Sarah’s live sets are always long; a minimum of four hours and has been known to play nine hours (Alex Jame’s The Big Feastival, Oxfordshire) straight, weaving different genres throughout the night and always closing the last few hours with some deep, tech house music.
Sarah HB is a renowned DJ and broadcaster whose prolific career has seen her play on radio, in clubs and at events around the world for over 30 years. Since the mid-1980s she has championed the dance music scene bringing an eclectic mix of Deep House and Hip Hop to a global audience.
A born and bred Londoner, Sarah attended Chelsea School of Art after which she went on to become one of the first female dance music radio DJs when she joined Carl Cox, Tim Westwood and Sister Bliss on London’s infamous pirate station LWR.
In 1990 Sarah joined London’s Kiss FM, the first legal UK dance music radio station. Alongside her weekly specialist show on Saturday nights, Sarah presented every daytime slot during her eight years there – including the infamous Dangerous Breakfast show with co-host Dave Pearce. She also presented shows live from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago with guests and co-hosts including Danny Tenaglia, Josh Wink and Roger Sanchez.
After leaving Kiss in 1998, Sarah joined the Galaxy Radio network with her nationally syndicated radio show The French Touch – the first UK show dedicated to French house music featuring artists such as Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar and Saint Germain. At the same time she presented the networked Ministry of Sound radio show as well as guest slots internationally on Italia Network, Triple J (Australia) and Hot 97 (New York).
In 2000 Sarah was signed up by the BBC to present the weekend breakfast show on Radio 1 which quickly gained the highest weekend ratings second to the UK Top 40. During her tenure, she presented on every daytime slot and was also a regular host of Sunday night’s Dance Anthems.
Sarah currently hosts a monthly evening show on TWR (Totally Wired Radio) from East London’s record label Acid Jazz where her playlist ranges from House, Funk, Jazz, Reggae and Hip Hop to emerging music from around the world.
In 2011 she became a founder member of Sound Women, an organisation to support and promote the careers of women working in radio.
During the 1990s, Sarah was the label manager for independent record label Freetown Inc. With an artist roster including Masters At Work, Marshall Jefferson and Loleatta Holloway she managed the company’s day-to-day operations, artist tours and world licensing deals as well as A&Ring new product for both Freetown and its subsidiary SubWoofer.
Sarah has also put together compilations for Mastercuts, React Records, Phuture Trax, Strictly Rhythm and Streetsounds. She has written for music magazines such as Blues And Soul with her own column called Sarah’s House.
Sarah has played in leading clubs across America, Europe and Australia. In the UK she held residencies at the Ministry of Sound in London and the Sub Club in Glasgow as well as guesting at underground nights at, among others, Labyrinth and The Cross.
In the early 1990s, she was the first female DJ from the UK to tour Australia – alongside Paul Oakenfold, Graeme Parke, Sasha and The Prodigy
As a promoter, she has run many of her own clubs including Jus’ House, Cockroach City and Leave My Wife Alone.
As well as playing at private parties for leading figures in politics and the media, Sarah DJs at art events, festivals, fashion shows, and film premières from Frieze, to Batman to Alexander McQueen. She is currently the resident DJ at Soho’s Groucho Club where she plays regularly at showcase events, private parties and monthly on Friday nights.