Honey G started mixing in 1999. After mixing for only 4 months she made her first appearance at Club Abbyss in Ayia Napa and gained a residency at Gas club in the summer of 2000. In Manchester where Honey G had studied, she was introduced to vocalist, musician, and emcee, MC Krazie Laydee and they decided to form a crew together called “Female Phenomena”. They toured across the whole of the UK playing at various clubs in Manchester, Blackpool with EZ, Nottingham with Ms Dynamite, Preston and The 112 concert in Liverpool.
In 2002 Honey G gained 2nd place in The Ministry of Sound National Student DJ Competition. She then met DJ Sarah Love and the three of them decided to team up and launch an urban club night called “Luvibe”. Luvibe was not only about promoting female talent, but black female talent. DJ’s such as Femme Fatale, Jenny Harrison, Lady G Spot and DJ Touch also made appearances.
Honey G who has also been broadcasted on BBC Radio 1, moved to New York after graduating. However she has returned and now lives in London permanently and focuses purely on her music production.
If you’re searching for an electronic dance album of transcendental quality, Honey G’s “Don’t’ Try” may just be the one for you. Honey G uses some traditional electro beats and merges them with beautiful melodies, sweeping synthesizers, and appearances by MC Krazie, to create a truly unique House and Techno experience. The massive 25 tracks will get under your skin and demand many repetitions under the laser.
If there’s a hidden significance to the title “Don’t’ Try”, it perhaps lies with Honey G’s attempt to take several disparate musical traditions and channel them into a new dance format.
“Don’t’ Try” is a landmark of musical expansion, a contemporary work by which to gauge the progress of popular dance music by female Dj’s . The offbeat and minimal-house single, “I’m Waiting”, with its hypnotically repetitive vocal refrain, is certain to be remembered long after you’ve listened to the album.
The album also introduces Honey G’s perceptions of rhythm and harmony and her wide array of mixing skills. This is most evident on tracks like “Chances”, “Bak 2 Life”, “Dirty”, “Angel In The Sky” and “Seems Like”. I was amazingly surprised at how this woman made such a mesmerizing collections of songs!
I personally find the album more rhythmical than danceable, if that makes any sense at all; and therefore also more interesting from a pure listening point of view. Honey G proves to have surpassed the concept of gender as a styling to influence an album. She is one of the few, making progressive electronic music out there today and more people should be paying attention!
Honey G is able to take the listener higher and higher with each twist of the knob. Her timing and levels are so precise, as she deftly displays her electronic music skills. If you love good, rich music that goes from House to Grime with different perspectives in between, you will no doubt love “Don’t’ Try”.