Keira V from The Elements Show caught up with DJ Tasha, founder of one of the capital’s only true multi genre events – Neighbourhood – and former Guildford alumni no less. Neighbourhood, described in Tasha’s own words as “an ever developing musical landscape where genres are no longer restrictions & artists operate outside of their usual fields”, now looks forward to its third birthday celebration on Saturday 21st December at Autumn Street Studios.
In anticipation of Neighbourhood’s 12th event, The Elements v Skirmish Blog show this Saturday will showcase an exclusive mix from its resident & boss lady, with a chance to win a pair of guestlist tickets to the event itself.
Q: People may or may not know that you and several others formed part of the original “Presha” bass crew at Surrey Uni – how does it feel knowing that you’ve left such a legacy that’s still going strong today?
Excellent, glad they’re still keeping the vibe alive. I think it’s nearly 10 years since I left Uni but it’s good to hear it’s all still going strong, and makes me feel proud!
Q: Do you feel a lot of your musical foundations were paved whilst a student in Guildford?
Yes for sure! I used to go to Dance 2 every Tuesday, obviously promoting Presha and being a former Rotation resident definitely all contributed in a big way.
Q: As DJ Tasha- what’s been your own personal highlight of your musical career?
Probably playing a solo set and b2b with Blawan at Glastonbury in the summer which was an incredible experience. Also playing at Star Warz in Belgium with DRS was a particular highlight.
Q: Neighbourhood is without a doubt one the few truly cross genre events in the capital- do you feel that’s where the future lies?
Thanks very much. I just book whatever artists I’m feeling regardless of genre, and that’s pretty much it. Good music is good music; I’m not one to follow fad or trends – I like what I like and don’t care about who’s playing their tracks already or who’s already booked whoever. I don’t play safe. I believe in the artists because I like their music or are simply wicked djs and I enjoy what they play. I like the artists to feel free to play whatever they like as well. That’s the point of Neighbourhood to bring everyone together and be open.
Q: What’s been your most memorable Neighbourhood event over the last few years and what are you most looking forward to about the third birthday?
There have been a few! Every one has been sick in its own special way! The 1st Birthday / Christmas party where we had 16 dj’s who had all played that year playing b2b was very special indeed, including the likes of: Flight, Blawan, Sigha, Pariah, Icicle, Alix Perez, Jubei, LX One, SP MC just to name a few!
The one I did at Plastic People on my 30th Birthday was also pretty epic – Plastic People was fully rammed out.
Also it has to be said #2 with Alix Perez, Blawan and Funkineven was fantastic; Blawan was banging out the techno at 10.30; dance floor was going off and people who had come to see Alix Perez left fully vibing off of Funkineven and Blawan’s sets too! That’s what I love to see – people opening their minds to music they never thought they’d be into. As you know some d&b heads are quite stuck in their ways and think they only like d&b! It’s very refreshing when they see what else is out there and find that they like it, support that artist’s music and go see them play again…
Neighbourhood will be taking the party to Autumn Street Studios to celebrate their 3rd Birthday! Neighbourhood have put together an exciting line up of special guests including dBridge under his Velvit alias and residents who are all connected through their past and present drum & bass roots. One extra special guest is to be revealed closer to the event. As always, expect a diverse selection of quality music all night long >>>
*SPECIAL GUEST (3024)*
RANDOMER B2B CADANS
LX ONE (DJ Set)
*TICKETS FOR SALE ON RESIDENT ADVISOR*
Autumn Street Studios
Unit 3, 39 Autumn Street
(Nearest Station: Hackney Wick)
Taxi’s available directly outside venue – easy to get home from!
Tune into The Elements Show this Saturday 3-5pm where Keira V locks horns with Skirmish Blog founder and all round music junkie, Kenny Farthing.
As well as the latest in bass driven freshness, Keira also welcomes regular special guests representing a multitude of musical genres: from drum n bass, jungle and breakbeat, to house, garage and electronica.
Keep it locked to 103.7FM (Surrey)