#72 - Beth Yen
Beth Yen found her inspiration from house music at a young age and spent most of her youth rummaging through bins at her favorite UK record shops. 90s dance, funk, and house influenced her teens, and soon, she was spinning records at warehouse parties in Manchester and Leeds. In 2008, Beth moved to Sydney where her stamp on the house seen began to flourish. Subsequently in Beth’s first year on Ibiza, she became a resident at landmark clubs Amnesia and Pacha. At sea, Yen is a resident for the Pukka Up VIP boat party and is no stranger to playing alongside big names like Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Diplo, and Gorgon City.
From mega‐clubs to intimate venues, Beth’s style of house gets everyone around involved and excited. In addition to providing music for brands like Hermes, Armani Exchange, Palazzo Versace, she’s played festivals like Colombo’s Sunset Music Festival and has even DJed at the Darling Hotel for an event with Stevie Wonder.
Beth travels around the world, but still finds a balance between the DJ booth and the studio. Her latest track “Who Cares?” was released on Freemaison Recordings and hit #4 on the UK club charts earlier this year. Accordingly, Freemasons have dubbed her “one of the Brightest up and coming new DJ producers.”
She’s currently working on remixes for a handful of other artists and is set to release more originals and collaborations this year. The rise of Beth Yen‘s ‘House of Yen’ shows no sign of stopping, as she follows her never-ending mission to spread musical consciousness and love on the dance floor. Feel the musical love on her EPM Podcast.
Q&A with Beth Yen
1. One hour doesn’t give you the full range of DJ expression but would you say this mix is a good example of what you are currently playing?
I would say that it is on the deeper side of house that I usually play.
2. What were your first experiences of dance music? What clubs were you going to?
I fell in love with clubbing before realising what house music was. Then started to look into the music that was being played in the clubs like The Bomb and Media in Nottingham where I grew up.
3. What music were you buying at the time?
I was listening to a lot of music on labels like Subliminal, Soulfuric, Defected and Naked Music.
4. When you are spending the summer season on Ibiza is there anything you really miss about home?
The Aussies really nail any kind of cuisine to be honest, particularly Asian! They have great quality food across the board. Also I miss good coffee, which cannot be found anywhere on the island.
5. How did you come to be resident at Amnesia and Pacha, two of the Island’s most legendary venues?
Through my residency with Pukka Up (Ibiza), both those clubs have become a permanent gig throughout the last 2 summers, with Shelter at Sankey’s added this year.
6. How does dance music fit in with the rest of your life? Is there time for anything else?
Dance music consumes my life, particularly while living on the ‘white isle’! There’s no switching off from it J Which is perfect for me.
7. What are your favourite spots on Ibiza to get away from it all?
Benirras is my favourite beach to take some time to myself, as well as Cala Comte for a gorgeous sunset and cocktail. For a special treat, I love Hacienda for a spa experience.
8. You have played with many DJs over the years. Who were your favourites?
Ron Carroll, not only is he an exceptional DJ and vocalist but such a big soul! Some of the others have been the following..DJ Snake, Freemasons, Chicane, Gorgon City.
9. What releases do you have planned for later this year?
I have a couple of remixes being released later in the year. Its hard to work on music while on Ibiza especially since my studio is back in Sydney, but I have a lot of ideas that I have started on throughout the summer which I will finish once back home.
10. What 10 records would you rescue if the ‘Pukka Up VIP Super Yacht Party’ ship sank?
In no particular order:
Finally – Kings of Tomorrow
Do Your Thangg- Oliver Dollar
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter (Claptone Remix)
Marvinello Ft Martin Wilson -Michel Cleis, Klement Bonelli
Ruffline - Sidney Charles
House Music (Robosonic Remix) – Eddie Amador
Deep Inside (Low Steppa Remix) – Hardrive, Low Steppa
They Don’t Know - Disciples
Sometimes - Enzo Siffredi
How Many Times (Andhim Remix) - Elderbrook
EPM Podcast 72 – Beth Yen tracklist
1. Asadinho - Crystal Clear feat Natamiq (Original Mix)
2. Franky Rizardo - Troubleman
3. Volkoder - Sensation (Original Mix)
4. Franky Rizardo - Heater
5. Hot Since 82 - The Core Ft Alex Mills
6. Sabb, Forrest - One of Us (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
7. Groove Armada - Love Sweet Sound (Kölsch Remix)
8. Beesmunt Soundsystem - Searchin
9. Eagles & Butterflies - Tales From Neverland (Original Mix)
10. Solomun - Zora
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