DISCWOMAN 07 x stud1nt

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stud1nt, a member of queer artist collective KUNQ, gives us our latest mix. a mesmerizing 30 minutes of sounds that pair their own productions with some of our favorite local producers such as DJ Haram, quest?onmarc, NA Nguzu, & HITMAKERCHINX. Read more about them below whilst listening to this power of a mix.

Tell us about this mix
Euphoric accidents in rhythm and extended blends.

When did you start DJing?
Mid-college. I was isolated in Middlebury, Vermont after growing up in Queens and going to GHE20G0TH1K, 285 Kent, Glasslands, any-kind-of-music shows almost every weekend. I tried to come home as much as possible, but it was easier and more cathartic to create my own sound palette.

First gig:
Opening for Venus X, Brenmar, Alvaro Diaz and Fuete Billete at Santos Party House.

Favorite party ever played:
I threw a word-of-mouth New Year’s party this year in a 90s residential loft with the KUNQ crew, Tygapaw, Kala, Todd P, and Jesse Hlebo. We set up the DJ booth and fog machine in the living room, the kitchen was as our bar, and there were 4 bedrooms with mattresses intact that we installed LEDs in. It was pretty surreal.

Papi Juice and Joey LaBeija’s Legendary.

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Fave DJ:
SHYBOI, Juliana Huxtable, Mike Q

Fave producer:
DJ Haram, Syd the Kid

Pet peeve when DJing
Sound guys getting on stage to “fix” things soon as I start. I’m always baffled like I’m DJing and you’re not for a reason. DJs standing over my shoulder for track IDs. Requests.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever received?
In terms of DJing, a bunch of people have told me they play DETENTION “religiously”. I kind of made it like that, too.

Place you’d like to play:
In the middle of a desert or below a waterfall.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m a perfectionist learning to let go of control.

INTERVIEW: TT THE ARTIST

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This week, we are featuring TT the Artist, who will be performing at Discwoman’s upcoming party in Baltimore today.

TT has earned her title as a multidisciplinary artist in every right. One of the most hard-working artists in the underground music scene, she’s involved in everything from MCing and singing to filmmaking, fine arts, and creative direction—she even produces her own visuals.

Drawing influences from Miami Bass, Baltimore club, hip-hop and EDM, TT has collaborated with big names such as Diplo in “Dat A Freak” and Baauer in “Make It Bang.”

At her core, she’s a “Fly Girl”—a feminist-inspired ethos she first paid tribute to in the track and music video off her Art Royalty EP. Her second release Queens continued this theme of female empowerment, paying homage to women of color in the media who have defied discrimination and other odds stacked against them. We can’t wait for her forthcoming debut album Queen of the Beat—which features songs like “Dig” a party banger with soca, Miami bass sounds.

Check out our interview with TT the Artist below.

Words Nadine Blanco // Photos Thats CALY // Wardrobe Joshua Hollman

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What’s the story behind your artist name? Is TT The Artist a sort an artistic alter-ego?

TT was a nickname I got in college and I always wanted people to know that I am an all-around artist, not just musically. So, TT The Artist isn’t an alter ego—more like who I really am.

Tell us about the current Baltimore club scene and why it’s important to you, both creatively and personally?

The Baltimore club music scene today exist in pockets. Right now it’s very underground and consists of the Baltimore club dance community, as well as old and new school DJs and performers who are pushing the sound forward.

On the outside looking in, many people have the impression that the scene died when DJ K Swift passed away. K Swift was a well known female DJ who kept [Baltimore] club music in heavy rotation in the clubs and on the radio. She was connected with the DJs and the dance community, so when she passed there was a void in the scene. Over the years, with the closing of venues and spaces for the club music community, the scene went under the radar, but it never died. It’s very much alive.

Presently, the local club scene is organizing itself and actively taking ownership of this homegrown gem. I was attracted to the sound of club music because I grew up in Florida and was heavily influenced by Miami Bass music. So the beats and sounds of club felt nostalgic for me and it was natural connection.

In 2009, I recorded my first club record “Let Me Show Em” on a project with the Yo Boys. I was in a room full of guys who were very serious about the music and I felt like I had to earn my stripes and write a dope verse… and I did lol. Creatively, I love the percussive sounds of club music and people connect with the music. It’s important to push the sound because for many people in the club community this is all they have as an outlet of expression.

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Before your music took off, what was your life like and what were you doing?

I don’t feel like my music has taken off yet to be honest. I have so many goals and feel like I am just getting a toe through the door. The only thing I do that is different is work harder. I have become a perfectionist. I invest more time and money in my craft. I am fully independent right now so it involves self-funding all of your projects unless you get a grant or some backing from an investor. I also study business more so I am educated on best practices in my profession.

How and when did you start exploring your passion for music?

I was a freshman in high school. One of my home girls was a rapper and she use to battle rap all the boys and win. That’s when I knew I wanted to rap. I admired the fact that I could be respected for my voice and the things I said. I professionally started pursuing music after I graduated from college. I was living in New York at the time traveling back and forth to Baltimore. I eventually moved back to Baltimore in 2009 and started performing and building my name up in the local scene.

Your song “Fly Girl” is a message to empower girls across the world. What do you hope to achieve with your Fly Girl movement?

The Fly Girl movement is an everyday way of life. It’s all about empowering women to tap into there power and passions in life. It’s about being strong in a time of adversity and understanding your purpose. I want to be a positive role model and spokesperson for you for Girls. I used to teach so I have a special connection with the youth.

Tell us about Art Royalty—what kind of statement were you trying to make about yourself as an artist with this debut solo EP?

On my Art Royalty EP, I wanted to introduce people to my sound. Art Royalty has reocurring themes of sexual freedom in songs such as “Pum Pum” and “Pussy Ate.” I also wanted to do some fun records that would really work in the clubs like “Imma Shake” and “Giddy Up.” I wanted to fuse the Baltimore club sounds with more structure through tracks that have hooks and verses like “Thug It Out” and “Let Me See,” which at the end I give shouts to a few pioneers in the Baltimore club movement.

“Lavish” was that one track where I really wanted to showcase a more traditional lyrical rap style, which is also a big part of my style when I do full out rhymes. “Freaky Life” is one of those songs that really meshed everything together and at same time introduced something new.

What advice would you give to beginners and other women DJs/vocalists out there?

Be yourself. Develop your sound. Ask questions and build a thick skin. Also study and learn everything you can about your craft. Understand the history and respect those who have paved the way for you. Remain humble and be open minded. Don’t put yourself in a box.

Why do you believe women representation in music is important?

Because women can offer an entire new shade to the spectrum. We have different experiences that a man could never articulate. Too much of one thing is never good and gets boring after a while. We need all types of women, all shapes, sizes and shades need to be represented. It’s important that young girls and the millennial babies have more realistic reflections of themselves. Women are just as talented as men and it’s time for the industry to let us in.

However, we have to take ownership as well. We need to collaborate with each other more and stop being scared that someone is going to overshadow you. See, I have the mind of a business woman. The way I see it is if I work with other women artists who are doing big things we can do epic things together—and then who can stop us? Why do you think so many male artist collaborate? They know how to capitalize off of each other’s networks. We have to stop waiting for the industry to change and make the change ourselves.

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What should we expect from your upcoming Discwoman performance?

I bring a lot of energy and crowd interaction in all my performances. I will also be performing some of my new music, so I’m excited about the show! I recommend wearing your favorite pair of dance shoes lol.

Which song do you perform most frequently during your sets, and why?

Anytime I perform my song “Pussy Ate” the response from the crowd is always the same: mouths open wide, shock, and laughter …it’s priceless. “Pussy Ate” is a fun record and truthfully I think it’s how a lot of women feel or think lol

What are you working on next?

My debut album Queen Of The Beat is dropping soon. I’ll be doing more touring and hope to go overseas to play some shows. I am working on a couple of film productions and creating new art. I am also developing a youth-led mural program called Proverbs, which will allow inner city youth to explore street and public art through a series of workshops. This summer and fall I will also be hosting Baltimore club and dance concert series called a Rock Off Shake Off. Last but not least, I host a monthly open mic series called The Wav at The Windup Space every first Monday. It’s gonna be a productive season for me and I am excited about all my new and future ventures.

What artist or collective deserves recognition and attention right now?

I am excited to be featured on this new production duo called Hands Up!’s upcoming project. Hands Up! is a Baltimore-based production team consisting of two producers Mighty Mark and Mike JR. They will be putting out a lot of fresh new Baltimore club music. Their productions are definitely what the game has been missing.

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DISCWOMAN 06 x MARCELLINE

I first listened to Marcelline when she played our Lot Radio show months back. We met her through DJ Haram who she runs ATM with in Philly. The layers and layers of sounds she using was so compelling, so couldn’t actually wait too ask her to do mix for us. And it’s just as compelling as the first time we heard her, a politicized collage of sounds that make you stop, listen, meditate and dance. Check her mix/Q&A below

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photos: Tiph Browne

Tell us about this mix
MAPPAMARCELLINEMANTRA04: Pulling Out Red From Her Sexe is the score that accompanies a performance of the same name, both of which premiered at the #BlackGirlLit exhibition organized by Dell Hamilton at Five Myles Gallery. The sound foliage is an exercise in suspending time with sequences of gestures accurately matched to points of transitions within the mix in order to amplify the moods that the choreography evokes. Informed by Audre Lorde’s text “Uses Of The Erotic: The Erotic as Power” MAPPAMARCELLINEMANTRA04 deals with the subject of the erotic as “deeply female and spiritual” untapped resource of energy and power for womxn and non-binary femmes. Its predominant function is to enhance our knowledge of ourself beyond superficiality, giving more intentional room to richer feelings such as joy and pleasure. It’s a way to be more sensitive to our own inner truths and how we can use our personal experiences to form more productive bonds with each other.

When did you start DJing?

My desire to build and experiment with soundscapes developed out of a necessity to have
more control over the atmosphere I create during performances. Back in January 2015, after
feeling frustrated with my school administration’s lukewarm response to the Baltimore
uprising, I made a conscious decision to be even more disruptive in the art spaces that I
exhibited by bringing what was happening in the street right into the ivory tower. As an artist working with the body as my primary medium, one of the impulses was to make a lot of noise so I fabricated a series of sculptures that would also function as homemade instruments. Those objects felt really impotent once combined with my own vocals and at that moment I realized how slow I am for not initially taking an easier route: Music.

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First gig:
“Edge Control” which is a quarterly function organized by BALTIGURLS

Favorite party ever played:
#ATMDATA. I technically djed for the first time at ATM back in August, which was also my first time attending the party. A week before I formally met SCRAAATCH and Dj Haram after performing at Rockers, a longstanding DIY/underground festival in Philly that was organized by Moor Mother. In keeping up with the momentum of having introduced some of my work to folks in Philly, I reached out to them asking to get put on the bill for the next party with intentions of doing a straightforward DJ set. The night of the party I ended up not only doing a dj set but also a brief performance that accompanied the soundscape Bearcat composed to honor the late Sandra Bland.

Fave DJ
My boo ISABEJJA, I remember a period of time right after she began DJing two years ago in Baltimore where she was booked for like 10 weekends back to back cause she always delivered really fire sets.

Fave producer
My friend Jared Brown just released a “Techno Myth” a week ago that everyone should check
out, including an interview I conducted with them about the production of MYTH 0:001.

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Pet peeve when DJing:
People not enjoying my set then subsequently coming up to the DJ station to make a request
that I’d play something they like.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
During a performance series curated by Whitney Vangrin at Company Gallery at the end of
May, I read and performed some of the personal writing that informs the
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tracks project. Afterwards, Skyshaker who I had just seen perform alongside NON at RBMF came over to congratulate me on the performance even commenting that he was impressed with the selection of tracks I had mixed to lay vocals on top of.

Place you’d like to play:
Not a place per say but my parents have never seen me perform live so that would be a major
accomplishment, you know, just to muster up the courage to face them in that way or for
them to become open enough to see me that exposed.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
One of my life goals is to perform at a queer wedding so whoever can make that happen
should definitely, lol, she’s available for bookings.

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Track list:
Marcelline & Sunatirene_Pt.1 A Spell, Pt. 2 A Rare Sound
Quay Dash_Ain’t Gon Stop It
ANGEL HO_REVOLVER
Arca_Xen
O S_PROSTHETIC
House of Ladosha_Total Domination
Beyonce_6 Inch
Dj Haram_So Fucking Money
Celestial Trax_Together
Quest?on Marc_Golden Dawn
Lawd Knows_Endgame Savage (rough edit)
Sofia Reta_Control
Akito_Two Chevrons
Gil_OCD
Abdu Ali_Did Dat
Leonce_Untitled
FAKA_Ama Gwynia
Dj Rashad_On Your Face
Dj BeBeDeRa_Gangsta Guetto Zouk
Jocelyne Labylle_J’ai D’epose Les Cles

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DISCWOMAN 05 x ABBY

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I met Abby at Tandem Bar (RIP) initially bonding over biscuits and gravy, nguzunguzu and Total Freedom. Abby’s mix for Discwoman is lit. Upon first listen made me rip my clothes off and run around my apartment. Can’t wait to reunite in Detroit for an epic DW showcase.

 

when did you start djing?
5 years ago i started to dabble in Detroit.   Didn’t start doing it seriously until 2013 maybe (s/o to DW boss Christine for my first NYC gig!!!)  I also made my first ‘mix’ when i was 8 and still have the CD 😉

first gig?
An art opening for my friend in Detroit .. Dj’d as ‘DJ Abby Wabby’ ha ha.  That night was crazy… If you’re my friend and i trust you i’ll show you the horrible promo video

favorite party ever played?
I dj’d a Dagger party at spectrum (RIP) and it was the most insane 4 hour Dj sprint of my life .  My set was from 430-830 am & there were people there going crazy til the very end.  Once the sunrise started to come through the skylight i played way more chill stuff that i love like cocteau twins & this mortal coil .. very rare that you will see me dj ‘calm’ music.  it was a very magical (and exhausting) night

fave DJ
i have two favorite DJ’s for two very different sides of me .. if i wanna relax or study or whatever, I always listen to any mix made by Ramzi.  If i wanna rage and embrace crazy Abby I go straight to Jikuroux from Sydney’s page.  Have yet to see Jikuroux live but i pray that changes!

fave producer
i got to spend two weeks playing shows w/ Air Max ’97 and he has the most insane & impressive secret stash of tunes and bootlegs i’ve ever seen.  He also shared so much helpful abelton & production knowledge with me that he taught to himself so I have eternal respect for him as my producer sensei

pet peeve when djing
Last time I played in NYC they had the entire sound system plugged into one janky ass loose power strip and I kicked it within 5 min of my set and shut every thing down . Really killed my mood !! Keep loose cords away from me please I am very clumsy

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
i dont know!!!  i’ve encountered so many nice amazing people that have made me feel wonderful…. but the funniest compliment for music i’ve ever heard was this youtube comment I jus read on some detroit rap song that says: ‘every body I fuck tired of this song……’ my new goal is to produce something that makes somebody want to say this to me

place you’d like to play?
In the middle of Times Square on a giant revolving DJ platform with all of the mega screens in my control

something you want everyone to know about you
My mom saw nine inch nails live while she was pregnant with me I think it explains a lot

 

[LISTEN] DISCWOMAN 04 x Yaeji

 

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Yaeji came to our attention through her fire set at The Lot Radio recently, then discovered that she is part of the Godmode crew (our office neighbors), then we asked her to do a mix and this shit is healing, spiritual and includes a Sisqo sample so we’re in love. She plays UMFANG and Beta Librae’s Technofemnism party on Thursday. Check out her and Q+A:

 

When did you start DJing?
I started about 3 years ago at the WRCT radio station.

where was your first gig?
It was at a venue called Shadow Lounge in Pittsburgh that sadly no longer exists :'( I was spinning off of Traktor on my laptop and had a wrinkled piece of paper filled with notes for transitions.

favorite party ever played?
One at a small record store in New York called Village Music World. At one point I dropped Jessy Lanza’s Kathy Lee and everyone started singing along!

favorite woman dj
SOSUPERSAM is someone that really inspired me when I started djing. She’ll always take up a special place in my heart.

best record you’ve ever bought 
So tough!! Since I only get to share one, I’d have to say Mall Grab’s Alone EP on Shall Not Fade. There’s not a single Mall Grab jam that I haven’t enjoyed.

how would you define the term discwoman?
Discwoman is a term that’s shaking the music scene’s comfort zone.

pet peeve when djing
An inevitable one is when i’m too short for a booth and require something to stand on.
A totally not inevitable one is when people have song requests.

do you dance when you dj?
Yes!! I can’t help but move when I hear any danceable sound in any given context. I’m also learning more and more to enjoy myself while on stage just as much as I want my listeners to.

can you dj when wasted?
Yes and no. I definitely feel like i’m having my best set when I dj drunk, but listening to the recorded mix afterwards always suggests otherwise.

what’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Someone told me that I remind them of when they first listened to Björk in high school! It was hard to believe!

place you’d like to play?
At Cakeshop back in my hometown, Seoul :)

something you want everyone to know about you
Music is the most inclusive language of all—I’ve realized this over and over. I really hope music continues to be the way i find others and others find me.

[Listen] Discwoman Mix 03 by Jasmine Infiniti

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Jasmine Infiniti is a non binary trans person of color artist and DJ who was born and raised in the Bronx and now resides in the Bay, they are an integral part of the New York vogue house, House of Infiniti . This mix is a hype 30 minutes of beats and sounds that makes us feel positive, forward thinking and all about the future.  They’ll be playing our party this weekend in Oakland. Peep their quick Q+A below:

When did you start DJing?
Spring/Summer 2015

First gig in the bay:
New World Dyorder’s second party at Crate in Downtown Oakland. A party called .WAV .

Favorite party ever played:
I have two fave parties for two separate reasons; one where a bunch of ppl came (Quay Dash and Scorpion Warrior also played) and my computer had a seizure, I literally pulled songs out of my ass. Another, where I did an amazing set but nobody was really at the event but I had a blast playing for the few people who showed up. It was one of my most fun sets at Qilombo and I didn’t think to record it so it was like an awesome lived experience.

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Favorite DJ
Venus X, I briefly interned for her and helped out with finding dope music, even then she was someone I really looked up to as an artist and just straight up go getter. I also have been inspired by people like Honey Dijon.

Best record you’ve ever bought
Fiona Apple, “When the pawn”. Paper Bag was my favorite on that. It just really spoke to me at the time, I was very angsty, and young.

“Pet peeve when DJing”
When people interrupt to chat me up when I’m trying to mix. Like it’s actually really hard to carry on a conversation.

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Do you dance when you DJ?
I totally dance when I mix, I love music, I love to dance and it helps me keep on beat. But sometimes I get carried away.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
That I was a goddess and that it felt as though I put a spell on the dance floor.

Place you’d like to play:
I’d like to get the chance to play somewhere dark and scary, like a dark club in Berlin or totally contrary like a giant beach party in Ibiza.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
That through music I have finally found a sense of belonging, and a way to express myself to the world and that I am thankful.

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