Harriet Jaxxon is a DJ with a strong past, but even stronger future. Having spent the last few years touring internationally for Ministry of Sound and having secured a residency at their esteemed venue in London, her movements and mixing skills have been hard to ignore. From attending definitive Ram label nights at Fabric and Matter at the tender age of seventeen, she’s been on quite a journey since, with the releases of her promotional mixes and drum & bass sets across the UK, recently landing on the radar of Ram Records.
Harriet’s pathway into dance music began upon discovering drum & bass classics; DJ Ron’s ‘Mo Musik’ and Roni Size’s ‘Sound Advice’ within her dad’s record collection. In hindsight, tracks which were pivotal in paving the way for a natural progression into the music industry, after listening to them on repeat at every opportunity. This early introduction to the old school, lead to a hunt for more contemporary releases. Coincidentally, around the same time a relatively up and coming production duo had just dropped their debut album. Still standing as one of Harriet’s most listened to LPs, Chase & Status’ ‘More Than A Lot’ only intensified her love for drum & bass and directed her focus towards other releases from pioneering record label, Ram records.
A few years down the line, once she was old enough (almost), Harriet fully integrated herself into the local rave scene and travelled to clubs across the country to see her favourite DJs. Soon after, curiosity in being on the other side of the DJ booth was triggered, when she discovered a young B Traits via Shy FX’s label; Digital Soundboy. Finding a contemporary drum & bass mix from a female DJ when they were at such a minority, was a revelation that truly sparked her ambition to push things to the next level.
Initial steps came with connections at Harriet’s local nightclub, The Brewery Bar in Whitstable, who were pioneering drum and bass events in the area. Something which she reflects on as her first real opportunity to understand the art of DJing in better focus, up close and personal, with it being such a small and intimate venue. After this period, the reaffirmation of her love for drum and bass lead to enrolling on a music technology course at college and some guidance into the skill-side of how to DJ.With this new-found knowledge coinciding with the explosion of dubstep, Harriet started mixing 140 bass initially then quickly progressed onto playing across a wider spectrum of music, including hip hop, dancehall, trap, moombahton andprimarily drum and bass, jungle, UKG and house.
It’s hardly surprising that Harriet’s tastes are so far ranging, with a list of primary influences including artists such as the late 2000’s sound of Diplo, which introduced her to a carnival and reggae infused style that she still holds and is prevalent in hersets today. Another influence is Bladerunner – who Harriet cites as playing one of the most inspirational sets she’s ever seen; “I was hooked on the way he kept beats kept rolling from record to record. It was impossible to leave or get distracted.” A skill which she says keeps her conscious of how important it is to maintain a strong vibe in a set, from start to finish.
Despite the impact of those however, perhaps the most predominant inspiration comes from Andy C. Something which Harriet relates to the energy that he creates through music and sees as being incomparable to other DJs. As well as this, is his non-discrimination of drum and bass subgenres, by purely playing high quality sounds regardless of which box they fit into – a perspective that she aims for in her own sets.
Having such a strong musical foundation coupled with relentless ambition, as well as a path into production being underway, after hours spent in the studio over the past twelve months, the only way to find out what the future holds is to stay tuned.