“My hope for future generations of women in this industry, and all industries, is that they’re able to achieve their dreams without the stigma of being a woman”
I studied a different industry but sort of fell into music by following my dream. Through pure passion, I started DJing at college parties and from there was asked to do private parties before moving on to manage DJs. Following that, I was asked to programme the DJs for Ministry of Sound where I ended up taking charge of programming and promotions for the next three years and then started a label on their behalf, growing it from the ground up to a company worth £22m. I left Ministry to become vice president of Sony Music England — the only female on the board and the youngest by at least 15 years. Then I went on to open a .com company called Trust the DJ, raising £5m in capital before selling it on and returning to DJ management with my company called Safehouse Management.
My husband owns a restaurant so during the pandemic I have learned how to code, build websites, and do mailouts – all things that I was reliant on other people doing for me in the past; just to establish a collection service that would keep his business ticking over. It’s been tricky but quite satisfying. It’s made me really appreciate other people’s skills and I wished I had learned it earlier in life. I would’ve saved a fortune! It’s been a crap time for DJs, clubs, and the food sector. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and meeting people.
My hope for future generations of women in this industry, and all industries, is that they’re able to achieve their dreams without the stigma of being a woman and therefore being labelled with “I have babies” on their forehead. This still happens all the time and it means we get passed over. We are strong and we can do both — I know I did!