Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

DJ Granny, 69, taking French dance scene by storm

DJ Ruth Flowers, a 69-year-old British grandmother, is conquering the Parisian party scene. Clad in a leopard-skin shrug and sunglasses, the British granny is playing trendy nightclubs in the French capital and is booked for the Cannes Film Festival.

DJ Flowers, from Bristol, began playing at 65, after stumbling upon her grandson’s birthday party.

"It started really when my grandson had a birthday party. He was quite young and they always have a little disco," she said.

"After the party, I went along quite late and the gentlemen on the door said 'I don't think you want to go in there madam'.

"I said, 'well I rather think I do, because it's my grandson's birthday.' And I went in, and the noise, it was very noisy, the lights were flashing, but there was an awful lot of energy and real enjoyment of the music and the dancing so I thought, 'I like this.'

"I love to see the kids enjoy themselves. So I thought, 'I could do that, I could do that for the kids', you know?"

Flowers, a trained singer, said it took her four years to learn to use the machines. French producer Aurelien Simon, who taught her how to spin, said: "I explained the basics of electro music, and then she created her own style."

Flowers' sets mix techno and dance peppered with rock by the likes of Queen and the Rolling Stones. She is currently working on her first single and has no plans to retire.

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