DISCWOMAN: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

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GIF by Laura June Kirsch

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.

DJ SETS BY
HONEY DIJON
JULIANA HUXTABLE
SANDUNES
STAR EYES
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 Q+A: SINGAPORE’S ATTAGIRL!

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Interview with A/K/A AND DURIO: 2/3 of Singapore’s women DJ collective ATTAGIRL! Playing W Hotel FOR DISCWOMAN July 8, 2015

When did you start DJing? 

A/K/A: I learned a couple of tricks from friends and took a short little course when I was 17, but I properly started Djing in 2012 when I joined the FFF Girl DJ Bootcamp in a month long program founded by some of the best female DJs in Singapore.

DURIO: End of 2012

How did ATTAGIRL! come about?

A/K/A: We all met at the bootcamp, Serene (Durio), Shy (Jaydah) and I (AKA). A year on after that, Serene and I were catching up over drinks, and thought perhaps we should start some project together following up from our FFF mentors. We thought to start parties to encourage girls to get creative together and pulled Shy in. The rest was history.

First gig in Singapore:

A/K/A: The FFF Bootcamp graduation party. It was held at the Wine Bar in Zouk, the oldest, and one of the best clubs in Singapore.

DURIO: FFF Girl DJ Bootcamp graduation bash

Favorite party ever played: 

A/K/A: I haven’t played many big gigs, but I got my first opportunity this year to play Beats and Beyond with party promoters Good Times and Singapore label Darker Than Wax. Nothing feels better than playing with people you really respect, and for friends who truly support and enjoy your selection.

DURIO: ATTAGIRL! parties! And a memorable one in Malaysia where i DJ for a charity event on a rooftop in an old heritage street filled with people.

Favorite woman DJ: 

A/K/A: B.Traits, Annie Mac, Ikonika, Mary Ann Hobbs, TOKiMONSTA, Maya Jane Coles, Singaporean DJs Reiki and Angela Flame.. Some of the few that I love for different kinds of music.

DURIO: I have big love for my talented ATTAGIRL! partners, and many Singapore based DJs. Besides that, current fav will be Ikonika and Madam X.

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Best record you’ve ever bought: 

A/K/A: This is so hard. But ok, I’ll go with Underworld’s live album Everything Everything. This was the one that started it all for me in 2000. It still brings back a lot of memories.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?

A/K/A: Innovation, progression, fun.

DURIO: Discwoman bring girls together through music (Just like ATTAGIRL!).

Pet peeve when DJing:

A/K/A: When people come up and say I should play something more “trancey”, “fist-pumping”, “less boring” or anything else. It’s rude, we aren’t just entertaining you, at least make a polite request instead of demanding music as if the whole club belongs to you.

DURIO: No drinks.

Do you dance when you DJ?

A/K/A: I guess! I move a little, haha.

DURIO: Depending on how much drinks i’ve had.

Can you DJ when wasted? 

A/K/A: I tried, and I wouldn’t recommend doing that too often.

DURIO: Better then ever!

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

A/K/A: From a DJ in Tokyo who listened to my set on dublab.jp and said it was so enjoyable and I should be playing for one of the most respected bass nights in Tokyo. My heart swelled.

Place you’d like to play: 

A/K/A: Anywhere that has good people and good vibes.

DURIO: NYC (Dream come true!), Berlin, London, Tokyo, any parts of the world!

Something you want everyone to know about you:

A/K/A: I really like instant noodles. Just don’t eat too much of that though, you might lose all your hair :)

DURIO: I’m in love with the coco..nut drinks!

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DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #6: FRANKIE TEARDROP

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When did you start DJing?
I started DJing 2 years ago at my first event.

First gig in Montreal:
My first gig was in Vancouver at an event called WiG.

Favorite party ever played:
Oh my god so many I can’t choose. Probably TRYST, a secret queer after hours thrown by the great J’vlyn and Dani. Or my last LIP event at Poisson Noir.

Favorite woman DJ:
Mmm Yung Bambii.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Downtown Boys, Full Communism! (I don’t mix with their music but they’re one of my fave bands from Providence).

How would you define DISCWOMAN?
Discwoman has created a space for women/female-identified DJs  to show their talent. Each night is a full line up of rad DJs who play together and bring attention to this otherwise male-dominated scene. Discwoman is a place for everyone to witness skilled female (and/or identified) DJs who have a voice for change and music to dance to.

Pet peeve when DJing?
Dudes coming behind the booth to ‘help me DJ’ by either pushing buttons on my mixer, asking me if I know what kind of controller I am using, taking my headphones off me and putting them on, or touching my duct tape outfits aka me.

Do you dance when you DJ?
YES, THAT’S WHY IM THERE.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Liquid courage helps me feel fearless sometimes so I guess I can. I find Im sloppier when I’m stiff, nervous, and trembling on stage but then again I don’t like to drink every time I DJ so I had to get over that.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“You taught me so much.” From a sweetie friend who came to LIP and saw me DJ with my two other queer DJ friends. He started Dj’ing and has been nervous to enter into the competitive bro-dominated Dj scene and saw that there ARE different environments where DJs have fun dancing, playing music, encouraging each other, and are queer and friendly as hell.

Place you’d like to play:
SAT dome, its happening July 16! Berghain next year pls.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I play in a band called Ursula and I run a fest with my partner called Slut Island. See you on Saturday!

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #5: HEIDY P

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When did you start DJing?
I started 10 years ago. I used to have a radio show, Ce soir on danse, on a college radio. A friend asked if I’d like to try DJ at one of his night and I loved it so much, the next week I was begging a local club owner to let me start a weekly on Sundays.

First gig in Montreal:
That will have to be that night my friend let me play at Saphir, it was around Christmas and I was playing a lot more rock’n’roll back then.

Favorite party ever played:
A party in a downtown Detroit loft. We got to play the window open until really late. No cops showed up. The crowd was just amazing. It ended with the remaining people going to the casino around 8am, all dressed up in leopard fur coat.

Favorite woman DJ:
Miss Kittin is the reason I got into electronic music but these days I follow Steffi, Cassy, DJ Minx and I’m so obsessed with The Black Madonna that I’m taking a 24h trip to Toronto to go see her at A Club Called Rhonda.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
My mine “Hypnotic Tango”. Just because it’s the one record that made me want to start digging. I had just moved to Berlin and went to this amazing Italo Disco party. The next day I was record shopping and the first song I listened to was this record that happened to have blown my mind the night before!

How would you define the DISCWOMAN? 
A community that put women talents up front.

Pet peeve when DJing: 
When I have a male friend with me in the booth while I DJ and people come up to him thinking he’s the one doing all the job. It did save me from annoying special requests though.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes, but throughout the years I realized I play my best sets sober.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
That I was really good at reading a crowd and I was able to take them on a journey.

Place you’d like to play?
Anywhere really! Travelling and playing music for people, discovering record stores, finding out about different scenes, in different cities is just what I like to do. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
Disco is my first love.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #4: BABI AUDI

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago

First gig in Montreal:
February 2013, r.i.p afterparty spot called The Fall

Favorite party ever played:
Notsuoh in Houston in winter 2013

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Spontaneously I’d say Comme à la radio by Brigitte Fontaine and Chicago Art Ensemble is memorable for me, maybe not THE best but one of the heaviest in term of inspiration

Favorite woman DJ:
Uniiqu3

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Wavy, curly, power

Pet peeve when DJing:
No sub

Do you dance when you DJ?
All the time

Can you DJ when wasted?
I am better when wasted.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
«You’re on some real shit dude»

Place you’d like to play:
Missy Elliot’s private mansion v.i.p pool/spa section party?

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I produce beautiful music, check it out.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #3: DJBOYZCLUB

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago, 2009, my first year of university

First gig in Montreal:
I believe it was a university residence semi-formal event, I wore my high school prom dress & played a lot of electro house.

Favorite party ever played:
I played this sweet house party in Saskatoon where I went b2b with a couple dudes. I played cellular grime songs & various tracks at really weird tempos till 6am.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Analog Soul (Jacky Sommer + DatKat), Ellen Allien, Avalon Emerson, & The Black Madonna are five who are extremely influencial and always inspiring to me.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Probably DJ Deeon – Induced EP because at least 50% of the tracks are about sex and 100% of them are ghetto house

How would you define DISCWOMAN?
Fierce DJs & producers who happen to be female.

Pet peeve when DJing?
Drinks anywhere near the decks and dudes not letting me do my thang

Do you dance when you Dj?
YAS, it makes me sad when DJs don’t look like they’re having fun :(

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes, and I am willing to take more risks, especially with cheesy songs.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Probably when Avalon Emerson said I was good, because it came from her and she is an amazing woman!

Place you’d like to play:
Panorama Bar at 8am, anywhere in Detroit, a Christian Dior or Raf Simons runway show, Italy, Japan, Australia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
My goal this summer is to host a DJ night where the music is stricly blog house/ electro house from the mid to late 2000s.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #2: GAYANCE

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When did you start DJing? 
I started in summer 2013. Then I’ve learn who to play with vinyls last summer.

First gig in Montreal: 
I did the first part of my friend STWO and Nouvel Âge in Belmont

Favorite party ever played: 
I’d say the last 24 Hour Of Vinyl in Montreal. I didn’t sleep, stayed at the party the whole time and I was DJing at 9am with my two favs: Mat Coates and DJ Asma. Good times!>

Favorite woman DJ:
Kronika is one of the illest in the game. Shout out to Eden Hagos as well!

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
I’d say Hollywood Recording by Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
Portable discs were all our best friends back in the day. I used to travel the whole city to go to school everyday. In certain culture, woman share the knowledge from generation to generation. Now, as we are DISCWOMAN, the knowledge has to be passed on by all these good DJs.

Pet peeve when DJing: Don’t ask me for some Drake, I will make an evil laugh and ignore you.

Do you dance when you DJ? YES, I’m a trained dancer. So yes yes yes, I dance when I do my transition and when the song goes on. Dance dance dance.

Can you DJ when wasted? 
I drink to be in the same universe as everyone, but I’m more of a stoner DJ.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten? 
High Klassified manager said something super sweet to me last weekend. “You’re like the one who put all these cats (Kaytranada, High Klassified etc) on the map, you are like the mama of the scene” That made me smile.

Place you’d like to play: 
I would cry if they give me a gig at Low End Theory in L.A. I’ve been there 3 times and this place is like mecca to me.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’M THE BEST SELEKTA UNDER 25.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #1 SOFTCORESOFT

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When did you start DJing?
I started in the beginning of this year, but I had been thinking about if for a long time and was kind of afraid to jump in. Two years ago my partner, best friend and another close friend all pitched in to buy me a Native Instruments Z1 controller, and it sat in my room for a long time. Meanwhile I was dabbling into production, but came back to DJing, and as soon as I got my first gig, I knew it would stick around. I love sharing music that I like and make people vibe to it, there’s something so direct, and you can do it on a weekly basis.

First gig in Montreal:
At Nouveau Palais and Jacques Greene was there having a drink with my friend, I was so nervous.

Favorite party ever played:
I played a pretty epic party at Voro called Bang It Out (sometime late winter), I was opening for Shaydakiss and A-Rock. There were lots of people and they were really warming up to my music, but then it got busted by the cops and it turned into the most insane Mile-End house party of 2015. It was my second gig ever!

Favorite woman DJ:
My biggest crush is Kim Ann Foxman, her music is so groovy and her style is wicked. There’s so many other ones, they’re mostly really badass producers: Tokimonsta, Ellen Allien, Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurel Halo, Anja Schneider, Lena Willikens, etc

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Right now I’m really digging Terron’s Whites 003, So acid, so good.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It’s a way to bring women and female identified DJs together not only to demonstrate to the world that we exist and that we are rad, but also to surrounded ourselves with women to look up to and exchange with.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Random dudes coming up and telling me when one of my mixes doesn’t quite work or when they tell me how great of a vinyl DJ they were “back then.” You can just suck my left one (wink wink to Bikini Kill!)

Do you dance when you DJ?
ALWAYS. A DJ that doesn’t dance or doesn’t like clubs and parties is suspicious. Smells like pretension.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Ummm, at least I’m under the impression that I can!

Place you’d like to play:
Moog, in Barcelona. I’ve had great and weird nights at that club while I was living there.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
That I LOVE karaoke. Some of my closest friends already know.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #8: LADY LIQUID

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When did you start DJing?
Well I started at the end of 2001.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
In June 23, 2002 at Ocean Park beach (Noche de san Juan).

Favorite party ever played:
That’s a hard question, but if I have to pick one should be the one that I had to open for Tiesto by 2007 at the Hiram Bithorn Coliseum.

Favorite woman DJ:
I guess Sandra collins would be my favorite woman DJ.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
It was Emerge by Fischerspooner, it was my first and it only cost me a dollar , and later on it became my lucky charm record.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
When I first heard the term DISCWOMAN I thought it was a really good name, it reminded me of ‘Girls on Vinyl’- a all girl DJ party. ‘Discwoman’ is like maybe an evolution of that concept. Instead of girls, we are now women in the industry.

Do you dance when you DJ?
I can dance when I play. Sometimes I like to really concentrate and I stand still but I’m pretty sure something is moving by itself.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes I can play in every condition even though my hardcore days are behind me, nowadays I take it a lot more serious and dedicated.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Every soul that comes to me and says you’ve changed my life because of the emotions that I felt with your music.

Place you’d like to play:
Japan.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #6: PAYOLA ISABEL

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When did you start DJing?
4 years ago

First gig in Puerto Rico:
A private party

Favorite party ever played:
A party in Old San Juan called “Baldechú”

Favorite woman DJ:
Karin Dreirjer, Mamacita and Tokimonsta.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I don’t have a specific one.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It is lIke, “THIS woman”.

Pet peeve when DJing:
When people ask requests.

Do you dance when you DJ?
A lot! My hair is all over the place.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes. Of course.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“te quiero poner como me pone tu música”

Place you’d like to play:
For me it’s not about the place, but the people and the party itself. Specially in Puerto Rico where there isn’t a specific venue and all of them modify it’s ambience a lot.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m very distracted and I also have ADHD and some dyslexia. Also, I like to share the music that I like.