Michelle Cade is a London based composer, songwriter, producer, DJ and vocalist whose eclectic taste consistently leads her audiences on a unique sonic journey.
Blending ambient, tribal, dub, ethnic, and deep techno influences into her sets and compositions, Michelle's distinct ethereal vocals can be heard in much of her work. Using her voice, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and samples from her own field recordings, she creates a rich sonic tapestry through effects - layering, harmonising & transforming sound. Michelle blends the magic of live and sensory elements by working with musicians, instrumentalists and visual artist Taryn Jo (Prism Dynamics) who creates bespoke, intricate visual projections to accompany Michelle’s music.
Michelle writes music for the Sara Dos Santos Dance Company for their contemporary dance pieces, as well as developing music for yoga workshops and meditations. She collaborates with and supports African charity The Mayamiko Trust by DJing and producing music for their London fundraising events.
Releasing on underground labels including Berlin-based Kindisch Records, The Plot, and Secret Music, Michelle has played gigs at Katerblau Berlin, Fabric, Anjuna Deep Explorations, Kala Festival Albania, Kensington Palace, The Egg Club, Kensington Roof Gardens, Stamford Bridge Stadium, Cabinet Lounge Moscow, Fiction Cape Town, E’Social Link Soweto and many more.
Growing up in South Africa, Michelle’s love for the arts began early.
‘As a young dancer, I found magic in the combination of movement & expression with rhythm & sound - it was then that my excitement for music began.’ She was soon hooked on the endless possibilities of creating, crafting and expressing emotion through sound. Taking up drum and guitar lessons before moving to London in 2003, Michelle developed her unique style whilst enrolling in production and engineering courses, eventually developing her unique approach. She has since been hugely inspired by sharing her music in Cape Town and Soweto.
Fascinated by the science of sound as much as alternative cultures, traditional musical instruments and experimental rhythms, Michelle’s work is conceptual and emotive, as she constantly embraces both cutting-edge and ancient influences. Michelle is especially interested in the connection between music & nature. She explores how music has played a part in rituals, raising consciousness and inducing altered states of reality for thousands of years.