If you haven’t heard of her yet then you better get onto it because Leah Mencel is in the fast track lane to nation-wide fame. Formerly a resident DJ at Apple Bar Thursdays, she has recently come to Australia’s attention after winning EMI’s ‘She Can DJ’. After making the top 10 last year but losing out to former-Adelaide girl and friend, MINX, Mencel came back harder and stronger this year.
There is no doubt that she can drop a mean hip hop set but if you’ve heard her play in the last year, you’ve probably noticed that dubstep has become a part of her regular routine. Currently self-described as 'pardubhoptraphipstepty' (par[dub-hop-trap-hip-step]ty), she is heavily influenced by the likes of Flux Pavilion, Skrillex and Nero and has really found her place amongst a harder and edgier sound which gets the crowd going. Just ask her audience at the music festival circuit that she has been hitting up. Booked to play at Summadayze, Parklife and most recently, Stereosonic over the last weekend, her fans have not been disappointed.
A part of her prize package for beating out the solid competition from all over the country included not only a global EMI recording contract but also being jetted off to Ibiza to play a club circuit there and in Europe. Back in Australia, she now has her mixes featured weekly on Southern Cross Austereo’s Party People.
After playing at some of the hottest night spots in Australia as well as in Adelaide (Apple Bar, Zhivago, Red Square), she has found her new home at the newly refurbished Electric Circus. See her on Saturdays and every other Thursday where Crippen Place turns into The Proj3cts, a massive 3-level party.
We can now look forward to her single and compilation album where there is sure to be a mix of contemporary, old school hip-hop with some hardness from dubstep thrown in. So if you’re into some great beats and electrifying tunes, get down to EC and support Adelaide’s newest shining star.
See Leah Mencel this Saturday at Electric Circus where she and the other residents will be supporting The Aston Shuffle.