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DT734 – Carly Wilford


Rising up through London’s underground electronic dance music scene Carly Wilford is a pioneer of new music. Discovering the latest breaking artists and backing their journey, she unearths the tracks that shine through amongst the Internet’s crowded streams. Starting out as a Presenter, her early career saw her take over the airwaves on the Rinse FM Breakfast Show before taking bold steps to become a respected DJ and Music Producer.

A year ago, Carly came across a statistic that only 2% of women were Music Producers, so she decided that there was work to be done. Joining Toolroom Records, Toolroom Academy Course, she set out to learn how to make music. Fast forward to this year and she released her debut single ‘Generation X’ with Mr V. on the label with the track being signed within ten months of her laying down her first beat on the course. Using time in lockdown to learn her new craft in the hope of helping other females to do the same.

‘Generation X’ has travelled far and wide, gaining support from the likes of Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Jaguar and Arielle Free on Radio 1, TCTS and Ben Malone on Kiss FM as well as landing key spots in Spotify’s key editorial playlists, from New Music Friday UK to New Music Friday Cratediggers and UK House Music to name a few. With global DJ and Producer support from Mark Knight, Eli Brown, Idris Elba, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Jamz Supernova, LP Giobbi and Wh0. 

Her sets bring forward a new wave of house music whilst honouring the very roots of the scene she grew up raving to. Found behind the decks at the UK’s most celebrated clubs and touring festivals across the world she has shared recent line ups with The Shapeshifters, Saffron Stone, Sam Girling, India Jordan, Low Steppa and Jess Bays. Playing stand out sets at Glastonbury, Parklife, Bestival, Wireless, Reading, Isle of Wight, Citadel and Lovebox as well as Fabric, XOYO and Ministry of Sound.

Today, she joins on the podcast for the first time. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Until we dance again, let this be your soundtrack…

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Give It Up – Mark Knight & Siege – Have it on repeat in my mixes and live streams right now, such a massive track and two stand out producers.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
Energy and feel-good vibes. The world can sometimes seem overwhelming currently so this mix is for you to get lost in. 
Tell us about your next single? 

Hidden in this podcast is an exclusive of my next release called ‘Together For The Love’ with a Producer from San Diego called Mai Mai. We did the Toolroom Academy course together and decided to collaborate during the lockdown. It is coming out on Alex Preston’s Basement Sound label on 16th April 2021.

What have you got coming up?
Working hard in the studio and collaborating with some really amazing producers and artists. I’ve been using this time to learn my craft so that by the time we are raving again, I have some next level tunes to share with you all. 

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Can’t wait to see you all soon, this last year has made me fall in love with music even more and appreciate every one of you. Music really is so important and something that we are going to appreciate more than ever when we are back on a crowded dance floor again. Until then, let’s keep the kitchen raves alive… 


Home (Knee Deep Club Mix) – Julie Mcknight
Hold Me Up (JJ’s Extended Vocal Mix) – Junior Jack presents Glory featuring Jocelyn Brown
Who Is He? (Claptone Extended Remix) – Alaia & Gallo featuring Kevin Haden
Together For The Love (Original Mix) – Mai Mai x Carly Wilford
In The Groove (Extended Mix) – Maxinne (feat. MOYA)
Give It Up (Extended Mix) – Mark Knight & Siege
Inside (Extended Mix) – Catz ‘n Dogz featuring Nick Monaco
Roll The Dice (Extended Mix) – Sam Holland
The Shake – Ellis Moss
Generation X (Extended Mix) – Carly Wilford & Mr. V
You Belong to Me – Miane
Damn Good (Extended Mix) – Danny Rhys, Matt Weeks (UK) & Mr. V
On The Line (Master) – Ashibah & Saffron Stone
Electric Mama – Jamie Jones & Harvy Valencia
Sophia Essél – Reachin

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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