Tarzsa: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


Manchester remains one of the most crucially vibrant cities in dance and electronic music in the UK. However, it’s influence on funk, soul, R&B and beyond remains as prominent and integral as ever. The roots if you will. 

One DJ who has uniquely intertwined both branches of music is Tarzsa, she has become one of our own personal favourite DJ’s over the past year, her regular NTS show has guided us through many a hazy afternoon with her delicate selections made up of Jazz, Hip Hop and the associated spaces in between. 

This weekend she will join us for a special daytime party at Ducie Street Warehouse, an opportunity to hear her showcase her well versed knowledge of music and curation. 

We invited her to record this mix wwhich she describes as being made up of “lots of electronic soul and soulful house layered with jazz grooves.”

We can dig it.

Listen and read the interview below:

Please introduce yourself…

Hiya. My name is Tarzsa. Born and raised in Manchester (the best city in the world). I like to play and share music. I love the way music brings people together. 

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)? 

Where was the mix recorded?

In my bedroom. 

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

Back garden with a mini twister lolly. 

What should we be wearing?

Whatever makes you feel good. 

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

Hmm, I don’t really have an ideal setting. Sounds a little strange but just anywhere where I can be on my own. I am an only child and I spent most of my teens Youtube tab mixing alone in my room (laughing emoji). When curating a mix, I always have to take myself away, only I can make something sound like it does in my head. Some fresh fruit, snacks and CDJS. I feel most confident with a digital format. 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Tuesday Born – Mockingbird. I love how delicate the piano sounds in this tune, it gives me life. I believe music finds you when you need to hear it, and with this one timing was everything.  

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

I would have to say a mix I made for one of my favourite record labels, Banoffee Pies Records. I recorded it in January, I was seriously ill at the time and it brought me out my sickness slump. 

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

For me, it would have to be the track I start with. It sets the vibe; I think starting strong is a good way to set you up for a decent mix. 

What were the first and last records you bought?

I didn’t technically purchase myself, but the first physical CD album I got to keep was “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. The last track I bought was “Liam De Bruin – Friday Evening”. 

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

Something sweet!

If it was an animal what would it be?


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

D’angelo – Spanish Joint (Osage remix).

Anything else we need to discuss?

Just thank you for having me. I really enjoyed this. 

Follow Tarzsa on Soundcloud HERE