For the last St. Romain show of 2019, we're very excited to welcome Manchester's Mix-Stress to the decks, as she brings us a soul-infused, afrobeat, and funky house inspired mix for SR0010.
As the founder of RebeccaNeverBecky - a platform for anyone that identifies as female, QTIPOC, BAME and LGBT+ and provide opportunities to showcase their talent - Mix-Stress is woven into the fabric of the Northern city's scene.
Manchester-born and raised.
Both my parents were avid music lovers so there was always music playing in the family home. Genres included rare groove, Motown, and soul, then my older brothers would play jungle, acid house, and hip hop. So I was exposed to a lot of different vibes from very early on.
Now I run a Manchester-based Arts Collective called RebeccaNeverBecky which showcases new, emerging and established creatives, DJs and artists from the Manchester queer scene and beyond. I always wanted to DJ at the events so I enrolled on a complete DJ course at SEM and it’s really taken off. This year has been insane and opportunities have followed from people seeing me play. I feel DJing was a natural progression because it just felt right I wanted to do it and I picked it up really well.
Take me back to the nineties.
My sound is an influence of all the genres I experienced when I first discovered music mixed with new vibes. I would describe it as funky, fresh, soulful and retro eclectic. My main inspirations come from the 90s. The music, culture, art and essence was the best in my opinion. To get my attention a track that would get my attention has to have a groove from the start. You can’t beat the instant vibe when you press play and drop it in.
Manchester has always had a special vibe to it.
There is something very unique about the people, the music, culture and the raving. I have been to many cities and it’s hard to compare. I think it’s generally a northern thing. People love to party to good music. Sacha Lord is a G and he a massive inspiration to many. He had been very supportive of my work which is dope.
The last 6 months have been gig galore, lots of chances to play at events and venues across Manchester and Leeds, which has been amazing. Also working on my technique and my sound which very important to me.
The next 6 months I have lots of plans for DJing and then working on the next RebeccaNeverBecky events with my team.
I wanted to create something different in Manchester
I set up RebeccaNeverBecky 18 months ago because I wanted to add a little more representation and diversity to the scene. The main ethos is that we platform anyone that identifies as female, QTIPOC, BAME and LGBT+ and provide opportunities to showcase talent. We hold 2-3 main events a year with pop-ups and collaborations in between.
We offer unique and conceptual clubbing experiences fused with art, culture and good music. We have resident DJs, artists and performers that take part in each event.
It pulls in a very diverse and inclusive audience. We curated an event for Manchester International Festival back in the summer and this was massively well received and praised and we have some big plans for 2020.