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Please introduce yourself.

I’m Throwing Shade – DJ, producer and NTS Radio presenter from London, born and bred.

What was the idea behind the mix?

Just a whole bunch of good tunes!

We love your NTS show. Talk us through your musical direction.

I’d say the main influence / inspiration for my NTS show comes from having studied Ethnomusicology as an undergraduate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. That experience really broadened my musical horizons because it made me realize that there is so much music to be discovered from across the world, and across different eras. It made me look beyond what I’d grown up listening to, and pay attention to things like Inuit throat singing- sounds which we probably wouldn’t even consider as ‘music’ given our aural palettes, a-tuned to predominantly ‘Western’ styles of music. This exploration of cultures and sounds is what I try and channel through into my radio show.

How did the Ominira release come about?

Kassem Mosse, who is behind the Ominira label, heard my stuff on soundcloud and initially approached me under an alias, asking about the possibility of doing a release. It was only later on that I found out who I was in conversation with. It was a pleasant surprise, to say the least! It felt amazing! I’m still kinda starstruck by it because Kassem Mosse is someone who I really look up to musically, and for him to like my work enough to want to release it on his label was a serious compliment for me.

Any visual artists you admire that we should be on the look out for?

Boudicca Collins. Rachel Noble. Tom Flynn.

Any shout outs?

Shout out to my mum!


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Hailu Mergia - Hebo Lale
Brenda Fassie - Weekend Special
Sass - Much Too Much
Dayton - The Sound of Music
Os Bongos - Pachanga Maria
France Gall - Jazz A Gogo
Maze - Twilight
inc. - 5 days
James Blake - CMYK
D’eon - Transparency
Throwing Shade - Daydream
Egyptrixx - drive u crazy
Michael Jackson - Get On The Floor
Hugh Masekela - Don’t Go Lose It Baby
Womack & Womack - Teardrops
The Stranglers - Walk On By
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Ain’t No Sunshine
Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo

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