Line-up /DJ line up:
Basement floor - Phil Asher, DJ Cosmo, Afronaught, Seiji, Rap Saunders, Ladybugz
Deco Lounge: Andy Bird, Johnny Reckless, Toni Rosanno, Bopstar, Souled, DJ Bones
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With a line up to drool over, the ‘LadyBugz Heavyweights Birthday Party at East Village’ on Friday 14th August is going to be THE party this summer and featuring a succession of the UK’s finest DJ’s & Producers coming together to take to the decks at London’s infamous East Village, this is a birthday party celebration of heavy weight proportions.
The night – a birthday celebration for Katie Barber and DJ Marcia Carr and a follow up to the hugely successful Heavy Wieghts party in January – is presented by ‘LadyBugz ’, the female contingent of the Bugz In The Attic collective. Ladybugz are: Katie Barber, DJ Ms Marcia Carr, T. Maronie and Miss Callis, with the flow provided by MC Marshmello. They come fully charged with credentials to back up their skills and knowledge, mixing up Broken Beats, Disco, Dub Step and Detroit, it’s fair to say this veritable cinquette hits all the bass' every time.
The story of the stylus sistahood began in 2004 at Cherry Jam in West London and continues to grow from strength to strength in 2009 and beyond. Ladybugz represent like-minded talented women doing it for themselves and have featured guest appearances from some of the finest females out there including Lyric L, Vanessa Freedman, Eska, Lady Alma to name but a few.
A teen in the 80’s, Katie Barber trained as a dancer and along with her brother’s punk and new romantic records and her mother’s blues and soul collection, gave Katie her diverse and immersive musical training. The late 80’s rare groove parties, a Balearic excursion to Ibiza in ’89 and listening to the deep house sounds from Chicago, New York garage and Detroit techno turned clubbing into an obsession. With this grounding and some years of record collating later, it was inevitable that Dj’ing would follow. It was in 1991 when Katie’s DJ career kicked off and was cemented with a 7-year residency that started out in 2001 with Phil Asher and Patrick Forge at the legendary Inspiration Information back at The Notting Hill Arts Club.
Katie Barber has proven herself a DJ with calibre, having played at the crème of music festivals including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, V, The Electric Picnic and parties as far wide as Beirut. She’s also established in London’s underground club scene, with appearances at Faith, Need2Soul, Clandestino, Life&Soul, The Remedy, to name a few. Over the years, Katie has taken to the decks alongside some of the finest DJ’s and producers out there, including: Kerri Chandler, DJ Deep, Jerome Sydenham, King Britt, DJ Spinna, Karizma, Afronaught, Domu, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Norman Jay, Stuart Patterson and the The Idjut Boys, many of who have become very good friends. Katie is calling on her musical friends to help her celebrate her birthday in top musical style as Katie is expected to deliver her own blend of quality house and broken vibes.
Joining her is fellow birthday girl Marcia Carr – the ‘girl with mad game’ – will also be celebrating in musical style and laying down some of the best house, rare grooves, soulful disco and jazzy groves. Marcia manages her freelance PR work and clients have included Phil Asher, Green Jade, Basement Boys, Peven Everett, Souled, The Rebirth, Judah & Secret, Choklate and others, as well as occasionally turning her hand to producing and remix work in the studio. On the flip side, primarily Marcia Carr is your Dj’s Dj dedicated to honing her craft for the cause from live sets to radio which have featured on terrestrial and online channels including her show on Gforceradio, Pushfm and Ministry Of Sound, alongside such legendaries as Bob Sinclair, David Morales and Masters At Work.
Presently Marcia’s London residency 'Playback' now in its third year continues its growth as a club night of choice for the discerning music lover. For a long time her skills has lead her play with the cream of the underground dance fraternity over the years. Names include Kerri Chandler, Phil Asher, Ronnie Herel, Afronaut, Norman J, Jeremy Newall, Ricky Morrison, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Marc Mac, Seamus Haji, Keb Darge, Kev Beadle, Teddy Douglas, Rachel Aubern, Cosmo, Jazzie B, Rap Saunders, Fitzroy da Buzzboy, DJ Paulette, Bobby & Steve, Lottie and others.
Marcia Carr's transition from jazz dancer to deck manipulator was one of a natural progression. Spinning the platters that matter on distinguish club floors, private parties and corporate events since the mid '80s, her alter ego Marcia Da Vinyl MC has graced the decks at pedigree events including the Southport Weekender, Tru Skool Cypher, IsItLIVE, Mind Fluid, Hed Kandi, Whistle Bump, Right Area, Southport Sessions, HouseHuntin, Back II Basics, Ministry of Sound, L'America, Club Shelter, Weekending, Peach, The Sattelite Club, the list is endless. Regular guest spots also on the international scene have included places such as Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Miami, Singapore and Sri Lanka. It's no wonder then that her diversity and knowledge perfectly illustrates exactly why she‘s very much in demand.
The party takes place on Friday 14th August at the popular ‘East Village’ in Shoreditch, which delivers a big club experience, courtesy of their state of the art EV Shuttlesound system, with a house party atmosphere.
The legendary Phil Asher aka Phlash and member of production outfit Restless Soul with close an incredible catalogue of his own productions will play on the night, serving up his own unique mix of killer house and broken beats.
Established producer and DJ Seiji, a prominent member of West London’s broken beat scene will be returning to the decks after too long an absence to help the girls’ party with a formidable set of off the hook beats.
Colleen Murphy aka DJ Cosmo is known for her diverse sets; encompassing her geographical and musical roots that find themselves standing somewhere between the post-disco of New York and the sharp-edge of London. The Label head of Bitches Brew records and herself a consummate producer too, will drop a selection of assorted goodness - expect something you’ve never heard before on a world wide scale.
Nice guy Afronaught (Orin Walters) and Soul Mates resident jock Rap Saunders will also be on hand to keep the party grooving, laying down quality beats with style and flair.
Andy Bird, known for his successful night SoulBrew, and Toni Rosano one half of producers known as Blackbeard will display their in-depth musical knowledge & expertise, as they join the team on the night, playing everything from Hip-Hop & classic funk to Rare Groove and some big Disco bangers.
The line-up does not end there…the heavy weights on the night also include music connoisseurs Cybersoul Music and Soul Brother records advisor Johnny Reckless, Soul Heaven recording artist Bopstar, Fresh Minute Music’s talented producer duo Souled and PushFM’s finest DJ Bones, with the full Ladybugz crew.
The party will be open to music lovers in London from 9pm until 4am. Its £6 before 11pm and £8 thereafter, Judging by the roadblock created at the last Ladybugz birthday party in January and the serious quality of the line-up, you better get down there early. Katie Barber and Marcia Carr’s Birthday Party at East Village…it’s gonna be BIG!