Get to know: Ceri
“THIS is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.” These are the opening words of the Life Holstee Manifesto, a mindful living mission statement for which UK and London-based Ceri lives by, and which titles her debut release, ‘The Life Holstee’, on her newly launched vinyl-only record label, Find Your Own. The most recent chapter in this resolute artist’s story, the release features a reshape by Fred P. “I have loved Fred as a DJ and a producer for a long time,” explains Ceri. “So when he agreed to do the rst remix for the label, I actually did a little dance of happiness!”
Ceri first broke onto the scene in 2012, gaining a foothold with two solo EPs on Midnight Social Recordings. The turning point came the following year when she remixed Lee Guthrie on seminal label Wiggle, it was played by everyone from Richie Hawtin to Jamie Jones. Her sound flows between all styles of deep, classic and heavyweight house and techno. With influences from Detroit, Chicago, Berlin, New York and London evident in her production style and DJ sets. “I think of it like this; my husband is house, my mistress is techno and I like to dabble in soul, funk, disco, latin-american, jazz and classics from time to time too,” she tells DJ Mag. A self-confessed raver, who claims to “never trust a DJ who doesn’t rave”, Ceri was a regular at legendary clubs in her hometown of London, places like T-Bar, Public Life, The End and Fabric, which inspired her to take up DJing herself. “I grew up in South London, but my studio and home is now East,” she says. “The area has had a huge influence on me as a DJ, and so many other DJs, producers and other creative types live and work around here, there’s inspiration everywhere.”
Although a keen producer, Ceri is a DJ first and foremost. She regularly played nine-hour sets during her residency for London after-party Jaded, playing in their house room for over five years. Her label aspirations will surely benefit from this experience and passion. “The name Find Your Own has a special personal meaning to me, but I want people to take their own meaning from it,” she says. “To others it could mean; find your own sound, own power, own path in life, or maybe even be a sly tongue-in-cheek-dig at DJs who don’t do their own digging for records. But that’s not actually what it means.!”
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