Sally C (GB)
If recent timeshave taught us anything, it’s that Sally C ain’t messing about. The Belfast-born, Berlin-based DJ has stamped herself as one of the most exciting new artists on the scene, thanks wholly to her inspired selector skills.
With a deep passion for vintage house that crosses the gamut of hip house and acid, right up to future-facing techno and electro rollers, she has developed a knack for selecting timeless, slept on classics that deserve the shine her sets bring.
With a distinct flair on the ones and twos, recent highlights include making her Panorama Bar debut during Berghain’s massive re-opening month in October 2021, supporting The Chemical Brothers at The Warehouse Project, playing mainstage of her hometown AVA festival b2b with Cromby and being a repeat guest at renowned Kyiv institution∄, rated by many as the best club in the world.
Many would point to her still-talked-about Boiler Room gig at AVA Festival in 2019 at her coming-of-age moment. That day she smashed it out of the park, leading RA to laude her a festival highlight alongside the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble and Rebekah, noting her “musical range and technical acuity”.
Sally developed her craft while living in Scotland where she went to study, running a night at Dundee hotspot The Reading Rooms. She moved to Berlin in 2015 and etched out a spot in the thriving club hub, throwing parties at Griessmuehle and her own open-air raves, all the while building a fanbase for her raw and chunky style. This was fuelled by a slew of outstanding online mixes that showcased her vibe-heavy sound for the likes of RA,Crack, i-Dand a ‘Dusty Hip / Ghetto Haus’ session with Cromby that’s garnered a cult following, to name just a few.
Summer 2020 saw the release of her debut productions on eponymous new label Big Saldo’s Chunkers. The tracks were her homage to the golden era of hip house and the sounds of ’88-’98, inspired by Black innovatorssuch as Fast Eddie, Tyree and the late great K-Hand, whose trailblazing music has impacted her so heavily. Soon after she had the honour of remixing Fast Eddie’s ‘Let’s Do This’ on his label AOU Entertainment. This was the first time the hip house classic has received an official remix treatment since the early 90s. She has also collaborated with Dance System to craft the infectious banger ‘It’s Dope’, which featured on his mixtape ‘Where’s the Party At?
The long-awaited Big Saldo’s Chunkers 002EP landed in the first half of 2022 and has already been an undisputable critical and commercial success. To date EP track ‘Downtown’ has been played over 30 times across BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Dance, while both Bandcamp and RA included it in the best releases round up, the latter stating in their review,“all three tracks on this record feel destined for some of the world's biggest festival stages for summers to come”