Carly’s debut track strikes a chord with house music fans

Local DJ and music producer Carly Wilford’s track ‘Generation X’ smashes the house charts with support from Idris Elba and Annie Mac.

Carly Wilford’s debut track ‘Generation X’ has proved a huge tech house hit across the globe – less than a year after she decided to start making music, writes Jon Boyle.

But this will come as little surprise to anyone who knows Carly – who was the winner in the music and entertainment category at the MK Women Leaders Awards 2020 – as everything she touches seems to turn to gold.

The multi-skilled Carly has thrived as a personal trainer, radio show host, TV presenter and DJ, as well as launching her own meditation and wellbeing platform last year.

And now she can add music producer to that list after being inspired to start making music a year ago when she saw a statistic that only 2% of women are music producers.

She began her journey by joining Toolroom Records’ Academy Course, honed her skills during lockdown, then released her debut single ‘Generation X’ with Mr. V on Toolroom Records within 10 months of laying down her first beat on the course.

The song has reached number 4 in the Traxsource tech house chart and was included on the album ‘Leaders of the New School’, which reached number 1 in the Beatport tech house chart.

Generation X has travelled far and wide, gaining support from the likes of Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Jaguar and Arielle Free on Radio 1, TCTS and Ben Malone on Kiss FM as well as landing key spots in Spotify’s top editorial playlists.

The track has also received global DJ and producer support from Idris Elba, Mark Knight, Eli Brown, Martin Garrix, David
Guetta, Jamz Supernova, LP Giobbi and Wh0.

Carly, who has just moved back to the local area, said: “Recently I came back to my roots and I couldn’t be more proud to have released my first track while living here.

“It’s been so humbling hearing Generation X being played regularly on the radio and achieving so much support from people I respect.

“The other week I went out to the supermarket for my Friday night out and when I got back in the car I heard Annie Mac playing my track live on BBC Radio 1.

“Annie is one of the reasons so many of us are inspired to keep reaching higher in the music industry.

“I’m so massively humbled and grateful to her and her team, and to everyone who has supported the track.”

Follow Carly on Instagram at @carlywilford or visit her website

This feature was published in the April and May 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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