Student Lorna fits the bill as a Radio 1 Superstar DJBy James Watkins
August 06, 2012
REACHING the final three of a BBC Radio 1 competition has given a University of Surrey student the confidence to pursue a career in the music industry.
Lorna Salmon, who performs as Fauxlo, entered a national contest called Superstar DJ, which had the prize of performing a set for the radio station in Ibiza.
Miss Salmon, who is a DJ for the Students' Union station, GU2 Radio, narrowly missed out on being in the final last Friday (August 3).
When the 21-year-old English literature and creative writing student received the original call from Radio 1 explaining that she had got a place in the competition, she said she felt ecstatic.
"I was just going in to do my placement year with no money, I was working a lot at Chancellors bar on campus and feeling ill and exhausted, and the call made me feel so much better," Miss Salmon said.
"I was running around, it was all so quick and I couldn't believe it."
When she arrived at the Radio 1 studios she had to complete a number of tasks, and she described her first one of having to perform a 10-minute mix from a choice of six CDs, each with 60 tracks, as "terrifying".
"I was half scared and half confident," she added. "It means so much to me and I just really wanted to try my best and show off my skills.
"Obviously I am upset I did not get through to the final but I was incredibly flattered to get into the final three.
"One way of looking at it, in terms of the Olympics at the moment, is that I am happy with a bronze medal. It is brilliant for my career. It is a springboard to push myself in the future.
"It has definitely given me brilliant experience and installed so much confidence in me.
"I will hopefully now work on a demo and bring out a few mixes off my own back."
She said that receiving compliments from Radio 1 listeners and DJs, and the exposure it had given her, had confirmed that she wanted a career in music.
"It was just by chance that people at GU2 Radio were asking for someone to DJ, and I just took the chance," she said.
"To be a DJ you have to be spontaneous and take chances."
She is hoping to play some shows at Surrey's Student Union and will be performing at the Wedgewood Rooms in her hometown of Portsmouth on Saturday, August 11.
To hear her work, visit www.soundcloud.com/fauxlo.