Based in Auckland, NZ, Sabin has been at the leading edge of Auckland's underground house scene since she started playing in 1999 and learnt her trade throughout the land, becoming resident at venues and parties, such as SPQR, Velvet, Fu Bar and The Loft.
The night she unexpectedly had to fill in and spin some tunes for her drunken DJ boyfriend, she accidentally fell in love with DJing… and when she fell, she sure fell hard! Her boyfriend instructed her to just ‘blend the two records together… you know, just like you do at home’, but she promptly grew tired of that and thought, ‘f**k this, I’m gonna mix!’ She had certainly never daydreamed as a wee child about growing up and becoming a DJ! That fateful evening she ended up staying on the decks for about four hours and when the bar closed was reluctantly dragged home. Later, when she first experienced the overwhelming rush that comes from playing to a solid dancefloor, there was no cure, she was seriously hooked and her life would change forever.
In 2002 Rachael set off on her big overseas adventure. She stepped right out of her comfort zone and moved to London with the lofty, shimmering goal of travelling the world playing music. Along with her new DJ partner, Mark Pickering, she started a bi-weekly Saturday evening radio show on Worldwide FM, London’s original online radio station. The show ended up being the most popular on air, averaging at between three and four thousand unique listeners per show, logging on from all over the world. DJs would frequently contact Rachael to request a guest spot on The JADED Show, ‘cause the reputation for it being a blast had spread far and wide! Guests included Timo Garcia, Dean Webb, Andy Taylor, Derrick Carter, Anthea, Giles Smith, Jafar, Tim Red, Satsuma, Anthony Cox, Jen Gannon, Ben Jam, Dan Air and Jamie Winter.
Rachael has forged her own path as a purveyor of deep, emotive and sultry house and techno of the highest order. You can always rely on her to keep the audience entranced, she loves dropping a track that’s completely unexpected, hates doing the same mix twice and absolutely adores to surprise and delight her dancefloor. Her all-time favourite producers include Moodymann, Metro Area, Miguel Migs and Joshua.
While living abroad for three years, Rachael was in great demand. Residencies ensured she predominantly played in London, but she also played away in Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, York, Dublin, Glasgow, Pisa, Florence, Ibiza, Murcia, Barcelona, Croatia and Moscow.
She was lucky enough to play in some of London’s most famous clubs and pubs, such as Fabric, Home, The End, AKA, Cargo, Medicine Bar, Bar Rumba, 333, Mother Bar, Hoxton Bar & Grill, The Ten Bells, The Retreat, 93 Feet East, The White Horse, The Gate, Zigfreids, The Royal George, The Key, Egg, The Cross, Heaven, SE1, Bar Vinyl, Phoenix, The Pool Bar, Ruby Lo, Thirteen, Plan B, Nama Bar, and MOS.
Rach also played at some of the best promoted ‘real house’ nights in London including her own Sunday club, JADED, as well as Daycare, Fevah, Glorious, International Rescue, Soul Jam, Etiquette, Secret Sundaze, Spacifics, Deliquent Soul and On a Need to Know Basis, alongside DJ luminaries such as Maurice Fulton, Kenny Hawkes, Luke Howard, Ben Davis, Luke Solomon, Miles Holloway, Winston Hazel, Paul Murphy, Alison Marks, Andrew Casher, Tim Sheridan, Neil Moochin, Ewen Cameron, Yousef, Elliott Eastwick, Jo Mills, Tim Webster, Stuart Patterson, James Priestly, Tom Gillieron, Anthony Cox, Jason Spencer, Fidias Abellan and Jo Mills.
Rachael’s vibrant personality, impressive technical skills and unique ability to hypnotise and seduce the dancefloor ensure that she’s kept busy. Always keeping it real and playing the hottest deep house and techno – make sure you catch one of her sets soon. You’ll find her at Ink, or Red Bar in Auckland, as well as her residency at all Aum Productions festivals and events. She has promoted JADED and TECHNOLOGYSTOLEMYVINYLE club nights in Auckland in the past and now plays live and produces music as CLEVER BOX. She’s currently running some very successful gigs with a focus on live electronic acts and producers called CLEVER BOX & FRIENDS, as well as launching a new music and art collective called THE JOY ADMINISTRATION.