HSFW: Interview with The Glitter Beats

Tonight’s interview is with the amazing new female DJ duo, Tayla Richardson (DJ TwoTone) and Osayuki Vanessa Omo-Uwamere (DJ Yuki Love), who together make The Glitter Beats

So how did The Glitter Beats begin, and how did you meet
The Glitter Beats began on 15th February this year, we met online on a website called Star Now, both looking for work as a DJ duo we found each other and have never looked back.

Did you always want to work with music
Tayla I have always wanted to work within the entertainments industry, but it didn’t occur to me until recently that I could earn money working with music and doing something that I absolutely love!

Vanessa Yes, definitely. Right from a very early age I’ve loved music and knew that I wanted to work in the industry in some way. I’m really glad to be doing something that I enjoy so much.

How did you come up with The Glitter Beats for your name
From the first day that we met we knew we needed a name that would stand out from the crowd, so we had a massive brain storm of words to do with things that we liked and things to do with music. We came up with words such as bass, candy and of course glitter and beats. We tried lots of different word combinations, but loved The Glitter Beats as soon as we said it.
What has been your favourite event you have played at
Our favourite gig so far has been the Norwich Fashion Week closing party at The Cabana Club in Lola Lo Norwich…even though Tayla nearly fainted. We were quite nervous as this was our first set, but the crowd we amazing and we soon relaxed into the music and had a great time.

What do you find most rewarding, and most challenging about your job
The most challenging part of our job is being recognised as good DJs as opposed to just some girls with pre made mixes behind the decks. Obviously it is really important for us to look good, but at the same time we want to be known as good DJs. The most rewarding part is getting the chance to go to the top clubs all over the country, it’s also about pleasing the crowd and it’s an amazing feeling when the crowd go wild when you drop a great tune.

Who would you love to DJ with
Tayla I would absolutely love to work with Annie Mac!

Vanessa It’s all about the girls! DJ Kayper to me is just amazing! I really look up to her as not just a female DJ, as a DJ overall she is just incredible.

How do you decide what you’re going to play every night, or do you have a pre-planned set

We have a rough idea of what songs we want to play on the night, but we like to play to the crowd and depending on how they respond to the music will decide what tracks we play.

How do you unwind after a gig
We’re probably going to sound really boring but we’re always wearing heels behind the decks so to just sit down and chill with a drink…or two, is perfect.

What is your favourite genre of music
Tayla House music. More specifically I like electro house, but anything with a good baseline always gets me going no matter what genre it is.

Vanessa I love all types of music; house, pop, r&b, hip hop, even a bit of Afrobeats. The only genre I would probably rule out would be heavy metal.

We both love playing house music during our sets! There’s something about it that just comes together for us when we play house.

What is your favourite tune of all time (or top 3)
Tayla Mine change all the time, at the moment I’d say my top 3 are:

Go Down Low – The Party Squad

I Love It – Icona Pop

Running –Jessie Ware (Disclosure Remix)

Vanessa Of all time, definitely something by Mariah Carey, I love a bit of Mimi; she can do no wrong in my eyes.
Right now I’m loving:

‘What About Us’ by The Saturdays. We always sing along to it in a Jamaican accent when it comes on and I’m really glad they got their first number one with it as well.

Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me

Nicky Romero & Nervo – Like Home

What do you do outside of the music scene
We are both fully focused on our career as DJs, so when we aren’t doing sets, we are making new mixes, updating our social media or just generally networking to spread the word about us. At the moment we are spending a lot of time designing our new website!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a career as a DJ

We would say if this is definitely something you want to do then go for it, you need to be able to fully commit yourself in order to get the most out of it. Yes it is a tough industry, but if you work hard enough then success should follow. And of course practice, practice, practice!

Where would you like to see yourselves in 5 years
We would like to take our DJing internationally; and we are also both interested in presenting and would love to host our own radio show.

I am very excited to hear the girl’s set at High Street Fashion Week, and I’m lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Monday at the preview for the event. If you are not going to High Street Fashion Week make sure to check out their mixes over on Mixcloud. You can also keep up with the girls on their Facebook page, and talk to them personally on Twitter. It’s less than a week to the preview, and 10 days until High Street Fashion Week, and I could not be more excited. See you soon ladies 🙂

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