Her second ever DJ gig was at Creamfields, and she only quit her job at Tesco this June. At only 21 years old, Worcestershire-born DJ and producer Emily Nash has made an instant impact with her dance music, racking up millions of streams and getting major radio airplay in a very short space of time. In this Emerging Headliner interview powered by JBL, the rising electronic talent explains why not getting her maths GCSE was the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
It’s been a whirlwind year for you so far: DJing at iconic venues including Printworks and The Warehouse Project, as well as performing at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Ibiza Rocks Opening, Creamfields and Hideout Festival. What has that experience been like for you as a newcomer to the live scene?
It’s been insane! I jumped straight into the deep end. I'm not the sort of person to get up and dance so I didn't really know what I was gonna do when I was on the decks; I didn't want to throw my hands up in the air or anything, but during the first gig I did it and it just came naturally.
Creamfields last year was my second ever gig, so it was pretty mad. After playing there I was like, “This is what I want to do; I want to carry on with DJing”. I love it.
My next gig is Creamfields at the end of August, actually, and I'm really excited to see how it's gonna go the second time around, now that I've got more confidence.
You’ve remixed artists from Navos to Little Mix, have racked up plays on BBC Radio 1, Capital and Kiss and have been included on both Beatport and Amazon’s ‘Ones To Watch’ lists for 2022. Is it correct that you only handed your notice in from your job at Tesco in June 2022?
Yes! I'd been there for just over two and a half years. Then things started picking up so much, so it was the right time to hand my notice in. I was in stock control, so I’d be the one reducing stuff and putting it back on the shelf. I'd have to run away from the people who quickly come over to you to get everything!
It got to the point where the music side did become a lot – I’ve got gigs left, right and centre – so now I can 100% focus on music and smash out all the tunes.