It has been inspiring over the course of Women in Vinyl’s existence to learn more about the female DJ troupes and their communities and support for one another all around the world. That passion and want to lift other’s up is how we met Marie; and all she’s doing for her community with vinyl was exciting to see.
Marie DJ Marycherry has been a DJ around Europe for the past six years, currently living between Berlin and Paris. She hosts events called ‘A Night with Marycherry’ and plays everything from 60s garage / beat to 70s soul / motown, punk and glam, or French yéyé. She is also a Radio Promoter for Pigalle Paris Radio, and Barrelhouse in the UK formerly hosting a show for the Magazine ‘Rock’n’Folk’ in Paris. Starting this month you can find Marie on her own on-air radio show called ‘The Groovy Cherry Show’ via Radio Alex in Berlin, as well as playing at festivals like Garageville, Delirium and Cosmic Trip.
When she’s not behind the turntables, she loves to collect and search for vintage clothing and furniture.
How did you get into your industry / What motivated you?
I was introduced to music and records by my parents. From a young age I was interested in music and it’s history, as much in vintage clothing and historical eras. Naturally I realized I loved to share music with others and see people happy while being on a dance floor, and I decided to take control over it by creating my own events called A Night with Marycherry.
What is a day in the life like?
I usually keep looking for new music and bands daily, I do a lot of online research and in books about musical history, so I stumble upon new records all the time. I record my own radio shows three times a month (two home recorded one in Paris and London, and one in studio live recorded here in Berlin). Besides the day job I have, I spend a lot of my evenings planning new DJ sets and traveling, or going through my records to plan my next radio sessions!
In your opinion what has been your favorite / the coolest thing you’ve worked on?
I would definitely say preparing my new and first on air show in Berlin, on Radio Alex. I created my own logo and had to work out a concept of my show, and I will be more then excited to share it with everyone soon!
What has been / is the most difficult part of your job?
Definitely the organization part of it. Between my day and nightlife everything has to be well sorted and planned and I am all by myself to do it, so this can sometimes be very stressful. But all the fun that I experience while DJing makes up for it for sure!
What advice do you have for someone wanting to get into pursuing what you’re doing?
I would honestly say just never stop believing in yourself and you will be able to do everything you truly want. Don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t do it, or are not allowed to dream, or try to pull you down – because if you have a purpose for yourself you can make it happen.
Are you a vinyl collector yourself? What drew you to it?
Yes I am! I think that records have a true history, like any piece of vintage, someone has owned it before you and you try to imagine where this record has been played in the past. As well I love and appreciate the sound and look of vinyl, and of course the sleeves are often very arty.
What types of things are happening in your industry / with vinyl that you’re excited or worried about? i.e. innovation, or trends you’re seeing.
I would definitely say that there is still not nearly enough women having the chance to be seen as they should and for what they do. It’s still a very male dominated scene and it has to change. I would also like to see more inter generational relationships, it feels difficult to evolve if you’re ‘younger’ because a lot people don’t think you are serious enough about it which is a shame.
Who has been influential to you and your growth as a professional in this industry?
A lot of female DJs I have met have inspired me to go on, because I look up to them and respect all the work they’ve done. Exchanging with them has brought me forward and pushed me a lot to evolve as an artist. I went on tour for a month and a half last year around Europe and all DJs I’ve shared turntables with, and musicians I’ve met and exchanged with (male and female) have been amazing hosts and lovely people. There is so much we can learn from each other and should be open.
If you have the chance , I highly recommend you to give a look into the work of Jawa Jones who does Wanita Music Show, Miss Mette, Fräulein Freakbeat, Busterbandit, Vinyl Villain Sean, Teagan Marie Brucker with her music events Up Club and Mauve Mauve Mauve in Frankfurt and so many more!
Anything else you’d like to add; if not tell us what you’re listening to:
I am really getting back into soundtracks from 60s and 70s movies at the moment. Last weekend I was listening again, after a long time, to the soundtrack by Les Baxter of the movie ‘Hell’s Bells‘.