Special Request


Sat 3rd 1:00 - 3:00

The Valley

Grammy nominated, platinum-selling record producer Paul Michael Woolford aka Special Request has been working tirelessly for over 20 years both in DJ booths globally, and in a myriad of recording studios, to redefine and reinvent all shapes of dance music.

You are as likely to hear his music on the radio as you are in a basement club or on a runway for designers like Fendi, Givenchy, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and many others. He has built his own body of work under the name Special Request into a vehicle that can pretty much cover any creative endeavour, to the extent that the late Virgil Abloh designed the artwork for one of his releases. Woolford reworked Virgil’s debut single with Serpent With Feet ‘Delicate Wings’ for the 2021 release through Sony/Columbia.

Woolford has recorded 7 Essential Mixes for BBC Radio 1, released 4 mix compilations including most recently DJ Kicks 25 under his Special Request artist name, which was a Recommended release by Resident Advisor. As a DJ he tours relentlessly globally, and held down a 9 year residency at Space on Sundays in Ibiza, as well as a 7 year hometown residency at Back To Basics in Leeds, in addition to playing pretty much every respected serious venue of note globally. Woolford sites a combination of the raw energy and diversity of the pirate radio airwaves, a lifetime of collecting records and the enlightenment of his art school years as key influences.