Introducing
Barely Legal and her #fabricis15 Mix

The underground of electronic music is forever evolving, persistently merging and bringing together various strains of club orientated music. In fact our Friday night program, FABRICLIVE, has been focused on the very core of that since its infancy, linking together disparate sounds under one roof and giving play to pioneers and risk takers alike. Barely Legal, aka 23 year old DJ, Chloe Robinson, is a DJ who’s starting to show a knack for doing exactly that too, more about defying the genres and doing the unthinkable with her selections than re-treading old sets.

Known predominately for a first rate fusion of grime, jungle, drum & bass, hip hop and so on...Chloe, who moved to London from Birmingham, has already scooped up recognition from a fleet of major underground players and platforms including BBC Radio 1Xtra (who picked her up for their flagship Daily Dose series last year), Hyperdub artist, Scratcha DVA and most notably the ‘godfather of grime,’ Wiley.

Heading to our Farringdon haunt this week where she'll help toast our 15th Birthday alongside Loefah and an extended four hour show from Four Tet in Room one, we asked her to deliver yet another mix (Chloe's dropped one for our good pals over at Trap Magazine and appeared on Toddla T's BBC Radio 1 show just last week) just so that we could officially introduce her before the celebrations commence.

Download: Barely Legal - #fabricis15 Mix



First off, how are things and how has this year been for you?
Things are really exciting at the moment! I got to play in some countries I'd never visited before like Sweden and Iceland which was cool. My favourite sets were DJing for Newham General on their boat party in Croatia and playing on the Red Bull stage at Field Day.

For anyone that might not have heard of you, how would you best describe your sound and what you do?
I play music across the board, non-genre specific. I'm definitely a fan of hype, dark, sub heavy sounds and music that make you pull out the gun finger! I really enjoy clashing different sounds and genres which typically wouldn't be played together and experiment in my sets.

Who have been your greatest influences and why?
I grew up listening to garage music so that has influenced me a lot. When I moved to London I was listening to Rinse FM most of the time, Oneman, Spyro and N-Types shows being my favourite. As DJs they influenced me a lot in how they mix. Since then I'm influenced regularly by good new music coming through!

What was the basis behind DJing as Barely Legal?
I have always been a music head and a raver so it made sense to get some Technics and start DJing as a hobby. I jokingly named myself Barely Legal and it stuck.

I know you’re originally from Birmingham - what did living in that city do in terms of helping you launch yourself and what did it bring to your sound?
I grew up in Birmingham but I moved to London before I was legal to go to raves and started DJing throughout my second year of London uni life, so living in that city didn't have too much of an impression on the sounds I play now. Much love to my home city though of course!

What have been your best moments and biggest challenges so far?
Best moments have been working with Wiley who I've looked up to since I was about 14 and some of the incredible shows I've done so far. Ones that stand out are FABRICLIVE, Warehouse Project and the Four Tet all-dayer show. My biggest challenge so far was juggling my BBC 1xtra residency and gigs with final year of Uni and a part time job. Since graduating it has been much better being able to dedicate all my time to music.

What would you say is the best thing about the London scene right now? Who are you rating and who should we look out for?
There are a lot of great independent record labels from London - ones that stand out are Tempa, Swamp81 and Black Butter which do incredibly well. There's a lot of good music coming from the Manchester scene too and a new collective from the city called Levelz are who to look out for definitely! I'm also really looking forward to Chimpo's mixtape coming out on Toddla T's Girl Music label soon.

Other than DJing, what else do you like to do?
I used to be a semi-professional BMXer so I enjoy riding about on the side.

 You’re playing the FABRICLIVE leg of our 15th Birthday next month, who else are you excited to see on the line up and what can we expect from you?
I'm really excited to see Four Tet, his sets are always so diverse and captivating. Also excited to catch Dub Phizix, Loefah, Fracture and Pinch - all top producers. I'll be be playing a party set, mixing the old with the new and making sure everyone's in the birthday mood!



Tracklist

Dub Phizix – The Clock Ticks
Dizzee Rascal – Cut 'Em Off
Dawn Day Night - Alcoholic Dance
Om Unit & Moresounds – Nuff Music
Busta Rhymes – Break Ya Neck
Fracture ft. Sam Binga – Grippin' Grain
Dub Phizix ft. Fox – Never Been
Goldie – Inner City Life
Levelz - LVL 07
Pinch – Swish
Dub Phizix & Chimpo – Skoolface
Brasstooth – Pleasure
Champion – Execution
Four Tet – Kool FM (Champion Remix)
Four Tet – Your Body Feels
Chimpo, Skittles & DRS – Bumba
Proxima - Trapped
Loefah – Truly Dread
Indo – R U Sleeping (Bump & Flex Vocal)
Pinch & Roska – Shoulda Rolla
Icicle ft. Skittles – Problem
Bury Dem – Think Tonk
Rockwell – Rekohu Sunrise (X Untold)
Dub Phizix – Buffalo Charge
J.Robinson ft. Sun of Selah – Lion Music VIP
The Pharcyde – Passing Me By
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