Throughout 2016 in Birmingham’s underground scene there have been numerous names on a local level to break through and make an impression with those on the dancefloor and those who throw the parties – but most would agree with no bias attached that there has been one name amongst others that has turned even the most respected of heads – Fleur.
Inspired by sounds along a varying spectrug, ranging from house to the darker side of techno, disco to the influential past time sub genres of Chicago house and the more recently coined term ‘tech house’ – her story is a familiar one in the sense of starting from the bottom warming up room to a bare minimum crowd, to electrifying dancefloors packed to the rafters and in the process deservedly earning peak set time slots.
In such a saturated and competitive scene where competition between DJs is as strong as ever, some might argue that your ability to network is imperative to securing these. However, whilst Fleur has no doubt learnt this aspect of the trade many of her sets have been booked and the talking has been done through where it matters most – the technical ability behind the decks and the attention given to reading a dancefloor, knowing what the crowd want to hear and at what time.
Possibly the most impressive example of this so far and looking back at where her journey has really taken a positive turn was when she took over from the influential head behind the 02:31 & recently emerging brand Colours Tom Shorterz at Hogtown in Tamworth, where her solid execution caught his attention and has seen her rewarded with residencies for the Rainbow Venues based brands 02:31 and After Dark respectively.
Since then her consistency and fresh approach to every set has seen her support a variety of huge artists at some of the most popular venues in Birmingham – from DirtyBird label head Claude Von Stroke at Amusement 13, the likes of Bontan and Max Chapman for the Sankeys brand during their visit to the city, and one of the Solid Grooves main men PAWSA for Foliee at Lab11 to name but a few thus far.
However, her work hasn’t just been restricted to the thriving underground scene in Birmingham, as she also previously featured on the same line up as established producers and selectors including Wade, Raffa FL & Apollo 84 in the capital city’s hotspot Egg London and Shoreditch too, and has spent time doing everything to prove her worth on the isle of underground house and techno music.
Whilst in Ibiza this year she has been victorious in numerous DJ competitions, winning sets and subsequently playing at parties on the island with ABODE resident and fellow female star Ellie Cocks and established producer Hauswerks, and has laid it down at the same club for the Audio Rehab brand whilst having her name appear in bright lights behind her at Eden.
Most notably during this year’s stint in Ibiza she has already been handed the opportunity of seeing what skills she possesses for Do Not Sleep at Sankeys Ibiza, with her name down on the bill alongside head honcho Darius Syrossian, Catz ‘n’ Dogz and Josh Butler, and has been invited back on the 12th September again to warm proceedings up for Brett Gould in the second room.
It’s clear to see so far that wherever Fleur’s travels are taking her there are several patterns emerging – consisting of a lot of head turning, the hunger for success, impression setting and fierce determination to make this a career that she is incredibly passionate about.
Contact : Fleurshore@hotmail.com