Back 2 Life


Rave, gender and the healer's journey

Season 1, Ep. 1

DJ and producer Eris Drew runs the T4T LUV NRG recording label with, her partner in music and life,Octo Octa. She regularly headlines clubs and festivals from P Bar to Glastonbury, she's had a Residency on BBC Radio 1, frequently tops the 'end of year' DJ Charts and graces the pages of all the big dance music publications Mixmag, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor and many others.

In recent years Eris has had a meteoric rise to success and international acclaim, an experience that has coincided with her starting to live in her truth.  In this episode we talk about finding musical success later in life after years of struggle and Eris’s experience of coming out as a trans woman in her late 30s. We also discuss the power of music, community and dance as potentially unifying, healing and transformative cultural experiences. .

Eris Resident Advisor Profile


Eris Insta / Twitter  @erisdrew  


Eris Motherbeat Interview:

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