Shiloh is one of London’s hottest young DJs, and we’re absolutely delighted to have her playing the Found stage at this year’s festival.
Ahead of her performance, we sat down with Shiloh to talk future plans, dream gigs, and her Major Movements project.
Shiloh! How’s it going?
I’m really good, thank you for asking.
You’re based in London now - is that where you grew up?
Yes, I came over from Germany aged five and have lived in South East London ever since.
How did your upbringing influence your sound?
My family is South African, so for me music was always a big part of my life. My parents were in the theatre, my dad and I played and instruments. Being at gatherings of family and close friends within the South African community, someone would always break into song and through my Caribbean friends i was introduced to Soca and Bashment. So I generally tend to gravitate towards music that has a certain groove or similar drum patterns to the sounds I heard growing up.
You’ve talked about how Ibiza sparked your love of house - what is it about the island that you love so much?
The whole experience! The Music is big part of it of course, the chance to hear your favorite DJ in a club surrounded by 5000 like minded people. The vibe and energy at events like Elrow is insane.
Is there anywhere else in the world that you’d love to play one day?
South Africa, Ibiza the list is endless. Just the chance to play abroad would be amazing.
What was the record that made you fall in love with house?
‘Hardrive’ - Deep Inside. Barbara Tucker’s voice is something else.
Are there any current artists that mentored you or helped you out when you were getting started?
My Brother Mykee Phunkee and my Major Movements family Joel S and Panther have been there from the start. Without their encouragement and tough love, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I do also have to mention DJ GGB who helped me get my first booking.
You joined Major Movements in 2013 - for everyone out there who isn’t familiar with the project, what is Major Movements?
We are a collective of four London-based DJ’s with four different styles and a raw energy that mold into one to create a movement. We are Joel S & Panther who started Major Movements in 2005, myself, and new addition Simeon Clarke.
You have a show on HouseFM.net every Saturday, 8-10pm. What are the three words you’d use to describe the show?
Tech N Groove! What does that mean? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
What’s been your highlight of 2017 so far?
Definitely getting the call to say I had been booked for 51st State Festival. I’ve been every year since it started, so I’m really looking forward to DJing on the Found Stage this year.
What can we look forward to from you in the coming year?
First up in July, I’ll be playing 3 Hour Set With Simeon Clark in the 103 at Ministry. In August, Major Movement are having a 12 hour party in aid of Cancer Research; some of our friends and family have recently been touched by cancer. Finally, in September there is also going be an end of summer party (details to follow shortly). Who knows what will happen in the future, we’ll just have to wait and see...
We’re really excited to have you play for us on 5 August - who are you most looking forward to seeing at 51st State this year?
Everyone on the Found Stage for a start. Masters At Work, Mike Dunn, the list is long.
Shiloh plays the FOUND stage at 51st State Festival 2017 on 5 August. Check out her latest mix for 51st State below.