Who are you?
Viv May – Artist/DJ from East London
When do you play on House 559 Music?
Mondays 18:00 – 20:00
Describe your music style? What’s different about you compared to other DJs?
I’m a vocalist and songwriter so I’m naturally drawn to songs with lots of lyrics and vocals. In terms of style, you’ll mainly catch me playing house remixes of RnB, Hip-Hop and Afro Swing songs, as well as Vocal house, Funky house and Garage. There’ll also be Afro House sprinkled throughout my sets so bring your dancing shoes!
What’s different? I sing while DJing! I’m a vocalist. Can’t help myself!
What attracted you to play at House 559 Music?
I was a guest on Ecouter’s monthly show and I met and played a set with some incredible female Artists/DJs/Entrepreneurs – Vanessa Mallia, DJ Fearny (Supa Dupa Fly) and Toya Delazy. We had such a great time and there was SUCH a great vibe at the station that when the opportunity came up to host a weekly show I thought, yep! I’ll have that.
Who are your favourite DJ/Producers?
I would be lying if I said I had just one. But Dean-E-G and Dots-Per-Inch have helped me get many a party started.
Where do you find music inspiration?
Inspiration is literally all around! But I suppose the usual suspects, Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, viral videos on social media! It’s everywhere.
What is one track that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?
Egypt ‘In The Morning’
How did you get into DJing/ what’s your musical background?
I’ve been singing and songwriting for years and I just decided one day to add another musical string to my bow – I stated taking DJ lessons and totally fell in love with it.
What are your main challenges as a DJ?
Hearing a great song, looking for a remix of it and not being able to find one. To be honest that’s motivated me to get into production. Oh and the bathroom situation! When you’re playing a long set, no one is around to cover you and the queue for the toilets is epic. I always have to push in front of people saying “sorry, DJ, sorry”
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
The most recent I guess is when I played on the rooftop at Golden Bee (my residency), everyone was up dancing and they ended up keeping the roof open much later than planned because no one wanted to leave. That was a great feeling.
Attendee – Lovebox a couple of years ago – Annie Mac was playing tune after tune after tune!! It was everything.
What is one mistake you see a lot of DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Most of the DJ’s I’ve seen are pretty hot behind the decks so I couldn’t really comment on that one. But in terms of aspiring DJs I’d say – practise, practise, practise and then practise some more! Get familiar with different types of decks – old, new, different models because you never know what the venue will have/not have, explore as many different styles of music as you can – don’t pigeonhole yourself from the beginning because you’ll be restricted and I guarantee you’ll be missing out. Lastly and most importantly, it’s a cliche but HAVE FUN, if you’re having a great time the crowd feed off that energy and they will too.
What’s next for you? Where can we find you? (upcoming gigs)
Saturdays at Golden Bee in Shoreditch, Ibiza (depending on when you’re reading this!) and of course on House 559 each and every Monday from 6-8pm plug plug 😉
Your favourite mix? (of yourself)
Social Media handles?
Instagram – @vivmayofficial
Twitter – @vivmayofficial