Things took off in a very big way back at the start of 2009 when the Ladybugz (Katie barber/Marcia carr/Miss Callis/Marshmello/T. Maronie) overwhelmed the trendy East Village club in Shoreditch with T. Maronie’s magnificent birthday party and a few DJ friends throwing down tune after tune to a packed house. We followed it up again with fellow Bugz’s members Marcia Carr and Katie Barber’s mid summer joint birthday in August with Marshmello on MC duties.
Now it’s the turn of Miss Callis, who’s thirtieth is definitely something to shout about – life does begin when you hit the big 30 and all of us Ladybugz will join our soul sister on Friday 13th November at our base, East Village.
DJ buddies on board this time are some of the UK’s favourites – the legendary Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Restless Soul’s Phil Asher and a special appearance from Jeremy Newall will be in the Basement.
Drop The Bomb, Amy, Mr P and friends will host the Deco Loungue playing a disco, funk, boogie mix.
A few things you should know about our DJ line up…
? MiSS CALLiS
At 17, Sophie Callis became engaged in radio as a broadcast assistant for London’s Kiss FM. She then turned her hand at PR for Virgin Records, Slice PR and others companies, moving onto providing on hand assistance to DJ’s working at records stores Release The Groove and Reckless Records.
As a DJ Miss Callis has always looked for that special something in dance music understanding that its roots are just as significant, as well as moving forward with it as she puts it “I love my records, but the originals will always be a cut above the rest.” Being an avid music cohort her eclectic selection with her DJ skills have also taken her to share her talent at exclusive events such as London Fashion Week, the Launch of Tantalize Magazine, Louis Vuitton special events and many MTV/EMI after parties and she’s been privileged to spin alongside names that include King Britt, Kerri Chandler, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Phil Asher and Carl Craig
In recent years, she has had her hands full with the Ladybugz collective, an all-female cast playing the finest in Broken Beat, Future Jazz, Neo Soul and more. The unique sound of Broken Beat is ever evolving, vastly gaining more worldly interest of which our girl Miss Callis is happily pushing.
? PAUL ‘TROUBLE’ ANDERSON
Paul started off playing at the time sound system’s rise in popularity grew. As well as being a DJ he was also a soundman. Back then he followed Chicken, Scrap Iron and Fat Man around. Paul took on his uncle’s reggae sound that was later converted to a soul sound. He helped pioneer the ‘Trouble Funk Sound‘ and brought his sublime blend of dance music to the Warehouse scene. It is also where He acquired His nickname 'Trouble'.
Around this time he meet George Power, one of the founders of Kiss FM, who asked him to be a warm up DJ at several venues, though he was best respected for his jazz funk selection at Crackers. Paul had a fresh funky sound and was playing at many clubs. Working as a DJ full-time he also started up his own night at the Electric Ballroom - a roller disco night, three times a week where he would also make a point in showing of his agility on roller skates.
It’s no secret that Paul Trouble was instrumental in the London music scene, and helped shaped the legendary status of clubs like Crackers, Spats, The Embassy, Global Village and Electric Ballroom.
1985 arrives. Paul was asked to join Kiss FM and found the prospect of promoting dance music on-air an exciting one. That is when he developed his creativity and skill.
These days Paul is still busy gigging around the world in addition to holding residencies both in the UK and Italy, and to his fans, Paul has an amazing ability to make you want to move, the way he makes the music come alive through his brilliant mixing skills and hi energy persona.
? PHIL ASHER
It may have all come about by accident but the fact remains that Phil Asher is one of London’s undisputed underground House music producers and is nothing short of a legend. Far from being underrated this all round nice guy is considered amongst his peers around the world as one the UK’s best and proficient club DJ turned producers – anything musically he’s put his hand to has seen him receive nothing but accolades of applause.
Having amassed a catalogue of hundreds of his own productions, along with clocking up a huge discography of remix and co productions, Phil’s life has never been anything but progressive since 1991, following his first public stint as a DJ at House night Delirium.
From then his name has become synonymous with established club nights such as the long running Inspiration Information which he co-hosts with Patrick Forge, to the Soul Heaven parties, the grand CO OP shindigs that were held at Plastic People, regular spots at the Southport Weekenders, to Italy’s Angels of Love plus other gigs throughout Europe, the US, Japan, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand all reinforcing his popularity and demand around the globe.
? JEREMY NEWALL
With an established DJ career, which began back in 1986, Jeremy has been a regular feature in London's seminal club nights. He’s been a resident in the early days of the Soul Heaven parties, spent a three-year residency at The Loft, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson’s legendary weekly night groove, and ran his very own night, 'Right Area' at Madame Jo Jo's.
Jeremy’s reputation for delivering sets of uplifting and funky soulful dance music fuelled with disco funk classics along side vintage house tracks and the latest sought after white labels are unparalleled both in the UK and recognised internationally with globetrotting gigs at Red Zone and ExGroove in Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Estonia, Poland, Malta, Sweden, Ireland, New York, Ohio, Toronto, Montreal and Florida as well as frequent club tours of Japan.
Drawing his influences from early rap music, which opened the door to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Pleasure, Quincy Jones, Leroy Burgess and Salsoul Records, it is clear to see why Jeremy's DJ sets are a journey of depth, character and feeling. DJ's that have inspired him include Francois K, Timmy Regisford, Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, Merlin Bobb, Ron Hardy, Larry Levan, Ricky Morrison, Norman Jay and Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, which is obviously why Westend Records and Strut Records insisted Jeremy was the DJ for the official launch parties for the Paradise Garage biography written by West End Records label boss Mel Cheren, an honour by anybody’s standards.
He put together the 'Disco Blueprints' collectable CD compilation for X:Treme Records and was brought in by BBE Records to mix the very limited and much sought after two-part promotion CD's of the Masters At Work ten-year anniversary collection.
Jeremy is also a much admired remixer with collaborative projects for Ron Trent including 'A Dark Room And A Feeling' on Subwoofer and Prescription Records and 'Can't Say Goodbye' on G Spot as well as numerous remix projects under his belt.
His extensive musical knowledge and retail experience with stints at Release The Groove, Catch a Groove, Soul II Soul and Red Records has earned him a second to none reputation with the world's leading A&R men continuously calling upon Jeremy for advice and hints.
When you hear Jeremy's passionate and compelling music, and see his connection with the crowd you will see why he is one of the most highly regarded disc jockeys in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Katie Barber aka KATIE B
Sophie Callis aka MISS CALLIS
Marcia Carr aka MARCIA DA VINYL MC
Tayo Maronie aka T MARONIE
Marsha Smith aka MARSHMELLO
These veritable vinyl jockettes plus MC come fully charged with credentials to back up their skills and knowledge from a cornucopia of music genres comprising of Broken Beat to Disco, Dub Step to Detroit this cinquette hits all the bass' every time.
It is said that the only living thing to survive long after Armageddon would be the beetle or its cockroach cousin. In some ways the Ladybugz, a hybrid of the flying insect, could bring on this devastation as they circumnavigate the steely decks of time, groove and motion. Destiny - to continue to communicate vibrations and these Ladybugz vibe like no other.
The story of the stylus sistahood began in 2004 when members of the old skool Sisamo & Marshmello set up the 'Ladybugz' events at Cherry Jam West London. Soon to join forces with the female 'bruk' platform were Helen Asher, Miss Callis and Katie Barber – she was the only female DJ to be featured at Club 'CO OP' back in the day which included guests Lyric L, Vanessa Freedman, Eska, Lady Alma, amongst others. The Ladybugz soon became a concept hatched. Since its hiatus the development of the Nu Skool is now responsible for continuing the journey....
2009 and beyond, we have the final incarnation as the Stanton needles is handed to the nu keepers of the Ladybugz dream. "And dis time dey gon' fly!"