People often complain that politicians nowadays can’t connect with young people, but that could all change if Chuka Umunna is elected as the new Labour leader.
It turns out that Streatham MP, Umunna, is an actual former UK garage DJ and music journalist.
He put his name forward as one of the candidates for the Labour leadership yesterday, following the resignation of Ed Miliband after the party failed to win the UK General Election last week.
The current Shadow Business Secretary told the Independent in 2011 that his music tastes include ragga, jungle, hip-hop, soul, U.S house and UK garage.
The 36-year-old even sat down with DJ magazine in the lead-up to the election and spoke about his love of the garage scene.
The appeal was that there was no element of us seeking to mimic what people were doing in the U.S — it was a very British sound, and it just completely captured my imagination.
I first started writing about it on a freelance basis for Touch Magazine, which was the offshoot of Kiss FM. Then when I was at university, I bought some decks — they were very old school decks, belt-driven.Advertisement
Umunna used to DJ on the London club scene in the mid-90s “before it became really big”, and he claimed that his DJing was “strictly vinyl”.