Katie Owen

South Wales

Name, where are you from?
Katie Owen, from the valleys in South Wales.

Describe your style in three words?
Classic Modern Retro.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
When The Happy Mondays headlined Splendour Festival a few years ago, Bez pulled me and my mate out onto the stage to dance with them... One of the best moments of my life! 

If you could do an opening DJ set for your dream line up with any two artists in history?
The Beatles without a doubt... I'm a die-hard Beatles fan, they have influenced me hugely in life. The Stone Roses... Imagine the crowd, beautiful chaos! it would be a dream.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Mod, Casuals, Early Skinhead/Rude Girl.

I've always been massively fascinated by the Casuals fashion, the clothing labels, the footwear, accessories and music choice. It all looked so cool.

Mod... The entire subculture is really interesting to me... "Look I don't wanna be the same as everybody else. That's why I'm a Mod you see, I mean you gotta be somebody ain't ya or you might as well jump in the sea and drown."

Early skinhead/rude girl. My Step Mum is Vicky McClure... how could I not be? Ha!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Nye Bevan... The founder of the NHS, absolute hero.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
Clwb Ifor Bach (Meaning Little Ivor's Club) which is a Cardiff nightclub, music venue, Welsh language club and Community centre. I have been to many gigs, Northern Soul nights and DJ'd there for Spirit of 58 before the Welsh Football team played. There's always an incredible atmosphere, sense of community and pride. 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Rod Temperton. I’m a huge fan of disco and love his songs, there’s nothing better than dropping his tracks during a set.


Katie Owen is a DJ who recently signed to Coalition Agency alongside fellow DJ's and radio host's Greg James, Nick Grimshaw, Jo Whiley and Sara Cox.

Katie is the daughter of Welsh filmmaker Jonny Owen and has been cited by British music mogul Alan McGee as "One to watch".

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