It’s 3am in Seychelles and the vibe in Club Luvnut is electric. The dance floor is heaving with dancing bodies all cheering and whistling in appreciation for Emma Feline, who is working the decks in a gold sequin dress and 5” heels. After the call for another rewind, the club owner grabs the mic and announces with a big grin “This has been our biggest night so far this year, and to mark the occasion we’ll stay open for an extra 2 hours”. With that the crowd explodes into more cheers and whistles and Emma drops another bomb.
To say Emma Feline has a passion for music is definitely an understatement. Being an international DJ for 13 years and a self proclaimed ‘music geek’ she has a huge musical knowledge and most importantly the understanding of what makes people dance.
“I’m not happy unless my crowd is swinging from the proverbial chandelier”.
With precise mixing and intuitive selection Emma plays for the crowd, taking the dance floor on a journey through genres and decades. When booked for a specialist house night she mixes soulful, deep, minimal house, and pays homage to the past with some early classics. When in party mode she loves to drop an eclectic set filled with 80’s and early 90’s pop, soul, funk, hip hop, house and garage. Emma Feline isn’t just another female DJ with a pretty face. She’s a radio presenter (Choice FM, South London Radio) and a producer/remixer, who regularly tours around the globe from Sri Lanka to Estonia. Playing for many of the top clubs, promotions and festivals including Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Egg, Tiger Tiger - London; Pacha, Es Paradis, Eden, El Divino – Ibiza; Starscape Festival – Baltimore; The Manhattan centre, Centrofly, – New York; Nikki Beach, Mynt, Level, Billboard live – Miami; Glastonbury Festival, V Festival – UK, the list goes on and on.
For years Emma Rawlings was a follower of US House and Garage, but it was 1997 when Emma first put her needle to the record. Her career literally began over night when a friend asked if she wanted to stand in for him at Bar Code in London. Even though she had only been shown the ropes a few weeks before, and was borrowing the records, she went for it and was immediately offered a weekly residency.
Just two weeks later, by using the contacts she made from working in nightclubs (Velvet Underground, The End and Adrenaline Village), she bagged a radio show on leading pirate station London Underground which she presented alongside Lynda Phoenix.
And not having her own decks practiced every night at Bar Code, which became her second home. During that period, Emma formed the all-girl DJ collective London’s Most Wanted alongside the likes of Lynda Phoenix, Donna Dee and Lisa Unique. The media went wild and coverage from BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour), Kiss FM, The Guardian, Time Out, The Evening Standard, DJ magazine, Touch, Channel 4 and MTV led to bookings at major events, including a residency with Twice As Nice at The End.
In 2000 Emma was signed by Profile Agency who secured her tours across America. She built up a faithful following in New York, Baltimore, North Carolina, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Gainesville, Seattle, LA and Dallas, where she is still hailed as a major pioneer of UKG and 2-step, which later evolved into Dub Step. A crowd-pleaser and furious selector, Emma Feline became one of the biggest names on the DJ circuit. She also turned her skills to the studio, producing and remixing tracks under the aliases London's Most Wanted, Fierce and Funky and Tombraider (see discography for more details).
2002 was a big year for Emma. She was asked to mix ‘Twice as Nice, Urban Flavas’ alongside Steve Sutherland and the compilation was certified gold. Recognising Emma’s giant following from her bookings and pirate radio shows (London Underground and Upfront FM), Choice FM gave her a Wednesday night show. Raw Selection saw Emma blend cutting edge music with special guest interviews and in 2004 her presenting skills were rewarded with promotion to a Sunday daytime slot.
By now, Emma’s diary was jam-packed. Cosmopolitan magazine saluted her as a ‘Woman of Achievement’ and Emma was asked to write her own column in Tense magazine. Decks in the City was bursting with candid stories from her DJ travels which later moved to Touch Magazine.
In 2007 Emma began hosting the ‘drive time’ show on South London Radio (weekdays between 3 & 7 pm) which sparked her passion for old school funk, rare groove, soul, boogie and pop. With the ever evolving music scene her style has gone ‘full circle’ and turning her attention back to house music she regularly presents a show on House FM. Emma currently has three mid week residencies in London where she plays an eclectic set, leaving the weekend free to DJ for various clubs and specialist promotions. She also runs her own night Decks in the City at different venues in London.
If you catch Emma Feline on the decks, prepare to dance!
Emma Feline Discography
(1999) Fierce & Funky – ‘Everybody’ (Stereotherapy)
(1999) Fierce & Funky – ‘Pump Up’ (Stereotherapy)
(2000) Fierce Funky Remix - ‘Come Together’ (Dance Off Records)
(2000) London’s Most Wanted Remix - Ft. Valerie M ‘Positive In Motion’ (Nice ‘n’ Ripe)
(2000) London’s Most Wanted Remix – Mykila ‘Who’s Stalking Me?’ (Dance Off Records)
(2001) Tombraider – ‘911’ (All Good Records)
(2001) Tombraider – ‘Get Crunked Up’ (All Good Records)
(2001) Feline v Davie G Remix - Nu Future ‘I Can’t Wait’ (Radar)
(2002) Feline v Paleface – ‘Indian Summer’ (Stereotherapy)
(2002) Twice As Nice Urban Flava’s Compilation (Warner Music))