Former DJ course and music production course student Sarah Young is championing the Global Bass movement across the UK, into the mainstream.
Dubbed by the Guardian as the “Katy B of Global Bass” and compared to monster producer Diplo and artist M.I.A by MTV, her music is a unique blend of sounds created for the club, influenced by international bass culture.
Still a teenager, Sarah’s first break was playing alongside Chipmunk and Natty at a headline show in Tottenham. She has since gone on to play sets internationally at festivals and gigs at destinations such as: New York, Paris, Holland and Lithuania. During her musical journey, she has worked on a variety of projects with artists, producers and DJs such as Toddla T, RedLight, Donaeo, Mz Bratt, Mistajam, Swindle, Jammer, Roses Gabor, David HeartBreak, Lioness, Dynamite MC and J2k.
Growing up in a musical family, where international sounds filled the house, Sarah recalls her early influences, ‘’My mother was the talented musical person in the family, playing every instrument from piano, classical guitar to the flute, so I remember growing up listening to the sounds on cassette of jazz, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, Sergio Mendez as well as classic Indian music, so Ravi Shankar was also a favourite.’
This early exposure to music obviously influences Sarah’s DJ sets to this day, ‘When I was a teenager and started getting weekly gigs, I was djing grime, hiphop and reggae – all genres that a London crowd love. But once I started to get international bookings I encountered a variety of producers and Djs who played and edited variations of EDM specific to their country or city, so I became really interested in global bass, and now I play everything from Dutch House, Kuduro, Moombahton, Juke, Trap, Tropical House, Techno, Garage and anything that makes people want to dance. ‘’
Radio and Collaborations:
Sarah has been invited to play several guest mixes on BBC Asian Network and Radio 1xtra, including CJ Beatz m1x show and a VIP guest mix on DJ Kayper’s show. Her continuous gig and radio exposure has led to partnerships with high profile brands such as Redbull, Adidas, MTV, WeSC and Westfield Stratford on various projects from CD releases to writing music columns and DJ-ing at store opening parties.
When she’s not spinning, Sarah is in her studio working on a continuous roll of new music releases. She’s already released an EP with Adidas Originals entitled ‘i am Sarah Young’ and a mix CD with WeSC called ‘Moombahton Queen’. Following the success of these collaborations, Sarah is now set to release her highly anticipated second solo 3-track EP this Autumn. Retaining elements of her Global Bass roots, the new EP has a bouncier BMP exploring Hip Hop, early 90’s Acid House, Trap, Garage and subsequent EDM genres with guest MCs from across the Atlantic. The EP aims to make a Global Bass hybrid more relevant to a UK & US audience.
Sarah shows no signs of slowing down and continues to pioneer global bass music. Current projects include: preparing to shoot her next video for the title track of the forthcoming EP; presenting and acting as executive producer for a new online series/ video diary called ‘’The Beat’’ as well as joining a new online radio show this Autumn.