DJing, pirate radio, the legacy of Metalheadz, raving and her late friend Kemistry: The “first lady of drum & bass” shares her story.
Few nicknames in dance music have been as rightfully earned as DJ Storm’s “first lady of drum & bass.” It all began in early ’90s London, when Jayne Conneely discovered the weird and wonderful world of UK rave thanks to her close friend Valerie Olukemi A Olusanya, AKA Kemistry. The pair became regulars at Heaven, the London club where jungle would eventually be born from the clashing of breakbeats and techno. They learned to DJ and involved themselves in the scene, crossing paths with a young aspiring artist named Goldie. By the end of the decade, Kemistry & Storm had become a well-respected DJ duo, and the quiet force behind Goldie’s Metalheadz empire. After Kemistry died in a car accident in 1999, Storm continued to strike it out as the rare female role model in a male-dominated scene. In this Fireside Chat, Storm talks about her DJing style, London’s ’90s club landscape, pirate radio stations, the legacy of Metalheadz and her late friend Kemistry.