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Lisa Pin-Up: The First DJ of Glamour Modelling

Author: Jonty Adderley
Monday, 12 May 2003
"When I first discovered clubbing I was a glamour model, stroke, advertising model, doing a bit of both but the nightlife side of my life took over, really quickly. It's not very good for your complexion caning it every weekend."

Laughing as she recalls her transition from the skin pages of the Daily Star and the Sun to the decks of Britain's biggest hard house clubs, Lisa Pinup always knew what she really like doing.

"I got my first big break DJing at Pushca, then after a few bookings I thought 'This is good, I can stop modelling now' and stick to what I actually love doing," she told Skrufff's Jonty Adderley.

"Modelling was just a job, but DJing was my passion."

Nowadays firmly established as one of the most popular DJs in hard house, she's also forged a parallel career as a record label chief and producer and has just released her debut album Baddest Mother, for Nukleuz. Containing 12 uncompromisingly hard dance floor tracks including all her club hits from the last four years, it's a straightforward selection that will delight if not surprise all her many thousands of fans.

"I've just done full-on party tracks, I'm just a party girl," she giggled

"I don't have any secret downtempo tracks stashed away, I'm generally an in-your-face kind of person."

Skrufff: Why have you waited until now to do your debut album-

Lisa Pin-Up: "I've been waiting until I've had enough tracks to do it, there are 11 on there, which have been released before. I did my very first track around four years ago, for Nukluez, and they've been putting out two or three a year since then. They're all tracks that have been released on vinyl and they've been made to work on the dancefloor and some of them have built up a following. I've also included a couple of new ones as well."

Skrufff: Are you still happy to be associated with the term hard house-

Lisa Pin-Up: "Yeah, that's fine with me, I know a few people want to change it but really it's still the same kind of music. It's silly to re-title it. The scene's doing really well at the moment and actually feels quite fresh. Some of the big clubs got a bit stale, a few clubs went under (failed) but there are so many new clubs sprouting up. My diary's really busy at the moment, and it's quite exciting."

Skrufff: Where were your very first clubbing experiences-

Lisa Pin-Up: "I used to sneak out to clubs when I was still at school but they weren't actually dance clubs. I discovered the dance scene when I was 21 and the very first club I went to was called Kinky Disco on Shaftesbury Avenue (Central London) and then I started going to Love Ranch at Maximus (on Leicester Square). That was around 1993, I think. I used to go to the Wag club before then but that wasn't really a dance club, then I stumbled across Kinky Disco which was fantastic. The way people talked to each other in dance clubs was fantastic, there was no aggravation or bad atmosphere, so I started going every weekend, Fridays and Saturdays to clubs."

Skrufff: Many of the hard house producers seem to have gone to Trade at some point, did you-

Lisa Pin-Up: "No actually, I went there a few times but I wasn't a regular. Maximus was my main place, initially when it was Love Ranch then later when it became Fierce Child, which was Fat Tony's club, and then Blow-Up. My very first residency was at Bambino's for the people that run Pushca."

Skrufff: How was the experience of the very first time you played it Pushca-

Lisa Pin-Up: "Nerve-racking and scary."

Skrufff: How comfortable were you when they named you Lisa Pinup-

Lisa Pin-Up: " I wasn't very comfortable at first because they gave me the name without mentioning it to me and they put it on flyers and radio adverts. I was worried, but then no-one batted an eyelid and reacted as though it was normal and told me it was a great name, so I kept it. I was originally planning to call myself Lisa Jane, which sounds r
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