Chances are you've probably seen Ellie Stokes name popping up of late. As at home playing dreamy house and breaks as she is navigating through harsh industrial and techno, her ability to adapt has rightfully earned her a regular radio show on Noods and a residency at Bristol's Motion as well as spots on festival line ups across the UK and beyond.
One of the brains behind the top notch bookings at Bristol institute The Love Inn, she's had a hand in bringing some of the most exciting artists to play in the southwestern city. Palette, her own resident takeover at the club in June, saw her invite some of her favourite DJs to join her in the booth, including D.Tiffany, Ciel, Vaal and Kiara Scuro.
Ahead of her set at Farmfest next weekend we invited her to show us what she's all about. If you don't know about Ellie yet, get to know...
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
HI! I'm Ellie Stokes, I'm in Bristol and I'm a DJ and Booking Agent for the Love Inn.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Squelchy, atmospheric, industrial.
Where was the mix recorded?
At The Love Inn.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
I mean I listen to mixes the most on public transport. Probs not the most ideal setting. Maybe out of a mini rig in a tent at some cool festival ;)
What should we be wearing?
Something black, sexy & .....
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Boiler Room lol.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
ALL OF THEM.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Not good with favourites as I'm very indecisive but I always find myself listening to something Budino has mixed, if in doubt.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Currently Lena Wilikens. Cos she's badass.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
First was two belt drive turntables with a Gemini 2 channel mixer given to me by a friend. I now have a Pioneer XDJ-RX with two Technic 1210s plugged into it.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both are important but I think the end track. It something I always think of, usually ties up what you've just done, or I play something outrageous or nostalgic.
What were the first and last records you bought?
FIRST - I think it was The Human League - Dare!
LAST - Planet Euphorique - Tiny Planet Volume 1 (on pre-order)
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Chips - hard with the odd soft one.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Hmmm, I don't think so but my record collection isn't thousands.
Upcoming in the world of Ellie Stokes?
Festival wise I've got Farmfest, Headroom and Come Bye in September. Also September is my 30th so I'll be living my best life in Berlin. Then the In:Motion series from October onwards. STUDIO TIME in August when my world is quieter.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Whats your fave colour?
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