> Eris Drew
DJ, musician and defender of trans. She maintains the Psychedelic Rites of the Motherbeat at various sites, including Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass. She has long been a resident at the Chicago Smart Bar and the New York Bunker. She gives talks about the history of rave and shamanism. She first heard Motherbeat in 1994. Motherbeat exists to remind us that: Music has been with us since the beginning. We are done for better things than this download culture brings us. Dissolve known borders and models. Discover your body. Find the one with the other.
Gela´s musical journey took off in 2003, in Murcia, when by chance she began to experiment with electronic music in the legendary Bar Ocio, by the hand of Ervio. Since then, she has been impregnated with musical influences from those different corners of the world in which she has lived, turning her sound into a fascinating amalgam of styles ranging from disco, funk and brasilian, to acid house or techno more Suggestive, going through the Leftfield, cosmic, electro and breaks.
When SNO grew up in the township of Bophelong in the Vaal, South Africa, her uncle was the finest collector of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat and Disco. He surrounded her with tune after tune for years. When he sold his collection, SNO felt a loss that still remains to date.
Once she managed to get a proper turntable at home in 2015, she started collecting the very records her uncle sold, and more, as she have never stopped learning about music. On the 17th July 2015, she was thrown in the lion’s den at Soup Kitchen, Manchester and played a 4 hour set. It was her very first time and she enjoyed expressing herself through her love of music, straddling genres and showing how unlimited and highly extensive her love for Music is.
SNO’s presence on the Manchester DJ scene has been sudden due in no small part to the diversity and depth of her record bag. Not one to be pinned to a genre, her love of hip hop and bass styles will frequently co-exist amongst the finest Afrobeat, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco, Bruk, Highlife, Garage, Latin and rare groove selections.
SNO is now resident for Manchester label and collective Banana Hill, lead by fellow directory member Cervo.