BC: You’ve had some amazing nights at Big Chill, how long have you been DJing with us now?
K: I have been Djing for Big Chill in Kings Cross close to 3 years now I believe! I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly
BC: What are your favourite genres to play?
K: Definitely love anything heavy with a sick bassline, so if its Trap and Hip Hop with a slice of Grime and UK Garage I’m all over it.
BC: As an international DJ you must get to visit some incredible places? Do you have a favourite destination?
K: Being able to travel and get paid to do it is one of the many perks of being a DJ. Favourite place to have visited is a tie between LA and Vienna. L.A for the sun, and for the hip hop sounds that compliment. Nothing like playing Hip Hop in the sun in the home of Tupac. But Vienna for the one mad night I spun at a warehouse rave there during Halloween, and the party did not stop. The city is very pretty and we visited Palace Schönbrun, the grounds are like something out of a fairy tale.
BC: As Big Chill started as a festival we know how crazy they can be! How do you prepare before playing a festival?
K: Sometimes for certain festivals like Reading And Leeds (in particular Piccadilly Party) I can be preparing for months. Pulling songs and re-edits of current and old skool tunes for my set to mix its up every year. I love bringing a sense of nostalgia to sets, so expect old skool Jungle and Drum N Bass at big festivals with large crowds. For other sets at Wilderness however, I’ll want to play dance hits, old and new, and I love playing Disco! Also I do love to put on a show, so sometimes I’ll plan my outfits months in advance.
BC: You got hooked up by DC and Pistonhead for DJing, how did this come about?
K: This all came about during my first year of DJing and the reps approached me as I had DJ’ed loads of alternative events. The rep for DC at the time saw me spin in Europe at Groezrock and then approached me! The guys at Pistonhead were sponsoring skaters and BMX Champions but also bands, met me and asked if I wanted to be involved, I was the first female DJ!
BC: Tell us a bit about your Big Chill Presents playlist. How do you think it represents you?
K: I went for a theme of what I play in most of my festival sets, and my love for what gets me going in a muddy field. I love a good rave, and there’s nothing like spinning to 10,000 people going hype in the early hours of the morning. I love old skool sounds, and I grew up listening to old tapes of raves from the Summer of ’89 and pirate radio. So I made a playlist from tracks the crowd love to sing along and get lost in the moment to.
BC: What does 2018 hold in store for Karistocat?
K: Hopefully loads more festivals and sets both here and abroad! I’ll be announcing soon on my socials (@Karistocat), perhaps even some sets in Ibiza.
Explain That Gram
We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?
This photo was taken at Leed’s Picadilly Party in 2016 on the last night! Piccadilly Party is one of the best parties in the WORLD! You will hear everything from Pop to Disco, to Hip-Hop to Grime, to Jungle to DnB, to Indie and Metal. I’ll mix a DnB track into Arctic Monkeys and people just go NUTS for it! Everyone at Leeds is up for a party, you can be as diverse as you want to be. I’m also dressed as Harley Quinn for the theme, thus the pigtails! I think I may have been playing Purple Lamborghini at the time this pic was taken.
This photo was taken during my set in Paris with one of my fellow best mates and DJ sister, Mel Clarke in 2013! We did a B2B at the Le Batofar, which is this boat on the Seine. I think at the time we were both spinning CDs (S/O Old skool)! By the time we got on stage we were pretty wasted on a HUGE rider. Was a great, and completely mental night, loads of photos but totally hazy, haha!
This was taken over Christmas in 2014, can you believe this is between Christmas and New years when this was taken?! I spent the day skating all along Venice with an official Lords Of Dogtown skateboard I bought! Lords Of Dogtown are a famous skater and surf collective from Venice, and being a fan, I had to get a skateboard with pink cruiser wheels. My friend who does Roller Derby was pulling me along the whole way and giving me pointers, and then at one point we sat down for a second, and I basically asked for a pick for the gram (as you do!). Was a lovely day which ended having shrimp at Bubba Gumps on Santa Monica Pier.