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Zodiac Rising Special: Arnie Wrong 

June saw the launch of our new event series Zodiac Rising, a new Thursday night celebrating the established and emerging stars of Ridley Road Market Bar.

We spoke to the Zodiac Rising DJs to find out more about their approach to their craft, creativity and careers. We began with rising star Arnie Wrong who you can read about below. Arnie's social links are at the end of the interview.

 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Is there a mood you seek to establish while you DJ? Can you describe it?

 

Arnie Wrong: Over the past year or so I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of what I do, and arrived at the conclusion that it’s bringing joy. When I DJ I want the crowd to feel joy, to feel free, to lose any inhibitions and to experience togetherness. That’s why the music I play - funk, disco, world groove - will always have elements that make you throw your hands up in the air, sing along, and literally dance like no one’s watching. 

 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Do you have a favourite Ridley Road Stall/ Shop or drink at the bar?

 

Arnie Wrong: Actually, without trying to sound corny, Ridley Road Market Bar has been my number one spot not only in Ridley Road, but in all of Dalston for almost a decade. I’ve had some of the best nights of my life there, back in the day when HAAi held a DJ residency there. This spot will always hold a very special place in my heart and was a huge influence on my selection as a DJ. 

 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Are there any other artists, DJs, musicians on your radar that you'd like to shout out at all?

 

Arnie Wrong: I’d love to shout out Kat Knix - one half of the CRISP&CLASSY duo and a genius music producer from Stockholm. I recently remixed one of CRISP&CLASSY’s singles - SML4U. I fell in love with the lyrics written by Kat about being stood up by a guy, and feeling frustrated by the fact she made an effort for him, i.e. ‘I shaved my legs for you’. I just think it’s so real and relatable. It was an absolute joy to remix a track I’m such a fan of. You can stream it HERE

Arnie Wrong is on Instagram, Spotify and Mixcloud

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Zodiac Rising Special: Sarahtonin

June saw the launch of our new event series Zodiac Rising, a new Thursday night celebrating the established and emerging stars of Ridley Road Market Bar.

We spoke to the Zodiac Rising DJs to find out more about their approach to their craft, creativity and careers. Sarahtonin is part of the July programming. You can read more about Sarahtonin below. 

 

Sarahtonin's social links are at the end of the interview.

 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Who or what inspired you to do what you do now?

 

Sarahtonin: I DJ’d years ago but stopped due to a lack of access to equipment. I missed it loads so when we were put in to lockdown I decided to save up some money and get back in to it. Fast forward a few months and I saw Bill Brewster had put up a post looking for a female DJ to mentor between the ages of 18-26. My age fell slightly outside of this bracket but I tried my luck and sent a mix anyway. Bill got in touch and told me he couldn’t take my application further due to a lot of applicants and the criteria that he’d set out but that he wanted to book me to play his infamous Low Life party anyway. That night was easily one of the best nights I’ve ever had and I’ll be forever grateful to him for giving me that opportunity. I haven’t looked back since! 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Is there a mood you seek to establish while you DJ? Can you describe it?

 

Sarahtonin: Happiness! I’d like to think that a lot of the tunes I select are ones that make people feel good - hence my DJ name. One of the main reasons I enjoy DJing is because I like the idea that I play a part in creating a fun atmosphere where hopefully people are able to take away some lovely memories with them.

 

 

Ridley Road Market Bar: Do you have any advice for anyone breaking into the industry?

 

Sarahtonin: Always try your luck and don't give up. Technically speaking, I should never have applied to the mentorship scheme that I did because I was outside of the specified age but it ended up being one of the best things I've ever done. It's very normal to reach out to people and get nothing back from them but just keep at it. Eventually, somebody will come through and it could end up leading you somewhere really special. 

Sarahtonin is on Instagram.