DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #5: GERA

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When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2011.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first gig was in The Vatican. It was one of the most finest underground venues in Puerto Rico back then. Great memories.

Favorite party ever played:
Verboten New York! It was amazing! Great vibe and excellent sound system. Can’t wait to go back!

Favorite woman DJ:
Nina Kraviz, Ellen Allien, Bella Sarris, Magda, Maayan Nidam, Maya Jane Coles.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I think It would probably be Ellen Allien & Apparat from Bpitch Label. To me it is a very special record, great to have.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Is a inspiring movement based on a group of talented female artist that are focus to empower young women. I’m very flattered to be part of this authentic event.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Requests & Conversations (while I’m playing)

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course!

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Best compliments? The ones to come.

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin, Detroit, Mexico, Russia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I am extremely passionate & hardworking when it comes to music. I am always looking for new things and ways to innovate my performance and my productions. It is a blessing for me to be able to share what I love with people and to feel how they embrace it, is just magic!

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #4: UMFANG

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When did you start DJing? 
2009

First gig: 
BOTNET at Emerald Space in Kansas City

Favorite party ever played: 
Most recently Terry Radio Satellite Party at Negative Space in Kansas City. Two people gave me mixtapes and we danced with the lights on for like an hour after it ended. Massive positive creative energy there.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Lori Napoleon / Venus X

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
Chupacabra “Aw Yeah” / Everything Omar S.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
A DJ channelling the feminine.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Strangers in the booth

Do you dance when you DJ? 
Yes

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Opening SUSTAIN-RELEASE

Place you’d like to play:
A woodland rave in Europe at sunrise.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I really believe that everything relates back to techno.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #2: FIASCO

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When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2010.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first unofficial gig back home was at Café 103 in Río Piedras. Very fun night.

Favorite party ever played:
Too many to even pick one!

Favorite woman DJ:
Tokimonsta, Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles, Aurora Halal, Tamara Sky and Louisahhh!!!

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Wiseblood- Motorslug

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
A movement of real badass girls, who aren’t scared of going hard behind decks and are driven by music and nightlife.

Pet peeve when DJing:
REQUESTS.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Always. It’s more of a ‘foot tapping-head bouncing’ kind of dance.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I was djing at Bossa Nova one night, and someone left a note that said “You’re set was sick.” That was pretty cool.  He did disappear after leaving the note on the mixer. Where in the world is ‘The Note Writer’?

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin. Ibiza. México.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love playing and making music more than anything in the world, and I love being able to share this with people. I’m currently working on my EP, under the moniker Lola Pistola, due this summer.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #1: UCHI

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When did you start DJing?
Started as a rotation DJ on WVUM 90.5FM, UM’s Radio.

First gig:
Kill Your Idol Ladies night after mentioning to the bar manager I was part of WVUM. They basically made me come back every week after the first night. Thanks to them I do this full time now..

Favorite party ever played:
Wow, too many, but probably the time I opened for Mount Kimbie.

Favorite woman DJ:
I gotta say I loved Aurora Halal since the first time I ever saw her.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I love all my records, but lately I’ve been playing John Tejada’s Parabolas while making pasta.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
A woman who can mix, like a DJ.

Pet peeve when DJing:
My headphones not staying on, I should probably buy new headphones.

Do you dance when you DJ?
No, just kidding, yes.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Of course.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“You are meant to be doing this!” – makes me feel ok about not having a 9-5.

Place you’d like to play:
Berghain – Berlin

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I am a huge fan of Adventure Time

8-HOUR DISCWOMAN LIVE STREAM VIA EQUALIZE.TV

 

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

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016

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Discwoman Philadelphia 2015 / Hosted by Factory Girls

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DISCWOMAN x Philadelphia was held at Voyeur Nightclub on January 23, 2015 in collaboration with Factory Girls. A majority of proceeds went to Girls Rock Philly—music and mentoring organization for girls and women in Philadelphia. Girls Rock Philly is a music and mentoring 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, self-expression, critical thinking, and collaboration. The following female DJs participated: Gun$ Garcia, Nolita Selector, Yolo Ono, Haram, Suga Shay, K Rex, Dentana, Diamond Girl, Dischetto, UltraViolet, Magglezzz, and ghostpvnch.

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.

DISCWOMAN #12: ARIELE MAX

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When did you start DJing?
I’ve been VJing and throwing parties for a while but didn’t really dive in as a DJ until 2013!

First gig in NYC?
There was this monthly show/ party I did at the Body Actualized Center called ACCESS.

Favorite party ever played?
I think the most fun I’ve had Djing was at this party I put together at Bossa Nova Civic Club called SPLASH FX consisting of an awesome crew of female/ female identified DJs. So good! Some fellow DISCWOMEN played that night. It’s just one more reason why I’m especially excited about this event and everyone involved in it

Favorite woman DJ
I have so many favorites; there are so many influential women djing right now.  Asma (Nguzunguzu) has been on my top 3 for a while. Tigga Calore and Juliana Huxtable always thrown down amazing sets, too.

Best record you’ve ever bought 
I just bought an amazing record from A1 but I don’t know who it’s by or what it’s called because it’s blank except for some illegible scribble that was written on it.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
That’s pretty self explanatory, right?

Pet peeve when DJing
People who accidentally spill their entire drink on my gear while I am DJing or VJing.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Yes

Can you DJ when wasted?
I have, but…I wouldn’t recommend it.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I think it’s sweet when people approach me to tell me they are fans of what I do, but just watching people dance is a compliment in itself. Place you’d like to play?
The Museum of Natural History
Something you want everyone to know about you
I also go by dollargem.

DISCWOMAN #11: AMBER VALENTINE

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When did you start DJing?
2006

First gig in NYC?
Some kind of art party somewhere? I don’t remember… but my first residency was at this party called Spin Sugar at a little club in the East Village, it was just the greatest mix of every kind of lesbian imaginable from every scene. That club closed and is now a restaurant. I recently ate a hamburger where the DJ booth used to be!

Favorite party ever played?
Past: Judy! That party was so wild. One time they made this whole paper mache rock formation that encrusted the dj booth and they called the night “Judy to the Center of the Earth”. That felt radical! OH—AND NEW YEARS 2012 AT PUBLIC ASSEMBLY IN THE BACK ROOM WAS THE MOST MAGIC IN ONE ROOM AT ONE TIME. If you were there, you know exactly what I mean!!!

Present: Pat, a party JD Samson and I throw together. I love the energy.

Favorite woman DJ
There are so many… Kim Ann Foxman, Lauren Flax, Maya Jane Coles, Christy Love, JD Samson, Juliana Huxtable… I mean I could go on and on… also Mursi Layne really knows how to get everyone moving.

Best record you’ve ever bought 
I do love the Times Square movie soundtrack for just chilling out. So artfully and beautifully compiled! Most of my music I get digitally these days.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
She who plays discs?? I have no idea how to answer this other than I am super psyched to be playing Discwoman with all of these other amazing DISCWOMEN!

Pet peeve when DJing
When I play someone’s request and they DON’T DANCE. UM…exSQUEEZE ME???

Do you dance when you DJ
OH YES.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
People coming out and having a good time at my events, enabling me to support myself doing this is the biggest compliment. I’m thankful and happy about it every single day. I don’t care if that sounds cheesy, cause IT’S THE TRUTH! The other best compliment was when Boy George blew me kisses from backstage while I was warming up the crowd for him. One of the best nights of my life.

Place you’d like to play?
I would love to play on a glamorous disco cruise, a warehouse rave situation, or Miss Piggy and Kermit’s wedding. I’m open to other amazing things that pop up though!

DISCWOMAN #10: KIM ANH

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When did you start DJing?
Technically I started DJ’ing in 1998. I was a little baby raver then and only ever DJ’d in exchange for a 6 pack and party favors. I started DJ’ing as a career in 2008.

First gig in NYC?
An after party at a loft on Jane Street about 13 years ago.

Favorite party ever played?
Old school Booby Trap!, Dick & Fanny (UK) and supporting The Knife in LA on their last tour. Things went beyond levels.

Favorite woman DJ
Just one? Can I say two? Ellen Allien and Venus X.

Best record you’ve ever bought 
I don’t think I can answer that! But one of the most influential would be Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
A woman who knows the past and future of music.

Pet peeve when DJing
REQUESTS. BYE.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Like a queen lip syncing for her life.

Can you DJ when wasted?
I’ve definitely done it.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
As a DJ, I guess “thank you”. A man ran up to me one year during LA PRIDE with tears in his eyes saying “I can’t believe you’re playing all these old tracks. You’re taking me back to my club days in Manhattan in the 1980s. You’re giving me life girl!” He thanked me, kissed my hand and shimmied away.

Place you’d like to play?
I’d love to play at Berghain again.

Something you want everyone to know about you
I also write and compose music.