Lady v dubz
Vicky Wickenden has come a long way from the days of mixing at house parties around the South East London streets where she was raised. Over a decade since her debut set as the newly christened Lady V Dubz saw her playing alongside
Logan D and Lady MC, the queen of double drops has soared to international notoriety whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the main players in the Drum and Bass industry.
In 2009, V Dubz hooked up with long time friend MC Lady Blazer and began the female DnB collective, Feminine Takeover which led to their debut international performance in Lille in France. The duo would later rejoin forces to mastermind the GTA collective in 2014.
As her reputation grew far and wide, March 2010 saw Lady V Dubz approached by another South East London native, MC Fatman D with an offer of joining his Biological Beats agency. It wasn’t long before you could find her showcasing
her talent at events and on the radio with Fatman himself.
2010 proved to be an important year for V Dubz with her also joining forces with STUN London and FabricLIVE resident Macpherson, which saw her host residencies at Egg London and Café 1001. 2011 continued to see the international bookings flying in throughout Europe and an appearance on the mighty DnBTV with the Biological Beats crew. The following 12 months soon turned out to be one of the most pivotal times for V Dubz when she was spotted by Radio 1Xtra's DJ Bailey at the DEF:INITION Great Ormand Street Fundraiser. So impressed with her mixing skills and the crowd reaction, Bailey invited V Dubz onto his weekly show, a performance which drew serious interest from all over the scene.
In February 2013, V Dubz was voted Best Female DJ at the National Drum and Bass Awards, winning the award for the first time. Her profile continued to grow and in June of the same year V Dubz played her debut at the Sundance Festival
on the DEF:INITION meets Best Of The British arena with her set featuring Grima MC and Enamie becoming the most notable of the event. Later that year, she graced the decks at Breakin’ Science, One Nation and Sunbeatz in Ibiza
playing a few resident sets and a main stage set at the closing party at Summum. This would be the first of many visits to the Balearic island where she would begin to anchor herself as a force to be reckoned with. Her final
major booking of 2013 was a main stage set alongside her long time friend and legendary producer, Jayline at Nicky Blackmarket and Fatman D's Birthday Bash at the Coronet in London.
2014 saw the creation of the Girls Take Action collective, bringing like minded female emcees and DJs together from in and around the South East of England. This was a natural evolution from the Feminine Takeover days and saw V Dubz bringing in DJs Dutchie and Feline Reflex as well as emcees Enamie, Y-Zer, Dotty & Lady Blazer into the fold to name but a few. GTA have performed up and down the country and have sat in for Stamina MC on his Rinse FM show two years running and were chosen personally by him.
The following years saw V Dubz return to Ibiza where she played main stage at Sankey’s, Es Paradis and Zoo Project catapulting her firmly into international DJ stardom. In 2016 she played her debut set at Innovation in the Snow, Innovation in the Sun, Heatwave Festival in Mallorca and the biggest gig to date, Glastonbury Festival alongside Macpherson. Coverage such as this has earned her the respect of artists and fans alike and saw V Dubz awarded Best Female Artist prize at the Drum and Bass awards in both 2017 and 2018.
Not only content with DJing, V Dubz has joined forced with Macpherson to create the DubSon Sounds brand that is well known for its stage at the annual Hackney Carnival and showcases at huge festivals such as Glastonbury and
Boomtown. Under the watchful eye of Jayline, V Dubz has been turning her hand to production with interested already lined up from some major labels Lady V Dubz has proved her ability as a credible and skilled DJ behind the decks. The award winner will continue to rise through the ranks of the scene to demonstrate just why she is South East London’s Queen of DnB.
Websites: dubson.co.uk, girlstakeaction.co.uk