A Lifetime of Experience is a series of programmes meeting local people who have spent a long time in one particular career or pass-time. Talking about their experiences along the way.
Frances is one half of the Jules and Sharpie partnership who first produced Chilli Jelly in 2002. Their "hot preservaments" have won awards every year since and are now produced under the Thursday Cottage label which is part of the long established Wilkins & Sons Brand. Dee chats to Frances about the early days in her kitchen, how production quickly moved to Otley College and then to Thursday Cottage being prepared in Tiptree. They both remain as "Consultants" and are involved in all aspects of production including new products. Did you know that ladies are better at chopping chillies than men? Have a listen.....
Tallulah Goodtimes is the alter-ego of International spin sister SophieDJ.
Tallulah Goodtimes was the result of a dancefloor fling at the Bestival Spiegeltent Club Dada soirees, listening to the sounds of DJ Tofu, and Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer. Struck by the sheer joy, and distinction of the Electroswing sound, the drama, and the costume, Tallulah Goodtimes burst through the dusky shadows. Tallulah's work is just beginning as she gets to work creating her own stamp on the Electroswing sound, and searching for her very favourite tunes, mixing up a storm as she goes. Although a new player on the scene, Tallulah's creator, SophieDJ is no newbie. Sophie's DJ career to date has taken her to some of the best clubs in the world - from Pacha London, Turnmills, The Cross, The Egg, 333, to Space Ibiza, and Ministry of Sound. She has spun on tours in India, at a club residency in Dubai, guest slots at festivals in Sicily, and clubs, beach parties, bars, and clubs in Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, Jordan, France, Egypt, and Turkey. Celebrity birthday parties feature in the mix, as do product launches for Stella McCartney. She has also worked with the IT Girls. In short, she has to date carved a successful International career, respected for her solid technical abilities, knowledge of music, and strong work ethic. She has supported stellar industry players such as Sister Bliss, Norman Jay, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Brandon Block, Grant Nelson, Tim Deluxe, Lottie, Seamus Haji, Sandy Rivera, Jo Mills, among many others along the way. Some other interesting facts: * Sophie's productions have featured on One Dot Zero TV, and Sky TV * She has her own production company, The Audio Boutique * In 2004, she joined the team in Blackmarket Records, (and would later move on to be a part of Uptown Records), and undertook a music production course to give her the necessary engineering skills to lay down her own tracks * From 2003-2006, she was a popular presenter on London Underground radio station, UnknownFM * In 2002 she came fourth in the Miami WMC Spin-off as the only female DJ in the comp * Sophie's love for music began whilst hollering down a hairbrush to 'Rollicking Tyre', otherwise known as 'Mull of Kintyre'. Despite these shady beginnings, in the late 80’s inspired by Kiss 100FM and its DJs back in its days as a pirate station, Sophie could be found regularly cutting up tapes with a scalpel and putting them back together to create seamless mixes (sometimes successfully, sometimes less so). Then took to the turntables. And so began her addiction to mixing and collecting music.