Surgeons Girl: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


It’s been less than a year since audiovisual artist Surgeons Girl made her debut via Bristol’s Livity Sound, but the impact of that release is still ringing loudly in our ears.

Inspired by synth pioneers and experimental composers like Suzanne Ciani, Laurel Halo and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, from her home in the South Western city she’s been composing ethereal and emotive compositions that sit somewhere between ambient and techno. Since her first Livity Sound outing, she’s contributed to their 10 year anniversary compilation, as well as releasing her sophomore EP ‘The Empress Moss‘ for London’s Inside Out Records just last month.


Now, with clubland back in full swing, Surgeons Girl has just made the leap from the studio to the booth, with her first DJ gig kicking off a string of sets across the UK. Before you catch her IRL, on today’s mix she gives you a glimpse into the sonics that inspire her as both a DJ and producer.

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you

I’m Surgeons Girl. Performer, Composer from Bristol. I make Ambient and Techno music.

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)?

I can’t draw but this image by Daniel Clowes is a suitable one.

Where was the mix recorded?

In my home studio

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Post club and in a dark room or maybe on a long journey somewhere.

What should we be wearing?

A Matching Set.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Somewhere with an amazing speaker system would be a dream, which I don’t have, maybe a forest or beach at 5am.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Karen Gwyer track – I always reach for this, so much energy!

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Fabric Ricardo Villalobos, I remember hearing it and just thinking what is this?!!!

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

Dasha Rush.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

I have only recently learned to DJ! To record mixes and my radio show on Swu.FM it is Recordbox and Ableton.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

Last track I think.

What were the first and last records you bought?

Last record is Jako Jako E.P on leisuresystem. First record – I would love to say it was something cool but probably East 17 or something.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Black coffee.

If it was an animal what would it be?

Alley Cat.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

I’m a pianist too, learning some Crumb at the moment, that would be difficult to fit but I guess nothing is impossible.

Upcoming in the world of …

I have a few things coming up.

I have my first DJ outing on the 10th Sept for the Livity Sound night at Trinity Centre in Bristol – amazing line up. Sept 17th for Batu’s EnMasse Festival in Bristol at the Cube which is an amazing cinema venue here in bristol. October 16th at The Exchange in Bristol ‘The Bottle’. Nov 12th in London at The Cause with Cabin Fever x Nousklaer Audio

Livity Sound celebrates it’s 10 year birthday with a compilation of 18 tracks including one new one from me, out 26th Sept. More music planned for 2022.

Also you can listen to my monthly show on Swu.FM every 4th Sunday.

Anything else we need to discuss?

That’s it, thank you for having me!

Above 1 – New World Aquarium
Exhale – Peverelist & Kowton
Otto – Big Ever
Nissa – Azu Tiwaline
Dear Hollows – Natasha Giordano
Awareness Panning – Lcp
Lil Birdy starts to Fly Again – Vivian Koch
Unseen Emily Jeanne
Sheer Rage – Karima F
Viridis – Jako Jako
Strange Things across the Ocean – Machine Woman
Bloc De Salmonniac – Karen Gwyer
Nana – Nadia Struiwigh

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