Queenie and DJ Hollie Disco-Dolly do the SanFranDisco

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Queen Josephine catches up with the marvellous Hollie Disco-Dolly and rediscovers the magic of vinyl…. particularly when the disco beckons.

Where can we see you playing these days? I’m a strictly vinyl DJ which can be rather problematic when I’m booked for gigs! I explain that from the outset then I arrive at the venue to find only CDJ’s or unloved broken decks!!! Luckily vinyl is having a resurgence and I’m now playing at SanFranDisco at A Bar, Brighton. We’ve had a couple of genius all dayers – I’m playing disco so am out of my ‘house DJ comfort zone’ but it’s music I LOVE! The crowd are brilliant and the place always ends up rocking. Another all-dayer is coming soon so watch this space……

How would you describe your djing style? Watching people dancing and enjoying themselves to your music is a legendary feeling. I’m a soul girl and that shines through wherever I play – I call it FunkySexyDiscoHouse!!!

What’s your favourite song of all time? Oh my… this is always such a hard question – too many favourites – but one of my all time faves is Angie Stone’s I Wish I Didn’t Miss You. I get goose bumps whenever I hear it.

Which tune always fills up  your dancefloor? Without a doubt it has to be The Boss either by The Braxtons or Diana Ross depending on whether I’m playing house or disco set It was my signature final tune at Sunday Sundae, and it still never fails to deliver!!!

What would be your ultimate dream gig? This is easy! I’m a Vivienne Westwood devotee (I even have a Westwood classic orb emblem tattoo) so my dream gig would be to DJ at one of her catwalk shows wearing head to toe Vivienne!!!

Guilty pleasures? Reality and trashy TV….Big Brother, TOWIE etc and I’m slightly addicted to Gogglebox (sad but true).

What’s been your best ever gig? Another hard question to answer as I’ve been really blessed and lucky enough to have played at some amazing gig’s over the years …warming up for Freemasons and Bobby and Steve, playing in tents at various Prides and every Sunday Sundae I ever did! However, my standout gig was a few years back at The Arc for Trade vs Wild Fruit… all my London friends were down and the place was rammed!!! Taka Boom (Chaka Khan’s sister) did a PA in the DJ box during my set, then MC Tyron (Bootylicious/Off The hook) did a mini set straight afterwards over the top of my records. Fabulous!!!

Tell us a secret! Loose Lips Sink Ships!!!!

Hollie’s top 5 “SanFranDisco” faves

Candi Staton When You Wake Up Tomorrow Warner Bros Music

Odyssey Follow Me (Play Follow The Leader) Chappell Music/RC

Sister Sledge Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes On Me Atlantic

Jackie Moore This Time Baby CBS Record

Jackson Sisters Miracles Tiger Lily Records

Catch Hollie at SanFranDisco at The A Bar, Brighton www.brightonsoul.info