NightLife : The Big Gig: It's sheer Bliss to be back in Brum; FAITHLESS NIA, Birmingham, Monday, Dec 5.Byline: LISA The first personal computer to include integrated software and use a graphical interface. Modeled after the Xerox Star and introduced in 1983 by Apple, it was ahead of its time, but never caught on due to its $10,000 price and slow speed. SMITH
WHEN Faithless roll into Birmingham on Monday night on the latest leg of their Forever Faithless tour it will be a real homecoming for Sister Bliss.
For the DJ - real name Ayalah Bentouim - played her first ever gig at a house party in the city back in 1987 while studying for a degree at Birmingham University Birmingham University, at Birmingham, England; founded 1900. It has faculties of arts, science, engineering, medicine and dentistry, commerce and social science, law, and education and continuing studies. .
But Bliss, who was at the forefront of the house music scene and one of its first female DJs, guiltily admits she never completed the course as her ability on the decks took over. She tells the Birmingham Mail The Birmingham Mail is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, UK but distributed around Birmingham, The Black Country, Solihull, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. : "I am not proud to admit I jacked in my degree after just two years because my DJ-ing was taking over.
"I went home one summer to play a few gigs in London and never went back. I know it doesn't set a good example but then I suppose I haven't done badly from choosing music as a career!"
Just a fortnight ago Bliss was in Birmingham again at Godskitchen and admits the city is one of her favourite places.
She says: "When I was a student I was always playing at the Moseley Dance Centre and Snobs. Being at Gods at Air - which is a great venue - reminded me how cool the scene is in Birmingham."
Bliss, who joined DJ Rollo to form Faithless in 1995 still can't quite believe the response they get when they play gigs like the forthcoming one at the NIA on Monday.
She says: "I love festivals, but our own studio tours are awesome too. I still get blown away when I see everyone's hands go up and they start jumping up and down the minute Insomnia starts.
"Some of our fans were part of the rave scene and are still very nostalgic about us, but the fact that Forever Faithless - the album - has sold one million copies so far suggests we also have a whole new generation of followers out there."
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