- Talking mental health and jazz with the Booty Bass boss.
- Ngaio Anyia came to dance music in a moment of need. Singing her way through laryngitis as a vocalist, she was told she couldn't strain her voice for six months to a year. She turned to DJing and found her sound during a four-hour set in Bristol "starting with dancehall and latin, then moving on to reggaeton and hip hop, and then going into UK Garage and afrobeats, then ending on drum and bass and jungle." The Booty Bass formula was born, and has since evolved into a party series, DJ crew and radio show on SWU. Meanwhile Anyia is back in full voice, as evinced by a remix EP of her work released by Durkle Disco last year.
Anyia is an inspiring figure outside of clubland. She's spent time as a BBC community reporter and currently works as an inclusion and diversity consultant, making her a natural subject for Resident Advisor's ongoing collaboration with Black Minds Matter. In conversation with Vanessa Maria, Aniya shares her perspective on Bristol's social dynamics, her love of jazz and the Booty Bass collective's focus on mental health.
Photo credit: Charley Williams
NGAIO - Green Eyed Queen (Hagan remix) [Durkle Disco]
NGAIO - Blackbird (LR Groove remix) [Durkle Disco]