Since moving to Bristol to study in 2010, I’ve established myself in the city’s rich music scene as a DJ, Radio Presenter, events organiser and music producer.
Shortly after leaving University, I started my business as a professional DJ. My aim was to use my experience mixing in clubs to create a unique all-in-one equipment hire and DJ service, catering to weddings and other private events. By 2019 I was able to take this full time, having performed at over 80 events in that year alone.
In 2020 I was named Wedding DJ of the Year by the Bristol Prestige awards, and to date I have a 100% client satisfaction record with 5 star reviews across Facebook and Google.
Bring Your Own Tracks
In 2017 I started Bring Your Own Tracks; a monthly open deck night with an open genre, open medium policy. The first two events were at The Hatter cafe in central Bristol, before relocating to To The Moon, a bar in Old Market. As of 2020 pre-pandemic, there had been over 35 BYOT events. The original goal of the project was to facilitate networking and a platform for DJs to practise in a public space. The community that has formed as a result has become a valuable source of support and collaboration within Bristol’s electronic music scenes.
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The focus of the project has now shifted to improving representation of marginalised communities in dance music. Plans are currently in place to secure funding for a specialised space to hold DJ, production and marketing workshops, which will be free to those who are unable to afford them. By offering these alongside outreach work into areas characterised by lower socioeconomic status, an affordable practise room and access to an increasingly diverse network of practitioners, I hope to foster a truly welcoming and all inclusive entry route into Bristol’s music community.
I created my POLO LILLI alias in summer 2019 with a firm goal to create danceable music that bridges the mainstream/leftfield gap. Inspired by hyper pop artists such as Sophie, Charli XCX and A.G. Cook, I utilise pop elements and twist them to fit the values of underground dance music. I also borrow heavily from the sounds of the 90s rave scene, in an attempt to evoke feelings of nostalgia and further a sense of relatability in my music.
In 2019 I released a series of pop bootlegs that quickly caught the attention of the UK's burgeoning hybrid footwork/jungle scene, and 2020 afforded me the studio time to release over 30 tracks with global signings in Paris, Mumbai, Melbourne, Berlin and Prague. My tracks have since been represented on some of the UK's biggest platforms including BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, Rinse FM and Boiler Room.
Photos by Jonathan Denyer