SR0037: SHIVANI DAY
For SR0037, Leicester-based DJ Shivani Day shows her love of beat tapes with a mix that features everything from soul, funk, rap, RnB to neo-soul, jazz, African and Afro-house.
I'm Shivani Day I'm a multi-genre DJ from Leicester....
I’ve always loved and been brought up around music.
From a young age, I’ve been listening to many different genres including soul, reggae, rock, South American sounds, jazz, other world music and Indian, to be honest music from nearly every genre. It’s one of my passions, music is so many things to me, a healer, a source of happiness and sadness. Music enables me to feel and grow. Because of my love, broad knowledge and taste in music I’ve always said since I was young, I would make a sick DJ but it wasn’t up until around a year ago I even knew women were out in the field doing it. I just thought fuck it, I’m going to do this and give it my all. I would say my music tastes haven’t changed they have just expanded even further and as I’ve got older my appreciation for music and my musical upbringing has continued to grow too.
I just play what I want.
For me, my sound is defined by what I enjoy listening to and how I enjoy listening to music. I wouldn’t say I’m part of any scene, I’ve always been independent and this comes across to friendships. I’ve never had one friendship group I’m more of a floater and this is reflected in me as a DJ playing different genres. Things that inspire me within music are people who defy the box that’s given to them, people who are unique and take time with their craft. Artists who put across their views or talk on social issues or injustices in the world are an inspiration to me. The appreciation and love for this stems from my dad. He would always pause a song and explain lyrics and meaning behind them to me and my sister from a young age.
I love listening to beat tapes.
A lot of my mixes on SoundCloud are trap, rap and drill but now I’m comfortable with djing I wanted to start showing the other side of my music taste. The mix includes a range of genres, soul, funk, rap, RnB, neo-soul, jazz, African and Afro-house and some songs which are just beats. I like tracks with strong bass. I’m not sure how to explain but I just know when I like something, I think my diverse taste in music helps me identify great tracks especially when there is a fusion of multiple genres in a song.
$on of a Queen - MELODOWNZ
I Wonder - The Mouse Outfit ft Iamddb & Fox
Billy Ocean - Curren$y
Miss Fortune - Aloe Black
Feelings - Patoranking
World a Music - Ini Kamoze
Soulboy - P-rallel ft Greentea Peng
Ain't Nobody Worriyn' - Anthony Hamilton
Dragonball Durag - Thundercat
Nine - Aura
Japan Riddim - JUN TANAKA
Blah Loops - Like ft Kali Uchis
Ease - Iamddb
Spice - Ravyn Lenae
Lust - Redeyes
All on You - Children of Zeus ft KSR & DRS
What Kinda Music - Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
Video - India Arie
A Woman's Worth - Alicia Keys
The Flow - Erika de Casier
Babylon - Outkast
Life? - Feux
Turn off the Light - Nelly Furtado
Why iii Love the Moon - Phony Ppl
Prettygirls - Narissha
Soldier - Erykah Badu
Quartz Rose x Accidental Nudes - Lord Fubu
Get My Way - KayFaraway, ROMderful, Lou Phelps
Guajira - Desta French
Friends - S4U
49-99 - Tiwa Savage
One Thing - Amerie
Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
Feral Soul - LOLA
Come Inside - Lou Phelps ft Jazz Cartier
No Camino do Bem - Tim Maia
Give it up - Sade
Brothers on the Slide - Cymande
Bye River - Sampa the Great
Pyramids - Frank Ocean
CHANCES - Kaytranada
Full Moon - Brandy
Let's get Blown - Snoop Dogg
Funkin' For Jamaica - Tom Browne
Rose Rouge - Jorja Smith
Tudo Certo - Branko
Red Clay - Charlotte Dos Santos
Kounkoun - Oumou Sangare, PEDRO remix
Bahia Blues Bootcamp - Roman Fluegel
Drink with the Leaves - Lausse the Cat
MPTS (Chords version) - Branko
Jet Lag - Ivy Lab
Body Language - Mandy & Booka Shade
Unititled - Chynna
Soul Food y Adobo - Princess Nokia
Never Leave You Lonely - Lord Fubu
Remembrance - Yussef Kamaal
Ngoma Likembe - Francis Bebey
Jordy - A13
Time Moves Slow - BADBADNOTGOOD ft Samuel T.Herring
Saint G - Round & Round
Something My Heart Trusts - Yazmin Lacey
I haven’t got one particular thing I’ve been listening to at the moment.
I listen to lots of music and different things in one day. I always have Sade on repeat, their music influenced me a lot, it’s just timeless. But during this lockdown period, I’ve listened to a lot of Aaliyah, Xavier Wulf and a lot of Soul. But Greentea Peng has a new song, I’ve put it in the mix and it’s sick, I love her music. An artist I connected with over Instagram is really cool and putting her own spin on things, unapologetically. Her name is Aura (@iloveaccountability), check out her song Nine it’s beautiful. One of my friends Jordy (@jordyinit) has some exciting music coming out, I've worked with him on a video shoot doing some photography and the team are currently cooking up ideas, so stay watching Jordy! Two of my friends are upcoming artists from Leicester, Sainté is on the come up, he’s released a few tracks and is finding his sound, inspired by west coast beats. Narissha is an amazing soulful singer who’s just dropped her first track Prettygirls. Follow their Instagrams to see what else they are going to drop @ys.sainte @narissha
I’ve only played a few events, I was going to start looking for more events but then coronavirus happened haha. It’s been a blessing in disguise though, I’ve had more time to perfect my craft and put in those 10,000 hours. I look forward to being able to play at events and to an audience that enjoys finding new music and hearing genres mixed. I have some guest mixes out that I enjoyed making and listening to :
A bit more about me.
I love herbal teas, haha and hot drinks I'm not a fan of cold drinks really, they make me feel so calm. Also, I’m part of a grassroots project called HomeTeam Project, founded by Erin Corrian-Alexis (@ErincAlexis), it offers free creative workshops to youth in Grenada and Carriacou. I’m passionate about non-profit work and wanted to work for a grassroots project that doesn’t add to the exploitation and commodification of people that some volunteer programmes covertly offer. We are currently setting out to make an annual donation of 365 books to Grenada and Carriacou, 70% of which will be by Black authors and centring Black truths. Make sure to follow it @hometeamproject on Instagram for updates and ways to donate!