Eclair Fifi is a Scottish DJ and visual artist who has become of the UK’s most colourful, genre-agnostic DJs – someone who intimately loves and knows how to create that vital moment, when a party bursts into life.Starting out in the late ’90s in her home city of Edinburgh, playing on pirate radio stations and at raves, Eclair Fifi’s tastes were tough – techno splintered by rapid-fire bursts of gabber, hardcore and breaks, inspired by the pioneers of Detroit and Chicago as much as the ferocious appetite of the Scottish crowd for harder, faster beats. Throughout the ’00s, though, her tastes diversified and her style became more intuitive: Italo disco and Latin freestyle smoothing off the ragged edges of electro, southern US rap and Top 40 R&B acapellas breathing new life into wonky electronica; a style developed during her years as a core DJ for LuckyMe, a crew of art school students and rap nerds who went from throwing parties in sweatbox basements to releasing albums on Warp Records and producing for Kanye West.
As well as playing at and curating bi-monthly LuckyMe parties in Glasgow and Edinburgh, she illustrated many of the label’s physical releases – Yolo Bear, Baauer and Machine Drum have all had record sleeves designed by her, her illustrations sparkling with a signature, delicate wit. Through her DJing and visual work, Eclair Fifi helped LuckyMe present a new vision of club music to techno-devoted Scottish ravers and forge relationships with like-minded crews globally, such as Low End Theory in Los Angeles and Turbo Crunk in Montreal. In 2010, she was part of the LuckyMe Presents… showcase at Barcelona’s Sónar Festival, a breakthrough moment for the then already seasoned DJ.
The announce of Eclair Fifi’s debut series of 12” EPs – Chicago House and Latin Freestyle Drumapella, Percapella & Synthapella reissues & remixes – comes fresh from her headline radio show on NTS in 2016, which continues to top charts and gain a following online. The Scottish artist and illustrator started DJing at 16-years-old on pirate radio at InterFACE FM in London, and has since gone to host an In New DJs we Trust residency on BBC Radio 1 airing to over a million live audience, the LuckyMe show on Rinse FM and now, NTS. She closed out 2015 with a eulogised mix for Resident Advisor.
Renowned for a series of European headline tours and club residencies; from curated parties in Paris, Coachella, ADE & The Warehouse Project – balanced with special guest sets at the likes of Ed Banger’s 20 Years of Party and MoMA PS-1 in New York, Fifi’s peerless energy is in part due to her consummate knowledge and love of weird and rare music. Her sets traverse Latin Freestyle, italo, techno, hip hop and RnB – fearlessly peppered with emergent unsigned demos. Clair famously helped introduce PC Music by first-playing SOPHIE’s ‘Bipp’, and early A. G. Cook on BBC Radio One back when they hadn’t amassed 100 followers on soundcloud. Her continued role in the LuckyMe label continues with breaking new records first, affording new releases a perfect context within her mixes and sets. When not DJing, Eclair
Fifi is a model and illustrator behind numerous covers and videos including the hand drawn portaits adorning her debut series of reissues.