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MysD - From One Stage To Another

Brighton Mixtapes: MYSD 016

We're so excited to continue our Brighton Mixtapes Series. Since the success of our beloved Berlin Mixtapes Series, which has featured awesome guests so far, we are on a mission to showcase more of the exciting talent that is right on our doorstep.

Next up we welcome the lovely and super talented MysD. Originally a performance artist, theatre director and dramatherapist, who turned her skills and energies into performing and hosting at festivals. Before she knew it she subsequently fell into DJing through sheer coincidence. During the pandemic she honed in on the craft and began playing on a local radio station which led to bookings at events across the UK.

MysD, formerly Mysdeeque, discovered her passion for music at a warehouse in Oxford, wide eyed and bushy tailed dancing to Acid House in 1989. She became immersed in the free party scene and attended the likes of Spiral Tribe, Circus Warp, Bedlam and DIY parties all over the UK that paved an immersive way for a new cultural revolution that promoted freedom, diversity and unity. MysD has witnessed the underground scene with its genres develop over the past 30 years.

MysD with her infectious passion has only one agenda when she’s DJing... to fill the dance floor with joy; curating a journey of connection and meaning with a sucker for atmospheric hardline drops. She is a multi-genre artist playing sounds that transcend across house and embraces melodic techno with always an ear for fusing music that spans the last thirty years and ahead.

Expect big things this year as she completes her MA Music Entrepreneurship and continues to build events as a solo artist as well as with her collective ‘4totheFloor’. Let's find out more!

Hi MysD, how are you and what have you been up to this week?

Yes, I'm good thank you, I've just got back from a short getaway trip to Wigan that was fun involving hot tubs, go karting and a roller disco. I have to say my driving isn't much up to scratch and I couldn't believe the noises that were coming out of my mouth on the corners!

I haven't been to a roller disco since I was a teenager and it was hilarious and I couldn't stop grinning and remembered how much I love roller skating. Then back to the grind this week after Christmas. I currently work in a trauma centre as a creative psychotherapist with children, young people and adults. I will be transitioning out of this job in February as I concentrate on my private practice.

I do really enjoy this job but it can get really tough so being creative is equally as important so I have enjoyed preparing music for this mixtape and collating the journey. I have started to prepare for my monthly radio show on Codesouth this Friday 6pm-8pm. I've also been in touch with Waterbear University this week preparing for my return to the MA music entrepreneurship course and have just received some results from my last assignment. So, it's only Wednesday and it's been a busy week already!

How long have you been DJing?

Not actually that long! About 6 years ago I auditioned to perform at Boomtown in Grandma's living room as an off-the-wall Grandma to entertain everybody that would visit the venue. This was one of the most hilarious experiences of my life. With rolled down brown tights, a terrible nightie, a wig with a headscarf, a cigar, a tea trolley, Battenberg cake and sherry. I ran this with two other performers managing the entertainment programme over the five days.

We played games such as innuendo bingo, the walking stick dance off, the shit tombola, gabba jigsaw and the tights limbo. It was so popular we had a queue every lunchtime with people shouting for the Grandmas. On the Saturday at about 3pm no one had any music to play due to bags and records travelling around the site to the wrong venue, the head of the stage Grandem encouraged me to get on the decks. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to play. About 500 faces were all expectantly staring.

The first track literally popped off! I guess the bug started from this point forward. A couple of years later I bought my first controller and began to teach myself how to DJ. It didn't really begin to take off until lockdown. During this time I began to research, practise and collect tracks inspired by over 30 years of frequenting dance floors.