DJ Paulette talks success, sexism in the club scene and being a black woman on the White Isle | mEats...

We sat down for a catch up and some grub with one of Manchester's most loved DJ's and all-round legend Paulette.

By Ben Brown | 24 April 2019

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A true Manchester icon and a firm favourite here in the Finest office, Paulette Constable was born and raised in the city and began DJing while she was studying at Manchester Metropolitan University.

After achieving considerable success, moving to London, France and then Ibiza, she returned to Manchester with regular residencies at Albert Schloss, Tariff & Dale and The Refuge.

With a career spanning more than two decades and three countries, Paulette has been a resident at some of the biggest and best clubs in the world, with residencies in prestigious clubs including the Hacienda here in Manchester, Queen Club, Mix Club, Cocoon (Frankfurt), Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel.

During a sunny visit to Volta in West Didsbury we chewed the fat over her impressive career, from starting off with a couple of records she borrowed from Piccadilly Radio’s record library for her first gig at The Boardwalk, right through to her ground-breaking Flesh night at the Hacienda.

Paulette’s career quickly went into overdrive and it wasn’t long until she was playing in front of 30,000 at some of Europe’s biggest nights.

With 9 years in France under her belt we talked about the club scene at the time and just how difficult it can become when you’re playing tracks for the masses instead of what you truly enjoy.

After a bit of soul searching Paulette decided to live in Ibiza, an island she loves, but an experience she certainly has mixed feelings about.

We also discussed the difficulties she’s faced with being a black woman in what is a predominantly male-heavy industry, and how there are still difficulties and barriers for women throughout.

Alongside some of the fantastic sharing plates we also touched on the aggressiveness of mint when it grows in your garden, how to navigate the dinner table when you’re part of a big family and how to use a particularly confusing loose leaf tea pot!

Watch the full interview above.