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Alley Cat's current passion is her record label Kokeshi. Focusing on deep bass music across various BPMs, the label has gone from strength to strength since it's inception in 2009. With label nights across Europe and several events at London superclub Fabric under her belt, Alley Cat and the Kokeshi label will continue with more releases and labels nights in the coming months. The CD 'Kompilation', the label's biggest project to date, dropped in October 2012, featuring tunes from the Kokeshi ((pod)) Kasts. The 13-track CD was offered in both unmixed and a mixed format put together by Alley Cat herself. The album launch at Fabric showcased the eclectic theme behind the label with artists on the night Calibre, Lung, Irrelvant, Alley Cat and LX:One.
Over the last few years Kokeshi received various accolades including winning Best Remix of 2010 (Dubstepforum) for the Kryptic Minds Remix of Lung's 'Afterlife.' Larger labels have taken notice with both Get Darker and Ministry of Sound featuring sveral tracks on their huge compilations..
Alley Cat has introduced the label's own sound through the Kokeshi ((pod)) kasts and with releases that feature the emotive dreamy yet bass heavy sound ranging from 130 to 170 BPM.
Longevity in the dance music scene is hard to achieve but Alley Cat has managed to roll it out since 1997. From her DJing, to production, label work and as a director at ESP Agency she has managed to forge her way through the evolving state of the bass music scene for nearly 15 years. The groundwork was set in motion many years before. When growing up, Alley spent time listening to her brother’s 80s vinyl releases and playing various instruments from clarinet to sax to guitar. The passion for music came about early but unfortunately any dreams of pursuing music came to a halt during the trials and tribulations of teen life. Finally things were set in motion during the mid 90s when the electronic music scene was experiencing a ‘moment.’ The lure of electronic music was too tempting and for Alley Cat her time came in about 1995 when she first heard drum’n’bass and two years later she started DJing. Her eclectic background with music is reflected in how she now does A & R for Kokeshi.
Her first drum’n’bass tune was released in 2000 and over the years others followed, including 'Sweet Spot' on Offshore. Alley Cat has DJed all over the globe, from Tel Aviv, to Hawaii, Reykjavik, Johannesburg, Moscow , all over mainland Europe, her native San Francisco and back to London again, where she’s been planted for over 10 years. (see http://www.discogs.com/artist/Alley+Cat &http://www.rolldabeats.com/artist/alley_cat for more info’s).
Alley Cat's future plans incude more for Kokeshi for both her own music , that of her crew, and new signings. Keep up to date by visiting www.facebook.com/iheartkokeshi.