DISCWOMAN X MEXICO CITY 2016 WITH HEADLINER THE BLACK MADONNA

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JANUARY 8-9, 2016

Since we started in September 2014, we’ve curated women DJ events/festivals in over 8 cities, and we’re so excited to announce our event Discwoman: Mexico City, January 8-9. This event has been in the planning stages for almost a year, which has given us time to plan this great 11 DJ line up, the Discwoman family from New York and a stellar selection of women DJs and producers from Mexico this event is not to be missed.

January 8th’s event will be night filled with techno, live hardware sets from UMFANG (NYC), Volvox (NYC), Nina Sonik (MX), Demian Licht (MX), and live debut of Jenice (Zombies in Miami), MX. Our special guest will be: The Black Madonna.

We have rented out an entire hostel, in the cultural epicenter of the city, colonia Roma, which we invite all our friends to stay at for the weekend. The hostel will include some programming (talks/workshops etc) as well as being a home to our terrace party on January 9th which will boast 5 women playing more latin groove influenced electronic music, Esamipau (MX), Riobamba (NYC), BEARCAT (NYC), HD (NYC), Puma (MX).

We have worked with local Mexican booking and creative platform Derré Tidá and a percentage of profits will be benefiting a local non-profit organization, GIRE, which works for the defense of reproductive rights—including access to safe and legal abortion—for women in Mexico. Also the introduction of a new data poetic base that will visualise woman producers in Mexico and Latin America, Mucha Muchacha.

DISCWOMAN MEXICO CITY #1: PUMA

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When did you start DJing or producing?

It was more than 10 years ago, I remember because I was just getting starting college. One weekend before college, I played for the first time and it was a nice environment and friends responded well to the experience. Since then, each time I select music people keep on coming back with great feedback, so I was motivated to continue to share music.

First Gig in Mexico:

In 2010. I opened for Hercules and Love Affair´s first act in México City. It was a large room, full of 800 – 1000 people. I was so into my set and my music because I had been practicing and getting my set ready for a couple weeks at least. I really performed and let go. The result was so memorable, years after people still brought it up as a conversation theme when I saw them. From that, meant that delivering important experiences, when you connect with people is something that I hunt for when I am djing, or with my curatorial work in general.

Favorite party ever played:

I DJ’d at La Santanera Terrace, surrounded by friends and I had a wonderful blast! I just played a friend’s wedding in Mérida this past weekend. I still can´t stop laughing and remembering how great time we had together. i related with them through music. It is definitely an experience that will leave me marked for life, we were just discussing those kind of memorable experiences.

Favorite woman DJ:

Lena Wilikens – I recenty saw her set in MUTEK_MX, Wow, she had an accident in Mérida, broken leg. Still, got carried into the stage, sat down, drank red bull and smoke all through the set. Only looking down.  Concentrated on her set. So neural and intelligent sensibility. I think she is top 3 dj´s touring the world right now. I hope her career expands, I would be curious to see where she goes next.

Best record you´ve ever bought. ONLY ONE.

Record shopping with Matias Aguayo in México has been one of the most entertaining experiences I´ve had. He goes from Miami Sound Machine to Frankie Goes to hollywood in one hunt. I got a Claudia Barry record my father used to listen to, “Love for the sake of Love”

How would you define the term Discwoman?

It means a shift of a mindset. Of course it has a direct relation to women in music, but also, to the way culture has been built and imposed on us women. I am well aware that putting some attention in subtleties like this, can make a difference in order to help people expand the ways they have been taught to think about our surroundings and culture. So, can I also describe it as a political stance with a bit of humor?

What annoys you most when DJing/performing?

A bad sound system. It is painful to make to see, hear and play with.

Do you dance when you DJ?

I just don´t stop! I love to dance! Hands up and everything! Dancing is like a therapy for me, makes me feel very well the next day.

Can you DJ when wasted?

Yes. Not before, much more today. When I do a long club night from 1:30 AM to 6:00 AM you can cook up the crowd until the verge of you playing whatever you like. Fucked up at 5:00 am tastes like glory, yahoo!

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Cuándo empezaste a producir o ser dj?

Creo que fue por accidnete. Siempre he tenido una relación estrecha con la música, desde bebé, pero fue hace como diez años. Casi 11. Me acuerdo por que estaba justo entrando a la Universidad. Una semana antes de entrar, me fui de fiesta con amigos y en algún momento del fin, todos teníamos que atender al soundsistema y nunca dejarlo solo. Cuando me tocó a mi, una tarde, todos mis amigos estaban crudos y echados y disfrutaron mucho de mi selección. De ahí en adelante que cada vez que seleccionaba música, los escuchas siempre respondieron bien, motivándome cada vez más a seguir.

Tu primera tocada en México?

Voy a considerar como mi primer gig (no selector, no amateur) el ser tesonera en el 2010 para el primer gig de Hercules and Love Affair en el DF. Fue en el Covadonga y toqué frente a unas 800 o 1000 personas. Estuve súper en control, llevaba como dos semanas preparando ese set –y creo que se notó– que disfruté mucho la presentación, me dejé ir y conectamos. El resultado fue tan memorable que asistentes, años después, me seguían platicando cómo se acordaban de esa noche. Para mi, ese gesto me hizo entender que lo que busco cuando toco es tratar de generar experiencias que no se olviden al conectar con tu público.  que se queden contigo. Cosa difícil en estos momentos. Esto es algo que procuro no solo como DJ, sino con mi trabajo curatorial en general.

Tu fiesta favorita en la que has tocado?

Hay varios lugares que ya son como casa o favoritos. Me gustan las club nights mucho. Este año toqué en la Santanera en Playa del Carmen y fue una gran gran noche. Vengo de tocar en una boda en Mérida que me dejó marcada de por vida, justo hablábamos de esas experiencias. Y esa fiesta, no se olvida por todas las cosas maravillosas que pasaron en ella : )

Tu dj mujer favorita?

Lena Wilikens. La acabo de ver en Mutek_MX. Wow, justo, acababa de tener un accidente en Mérdia y traía una férula. la cargaron hasta el escenario, se sentó. Bebió Red Bull y fumó tabaco rolado las hora y media de su set. Muy concentrada, entregó una de las sensibilidades más neurales e inteligentes que he escuchado en mucho tiempo. Para mi, es de las top 3 Dj´s tureando el mundo ahora. Ojalá escale más su carrera, me encantaría ver que hace después.

El mejor disco que hayas comprado. Sólo menciona UNO.

Ir de compras con Matías Aguayo es una de las experiencias más entretenidas que he tenido. Me ha tocado comprar cosas con el desde Miami Sound Machine hasta Frankie Goes to hollywood. Con el encontré un disco de Claudja Barry que recuerdo tenía mi papá, Love for the Sake of Love, un himno del slow-mo disco.

Cómo definirías el termino de Discwoman?

Significa un cambio de mentalidad. Pero claro que tiene una relación directa con las mujeres en la música, pero también en como la cultura se ha construido e impuesto a nosotras las mujeres. Estoy muy consciente que el poner atención a temas como estos hará una diferencia para ayudar a cambiar la mentalidad de la gente y su percepción en la cultura. Asi que, podría describirlo como una acción política con algo de humor?

Qué es lo que más te molesta cuando estas tocando?

Un mal sistema de sonido. Aunque los estándares han subido mucho en México, hace cinco años, como sufría por la falta de buenos sistemas de sonido. Es horrible ver a alguien talentoso sufriendo por no tener las condiciones adecuadas para entregar su acto.

Bailas cuando tocas?

No paro! Me encanta bailar. Es de las cosas que más disfruto. Bailar es como terapia para mi. Me hace sentir bien al día siguiente, claro. Si es que ha valido la pena.

Puedes tocar hasta el huevo?

Últimamente si, antes no. Cada vez más seguido y es cuando mejor me la paso jaja* Cuando hago un gig largo de 1:30 a 6:00 trabajar al crowd para que a las 5:00 yo esté hasta el huevo y pueda tocar lo que yo quiera para auto-complacerme, es lo más gratificante de una noche en un club! Yahoo!

The Scene: Discwoman X NYC 2015

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Images + GIF + Words by Laura June Kirsch

September 22, 2015

Meet Brooklyn-based female music collective Discwoman. This past weekend, these women hosted a very successful one year anniversary party showcasing female DJ’s at Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick. These ladies strive to make positive changes for women in music across the board and are killing it.

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A year ago we sat down with founders Emma Burgess-Olson, Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson and Christine Tran (pictured above) to discuss the project before hosting their first event. The interview is after the jump.

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DISCWOMAN: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

In the past year we’ve worked with over 100 women DJs/producers in New York, Philly, Boston, Puerto Rico, Detroit, Montreal and Kansas City with Seattle, Toronto and Mexico City on the horizon. Not to mention launching our booking agency dedicated representing female-identified DJs/producers. Thank you for supporting the movement and all the women involved. It has been an epic journey.

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KATIE REX
SHY EYEZ

All proceeds benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders.

DISCWOMAN X BOSTON 2015

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April 25, 2015

Hosted by Pink Noise and BATHAUS

4:30P – 6:30P

Hangtime and Question Session with Discwoman at The Vibrary.
Chill out with Frankie, Emma and Christine of Discwoman and women of the Boston electronic music scene. DJ Lady Spindrift will spin and facilitate open decks! Sip coffee, ask questions and listen to some vinyl.

The Vibrary is located in the Democracy Center.
45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

9P – 1A

Pink Noise Presents Discwoman Boston at The Milky Way

Featuring DJ Sets by:
UMFANG
DJ DayGlow//Pink Noise
DJ Raq City


$7 cover 21+ a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center


The Milky Way
284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

1:30A
Technofeminism Afterparty
Hosted by Tameka Eastman-Coburn


Featuring live sets by:
UMFANG
BATHAUS
W00dy
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DJ Sets by:
Lychee
MSG

8-HOUR DISCWOMAN LIVE STREAM VIA EQUALIZE.TV

 

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DISCWOMAN / 8-HR LIVE STREAM @ STREAM GALLERY

8-hour, live video/audio stream | Installation by Nitemind

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DJ SETS BY
Juliana Huxtable / UMFANG / HD (DOOM DAB) / K|Rex (Factory Girls) / Ariele Max / ABBY / Bearcat / Mary S.

STREAM GALLERY / 1196 MYRTLE AVE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016

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Inaugural Discwoman NYC Festival @ Bossa Nova Civic Club

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The inaugural Discwoman NYC Festival was held at Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn, New York on Sept 19 and 20. All proceeds went to Sadie Nash Leadership Project, which aims to empower underprivileged young women in NYC and NJ. The following female DJs participated: Lauren Flax (CREEP), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum), Lauren Dillard, Volvox, Ana Lola Roman, Kim Anh, Beta Librae, Amber Valentine, Ciarra Black, Ariele Max, Bonnie Danger, Hannah Daly.