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Experience the Electrifying Beats of Lulah Francs at Wild Wood Disco Festival – An Exclusive Interview.

Kono Vidovic June 4, 2023 136 2 5


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Lulah Francs is a DJ, singer and producer. Growing up between London and Ibiza, she was immersed in music from day one and the soundtrack to her childhood was more Frankie Knuckles and Defected than nursery rhymes and pop music! On her first ever visit to DC10 Lulah fell in love with art of DJing and her determination to carve out her own place in the industry hasn’t wavered since.  Shortly to appear at the Wild Wood Disco Festival we catch up with this rising star ahead of the event.

LULAH FRANCS

Thank you for taking the time to talk. Where are you right now and what are you up to today?

Hello hello! I just got back from Ibiza, couple of days in London and then on the road again to Madrid, London and Bristol this weekend for gigs. It’s a busy one! 

So you live in both London and Ibiza right? Were you born in Ibiza? Are you folks from there?

Yes I live between London and Ibiza. My mum lives there full time. 

Where do you live on the island when you are there? What is it you love about the white isle?

We have a place in Talamanca, a stones throw away from Pacha actually! I suppose what I love about it is that I know the island like the back of my hand, so I get a chance to go to all my favourite hidden gems, typically up North in the campo – it always feels like a proper reset and change of scenery that I crave when living in London. My mum also has two beautiful dogs at home that make me extremely happy to go back to! I’m a crazy dog lover. 

When you’re London in what part do you reside? Would you say you are a Londoner culturally?

I live in Brixton, which I also love. Very different to Ibiza! Although I love being an island girl at heart, the pace of life does feel a lot slower which isn’t very me, I’m typically a 100mph kinda gal. So I suppose I am a Londoner to be honest. 

LULAH FRANCS

Before you got involved as a DJ, have you been an avid party goer in London and Ibiza ? What are the clubs and parties you’ve been into during this time?

The first club I ever went to was Space, admittedly underage! My mum had gone with a group of her friends, and she brought me along to try and ignite my clubbing experience I think! Honestly I really wasn’t a house head until quite late. I really only started getting into house music when I was about 17 and started DJing and playing out here and there when I was 18/19 in 2017. 

Your journey as a DJ –  When did it begin Djing exactly and what lead to this?

I started learning when I was around 17. A good friend from Ibiza, Corbi, who’s part of the incredible DJ group – Melon Bomb – taught me to DJ in my family living room in Ibiza. So I guess big shouts to him for being my professor of the rhythms! 

You’ve mentioned how much you’ve been into Frankie Knuckles. How did you get exposed to the master? 

A lot of my friends at the time and people my age weren’t really into the music I was into so I suppose I took in a lot of what I know and play from the old school ravers I grew up around in Ibiza. There was always music playing in my house and a lot of very knowledgeable people knocking around who taught me the roots of where house music really began. Frankie Knuckles has just as much respect as so many other artists of that time also  – Ron Hardy, Marshall Jefferson, Mr Lee, Jesse Saunders etc. 

What is it you love about the sounds of Chicago house?

I think what I love about it and what really resonates with me is that Chicago House is defined by so many different genres like disco, soul and sort of European synth music – all of which I love. So to hear all those elements tied up in more up-tempo 4/4 tracks is what makes it special to me. I’ve always been somebody with quite eclectic taste so I always feel pretty satisfied to hear all these little nods wrapped up into one tune. A really great example of this is ‘On & On’ by Jesse Saunders. 

So many different shades and genres of house from the past. Who do you think is making great music right now?

Personally I love Chaos in the CBD, Chez De Milo, LUXE, Marina Trench, Eden Burns, Sweely, Gallegos, Confidence Man – the list goes on and on and on! 

Who are your female DJ icons past or present?

DJ Paulette, DJ Heather, Ellen Allien, Heléna Star, Michelle Mannetti, Laurence Matte, Marina Trench, Jennifer Loveless, Ysanne, Emerald, Scarlett O’Malley, Daughters of Frank, Moxie, Aika Mal, Holly Lester, Cinthie, CC:DISCO! 

But for real though, again, the list goes on. There’s so much incredible female talent out there and especially right now. 

As a woman in this man heavy arena, what challenges have you faced?  Do you see these aspects beginning to change?

It’s hard to say whether things are changing or not to be honest. Some days it seems to have changed a huge amount for the better, and then other days it still seems as toxic as ever with major pay gaps, the spiking of drinks phenomenon, bad billing, lazily booked line-ups, women not feeling safe in their workspace etc. It sometimes feels a bit 1 step forward, 5 steps back at times. But look, there is also a lot of good things out there too that are set up by female and non-binary identifying people. There are some incredible initiatives, places and spaces and events being rolled out that genuinely feel really safe and super important to push forward positively. A few to note are: The Risen festival set up by Kitty Bartlett and Alice Franklin, the State of Harmony WhatsApp support group set up by Daughters of Frank, I’ve Been Spiked by Mair Howells. 

So you are at the Wild Wood Disco Festival in June. Is this your first time at WW?

Yes I can’t wait! I’ve played the last two years in a row on the Paradise Lost stage. But this year, I’ll be doing the dang thang on the Sunset stage with good friends and incredible talent: SlothBoogie, Kristy Harper & Jive Talk for a ‘Dancing with Friends’ takeover. 

What can you tell us about the line up and who will you be trying to catch?

Bradley Zero and Dr Banana are definitely on my hit list & obviously Crazy P. I’ve seen them about 15 times but I just love them and Danielle is a real icon and inspiration to me on the singing / songwriter / DJ front. 

Female DJs are playing a strong role on the line up this year. How does that feel?

Feels great obviously but it should feel normal to be frank! A lot of places and spaces need to follow suit. 

What can you tell us about the Rising Female Talent Competition at Wild Wood?

I mean, firstly I think it’s fabulous. Big ups to the legends Scarlett O’Malley and Sophie Lloyd for putting in the time and dedication to actually doing it. This may sound cynical but I think there can be a lot of chatter about doing things but not always a lot of the actual ‘doing’ part. So to see it actually go ahead and give somebody the platform to express themselves that wouldn’t have otherwise had that opportunity is truly wonderful. We love to see it! 

How do you feel about roughing it for a few days?

I have mixed emotions to be honest, ha! The first couple of days I’m all good with it and well into the fezzie spirit but by day 3 or 4 I’m done and ready for a nice bath and a home cooked meal. 

What is one of your all time festival fave tunes?

‘Freak Like U’ (club mix) – Masarima. I had one of the most special times of my life dancing to this with the most special person. You know who you are! 

What’s essential in your packing for festival survival?

Loo roll cause every stall / portaloo can be hit and miss, face wipes to wipe away the melted makeup and for stinky pits if the queue to the showers is long, Berocca to get your act together on day 2 / 3 / 4, bananas cause they’re full of potassium which is a key electrolyte to the body… and cause they’re double yummy to be honest. Thank me later! 

Wild Wood Disco Festival Line-Up

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In conclusion, Lulah Francs is not just a DJ, but a symbol of strength, talent, and determination. Her story is a testament to the power of passion and the magic that can happen when we fully embrace our dreams. From London to Ibiza, and now to the Wild Wood Disco Festival, Lulah is creating a musical journey that is as unique and vibrant as she is.

So, are you ready to dance to the rhythm of Lulah Francs’ enthralling music? Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or it’s your first time, we assure you that you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Join us this June at the Wild Wood Disco Festival to witness the magic of music and the power of an inspiring DJ who is truly making her mark in the industry. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support rising talent and partake in a celebration of music, unity, and creativity. Get your tickets now and prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey of sound and excitement. See you there!

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