DISCWOMAN #9: HD

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When did you start DJing?
2012

First gig in NYC?
With my Good Kids brothers at Home Sweet Home, at our weekly party.

Favorite party ever played?
Probably a Powrplnt benefit party at Bossa Nova a few months back – I was running on no sleep after shooting a video for three days straight and made the wildest set I ever have, and got to DJ for my sis Kay Rizz.

Favorite woman DJ
There are so many…Venus X, Juliana Huxtable, Asma of Nguzunguzu, A E Zimmer, Jubilee, Uniique, SHYBOI, Compton Chic…not to mention all the girls singing and rapping, making music too– Lafawndah, Kelela, Kay Rizz, Rahel, Jungle Pussy, Princess Nokia just to name some highlights. It is a very inspiring moment in music out here right now!

Best record you’ve ever bought 
It is a little hard to remember buying a record.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
My good friend Thurmon recently said – “I probably just have fear of mortality and I just want to make things that make people move, which is like the opposite of dying.”

Pet peeve when DJing
Do not ask me to play Aviici.

Do you dance when you DJ?
How can I not?

Can you DJ when wasted?
I’d rather not.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
People who I am inspired and motivated by say the same of me – it has happened in a few transcendent ways.

Place you’d like to play?
Most places, but right now I want to play in London and more rooftops, in general.

Something you want everyone to know about you

I run a record label called DOOM DAB and you can hear my mixes here :)

DISCWOMAN #8: SHANNON FUNCHESS

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Photo by Grant Marshall

When did you start DJing?
In Seattle in the 90’s at a pirate radio station. My first ever beat match “mix” experience came from playing a Iggy Pop song with a Nina Simone song. It was all love after that.

First gig in NYC:
It was either a Halloween loft party on Bedford Avenue and N. 4th in Williamsburg or Meow Mix Club in L.E.S. Manhattan in 2001 a month after I moved to NY. It was long enough ago I’m having trouble remembering! I DJ’d in Seattle under the moniker E-RACE for many years prior to that. After moving to N.Y. I found out someone had stolen the moniker and that was fracking weird so, now I’m going by my name SHANNON F.. Bite that!

Favorite party ever played:
Djing with Volvox and Lauren Flax at Glasslands this spring was a pretty amazing line up! I love djing alongside bad asses like these two.

Favorite woman DJ:
There’s a few but, Lauren Flax, Volvox, Pandora’s Juke Box and Tama Sumo in Berlin all come to mind.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
A 4AD compilation called Lonely As An Isore.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Like Discman but, with women or the feminine as the dominant figure in terms of societal modality. The way ‘man’ or the masculine is used in society to define everything for the last 600,000 years.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Requests! Its not a damn wedding or a frat party so, don’t bother asking me to play Madonna. Especially, if I’m already playing it! Not that I would ever play Madoodoo! OK, maybe Ray of Light.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Absolutely.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Preferrably.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I love you!

Place you’d like to play:
Berghain or Panorama Bar in Berlin .

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I doing my best to dance this mess around.

DISCWOMAN #7: BETA LIBRAE

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When did you start DJing?
2009-2010 with a group of friends in Kansas City.

First gig in NYC:
Ace Hotel lobby which is funny because it was the most money I ever made from DJing and nobody dances or realizes you’re there.

Favorite party ever played:

All the ladies nights at Bossa Nova over the past year. I’ve learned sooo much, made sick friends, it’s just the best!

Favorite woman DJ:
Terre Thaemlitz if that counts. Otherwise Umfang because she has supported me more than anyone and is a great DJ.

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
Maurizio – M6

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?

A lady sharing her knowledge and educating others through music selection.

Pet peeve when DJing:
When someone books you as their guest for their party but you only play from like 10-11pm then you’re done and the residents go on. Why even have a guest if you’re afraid to give up the spotlight for a few hours?

Do you dance when you DJ?
Maybe a slow motion sway.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Not sure. I tend to lose track of time and space, but I think that happens sober too.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
i think just seeing the same faces over and over. It’s a compliment without words. The strangers become your friends and you know they are genuinely there because they enjoy the music and they remember you.

Place you’d like to play:
I’ve never been able to DJ outside or around nature so that would be real nice.

Something you want everyone to know about you:

I’d like to share some music I’ve been working on with you very soon!

DISCWOMAN #6: LAUREN FLAX

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When did you start DJing?
1997

First gig in NYC:
Filter 14 (RIP) in the Meatpacking District in 2002 just after moving here.

Favorite party ever played:
Fuji rock up in the mountains of Japan.

Favorite woman DJ:
Good god, thats a tough one. So many to choose from that beat it consistently. I’d have to say DJ Heather.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Portishead live at Roseland.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
Lady bosses.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Absolutely no requests taken. Ever. Not even from Oprah.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Always! I feel it as much as (I hope) the crowd does.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yep.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
You look as if Carrie Bradshaw and Skrillex had a baby.

Place you’d like to play:
I’m going to have to agree with my bandmate here and say Ibiza. It’s weird that I haven’t been yet. She can handle the foam party tho.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love bodega socks.

DISCWOMAN #5: BONNIE DANGER

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When did you start DJing?
Started playing college parties back in 2004.

First gig in NYC:
My first official gig in an NYC club was back in 2006 at Fat Baby.

Favorite party ever played:
My favorite party that I EVER played was a weekly party called C’est Noir at Happy Ending thrown by A.L.I.E.N. Second favorite was my weekly party Caviar Jungle.

Favorite woman DJ:
DJ K Swift r.i.p and DJ Kiss

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Frankie Knuckles – Ready for the Real World

How would you define the term Discwoman?
Something we’ve been doing and continue to do; pioneering – doing our thing in this industry.

Pet peeve when DJing:
That annoying poke in the back followed by a song request. Grrrrrr!

Do you dance when you DJ?
Just a mad head bop.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Haha, yeah.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Honestly, seeing people feeling my sets on the dance floor is the best compliment given.

Place you’d like to play:
The Under Water Party in Paris

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I have a twin brother who DJs as well!

DISCWOMAN #4: CIARRA BLACK

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When did you start DJing?
Around 4 years ago while living in Philly

First gig in NYC:
It was at the Flat when it first opened. I was still living in Philly at the time, but I guest DJ’d my best friend DJ Jane Pain’s party called Sickening.

Favorite party ever played:
Probably this past 4th of July at Palisades. The night was a collab between the Ascetic House label, No-Tech (my monthly with JR Nelson) and Ad Hoc. Marshstepper, Profligate, Person of Interest, Jerome, and Rosemary Arp played. Everyone’s live sets were incredible, perfect amount of fog and overall vibes. Pretty much all of my favorite people were there. Very good night.

Favorite woman DJ:
I’ve never seen her DJ in person but i’d have to say Helena Hauff. I think she is fierce, has incredible selection and technique and I’m also a big fan of her as a producer.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Most recently Final Exposure – Vortex

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?

I’d like to imagine it as a cyborg feminist related term.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Drunk people with no boundaries hovering in or around the booth.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Usually just a head bob but when the time is right I occasionally bring out Robin S-“Show Me Love” and then things can get a little crazy.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Usually not very well… but it has happened. I try not to.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Being asked to DJ Discwoman 😉

Place you’d like to play:
Europe

Something you want everyone to know about you:

I am a twin.

DISCWOMAN #3: Ana Lola Roman

When did you start DJing?
2009

First gig in NYC:
Glasslands

Favorite party ever played:
UNTOLD Party in Hamburg, Germany at the Golden Pudel Club 2010

Favorite woman DJ:
Ellen Allien

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Underworld
1994 dubnobasswithmyheadman

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Woman X 20 + Aeon Flux + Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Machine + Red Lipstick + Classy = DiscWoman

Pet peeve when DJing:
“Excuse me. Excuse me. Hey. Excuse me, yoo hoo. Hey Cutie!”

Do you dance when you DJ?
Affirmative

Can you DJ when wasted?
Negative

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
It’s usually the ones that never make sense. “You remind me of a female David Byrne.” Hmmm.

Place you’d like to play:
On another planet or in a spaceship.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
Even the sweetest cats have the sharpest claws.

DISCWOMAN #2: VOLVOX

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When did you start DJing?
I started DJing in 2006 when, as a young go go dancer. I decided I was tired of bothering the DJ with a million song requests. I thought I could do better.

First gig in NYC?
It was at The Flat, which I booked myself! I figured nobody was going to ask me to play anywhere so I went ahead and got myself a bi-weekly night there. John Barclay came to one of my first parties at The Flat and invited me to do a night at Bossa Nova Civic Club which I have held monthly since then.

Favorite party ever played:
My favorite party would have to be Bloodfeast, it’s a Boston Halloween party that I have played for the last 4 years or so..epic club, pounding industrial music and the most amazing costumes I’ve ever seen, year after year! The $1000 costume prize really gets those creative juices flowing.

Favorite woman DJ:
Alientata from Berlin. She specializes in acid music which is really refreshing in a sea of gear-bros.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
It’s crazy to choose a best record but one I really love is Analogue Man’s Fulfilled Ambitions LP from 1994. I bought in Detroit from a guy at Underground Resistance headquarters. It’s 4 slices of killer acid, I pull this record nearly every time I play out. Analogue Man- Bubble Man

Pet peeve when DJing:
I would have to say my biggest pet peeve while DJing is people waving drinks around in the booth, I’m always amazing by how careless people are around DJ equipment. Even other DJs.

Do you dance when you DJ?
I dance A LOT while DJing, I am in my happy place and I hope that my energy will get the crowd going as well!

Can you DJ when wasted?
I can mix no matter what, sometimes being a little (or very) loose helps me feel where the set needs to go without over thinking it.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
A couple people have told me I’m their favorite DJ in NYC. That makes me smile!

Place you’d like to play:
I’d like to play a warehouse party, though lately they’re few and far between. I have so so many booming techno records that never get proper use!

DISCWOMAN #1: LAUREN DILLARD

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When did you start DJing?
2006

First gig in NYC:
It was in the basement of Niagara bar in the East Village. I had a short-lived and very strange night with my friend Neon Music down there called “Sharkbite”, we specialized in gabba and italo disco.

Favorite party ever played:
Berghain in Berlin. CREEP played there with good friend Planningtorock. The crowd was amazing and so was the sound!

Favorite woman DJ:
I love Nguzunguzu, which is a half-female group. I could listen to their mixes on loop forever… very diverse selection. Also, I love watching Venus X DJ.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Light Asylum

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
A female compact disc player?

Pet peeve when DJing:
A stranger came into the booth and tried to plug their iPhone into my computer during a set once, that was pretty annoying.

Do you dance when you DJ?
I rarely dance

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten? 
For me, seeing people enjoy themselves during one of my sets is the best compliment.

Place you’d like to play? 
A foam party in Ibiza

Something you want everyone to know about you:
Along with producing music and DJing, my hobbies also include editing videos and graphic design!