Black History Month Mixtape: Tailor Jae

We were able to bag one of London’s most exciting DJs, Tailor Jae, as our fourth addition to Brixton Jamm’s ‘Black History Month Mixtape.

Known as a technical firehouse behind the decks, Tailor Jae’s style is genre-less at heart but heavy on the bass. She has already established herself in the London club scene as one to watch, with a unique style and sets that take you on a journey, exploring different genres with unexpected twists and turns and with the technicality to match. Tailor Jae is an unapologetic force, with an immense skill and a determination to “play what she wants.”

We knew that her selection of tracks would be exciting as well as insightful – read more to discover what they are.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us today about your selected songs for our Black History Month Playlist! We’re super excited to learn a little bit more about you through the kinda tunes you like to vibe to in your spare time.

Firstly, could you tell us a bit about your background and what makes you proud of your heritage?

Both my parents are Ghanaian, but strangely I didn’t feel a true connection to my homeland until a few years back, that being because I had only visited once when I was around 6 years old. Going back recently has really opened up a new love and connection for Ghana. It’s a beautiful country, with such a warm essence and loving people. I’m so proud to be from Ghana, so much talent is born in Ghana. I am always amazed by the creativity of the people, the food, the history and I know it has all played a part in making me who I am today.

Do you think that music and Black History month have an important connection with each other?

I mean music is Black history in itself. Majority of the genres that people are able to experience and enjoy today stem from ideas and the creativity of Black people throughout history so I guess in that sense you can say they have an important connection with each other not just during the month but beyond. I think it is paramount that this is understood and acknowledged.

Great – let’s move onto your first track that you have picked for our playlist. Could you tell us a bit more about it, why you chose it, what it means to you or if you think it’s just a bit of a banger? 

My first track is by Julian Marley – Bulid Together, my dad plays his music a lot and I quickly became a fan. It’s all about encouraging people of one blood to unite and build together. I think it’s an important message especially for the Black community to remember that we are stronger as one unit.

Moving onto your second track, why did you pick this one?

Daddy Lumba – Aben Wo Ha 

This is a Ghana hall party classic, reminds me of my younger days growing up. We would always go to family parties and it was impossible not to hear this track. A classic.

Tell us about your third chosen track.

Moving into more current times – although very much a part of my history growing up in East London – Ruff Sqwad- Xtra 

A track that always reminds me how proud I am to be an East Londoner, a proper sick beat, with such a catchy hook. These guys created timeless music and were really instrumental in cementing my love from grime.

How about the fourth?

I had to pick someone who’s music is a staple in my DJ set and has such a unique flare and flavour when it comes to music production: LR Groove, part of the duo Tribal Brothers. An absolute beast when it comes to heavy hitting bass and heavy percussive tracks. LR Groove – Riddim Beater is exactly that, this track is in majority of my sets if not all, even now. Do check out his newer stuff too – incredible.

And finally, what is the fifth track that you have selected for our playlist?

Final track is by J Ezza called Finesse ft Paul Wall. His music really delves a lot deeper than the standard rap you get nowadays, drawing on difficult topics that people often don’t like to address. 

This track is so cold, the beat, the flow, such a bop and has a real deep message if you listen carefully and take in the words.

Thanks so much for sharing your tunes with us and allowing us to discover some sick new tracks! Before you go, do you have any final words that you would like to give to any young Black creatives that are looking to get into the industry? 

Yes – I would say stay true to who you are in every aspect of what you do. Never lose yourself in trying to be someone that you aren’t. You are enough, your talent is enough, just nurture it and continue to work hard and the opportunities will come. Naturally it can be disheartening to feel that in some ways you may not have as many doors that will be directly opened for you, but sometimes you have to be the first in order to create a pathway for the next Black creatives coming after you. That will not always be easy, but will be extremely rewarding. Take courage from those that have come before you, they have shown it’s possible to succeed.

Brixton Jamm’s Black History Month Mixtape will be updated regularly throughout October – head to our Spotify to give it a listen!

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