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Suzie Beckley -

B I G  S U z e

An Interview

Big Suze, how would you describe your music?

I like hip hop, neo soul, rnb… stuff that’s nice and chill. It’s not very dancey but some good head boppers haha.


What is your earliest music memory?

Listening to tapes and CDs on long car journeys. We had this NOW compilation CD which was basically loads of bangers from the 80s, 90s and 00s. I used to have this timetables tape which I’d play on the way to school but I think my mum got so pissed off with it that she chucked it out without telling me.


How did you first get into DJing?

I learnt to DJ through the Mix Nights course last summer, which is aimed at women and female-identifying people in Bristol. It was the perfect environment for learning how to mix - it is usually such a male-dominated environment so learning from other female DJs was really encouraging and I never felt out of place. Big fat recommendation for any womxn who want to get into DJing in Bristol!




What is the most memorable set you’ve played?

The first time I DJed at the the end of the Mix Nights course! We put on a showcase at the Love Inn and it was such a nice way to end the course and play live for the first time.

Whose music are you into right now?

Steve Lacy’s debut album!! is so good! Listen!! I also found this guy called Amerigo Gazaway who mixes stuff which seems really unmixable but actually works so well - like De La Soul over Fela Kuti instrumentals and sampling A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde together!


Best night you’ve been to?

I recently saw KRS One at Trinity which was incredible, and bit of a cliche but Tresor in Berlin.

I feel like I will regret saying this but one of my best nights out in Bristol has been at Lizard Lounge.


What can we expect from your set on Wednesday?

Lots of 90s hip hop, bit of neo soul, maybe some rogue tunes thrown in - we’ll see!

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