What are the origins of Savvy's House? How did you start the project?
SAVVY's House was born from how I want to cultivate the nights I run. I really love the idea of seeing a club night as a party, a get-together with friends instead of something more commercial. So when the opportunity arose to work with Old Red, I envisioned SAVVY's House as a way of bringing everyone together - something chilled, showcasing the best of Leeds' local talent and a great way to warm up the weekend!
What artists have influence your sound? Do you have a specific track/album/performance which had a huge impact on you?
I think because my sound and taste have grown so much and so quickly in the past year, my influences are kind of all over the place! I try to keep on top of the stream of music being released - my favourite electronic artists of the moment are people like Kessler, Nikki Nair, Chungo. However, from where I've explored lots of genres through DJing, I like to try and constantly be covering all bases.
I actually got into electronic music a lot later than my mates - it wasn't really until Summer 2019 when I saw Artwork's dubstep set at Gottwood that I realised I wanted a rethink. That was maybe one of the turning points for me.
What's your take on the music industry in a post-covid post-brexit landscape? What kind of changes and progress would you like to see from the UK club scene?
To begin, experiencing the music industry post-COVID and post-Brexit is so weird! At one point it seemed like we'd never experience clubs and live events ever again - a feeling that's unmatched.
However, whilst I'm very much still revelling in the feeling of going clubbing with my friends again, there are obviously issues and problems bubbling away from the damages of COVID and Brexit. Firstly, there needs to be a major overhaul of funding if we want the venues we love to stay open - the government's action during COVID regarding keeping venues surviving was appalling.
I also appreciate there's been great steps taken in formulating a more equal music industry for men and women. As a female DJ, I've really welcomed the enthusiasm that promoters and venues have soaked up in getting female DJs involved. However, there's still a far way to go and I think encouraging more girls to get into DJing and producing is at the heart of the matter, and something I want to work on in the future (stay tuned)!