So many cool gals on the scene that it’s time to start featuring them! Arlene is one half of Cork’s Alliance Promotions putting on some of the best gigs in Cork and she DJs at various nights and venues around Ireland. I’ve asked Arlene some questions so we can get to know her a bit better…
Describe your style?
Largely 60’s influenced. I’m not one for heels, I usually stick to flats or chelsea boots and I’m quite proud of my shirt collection - patterned with big collars. I adore the mod look but I would find it challenging to dress like that every day.
Go to piece in your wardrobe?
Black sleeveless dress with large white collar - works for summer and winter!
What’s currently on your turntable?
I just bulk ordered jazz records so I can’t wait to receive those - Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. I also ordered Harvey Scales’ “Love itis”, which is a belter so I’m very excited for those to arrive.
If you had to go on the run and could only take 3 records with you, which ones would you grab?
“Forever Changes” from Love, “Whats Going On” from Marvin Gaye and “Margin Walker” from Fugazi (dramatic change, I know!)
What are your favourite spots in Ireland for listening to good tunes? And where would you go if you were in need of a serious dance?
For the past 6 years I’ve been going to Under a Plastic Cloud
, a 60’s night in Cork city with all original vinyl. It was unlike anything else Cork had, until unfortunately the venue closed down recently so I hope it finds a new home, Cork really needs to have that kind of dynamic. It was the type of night where I felt really comfortable and I’m sure many of the regulars did too. I used to live in Dublin and the Garage Bar
in Temple Bar was my haunt for a time, always guaranteed good tunes and good people in there also.
How long have you been DJing for?
Hard to say but at a guess I reckon it’s been about 6/7 years. I wouldn’t have done it very often at the start though, just here and there for occasions. Nowadays it’s become more frequent, I tend to stick to a particular set which can be hard to digest for many punters around Cork but thankfully I’m kept going with that and with Alliance Promotions
gigs as well.
How were your DJ slots at this year’s Electric Picnic?
It was unreal. Despite the weather people were out dancing and enjoying themselves and it was great to be there and have that experience. It’s also great when you know you can just about play anything and have a dance yourself to what’s playing.
Where can we see you spinning records next?
You can see me spin a few records on Oct. 6th in the Roundy bar in Cork city for Any Joy’s LP launch and you can see myself and Phil Hope (Under a Plastic Cloud) DJ in Bar Pigalle on Barrack St on Sat. Oct 28th for Cork Jazz Weekend.