THE BIRDHOUSE 167: Barely Legal Interview

This week on the show, I welcome Barley Legal to take over the guest mix. Hailing from London, England, Barely Legal is quickly on the rise, as her DJ skills and unique track selection set her apart from the rest. Her selection of rugged and varied styles of electronic music initially turned the heads of UK tastemakers such as Marcus Nasty and Scratcha DVA, who broadcast her mixes on Rinse FM. A feature on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s 1500 seconds of Fame soon followed, demonstrating to the mainstream her ability to seamlessly weave beats together. Her success on the airwaves has paved the way for her transient rise to the live stage. Barely has received bookings at some of the biggest clubs in the UK and around Europe. On THE BIRDHOUSE this week, Barely Legal drops a killer mix of Garage, House and more, many of the tracks I hadn’t even heard. Check out Barely Legal’s guest mix below and read on for her BIRDHOUSE questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I guess it all really started to blow for me after one of my mixes was selected and aired on BBC Radio 1xtra by Mistajam, which resulted in a residency on his show, providing an amazing platform for exposure and showcasing my sound. Big up Mistajam!

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I grew up in Birmingham (UK) on a healthy diet of UK Garage and Grime, then moved to London for University and have been here ever since. London is where I discovered my love for more underground bass music from listening to certain shows on Rinse FM and raving at club nights such as FWD>> and DMZ.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Oh, definitely a few. I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends, Chimpo, be my mentor along the way. Whenever I was struggling and close to giving up he was always just a phone call away to talk me out of it and motivate me with love, confidence and positivity. I love that guy!

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

The DJ’s who inspired me the most were multi-genre DJ’s as I preferred to be kept on my toes as a raver with unexpected, on point and clever selection. My favorite three DJ’s were Ben UFO, Jackmaster and Oneman- all amazing selectors.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I like my own company when things have been a bit on top, so I’ll tend to have a peaceful bath and binge on Netflix. Once I find myself feeling calmer, I’ll eat well, get a really good sleep in, and that usually sets a positive tone for the next day.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

Numerous scenarios- I’ll name a few which spring to mind. I’m very content and happy in bed. Another happy place of mine is predictably behind the decks. I also enjoy spending time with my Mum as I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like to, and when she’s happy, I’m happy.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

Graphic Design, I have a degree it in and love to geek out on really good design!

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

I think all colors are beautiful. My favorite is turquoise/ aqua and I brown is probably my least favorite. It reminds me of my old school uniform which was a brown blazer, brown skirt and a yellow shirt- awful.

Favorite and least favorite words?

Fave- Chloe Least fave- Clout

Favorite animal?

All of the safari animals :)

Favorite board game?

Jenga is great

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Garlic butter from Pizza Express

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Not sure but I did have the Busted album

German or Detroit techno?

German!

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Festival

Biggie or Tupac?

Tupac

Star Wars or Star Trek?

I’ve never properly watched either so I’m going to go with Star Trek because characters look cooler and I like the font it’s written in