On Saturday the 8th of October, Jasper James will pass the Phonox residency baton over to a brand new regular fixture at the Brixton club, and it's a name that might not be immediately familiar to most of us. Replacing the Scottish selector will be HAAi, who's spent the last few years holding down a residency at the Ridley Road Market Bar in Dalston.
"I couldn't be more excited to take on this residency and become a part of the Phonox family," she says. "Since playing at the club in June with Jacques Greene I've been bursting to play there again. I can't wait to bring a taste of my previous residency at Ridley Road Market Bar in Dalston to Brixton. Although I know they are pretty big shoes to fill, I can't wait to take the reins."
Not adverse to taking risks behind the deck, HAAi looks certain to continue the good work started by James at a club that's just over a year old. Here's what Andy Peyton, the Phonox owner had to say about the news. "I first heard about HAAi from Joe Coghill (music manager), who was saying he'd heard this girl play and it was like listening to Optimo. HAAi warmed up at Phonox on two consecutive weeks, and both times different promotions managers texted me along the lines of "Oh my god who is this DJ, she is amazing." That's when we took notice and starting paying regular visits to Ridley Road to check her out. In terms of DJs earning an opportunity I can't think of a better candidate and can't wait for her to get started."
HAAi will be playing on Saturday nights at Phonox from the 8th of October onwards.