In the beginning there was Susie, a creative soul with a technical mind and a love for music and dancing. Then there was the analog UK House & Garage vinyl days of Lady DJ Essence that evolved during a decade of living in London, which later progressed into a digital media education and hence she became the artist DJitalEssence until August 2015 when it felt right for an evolutionary alias change to ONLY ESSENCE. She is an artist of many creative tangents who works from the heart with passion and determination. You may follow her activity on Twitter & Facebook, or read her deeper writings/poetry and blog via Wordpress.
Originally a DJ, Lady Essence held regular shows on London's Mission FM, Chicago FM, and guested on various other pirate radio stations that were around in those days in the analog years on London's Underground House and Garage scene (1995-2002). Never a headline act , more commonly found in Room2's or more edgy underground after parties.
Lady DJ Essence left London in 2002 and returned home to Scotland where a new journey began. She decided to further her education and progressed through an HND Multimedia with Web Design (Merited), a BSc Audio Technology with Multimedia bringing her skills into the digital domain, and lastly in 2011 studied a Masters in Music Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
She also began experimenting and self learning in music production around 2002 in parallel with the other courses she was formally studying and used this creative outlet as her therapy and healing space throughout a deep emotional inner journey that ensued, it seemed like the only place she had to really go to that made sense at the time.. House music was always that friend she felt some comfort in, it understood, it gave her a reason, some strength, something...
Following a short business start up course in 2009, Essence began to build her vision for the Vital Grooves Label initially as a platform for her own music and multimedia creativity. but always with a larger vision for the future.
Towards the end of 2011 Essence worked hard to polish up her back catalog of tracks and uploaded them to Bandcamp as demo's and examples of her work.
2012 she set the Label up for distribution to online stores and has been churning out new tracks at a steady workrate since, in tandem with her personal growth experiences. The Vital Grooves Label is her baby, her vision, built living on a shoe string with a dream fuelled by sheer determination, utilising her learnt skills, creativity and whatever she had to hand.
During this artistic and holistic period of evolution, Essence fought hard to challenge her mind, body and soul to feel better and pursue happiness. She began running with Race for Life 5K in 2008 and continued every year with longer 10K's and then half marathon distances until in 2012 she ran her first full marathon in Edinburgh. She continues to run every year now just aiming for better PB's, 2013 she hit The Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in under 2 hours for the first time. She finds running a great source of balance and strength. Sadly in 2014 due to ill health she couldn't do much running, even walking was painful but thankfully in 2015 after a battle and a cortizone injection things improved enough to get moving again and she managed to get back in the game and run the 2015 Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, hitting that distance again in 2016 and then successfully completed her 2nd full Marathon challenge in Edinburgh May 2017.
Part of her return to strength building began when she got back in the saddle and bought a bike for the first time in almost 20 years! She's found a huge passion for cycling now too and challenges herself to longer and longer road tripescapades, and even a bit of camping!
The end of 2016 she began hillwalking with groups coming out of her hermit life shell and it wasn't long before she was roped into doing her first Munro bagging challenge, so she literally ended 2016 on a high and began 2017 much the same way bagging Munro No.4. on Ben Lomond on 2nd January 2017...and ending the year with 24 in the bag as well as an album of tracks produced that have been inspired by these trips!
Her music productions are a fusion of all sorts of influences and tangents from the roots of house music with glimmers of 80's retro-ness, dub, UKG, broken beats, deepness, soulfulness, electronica, electro, acid, jazz, funk, rave etc. She expresses herself with the instrument she has available to her, the computer, along with a bunch of samples, music software packages, VST's, pluggins, a midi keyboard and a mic.
More recently she has been collaborating and remixing projects with UNITY GAIN RECORDINGS (New York, USA), COCOARED (Philidelphia) and REBEL (London Producer/MC) with more coming for 2018.
As a completely self producing female artist, she has to wear many hats to publish, promote and maintain the progression of all she does. There is no machine working behind Essence, she has been and is still currently the machine that outputs EVERYTHING you see and hear connected to her and the Vital Grooves brand at present...her journey continues...an artist with a dream working independently from a node somewhere on this matrix...