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British Granny DJ a hit in Paris

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by 2canplay, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. 2canplay

    2canplay TRIBE Member

    British DJ granny wows the French club scene
    69-year-old Ruth Flowers learned to spin after attending her grandson's birthday party

    Rakhee Radia, Reuters

    Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
    PARIS The latest party circuit princess to wow the night clubs and festivals of France with her DJ skills is a British granny who took a shine to the decks after going to a birthday disco for her grandson.

    Clad in her leopard-skin shrug and dark sunglasses, 69-year-old Ruth Flowers has conquered French clubland from the Cannes Film Festival to the top Paris nightspots with a mix of old-school hits, electrobeat and bling-bling style.

    "It started really when my grandson had a birthday party ... they always have a little disco, don't they, after the party," Flowers told Reuters, lounging on a white sofa in a Paris hotel in a green satin bomber jacket and trademark shades contrasting with her white hair.

    "I went along quite late and the gentlemen at the door said, 'I don't think you want to go in there, Madame'. And I said, 'Well I rather think I do'," she said.

    "I went in and it was very noisy and the lights were flashing, but there was an awful lot of energy and joy."

    While Flowers, a trained singer, was more used to church songs, German lieder and classic pop, she was so taken by the party that she decided there and then to become a disc jockey.

    "I had no idea at the time of electro music," she said.

    However, as someone with interests ranging from history to theater and fashion, she was willing to learn.

    A friend put her in touch with French producer Aurelien Simon who taught her how to spin and helped her to develop a style, sprinkling her techno sets with tunes from Abba, Queen and the Rolling Stones.

    "In the beginning it was just a little joke but it became serious," Simon told Reuters by phone. "It took four years because she had to learn to use the machines. I explained the basics of electro music, and then she created her own style."

    Eye-catching earrings and her sartorial style make Flowers a stand out when she works the turntables, nodding to the beat and clapping her hands above her head.

    "It's a little glammy, a bit over the top, but it fits the bill I think," she said of her outfits. "I mean, if I appeared in a cardigan, a sweater and brogue shoes it wouldn't be quite the same."

    Flowers is working on a single, due to be released this spring. Some of her friends in London were a little skeptical about her new career at first, but she has drawn encouragement from her family and fans.

    She remembers how young people from all over the world came up to her when she performed at the Cannes film festival.

    "They said, "you're awesome, we want to be like you'," she said. "I always say -- you don't want to be like me. You want to be you."

    British DJ granny wows the French club scene
  2. solacevip

    solacevip TRIBE Promoter

    A picture is necessary....

  3. veteze

    veteze TRIBE Promoter

  4. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

  5. veteze

    veteze TRIBE Promoter

  6. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    damn i'll need to smoke a whooole lotta rhubarb to get down with that
  7. veteze

    veteze TRIBE Promoter

  8. kcosta

    kcosta TRIBE Member

    I wonder if she has played with Frankie Wilde ?
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  9. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    hahaha great name - in a few years you might have to start a forum for that genre :p
  10. possibledj

    possibledj TRIBE Promoter

    i bet it's sasha baron cohen
  11. kirstenmeows

    kirstenmeows TRIBE Member

    Go girl!

    She's living her life to the fullest, rather than withering away. I love it!
  12. Krackajak

    Krackajak TRIBE Member

    I've accused a lot of DJ's of being "Geezers" in my time.... this is too easy!
  13. dabeats

    dabeats TRIBE Member

  14. *Insert mandatory Jerry Lewis & the French comment*
  15. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    SHe is now on every news network - she is either going to be huge, or not.
  16. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    blimey, I think my mum looks good for her age when i see pics like that.

    go granny!
  17. Beings

    Beings TRIBE Member

    She probably still has more of her hearing left than most DJ's.

    Spin on grandma.
  18. Dr Funk MD

    Dr Funk MD TRIBE Promoter

    Lame. Gimmicks over content. Novelty over talent.

    And they probably pay her the equivalent of her entire year's pension for a gig too.
  19. synchronizator

    synchronizator TRIBE Member

    whon whonnnnnn!
  20. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    :eek: Novelty over talent?? There aren't ANY other dj's who are only novelty over talent out there, are there? :D
  21. JamesM

    JamesM TRIBE Member

    I agree erika.

    I like the granny rock personally.

    but it actually sounds like she can put two beats together. so props.
  22. lok

    lok TRIBE Member

    I agree. What exactly is she selling out on? DJ integrity? She can spin records and has a brand image. Sounds like being a DJ.
  23. Dr Funk MD

    Dr Funk MD TRIBE Promoter

    You're right, let's keep cheering for the granny who only gets gigs because some people find it quirky. Let's keep paying Brazilian boy-toy models $15,000 a gig only because he's porking a washed up pop star. Hey and next time you get passed up for a promotion at work because the girl with bigger tits and brown noses the boss all the time got it, let's pat her on the back for a job well done.

    I stand by my "lame". :rolleyes:
  24. diablo

    diablo TRIBE Member

    Thought the same thing.
  25. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    She looks way older than 69

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