Getting to know… DJ Lulah Francs
Growing up in Ibiza and now living there for half the year, MAV DJ Lulah Francs is immersed in DJ culture. We spoke to her about her music journey.
How long have you been deejaying?
I have been DJing for fun for about two years and professionally… well, about two years! My pathway between doing it for a hobby and a career happened pretty quickly.
What got you into deejaying – was it a record, a live performance or a mix?
There have definitely been moments when I’ve been out and gigs and looked up at the DJs thinking, or hoping that I would do that one day! One of those times was Fatboy Slim b2b Eats Everything playing an Elrow set at Glastonbury. I’ll never forget it, it was epic.
What was your first gig like? And where was it?
I remember feeling like a total fraud, ha! It was really unbelievable to me that I was actually being paid to do what I love, when I would probably do it for free!
Who are your inspirations?
I have a lot of different inspirations for really different reasons. But my biggest probably has to be Honey Dijon. Her depth of understanding on how to intertwine music from all different genres at one time is so impressive. I also love her boldness and strength about being a black trans woman. Honey is inspirational to so many people, and in so many different aspects of life, not just the music scene.
What is the best DJ gig you have seen in London?
To be honest, I haven’t been to that many big nights in London. I grew up and now live half the year in Ibiza… so I’m pretty spoiled for choice over there! But if I had to pick, I’d say Dan Shake did an ace job for Glitterbox at Printworks. His sound is really fresh and new, whilst also giving a slightly old school hip hop edge to disco house.
What is your favourite venue?
I couldn’t possibly choose one over the other on this one. Watergate in Berlin or DC10 in Ibiza. Both hold very special places in my heart.
What’s it like being a young DJ in London?
It’s an incredible job, one that I feel very lucky to call a ‘job’, a lot of the time it doesn’t feel like it! But, I would say there is a huge amount of competition. It’s hard sometimes to see what all the other DJs are doing and to not feel bad if you’re not quite there yet. I also think social media doesn’t help with comparing yourself to others too.
What is your favourite MAV venue to play in and why?
No.32 in Clapham Old Town, it’s always packed in there and very buzzy. Me and my boyfriend also met there a couple of years ago so that makes me feel very sentimental about the venue!
Do you have any favourite moments or stories from your years of deejaying for MAV (either for us or outside)?
Someone tipped me a Dairy milk chocolate bar once because they didn’t have cash! If you’re reading this, thank you.
What are your favourite 5 set-closers at the moment?
These selections change literally every week but right now, I’m alternating between these five!
‘Wish I didn’t miss you’ – Angie Stone
‘Black Water’ – Octave One, Ann Saunderson
‘The Scene’ – Audio Bullys
‘Key Lime’ – D’Arabia
‘Dub Be Good To Me’ – Beats International