Meg ward is a Newcastle based underground DJ that intertwines multiple genres including house, techno, disco, garage and hip-hop within her well-established sets.
She holds a residency with Newcastle’s famous Tuesday night at Cosmic Ballroom “Ill behaviour” that brings in some of the best up and coming underground acts from around the world. With this residency, she has been able to meet and perform alongside many amazing artists such as KETTAMA, Sally C, Salary Boy, Folamour and Brame & Hamo.
Meg has also performed in other clubs in Newcastle, for example, the bigger APE-X shows in Digital nightclub, supporting Bicep and Amelie lens. She also is a regular at MSA on Thursday, for the “best disco night in Newcastle” known as Off the Record.
Bringing high energy and huge personality to all of her sets, Meg has definitely made an imprint on the Newcastle scene in the short 2 years that she’s been DJing. She’s also travelled to outside of Newcastle doing what she loves, playing in York, Leeds and Durham, as well as having future sets lined up across the UK.
Meg’s own productions have had support from the likes of Mark Blair, Brame & Hamo and Demuja. Her tracks aim to bring that upbeat classic house sound mixed with acid to fill any dance floor.
Best event you have ever been to and why?
Dekmantel this year. The best music, best craic and best place. 10/10 would recommend.
Who would you like to collaborate on a track with why?
Would love to do something with Testpress or J Wax.
Really rate their stuff, and I wanna make more garage/breaks.
What first sparked your interest in electronic music?
Going to Leeds festival at 16 and experiencing loud repetitive beats for the first time in that environment. It’s something about being surrounded by people in a field with the music ridiculously loud that sparked me. It really got me lost in it.
Which artists do you listen to the most for inspiration or enjoyment?
Big names that are at the forefront of my mind at the moment are Palms Trax, Ben UFO, Octo Octa and Demuja.
Why do you enjoy producing electronic music?
Making at least 1 person smile means a successful track.
How can u not enjoy making people happy?
Which is your all-time favourite label to dig tracks from?
Shock recordings for those disgusting hard house heaters
If you could meet any person from the underground music scene,
Who would it be and why?
Honey Dijon – She does her own thing and doesn’t care what people think of it and she seems so interesting. I just wanna chat to her.
What is your favourite club and why?
Cosmic Ballroom (Newcastle) – My second home!
But seriously it’s the best sound system I’ve ever heard in a club.
What is your go-to guilty pleasure track and why?
Cher – Believe. I’m not even sure it’s even guilty.
Which came first for you, producing or DJing,
Do you prefer one medium more over the other?
DJing came first. I love making my own music, but the real buzz is DJing, especially when you’re playing your own track to a sold-out room.
What is the music scene like in Newcastle at the moment?
Newcastle has an amazing music scene. Some huge talent is churned out of the northeast: It definitely needs more coverage as a region. There are also so many good acts that I’m lucky enough to support and see on my doorstep.
Which clubs do you like to play at and why?
The sound system, the atmosphere.
The booster step I have to use to reach the decks.
If you could offer one piece of advice to new DJ/Producers what would it be?
Don’t try to compete with anyone. It’s not about plays: focus on making good tunes that represent who you are. The plays will come after.
What was the first album that really meant something to you and why?
Going to have to be really cliché and say the Arctic Monkeys album
“Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not”
Just because it’s the first album I actually appreciated as a piece of art, rather than a collection of good tunes.
How did you learn how to produce?
I taught myself. Got the trial of Ableton and was too impatient to watch tutorials, so I just kept pressing buttons until I understood how to make a song. (the first many being HORRIFIC)
How would you describe your production style and overall sound?
Funky and Weird