BARELY LEGAL | 5 MINUTES WITH

by Karolina Kramplova


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Music September 25, 2018

At this weekend’s drum n bass extravaganza, also known as the sold-out Hospitality In The Park festival in Finsbury Park, Barely Legal performed with one of her DJ sets. As one of the most promising DJs, Barely Legal took on the Outlook Stage and performed alongside the likes of Foreign Beggars, Goldie, High Contrast, Ocean Wisdom and Children of Zeus. If you’ve missed this, don’t worry. Barely Legal is coming with a Pretty Weird Takeover on 19th of October at Fabric, for their 19th birthday.

A 27-year-old Chloe, also known by her stage name Barely Legal, was one of select few nominated by DJ Mag for the best breakthrough act in 2016. Since then, she booked high profile shows at clubs like Fabric, Warehouse Project and Motion. Each Barely Legal set only proves her broad taste ranging from House, Garage, and Grime to Drum n Base. Noctis has spoken to Barely Legal about her journey so far.

When she was only nine-year-old, it was her mum, who got Chloe into UK Garage and then she properly got into Grime in 2004. As a music fan and a records collector, Chloe’s move into DJing was organic: “I was in my second year of Uni, and although I held down a good part-time job, I was going to a lot of raves (sick ones though) and partying too much. My good friend Silkie advised me to spend my rent on Technics as I needed a hobby to help develop a sense of identity I guess and I was naturally very into my music, collecting records already, so it made sense. I ended up winning a competition on the part of Mistajams BBC 1xtra show, and a residency on the station stemmed from there which really helped with exposure”.

Despite not being able to get billed at her first show at the Alibi in London, Barely Legal went to a lot of club nights to get where she is today. From 2009 to 2012, every week, at Rinse FM’s FWD, she would get inspired by the best DJs out there during the best period of base music for her. Other than going out she admits it is hard work that pays off: “I attended a lot of Boiler Rooms. I gained a residency on BBC 1xtra which helped with exposure, and then from there, it was just hard work, consistent improvement, networking, gaining good management, having a great agent etc”.

Her easy going attitude creates original sets put together on the spot that showcase Chloe’s talent: “I go through promo’s to ensure I have fresh music for each set, but it all comes down to reading the crowd, so I never know what direction I’ll go genre-wise.” This state of mind does work magic, as Barely Legal recently completed her debut tours in Australia, New Zealand, and India: “They were tiring but really cool to see how much the UK music pops out there. Very blessed to of had to opportunity to do my thing out there”.

Throughout her journey, Barely Legal developed as an artist and gets to perform on bigger stages at decent set times with other artists at big festivals all around the world. This Saturday, you could have caught her set at the Hospitality In The Park festival in Finsbury Park, London. The Outlook Stage was buzzing with the Barely Legal magic. If you’re looking for a proper rave with Barely Legal herself, mark the date October 19th for her Pretty Weird Takeover in Fabric.

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