From being two young girls living separate lives; one travelling in Asia and the other staying at home working multiple jobs , to now thriving as a female duo in the house music scene!
Alongside months and months of dedication, organic networking and a positive mindset, Jenn and Alfie believe the universe has been on their side throughout their journey – which has led them to where they are today! Playing in Ibiza and being recognised by some of the biggest names in the industry, we are confident they are going to leave their mark on the history of house music.
Read a bit about how this all began….
Jenn: It just happened, didn’t it?
Alfie: Yeah, it was quite organic.
Jenn: It was really organic, we met and we vibed and started messing around together in the studio.
Alfie: It was during covid when we couldn’t play anywhere, we were doing a lot of B2B’s together and trying to do a pirate radio.
Jenn: It just worked we have quite a similar style but slightly different so we both bring different things to the set which is really cool.
Alfie: This summer’s been a bit of a whirlwind, we went with no game plan, we knew we were going to go to Ibiza and then all of a sudden we got gigs in Eden, we were playing ministry of sound UK. It was all quite mental.
Jenn: We did Radio 1 weekend and released a tune that weekend as well which amazingly worked out thanks to the universe which was cool!
Jenn: Well, our residency – we were working separately at the same venue and then I don’t really remember how it happened.
Alfie: We actually were in a meeting with the venue, and we said, “we’re now a duo by the way” and they were the first ones to give us a chance. They said “okay show us what you’ve got” and then it snowballed into us picking up a radio show.
Jenn: The radio show is the most fun thing ever because we have a two hour show every week and we just get to talk. We don’t plan anything we just get to go in and talk and were just laughing it’s the best thing ever! We’re just having fun in the studio, and it doesn’t feel like work.
Jenn: Everyone always asks this, so we always play one song; one song. We don’t plan our set list together, we don’t know what we’re going to play, it’s totally organic and in the moment. Sometimes we throw in random stuff, and we look at each other and wonder why they’ve done that but about the balance. That’s the most fun part about doing it with someone because you’re just bouncing off each other.
Alfie: It’s not like a competition, we’re like ‘what cool edits have you got this week’. We prep out sets separately, we talk about what kind of vibe it’s going to be but when we’re playing, we don’t really play the same tracks.
Jenn: For example, when we played ministry of sound we don’t say ‘right, we’re going to play all of these songs tonight’, we just have folders, and you just have to feel the vibe because that’s your job. It’s just totally organic, sometimes when we have been quite drunk, we ask if we’ve already played this but we’re human at the end of the day and it doesn’t happen a lot.
Jenn: Oh, this is a good one! We were opening for Mark Knight in Dubai , it was fun he played a disco set, and we went down with him when he was getting to the car, and he gave us loads of advice in the carpark. He had heard us play before him twice, so he gave us some sound advice.
Alfie: He gave us a pep talk, a kind of motivational TedTalks speech in the carpark about how we should ‘reach for the stars’ and ‘achieve our goals’. From this we knew we were going to send him loads of tracks and hope something happened and then he picked one up.
Jenn: It was last year’s ADE festival I think that they used our track ‘Lets Rave’ over the compilation video and we were buzzing for it obviously and from there we started making more tunes and then sending more his way and here we are!
Alfie: I think it’s all about putting yourself in the right places at the right time. For example, Miami music week- everyone goes to Miami music week so you can jump around the parties and meet the people that you need to meet in a social setting rather than going to an office and handing out your USB.
Jenn: I think it’s been really organic for us the whole time it’s not really ever been forced; we’ve never forced ourselves to do these things. It’s kind of weird for us because we live in Dubai and no one else does so we see the people when they come to our place, then they remember us so it’s just been organic. It starts off as word of mouth doesn’t it and then you start realising who you need to meet and its never really with an agenda. We always just end up chatting and nice people like working with nice people and that’s kind of how it is, I think.
Jenn: I would like to say something. I don’t like that on most of the line-ups all the women have to play first.
Alfie: It’s still a token thing sometimes.
Jenn: I feel like it would be a lot of male line-ups but now they feel they need to put a woman on, but then when they put the woman on, they put them on to play first. Then it almost defeats the whole object, it shouldn’t be about whether you’re a man or a woman it should be about your ‘teckers’ or your tunes.
Alfie: Not that it matters where you are in a line-up because if you are on the line up then fantastic, but usually women are used as like tokens rather than for their talent or for their music; they’re just like “right we need to put a female on that line-up”
Jenn: The line-ups in Vegas didn’t have any females on their residencies this year. It shouldn’t be about male or female, but it also shouldn’t be about just putting someone on as a token.
Alfie: Like I would rather not have certain gigs if I’m just going to be a token act because I want people to want us to play because we’re good not just because we’re women.
Jenn: Funnily enough when we first started the two people that took the biggest chance on us when no one else did were Sonny Fodera, he signed our first record and then Mark Knight signed our second. We got a lot of love from Sam divine, she’s amazing for championing new females in the industry that she thinks are good.
Alfie: Arielle Free; she’s been amazing.
Jenn: Yes, Arielle free signed our track – so shoutout to them! If you’re in a high position and you can support people that are just starting out, it means a lot to us and we’ll always do that for other people as well in the future, for sure. It only takes one person to give you a shot and then your whole life could change.
Alfie: I’ve been tuning into a lot of alternative house at the moment so I’m really into Anish Kumar , its really hard to define his style. It’s like disco but underground but housey really cool summer vibes. I really think he’s going to be huge.
Jenn: A lot of people send us promos and demos , I think I don’t have anyone in particular , but you know when that one person sends you a promo you know it’s probably going to be good.
Alfie: oooh, Ryan Resso , he’s another one. Pete Oak as well.
Jenn: I think for us the universe has really helped us out with like meeting someone, it’s been quite organic, and I know no one sees that we have at the beginning sent a million emails with no response.
Alfie: We’ve just been lucky that e’ve taken the chance that we’ve got. For example, Sonny Fodera was taking over from us during a set and our trick was to play our track as he was coming on. We knew he needed to hear it, so we were going to play it and he loved it.
Jenn: We saw him bopping his head and we said, “This is ours!”
Alfie: It just kind of happened and you have to take the opportunity once you get it. We’ve sent out a million emails with no response but there will be the one who says yes.
Jenn: You only need one yes. It’s a numbers game, you send a thousand and you get one yes. I think you just need to have a positive mindset, know what you’re good at, know that your stuff is good, what you’re doing is good and eventually it’s going to happen but the moment you get into a negative it’s not.
Alfie: We are wellness girlies!
Jenn: I don’t know if many people know this, but we are both spiritual and we love that whole self-care thing. Do plant medicine or I do ice baths all the time, I love ice baths, breath-work.
Alfie: Therapy is fantastic.
Jenn: We have the same life coach therapist! Gym, eating well, looking after your body. Especially in this profession you could go out and smash a bottle of tequila every night if you wanted to, I feel like that’s normal but it’s not sustainable and if you’re doing that you also need to be looking after your body because your body is your home.
Jenn: This is a good question!
Alfie: As females we get a lot of hate comments. Not too much but in comparison to our male opposites we get way more.
Jenn: Most of the hate is from the men. It’s a strange situation because women are our biggest supporters in this, for sure, which you wouldn’t necessarily think.
Alfie: Lots of female support. I think the way we deal with it is, we wanted to make t-shirts and hats with the hate comments on them so that we can wear them to our next gig. You just can’t take it too seriously or you’ll get nowhere.
Jenn: We’ve written down all the funny comments we’ve got and one day we’re going to do this. Don’t take it too seriously because it’s just a reflection of them and how they feel about themselves- it’s nothing to do with you they don’t know you. You’re Instagram is not who you are as a person, so I mean, f*ck them!
Alfie: Well, this summer has been a little bit different for us, hasn’t it?
Jenn: Well, normal life in Dubai; wake up, sunny, go to a cafe, do some music, have a few meetings, do some studio stuff.
Alfie: This summer we have been in the studio a lot if we’re not over in Ibiza or somewhere else then we’ve been focused on the studio and pumping out all the music that we can when we have the time to be here using the facilities and making good music.
Jenn: This summer day-to-day is all about the music.
Jenn: I think that’s hard because compared to when we first started playing out together our Music style is maturing now. If you look back at what we were releasing when we first started, the route we’re going on is different because you mature as artists and you have more experience and you learn what you want to play. I think it’s kind of hard to answer because you’re always changing and always learning, and you can always be better.
Alfie: You’re always learning, musical knowledge is massive. When we have warmed up for all different kinds of artists, we’ve played so many different styles that you’re continuously learning. To have one inspiration is impossible.
Jenn: Yeah, we’ll play for Jamie Jones on the Friday and Claptone on the Saturday, both of those warm-ups are totally different so your knowledge must be up there to get it right, you can’t just play the same set for both. We’re really lucky in our position in what we’ve been doing the past 2/3 years , warming up for all these people it’s almost like gaining all the air miles to learn what works and what doesn’t. So now if something doesn’t work we know , because that’s our job, right we need to dip it back down let’s try some disco , let’s try afro house lets go a bit harder you know? Like I think we’ve been lucky for that.
Alfie: And there isn’t really another female duo anymore in our style.
Jenn: For me it was ‘make what you want to make’. When you’re DJ’ing your job is to make the crowd dance but if you hate what you’re playing they’re going to hate it as well. It’s all about the energy and the vibe and for us I think that’s really important.
Alfie: Making the music that you like, playing the music that you like. Obviously, there is the etiquette that if you’re warming up for someone, don’t play all the bangers but if you’re creating music then play something that you would make not something that you wouldn’t.
Alfie: We’ve got something coming out in November, so keep an eye out…