Voulez vous bootleg avec moi: Miss Frenchie Interview Pt 1
Continuing this series of interviews with people from the early bootleg (mash up) scene. Inevitably, this is a series of interviews with predominantly men. But there were a very small number of women. And the first to be interviewed is Miss Frenchie.
She describes herself as “Female geek, part time DJ and music tweaker“. She was also a very good bootlegger, Moto GP enthusiast and lived on a floating lighthouse in Kent.
1. How the devil are you? And what’s the weather like where you are?
I’m good. Busy with life changes and crazy ideas. The weather in the UK is not worth talking about!
2. How did you get involved in music?
I’ve always been music crazy. I used to buy 7″ records with my pocket money as a child and would spend hours recording tracks off radio stations! I got into DJ-ing when I moved to the UK back in the late 90s.
3. I don’t know how you feel about mash-ups these days. But how did you get involved in doing them?
Back in the day, I came across Boomselection and GYBO. I loved the idea of Mash-ups as I always used to make my own “in my head” (those who create bootlegs will understand that one!). I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t the best at it but I enjoyed my little creations. People liking them was just a bonus!
4. What role, if any, did Boomselection or GYBO (in any of its various guises) play?
Both sites in the first couple of years (before bootlegs went all mainstream), were brilliant places to find really good musical gems. Before Twitter appeared, they were the only sites I could rely on to discover and meet really creative, like-minded fun people, share wacky musical ideas, collaborate on projects, organise parties etc…
5. These days there’s all sorts of software but what did you use back then? I assume it wasn’t scissors and tape like Delia D?
Not far off… I was using a cracked copy of Acid Pro. Later on, I got a MicroKorg but that’s as far as I got with the technology. I was a real low cost DIY bootlegger! But it is something I did for fun. I’ve always been more of a DJ than a producer to be honest.
Here’s one of her classics, mixing Fatboy Slim with Grandmaster Flash for a proper party tune.
Miss Frenchie – Message of Choice