DJ Zoe Urchin continues to be at the forefront of mixing up and playing out in clubs a mix of genres including nu-metal, emo and ska-punk alongside traditional indie, retro and new school indie with even a bit of classic rock and hip hop! She guest DJ's worldwide and is honoured to be working in alliance with Alien nation, Brazil where she is a regular visitor.
DJ URCHIN HISTORY
Music helped carry Zoe through her grim Northern youth. Whilst still at school she rejected musical genre snobbery and couldn't figure out if The Smiths, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails or The Swans were her fave band.
A stint in local radio, merchandising and fanzines led her to London, where she managed .Top Ten. Soho comic shop. That comic mission took her on lengthy US buying trips (one featured the surprise appearance of bullet holes in her van), where she hung out at music venue, CBGB's, wrapping her ears around the hardcore scene and taking in the hip-hop scenes beats.
Working at the legendary Marquee Club Zoe watched as many bands as she could, working her way up to being a DJ and then promoter. Influenced by dance and industrial electronic scenes, she played eclectic sets, fusing different musical elements and beat-matching tracks like a dance DJ. "
I'd be mixing and beatmatching the tunes when other alternative Djs were still playing them from beginning to end," she said. This
was unique. No one then used intuition and empathy to play sets for rock/indie nights. She played music she was passionate about - still uniquely split between the poles of dedicated rock nights and dedicated indie nights. She was part of the team behind the Astoria's .Club X.and .Rockscene. alternative nights. She DJ'd about the town too, including Machinehead's first London gig.
Zoe played peak times on the Club X main floor. Here Brit Pop morphed with dance: Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Primal Scream and Leftfield mixed with Oasis, Placebo, Wu Tang and Fat Boy Slim. These nights met the high production standards of dance events.
At Rockscene she introduced clubbers to the likes of: Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Korn, No fx, Type O Negative, Biohazard. Bands put Zoe's clubs on their personal London night-life maps. Marilyn Manson was almost rugby-tackled by security when he handed her his then unreleased new album. Q said she made, "the best DJ entrance ever" when she arrived riding astride the gun barrel of a full size pink tank.
Keen to mash-it-up more, she launched .Beautiful People.. There she really stretched the envelope between genres. Mirroring London's and Zoe's multi-cultural identity, the club got popular with a fashionable young mixed-gender audience. They wore skate and trendy branded clothes, embraced tech and loved the new scene.
Zoe also hosted a weekly Rock Radio Network (now Total Rock) new music show with DJ partner, Robin Guy. There she hosted the UK's first Slipknot interview and introduced many now renowned ska, pop, punk and metalcore acts to a wider audience.
Since then she has travelled worldwide Djing alternative nights and live music events as well as various cool club nights. DJ Urchin helped create the template for the kind of alternative DJ-ing we expect today. She's still renowned for pushing the musical boundaries in her defining genre-bending style.