Emily Rawson is a DJ and promoter; her night Rock the Belles brings together female DJs, musicians and other creatives, while Supa Dupa Fly has a '90s hip-hop/R&B flavour. She tells us why she can't work without her Blackberry, mailing lists and a good pot of soup...
Full name/age/job title:
Emily Rawson, 30, Director/Owner of club nights Rock The Belles, Supa Dupa Fly and others. Also a DJ.
What does your job involve?
Being on the pulse with new music, booking in bands and DJs, coming up with concepts, promoting and PR-ing all of above, and managing a team.
Five things you couldn't work without:
1. Hype Machine
This is a music site which allows you to listen of the music that is being blogged all over the world. It’s an amazing way to find out about new bands and producers. Much better than listening to most radio stations.
2. Eat soup
This has got to be the best soup in the world! I have recently discovered them and now am hooked, I can’t believe I was doing the second-rate Pret Soup for so long. There are a couple of chicken ones which are divine, and they are very healthy, so that means I can have more chocolate to compensate. Good times.
This one’s more for my DJ-ing. It’s software that allows me to organise all my DJ sets into crates, then projects the music onto a digital vinyl/CD. I prefer to use vinyl to DJ (it’s more “real”), so back in the day I had to drag around lots of very heavy record bags to sets – it used to give me a bad back. So Serato is a great thing and saves [me money] in osteopath bills!
4. Your Mailing List Provider
This online software enables me to manage all my various mailing lists. There are separate lists for press, subscribers and bands/DJs, so this enables me to contact them all at once with a click of a button – magic! They also have great templates, so you can compose newsletters quite easily without having to pay a designer to do it.
I know this is boring, but I literally couldn’t do my job without my Blackberry. I have six different email accounts on it for all my various projects, and it gives me the flexibility to be out of the office and still be able to reply to people. I also have music on it, which is obviously essential!
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