Last summer, we launched our Community Connection campaign – a global initiative where we swapped French for ‘Community’, supporting and celebrating our local and wider communities during these strange times.
A year on and community continues to be more important than ever. So this season, as a branch of our Community Connection campaign, we’re celebrating and putting the spotlight on creative talents, artists and inspiring individuals, from Europe and the US. We will be sharing their stories, talents, passions and give a behind the scenes look into their industry and life, forming our French Connection community of creators, #FCCreators.
To launch our #FCCreators campaign and celebrate International Women’s Day, we caught up with DJ and Women in Music podcast host, Millie Cotton, to delve into her creative passions of fashion, music and podcasting, as well as discussing the importance of uplifting female voices in the music industry. Plus, Millie has curated a Spotify playlist for you to listen to at home (or on your daily walks) featuring tracks from her Women In Music podcast guests, as well as some up and coming artists.
Following a challenging 2020 for creatives, how have your overcome this and kept motivated with your DJing and podcast?
From the five outfit & songs combinations you’ve curated together for this collaboration, which is your favourite & why?
What is your creative process when putting a mix together?
I usually start with one new song and create a mix around it. I love to use a combination of old and new music to create a journey of sorts with the mix. You don’t want to start on your best track and have nowhere better to go from there.
Who are your favourite female DJ’s and what are your favourite female run music spaces or club nights?
I had Sam Divine on Women in Music last year; I was so excited to have secured the interview, I wasn’t even expecting her to read my email. She sits in a space between underground and commercial - it’s something I aspire to! Sam has her label; she presents shows for both Kiss and Defected Records too. Honey Dijon has been a favourite of mine for years also. She has this insane energy that she brings to her sets; they’re always really unique. Jayda G, Effy, TSHA, Sally C - there are loads!
Tell us a little about your Women in Music podcast...
Your podcast elevates female voices in the music industry, how important is this to you?
What is your creative process when creating each episode of your podcast?
What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue their own podcast?
Having an exact niche is a great place to start. It’s so important to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. For the first season, I knew I wanted to find out more about women within the music industry, but I hadn’t worked out the reasons why. For the second season, I realised my real purpose and intent for why I was doing what I was doing. As I previously mentioned, there was an underrepresentation of women in clubs when I was in my early twenties, and I had no clue it was viable, as a woman, to be a DJ. Sometimes you need to see someone else doing it to realise you can do it!
What are your top 5 tips for starting a podcast?
1. A podcast ‘mission statement’ is a great place to start.
2. There’s no need to fork out on expensive equipment straight away.
3. Don’t ask, don’t get! I’ve only had two guests say no so far.
4. Eye-catching branding - canva is a straightforward tool to use for this.
5. Work out who your target audience is, and the rest will follow.
Other than your Women in Music podcast, which other podcasts would you recommend?
Annie Mac’s Changes is incredible, as is Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail. There’s a wide range of guests and topics covered on both podcasts, and they’re such brilliant interviewers. Adrienne Herbet’s Power Hour is another great listen; it’s intriguing learning how various guests structure their days and routines.
From your podcast to DJing, what are your plans for 2021?
One thing I learnt in lockdown last year was to try and chill out a bit. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. I was knackered at the point of lockdown last year because of always looking ahead to the next thing and never really appreciating achievements as they were happening. I want to keep this mindset as the world opens back up, and everything else is a bonus!
#FCCreators x Millie Cotton Spotify Playlist
Millie has curated a Spotify playlist for you to listen to at home (or on your daily walks) featuring tracks from her Women In Music podcast guests, as well as some up and coming artists.