BBC Radio 1 has announced the new line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Residency - the strand that brings listeners the biggest names in cutting-edge, forward-thinking dance music from across the electronic music spectrum.
Nastia, Denis Sulta, Saoirse and Sherelle will be joining the line-up alongside Paul Woolford aka Special Request, Charlotte de Witte, HAAi and Jayda G - who are staying on rotation and altogether will form the Residency team from September 2019 - February 2020.
Radio 1’s Residency features cutting edge DJs and producers from the UK and around the world. Previous residents include Peggy Gou, Deadmau5, George FitzGerald, Eats Everything and The Black Madonna.
Ukrainian DJ Nastia’s love of music and rhythm led to her to pursue a job as a dancer when she finished school, but it was playing music that really caught her imagination and she made the leap from dancer to DJ in 2005. She quickly built a name for herself playing at clubs around the city and beyond and was heavily involved with Ukranian festival KaZantip where she honed her skills. She played at and promoted her own parties and hosted her own show on Ukrainian radio which lead to the launch of her label Propaganda in 2013. Her skills behind the decks bagged her a residency at Arma 17 in Moscow and Nastia became a professional touring DJ in 2009. Though predominantly known as a techno DJ, Nastia also explores a range of sounds in her sets, including jungle, d'n'b and house.
Glasgow-born Denis Sulta’s first discovered his interest in dance music through his job at the infamous Rubadub record store. From there, he developed his skills as a DJ and producer, which soon to led to regular sets at The Sub Club. Having honed his craft under the guidance of local DJs and producers, he garnered multiple releases with his early signing to Dixon Avenue Basement Jams in 2014. He went on to release EPs on renowned Glasgow imprint Numbers, followed by the creation of his own label and brand, Sulta Selects. Sulta has received continuous support from fellow DJs and producers such as Jackmaster, Skream, Four Tet, and Optimo, and is now a regular fixture on the festival scene through his eponymous Sulta Selects stages.
Saoirse’s first foray into the field of electronic music came at a very young age, when she accompanied her mother to various free parties in her home country of Ireland. It was here that she was introduced to the sounds of Leftfield, Fluke and Orbital and a close allegiance to electronic music was forged. In the early years of her career she played regular shows on pirate radio stations, before landing her own show on Ireland’s leading media broadcaster, RTÉ. It wasn’t long before Saoirse arrived on the London scene, working frequently for promoters such as Art of Dark, Toi Toi, Make Me, Half Baked and Fabric. In recent years, she has gained wider recognition across the UK, Europe and the USA, whether it’s playing alongside Ricardo Villalobos in Ibiza, supporting DVS1 in London or playing next to Objekt in Paris. Saoirse’s sound is a product of a diverse selection of genres including dub, ambient, house, jazz, electro, garage and techno.
Passionate about footwork, juke, jungle and 160 music styles, Londoner Sherelle was propelled to viral fame following her Boiler Room performance in February of this year. With an affinity for all things leftfield bass from a young age, artists like 4 Hero, Machinedrum and DJ Rashad acting as her entry point into the world of DJing. She hosts a regular bi-weekly show on Reprezent Radio, featuring guests such as Novelist, Jessy Lanza, DJ Fulltono, UNIIQU3, and Sinistarr. Sherelle has supported musical heavyweights like Kode9, Dillinja, DJ Paypal, TASO and French house legends like DJ Falcon, Crookers, and Feadz. In 2017, she supported The Prodigy alongside Melé at the O2 Academy, Brixton and has recently completed a Spanish tour playing for Off-Sonar as a part of the Life & Death Festival. Sherelle is no stranger to Radio 1, having made a number of guest appearances on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. She has recently launched the label Hooversound Recordings with fellow DJ and producer Naina, where they will continue to champion the 160 genre.
Radio 1’s Residency incorporates two shows on a Sunday night into Monday morning between 1-2am and 2-3am. The new line-up is as follows:
First Monday of the month, beginning 9 September
- Charlotte de Witte
Second Monday of the month, beginning 16 September
- Paul Woolford aka Special Request
Third Monday of the month, beginning 23 September
Fourth Monday of the month, beginning 30 September
Nastia says: “Growing up as an artist, being on BBC Radio 1 was the highest point of success I could dream about. It’s a legend, a monster, making so many artists huge and important. For me now, I’m proud to say it’s a platform where I can speak out about music, industry and DJ life. After doing my own radio show in Ukraine for 10 years and having had a three-year break from it, to come back on air with the BBC is that dream finally coming true. What can you expect from me? Different things! I like to surprise!”
Denis Sulta says:“Ever since I was even remotely aware of Radio 1, I aspired to be the voice that I heard through the stereo as it’s one of the biggest radio stations in the world. To be broadcasting my own show on BBC Radio 1 as part of the Residency is something that is absolutely incredible for me. I just think it’s really, really cool. Who didn’t want to be the voice at Radio 1 back at school? Who didn’t want to have the opportunity to say 'Hi my name is … and welcome to BBC Radio 1'? That is one of the most iconic sentences ever and to be part of that is overwhelming to a point where no words can describe… but I will try my very best and I cannot wait to smash it on Radio 1 and see how far we can go.”
Saoirse says: “I was around 13 when I first started listening to BBC Radio 1. It was one of the very few mediums I had to discover new electronic music in Ireland and it has been very influential throughout my life. In fact, it was what encouraged me to go and do radio production and sound engineering at university when I left school. To be given the opportunity to host my own show and perhaps have the same influence on a young budding DJ or producer out there means the world to me. I'll be showcasing as much undiscovered artists as possible as well as premiering some of my favourite artists new music in all things electronica.”
Sherelle says: "It's an absolute dream come true to be a part of the BBC Radio 1 Residency. Growing up listening to the like likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and MistaJam shaped my early musical outlook. I promised my younger self that one day I would have my own Radio 1 show and I am glad that I have been able to achieve that by playing the music that I love so dearly. 2019 has been the best year yet and I can't wait to represent the footwork, jungle, 160 scenes and showcase the best it has to offer."