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Boss Baes : DJ Paulette

25th October 2017.
by Camly.

We’re back with your Boss Bae fix for October and this time we’re staying local. We’ve got Manchester-based house DJ, DJ Paulette to give us the lowdown on her daily boss bae routine, what she gets up to when she’s not mixing beats and her go -to power dressing ensemble to slay every day. Stay tuned.

Describe your job to us in a tweet?

I live, love, eat, dream, breathe, listen to, buy, make & collect music then play it to anyone with ears to listen & the will to dance.

Work hard, slay hard. I start my day… 

I try to start my day with a cup of lemon juice and hot water, an 18 minute power walk from home to Thatch Leach Park and back, a 15 minute Headspace meditation, a nurtibullet juice and a fruit salad. Sometimes I don’t manage all of the above but the walk and lemon juice with water are my ‘brain wake ups’ so are non negotiable when I’m at home. When I’m away then the fruit salad and meditation fill in.

Put the bae into basic. A standard week includes…

I don’t really have a standard or a structured week as I work from home and freelance a lot I spend the most part of my time in front of my computer listening to, selecting, buying, formatting music, answering emails, writing interviews for DMC World Online magazine. I do a two hour radio show on Reform Radio (Manchester) once a month which I organise guest mixers for, then I DJ at least three times a week, sometimes more so I have to be on top of my game buying everything from rare groove, boogie, funk, disco and soul to jacking chicago, tech house and techno. I do guest mixes for people/brands/agents on the regular using Traktor S9 or Serato. It’s intense. I feel like I sleep in headphones (and sometimes I do) but I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I do a round-table show on Gaydio in Manchester twice a month which involves being on top of LGBTQ news stories and issues so there’s a fair bit of reading required to stay up to speed with everything from celebrity gossip to global socio-political issues. Favourite day is any day I am playing music – or talking – it doesn’t matter how, where or which.

I have been a carer for my much loved 82 years old mother – first responder – since December 2015 – so my week also revolves around her and her needs. When I get the time and our diaries sync up I spend time in studio with Chris Massey (Sprechen Records) – we are working on an EP. And to relax I swim and gym and do a fair bit of sports (for this Stella Mc Cartney / Adidas is my go to). When I go to work I switch from sports casual to my dj clothes which involve heels, sparkles, sequins or chic, sharp cuts and big hoop earrings are a thing with me. It’s almost schizophrenic but it keeps me grounded.

Werk it. My first job was… 

My first salaried job was as an 18+ Management Trainee for the CWS (Co-operative Wholesale Society in Manchester). I was paid handsomely, based in the Travel Department but trained around the Group in every aspect of Human Resources – recruitment, personnel, training, industrial relations. I wore suits every day and my two favourites were a pillar box red two piece with a sunray pleated skirt and a grey checked suit with a maxi pencil skirt with a box pleat to the front. I loved my fashion even then and it helped to offset the daily office politics which I didn’t enjoy.

Paulette rockin’ our staple Harlee Pointed Toe Anke Boots with a super sassy Paul Smith suit.

I started slayin’ in my career when… 

I started slayin in my career when I left the CWS. I knew that I wanted to work in music and / or journalism and that as good as the money was, the CWS wasn’t the right place for me. I had a few years working as a Copywriter for an Advertising agency in Stretford, a couple of years doing voluntary work with the Royal National Institute for The Blind and then I got a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study for an English Literature degree. Finally the pieces fell into place, I got a proper social life, started clubbing, then modelling, then was asked to DJ.

By 1992 – I was dj’ing in the Hacienda once a month and from there was scouted to audition for a role as a TV Presenter on Juice for Granada TV. I presented the show for two years until I graduated and moved to London.

When I was DJ’ing at the Hacienda, the bookers for the Zap Club saw me and offered me a residency in their mythical club in Brighton. I played there every Saturday for two years. From there I found myself behind the DJ consoles of some of the best clubs in London including the Ministry of Sound, The End, Bagleys, the Cross, Bar Rumba, the Mlesidure Lounge, Turnmills, Fabric, Notting Hill Arts Club, Heaven, The Substation. In Paris I held residencies at Redlight, Mix Club, Les Bains Douches, Queen Club and when I moved to Ibiza I played at Privilege, Space, Eden, Zoo Project, Pacha, was a regular guest at the Ibiza Rocks House Party at Pacha and had a full season as a resident dj for Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel.

I’ve lived in three countries – UK, France and Ibiza and have repeated everything three times over. Now I’m back in Manchester – a little older, a lot wiser and still slaying as resident for The Refuge (Electriks family) and a few other places besides.

Throwin’ it back to the time I killed it when… 

The best part of my job is sharing my love of music with a ton of people who love the same music that I do and knowing that for a little part of their daily life I have added a little colour, a lot of feeling, some beautiful memories and maybe some happiness too.

Throwin it back? My greatest achievement? How long have you got? Wow, there are so many, I have so much to say and then I feel like I still have so far to go and so much to do.  Dj’ing wise I’ve been blessed with playing at some mythical clubs and nights that people can never hope to play or party at because they don’t exist any more. The Hacienda, Cocoon, The End, Turnmills, touring India with the Ministry of Sound in 2001, Diesel Carnival Parties on Harrow Road and having a weekly residency at Mix Club in Paris that became legendary with queues around the block in Montparnasse. One Night With Paulette at Mix Club is termed as ‘La belle epoque’ by many 2005 – 2009 – indisputably some of the most fertile years in Parisian clubbing. Radio wise doing an Essential Mix in 1998 and presenting the LGBT ‘Loud and Proud’ programmes for Radio 1 is a UK pinnacle of course. TV – presenting Juice, doing Voice-overs for E4 and presenting for MTV.

I buzz off playing outdoors and got a reputation in Paris for killing the crowds at Solidays 2005 (ht epolice escort through the streets of Paris is an unforgettable moment). Then there’s the beast that was Technoparade – I played for Radio FG every year from 2007-2011.

The Handsome Boat Party at The Lost Disco Festival in Croatia in August was absolutely mental too.  One of those parties where all your tunes fall in the right order, the sun shines, people are smiling and raving hard, the mix of djs and clubbers is perfect and everything runs like a dream. Everybody smashed it that day.

When I returned to Manchester I slayed at Gay Pride in the Gaydio Arena 2016 and during Gay Pride this year I opened beautifully for Derrick Carter in the Basement at The Refuge. That room was bouncing when he took over. I love it when people still approach me to talk about a set I played weeks, months or years after the event.

When it comes to power dressing, the shoes that make me feel like a boss bae are…

The white Harlee stiletto boots give this exclusive Paul Smith blue tartan trouser suit a cheeky, on-trend lift, I also like to pair them with black Glossy PU pants for a dramatic monochrome effect. Can’t beat a bit of drama from the head to the toes.

I have two pairs of birthday shoes (now vintage) that I bought when I lived in Paris and still get bae time – Black Prada studded ankle boots and Miu-Miu shearling ankleboots. Both are sexy as hell, have vertiginous heels and make me the Tower of Power. Worth every second of the wear and the ice bath.

Flats? I am obsessed with Stella Mc Cartney trainers – have quite a few pairs. Love Zara at the moment – have a new pair of silver brogues / flatforms that I am finding it hard to divorce myself from and my new loves – New Look slouchy silver ankleboots. Can I talk other brands?

To stay sassy out of hours, I… 

I meditate. I do home yoga sessions. I eat properly and I cook fresh. I swim and have a sauna three times a week. I don’t wear make up. I dog walk. I see friends, have cinema date nights with my single friends, I go out dancing when and where possible and I sleep as much as I can (believe it or not).


Catch DJ Paulette at Sunday Service at Albert Schloss, every sunday, all day long

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