In August 1999, Lady Duracell stood in Es Paradis (Ibiza) and made a decision that would completely change her life. When she returned to the UK, she borrowed a pair of Technics 1210’s from her friend DJ Chill, and for the next few months took every opportunity to teach herself to mix. Her dedication & late nights paid off, and within 6 months, she had landed her first radio show, and played at the legendary Strawberry Sundae to 1500 people, where she later landed a weekly residency. After being invited to join one of the UK’s leading underground radio stations, Passion fm, she shared her love of house music through her prime time shows, gaining the respect of DJ’s and a loyal fan base. During this time, she helped to bring the spotlight to house music records & labels, often as exclusives, and had guest mixes from the likes of Louie Vega and more. Her residencies included FunkIn You at Koko & Ibiza, and Bobby & Steve Presents at Herbal, and widely regarded as one of the busiest DJs on the circuit. Playing at some of the best house music brands, and alongside some of the world’s major players, including Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Grant Nelson, Sandy Riviera, Tiger Stripes, Paul Trouble Anderson, Soul Avengerz, CJ Mackintosh, Timmy Regisford, DJ Spen, Booker T, Bob Sinclar, David Guetta, Martin Solvieg, and vocalists including Peyton, Ron Carroll, Michael Watford, Robert Owens, Joe Smooth, Keith Thompson, Margaret Grace, Barbara Tucker, Natasha Watts, Ce Ce Rogers, Robin S, Dajae and many others, she made her mark as one of the UK’s most sought after house DJs. On SheJay.net she was voted 15th in a top female DJ poll and then In 2004, she was placed 4th in the UK People’s Choice Awards, a massive accolade after a relatively short time as a DJ. As well as being an in demand DJ, Lady Duracell was also invited to choose & mix the backing track music for one of Nell McAndrew’s highly acclaimed fitness DVD’s – Cardio, Core and Stretch. Dipping her toes into production, her first track under the Queen of Funk (UK) guise. “Es Paradis” was released on vinyl in 2006 and was played all over London’s airwaves and clubs. It reached number 9 on the in-house charts in HMV Oxford Street, and is featured on Nell McAndrew’s fitness DVD ‘Cardio, Core and Stretch’, and was used in the TV & online advertising. Later, she would help create “Powerful DJ”, teaching aspiring DJ’s to mix, often taking on a mentor role.
She has also contributed to various online magazines including SheJay and RPM Magazine, and is renowned as an influential tastemaker. Eventually she moved on from Passion fm & joined Push FM presenting a prime time radio show with guest mixes & interviews from Audiowhores, Alix Alvarez (Sole Channel), Marlon D (Underground Collective, Booker T (Kings of Soul) KlevaKeys, Pete DaFeet (Lost My Dog), Rasmus Faber (Farplane) & many more.
Around 2005, the Get Lifted parties and podcast were born, which came about through wanting to share the spirit and the vibes of house with like-minded souls. They often joined forces with other house music brands including My Fairytale and Precious People at Pacha, and in conjunction with Roger Sanchez’ ‘Release Yourself’ party at Koko, and with the Swedish House Mafia – Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso at Koko, as well as a few parties at the White House, The End & Raduno. After well over a decade since making that major decision in Ibiza in ’99, and her incredible achievements as a DJ, Lady Duracell decided to take some time out to explore other aspects of the music business, and to put her energies into the Get Lifted podcast, which remains as popular as ever right across the globe, with a big fan base in the UK, USA & SA. “I’ll always have this passion & love for house music.”
Her unique natural affinity for music selection is the driving force that keeps her connected to her fans, and the mutual love of house music keeps them on the ride. Now Lady Duracell has her first major collaboration with new clothing / accessories store – Jack Fresh Online. An exciting, brand new concept in apparel, which includes the Get Lifted range, and bringing ideas to the design team. This is the beginning of a whole new chapter for Lady Duracell. “The best part about this whole journey? The friends for life that I’ve met along the way, through this mutual love of house music”.
Podcast: http://ladyduracellqueenoffunk.podomatic.com Discography > Es Paradis // Queen of Funk Orig. Latin Vibe Mix (2006) > Es Paradis // Queen of Funk & Lucarelli Tribal Remix (2006) > The Red Zone // Shan-esque (2008) Remixes > Love 4 Love // Lucarelli ft. Shelley Nelson (Queen of Funk Love 4 Dub Mix) // Deep Red Record