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Julie Henry aka Nightnurse

Julie Henry aka Nightnurse

Julie Henry aka Nightnurse

For the Love of Music.

‘For the love of music and sound-systems’ best describes why I am where I am today. Back in the 1970’s, when I first started collecting reggae and soul music, my first port of call was the iconic ‘pre-release’ record shops. The thrill of being there most Saturday afternoons and coming back with a cache of tunes ready to play at home and eventually in the dancehalls.

My favourite haunts at the time were the blues dances. I loved them and followed the North London sound-systems Warrior, Syndicate and Fat man amongst others. This is when I decided I wanted to play this remarkable music myself. I started to play in many dances including christenings, weddings and private raves and built a vast collection of tunes.

In the early 1990s I teamed up with Lady Banton and we decided we would begin a new era playing music together. Eventually the opportunity to play at carnival was on the horizon. We went to our first carnival meeting, it was daunting and exciting all at the same time. We were, still are, the only all female sound in carnival. We a chose a name for our sound-system, it was to be Mellotone, from which my DJ name Nightnurse was born. Carnival was a new chapter which I was proud to be a part of for many years. The sheer volume and bass from the sound was so thrilling, the extensive crowds and the vibe! Carnival is all that and more.

In 2013 I took a 9 year hiatus from music scene due to sad personal circumstances, but the call of the dancehall never left me. 2022 and now I am back with the sound Seduction City (formerly Natural Desire and Mellotone) one of the only all female sounds in the country to own their set. I have returned as a sound technician – someone who sets up, ensures the sound is crisp and clear and troubleshoots any issues. I will also be taking to the decks to play on some occasions. I am looking forward to the start of something great, new and innovative. My love of sound system culture, there is nothing like it and I am proud to be called a sound woman. Bring it on!

Julie Henry aka Nightnurse

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