The second We Play Wax podcast hails from the Great Kingdom of Britain, is signed by Kirsty P and delivers 82 minutes of some of the best in both modern and classic electronica, obscure edits and playful re-interpretations one can find on wax. This 13 track vinyl-only mix is a perfect example of the beauty and joy of having eclectic taste and a statement that even today the best music is still found on vinyl.
Born in 70's South East London, Kirsty P spent her early childhood listening to everything from Ska, Reggae, Funk and Soul to Krautrock, Disco and Psych Rock courtesy of her parent's exquisite taste in music. This lead her to playing and requesting records from the early age of 5 and buying her own music when she was barely 10 years old. Because of the immense interest and joy she showed for music, she received her first turntable at the age of 13 and by her 18th birthday she already owned a pair of Technics. Her childhood neighbours and friends were Brian and Steve, 2 young DJs who were big into funk, soul and boogie and Michelle, the niece of Susan Ballion (Siouxsie Sioux). They had a big impact on her and it's how she got into New Wave, Synth Pop and sparked her interest for electronic music, but the turning point came with her 16th birthday being celebrated in Ibiza where she discovered a whole different world of sound. Clubbing quickly became Kirsty's weekend life and she became a regular at warehouse parties and clubs in and around London. Fast forward to present times and for the past 2 years Kirsty P has been quite the busy bee: her show on Deepvibes Radio attracts hundreds of listeners worldwide and her guest selections for Groove School Radio, Millionhands, Eclectic Circus and My Favourite Things feature some of the best music around. Between the weekly daytime job and raising her young daughter, she also managed to squeeze in some gigs in Amsterdam, Manchester, London and Italy.
Having all this said, Kirsty P still doesn't consider herself to be a DJ, she sees herself as a simple record addict who plays the records she loves and enjoys the sound and amazing artwork that comes with them. I'm not one to judge so I'll let the music speak for itself. Enjoy and don't forget to follow her on soundcloud!
What was the first record you listened to?
The first record I listened to was most probably a Jimi Hendrix one, dad's influence.
What was the first record you bought, where and when did you buy it from?
The first 7” I bought was 'Queen of Clubs' by KC and The Sunshine Band and I got it somewhere around 1974/1975 from Woolworths.
My first 12” was Mystic Merlin's 'Just Can’t Give You Up' which I purchased in 1982 or 1983 from a little shop in Lewisham.
Name one record that changed your life.
Mr. Fingers' 'Can You Feel It' - the original instrumental version alongside with 'Washing Machine' is my life changing record.
Name one record that changed your perspective on music.
I think House music in general changed my perspective on music, on life, on people, on the whole world actually!
What is your favourite record of the moment?
Favourite record of the moment... so many to mention… But as a whole, Jonny Nash's LP on Snaker is doing it for me right now.
What about your all time favourite record?
All time favourite record... can there even be an all time, as it really depends on your mood and how you're feeling!? But one that does always come back time and time again is Gwen Guthrie's 'Peanut Butter' from the 'Padlock EP'. When that bass attacks the speakers, it's pure bliss!
Do you have a favourite record cover or a certain label artwork that you are fond of?
Favourite record cover… Again, just too many to choose from, but as I always wanted to marry David Sylvian, any Japan cover of him is heavenly :)
What is your favourite emerging label of recent times?
Favourite labels from recent times... there's so so many: the Emotional Response/Rescue/Relish crew, also the Tusk/Horn/Porn Wax gang, Tici Taci, I’m A Cliche, World Unknown, Forgotten Corner Records, Claremont 56, Is it Balearic?, Minimal Wave, Aficionado, Days of Being Wild to only name a few :)
What record would you play to someone in order to introduce him/her to electronic music
Introduction to anybody for electronic music would have to be anything by Kraftwerk of course!
Why choose vinyl?
I choose to play vinyl because for me it's the only way: the warmth and the feel… I also love going through records, it's not the same as going through just lists of names, but each to their own, thats just my choice.
Why not choose vinyl?
I don’t need to get into debates about vinyl vs digital. If you know what's right for you then go ahead, but I know what I like.
Online stores vs record stores. Which do you use, which do you prefer, which do you support and encourage?
I love digging, going through charity shops, record fares and record shops. I a also have a lust-list as long as the Thames on Discogs. I also buy direct from labels and their distributors, I get a few generous freebies (thank you, you know who you are), and last but not least, my favourite and ace vinyl pimp Ed Davies, he keeps me in supply and sorts out my needs :)