashion Show, Wednesdays 10am – 12pm and Elspeth Selects new music show Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm.
Style expert Elspeth has her finger firmly on the fashion pulse. She has presented all the off-court action at The Wimbledon Championships for Vogue magazine online, styled and presented live fashion events from The Clothes Show to Britain’s Next Top Model and hosted live radio shows from London Fashion Week. She is also in the thick of the action when it comes to sport having recently interviewed the New Zealand All Blacks and fronted premier league football show Betsafe Football.
As a fashion stylist and presenter, Elspeth started her career at ITV This Morning, styling models and celebs for the live shows. From there she landed a role as freelance fashion writer for Reveal Magazine and as fashion blogger to shopping centres countrywide".
PHOTO CREDIT: Lefteris S Primos
Stations: SISTER; Pyro Radio
"Sometimes you can find her in front of the camera when she isn't modelling Siggy Smalls is either travelling up and down the UK from DJing at highstreet stores to some of Londons hottest bars and warehouses.Depending on the venue she can adapt to any style of music by reading the crowd or being on brand...and she isnt shy to switch up her sounds.. Picking up her headphones going back only 2014.. sounds mixing on radio and then moving to the open world siggy has put in the work for someone who has only been doing this for 3 years..Spinning tunes in the Rainforest in Costa Rica to the Nevada Dessert to the High Streets it's clear Siggy likes to spread her musical wings and play to whom desires! Music is clearly her passion and with her unique style she blends the sounds with her own style.. and last year was a life changing year for her when she was asked to DJ at one of the worlds biggest festival Burning Man with 80,000 people attending!"
"Lucid Stannard is a London based DJ known for her tune selection; sewing together disco, afro, world, house and funk.
Resident of Lucy's Disco, Lucid has been spreading her wings rapidly throughout London and as far as Berlin and Croatia. Since playing at secret garden party last year, she has played for a number of well known brands and parties, including Baby G, Gottwood, Festival Number 6, Futureboogie and Percolate. Playing an array of genres from funk, jazz, disco, house, afrobeat and everything in between, it is no wonder so many people tune in to her radio shows on Balamii and Netil Radio".
PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Goodman
Stations: SISTER; Dash Radio
"Pioneering brand new tastemaker radio platform SISTER, Carly Wilford is a ground breaking presenter and DJ with boundless energy, unstoppable character and endless drive. Down to earth, warm and honest, she gets to the heart of the artists she interviews and is not afraid to push boundaries. Creator of online hub I Am Music, she uncovers the stars of tomorrow and helps them to break the tough and ever changing industry".
Station: BBC Radio 1
"B.Traits is a producer, DJ and radio presenter, bridging underground music from techno to jungle to house.
BBC Radio 1 Friday nights from 1 - 4am
Eclecticism. Evolution. Education.
Three intertwining principles that form the foundation of the career of Brianna Price. A journey that has seen her relocate from British Columbia, Canada to London, England; break the UK singles chart with her rave/bass hybrid track ‘Fever’; become an established and respected radio broadcaster for BBC Radio 1 through which she vehemently champions cutting edge underground electronic music; cement her reputation as a trusted selector at countless leading music events; and most recently become an advocate for drug education within her adopted home. Underpinning all these achievements is Brianna’s passion for sounds from across the musical spectrum, and her now well documented rampant eclecticism".
Station: BBC Asian Network
"Harpz currently presents the Weekend Breakfast Show on the BBC Asian Network (Saturday & Sunday’s 6am-10am). Alongside this she is a regular cover presenter for the Asian Network Breakfast Show.
Harpz is a qualified Journalist, and became a finalist at the Asian Media Awards 2014 under the “Outstanding Young Journalist Of The Year” category. She has worked with some big, household brands in the commercial industry such as BBC Radio 4, Capital FM, Metro Radio & 2BR where she acted as a News Anchor.
As well as keeping herself occupied in Radio, Harpz began her own Youtube Channel “DJ Harpz TV” – where she created a platform for her listeners to get to know her on a more visual basis. She used this channel to speak with artists within the music industry, which gave her the recognition she needed.
Before all of this, from a young age, Harpz had a goal that she wanted to achieve through her music and media expertise and set off on a journey that would consistently take her to new heights.
After persistence, commitment and determination, Harpz got her break-through and was given a slot on her local Radio Station – Fever FM. Harpz fan base grew bigger and bigger due to the success of her hard work through her shows and reaped the rewards after being offered the drive time slot, which took place every Saturday between 6pm -8pm – “The Strictly Bhangra Show”. After 4 years of commitment at the station, Harpz took on the role of being an admin at the station as well as presenting the Breakfast show twice a week".
PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Blaow
Station: BBC 1Xtra
“SIAN ANDERSON IS A 25 YEAR-OLD MEDIA POWERHOUSE AND GRIME AMBASSADOR. ALONGSIDE RUNNING SIGHTRACKED WHICH IS HER OWN MARKETING AND PR COMPANY. SIAN ALSO HOLDS DOWN A SPECIALIST PRESENTER AND DJ SLOT ON BBC RADIO 1XTRA, RUNS YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAMME ONE TRUE CALLING WITH JULIE ADENUGA, AND IS A FREELANCE JOURNALIST FOR A HANDFUL OF WELL-RESPECTED PUBLICATIONS INCLUDING THE FADER, I-D MAGAZINE, RED BULL AND NOISEY (VICE)”.