TOTD // 02/05 // Jess Farley

Published: May 2, 2017, words by Katie Thomas

Part of the Peckham Rye Music Festival takeover


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Jess Farley has many talents, one of which is the art of multi-tasking. Based in London and originally from Glastonbury, Jess is a DJ, manager, online marketing coordinator and the founder of Rhythm Sister, a DJ collective and community working to support female and genderqueer people with a passion for music.

Jess’ own sets span house, techno and world music; she plays regular shows at London’s Dalston Superstore and over in Bristol, where she’s relocating to later on in the year. Her selections showcase her intelligent understanding of electronic music and her ability to construct a fluid narrative as she flits seamlessly between genres. In artist management she works at Ninja Tune’s sister company Stealth Management, home to the likes of Midland, Kornel Kovacs and Moxie. She’s also responsible for the online presence of Love International, previously Garden Festival, a week long marathon of the best in house and disco in Tisno, Croatia.

Rhythm Sister was founded in September of last year. Over the last six months the collective has grown quickly and, a couple of weeks ago, they were added to Balamii’s monthly programme with a broadcast every second Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm. The idea was born from a conversation Jess had with a friend about the perceived inaccessibility to DJing and producing that a lot of females feel limited by. Alongside their radio show the six-strong female crew also put on parties and arrange DJ workshops. This summer they’ll be curating stages at festivals including Peckham Rye Festival – down in the Rye Wax basement – and Glastonbury in dance hub Silver Hayes. Their mission is to create a safe and supportive environment to encourage and inspire, continuing the fight against the prejudice that men are more astute with technology than women.

Jess Farley’s online presence is open, honest and inclusive. A regular and respected contributor to discussion on The New Music Group, and elsewhere online, means Jess is helping other people find their voice, promoting change, active engagement and teaching the importance of speaking up about the issues that make us feel uncomfortable. Ahead of her performance at Peckham Rye Festival, we invited Jess to select her Tracks of the Day. Find her firm festival favourites below…

via youtube

Red Axes

Der Sexa

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Love, love, LOVE Red Axes and love this record, such an immersive track that sends everyone a bit weird on the dancefloor. All about the breakdown at 4:27!”
via youtube

Talk Talk

It's My Life (Extended 12")

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Probably one of my favourite festival moments of all time was Craig Richards playing this at sunrise at Barbarella’s Discotheque in Croatia. I listened to Talk Talk a lot as a kid so hearing this at a festival surrounded by all my friends made me shed a little tear!”
via youtube

Yoruba Singers

Black Pepper

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Guyanese disco from the 70s, so many feels! Best heard in the sun or on a boat party.”
via youtube

Photonz

Osiris Resurrected (Palms Trax remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“An absolute fire track, remixed by Palms Trax that went fairly under the radar. Those breaks make me so happy. Never ever fails to go off.”

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