Lawless aka Gayle Dumont hails from south west London where she grew up, one of 7 (middle child) surrounded by varying musical influences. One of her older brothers was into Studio One, heavy dub plates and sound systems, the other was into his disco 45’s. Big sister was into punk and rock (bands like Bahaus & Southern Death Cult). Mum was listening to Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton and Grover Washington Jnr. She was always grateful for this varied musical exposure and thinks that this in part, helped shape her first love of Hip Hop & Rare Groove and all things soulful with a dash of Elton John thrown in for good measure. Collected lots of vinyl (Blue Bird records was a second home in the late 80’s).
But marriage and raising a family put paid to those dreams (as well as Mum getting rid of her vinyl……a sore subject that I don’t care to discuss……we are on speaking terms now). She listened to all the pirate radio stations, LWR, Horizon to name a few as well as Radio Jackie & Radio 1 (occasionally Radio Luxembourg on a Sunday afternoon) After a 10 year hiatus, Gayle was itching to re-enter the soul scene.
It was through a soul weekender that her love for all things soulful was reignited and she has never looked back. She dj’s on another well known online station (JFSR), does mixes for Mi-Soul and is a promoter/DJ for Rum Shop HQ where she runs a Weekender alongside some great friends called “Licks: Rhythm Assembly” now in it’s 8th year. She is also guest DJ at Sun & Soul Cyprus, Soul Village and on rotation at I Got Soul.