Orlagh Dooley got her first DJ gig in the most obvious way possible: she organised her own party, where she also played as the resident DJ. After moving from Derry to study in Liverpool she started her party Meine Nacht, where she first played alongside names like Moxie and Call Super in secret off-beat locations.
Her debut EP was the addictive house track UK Lonely that Scuba signed for Hotflush Recordings, and it’s fair to say things have been a whirlwind for her since then: Dooley still resides in Liverpool after completing her studies, but she’s been playing out increasingly regularly across the UK. There’s also Deep Sea Frequency – the label she’s recently launched alongside her Meine Nacht crew member Jessica Beaumont. Given this has all happened to Dooley while she’s still in her early 20s shows her promising future ahead.
With Dooley set to make her Farringdon debut in Room One alongside Scuba this Saturday, we invited her to record a mix to introduce herself alongside a quick email conversation. After asking if we had any preferences for the mix when we first approached her, when we gave no specification, Dooley decided to collate a mix of old and new techno and breakbeat records from her collection.
The mix was recorded in Liverpool on Pioneer 850s, a Xone:92 mixer and two Technics 1210 turntables. I had been adding to the track list over the last few months, which includes some older personal favourites and some very new stuff too.
Where do you spend most of your time looking for music?
I love coming across old music that sounds 'new' – I have a big passion for that so a lot of my time searching is spent on Discogs. If I travel to a new city I always make sure to check out the record stores. Aside from that, Bandcamp is really good for browsing and searching for newer stuff from more under the radar artists.
Your series Meine Nacht has been known for throwing off-kilter events in unusual locations – can you see this sort of thing happening increasingly in dance music culture in the future?
I think it may actually become less common as time goes on, which is part of the reason we're trying to preserve this kind of thing. A lot of people have told us that there's a special kind of atmosphere at our parties, which is why they return and we're really proud of that. It has become increasingly more challenging trying to find new spaces where we can turn up with a sound system and people can bring their own alcohol to the party, so I don't think it's something that can be easily replicated.
Deep Sea Frequency launches soon with your Meine Nacht partner Jessica (Breakwave) – can you talk more about the concept behind it?
For our label we have a similar concept to that of our party; an inclusive, no rules kind of theme. We have a few releases already lined up, each with their own identity. Both Jessica and myself are open to all types of electronic music so it will be interesting to see where the label will be one year from now. All of the releases will be vinyl and the first release is a white label from myself. We also have a special braille concept on each of the records too which will become clear very soon.
What have you got coming up beyond the festival season?
I have a new residency at one of my favourite club nights starting after the summer, so I'm really excited to announce that. I also have another release coming out on Hotflush towards the end of the year as well as some other releases in the pipeline. With Deep Sea Frequency we're looking forward to releasing EPs from a couple of known names as well as sharing some new talent with the world!