DISCWOMAN 33 x DJ Voices

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One of the founding members of rising Brooklyn DJ collective: Working Women, DJ Voices has been instrumental in directing the Brooklyn underground in a progressive and inclusive direction also working as a booker at Sisters. All of her mixes have been met with praise and this one follows suit, so refreshingly funky and energizing. It’s evident by the scope of this mix that she’s digging deep and keeping us all on our toes! Mix and Q&A below :)

tell us about this mix:
I worked on this mix for almost 3 months before I even knew where it would go. I found that I had something I needed to say that I hadn’t been able to say during many of the sets I’d been booked for. I made it with records & a few usbs in my living room and as with most of my mixes, it took months for this to achieve its final form, especially since I have the scrappiest DJ setup that I know of. But we work with what we got!

This version was recorded the week after I closed a Level Party following Courtesy’s headlining set. I had never closed a party before and also had never played at 5am, and was really inspired by the challenge. A lot of people told me they had never heard me play like that before. There’s some techno, electro, of course some house, and some other less-definable moments. This is my “don’t put me in a box” mix.

I’ve titled it “party people change the world,” which is a line from one of the tracks in the mix. It’s half tongue in cheek and half completely sincere. I don’t think it needs more explaining than that but I did want to highlight that here. I try to tell a story every time, hopefully people listen to the mix in full for that reason =)

when did you start djing?
Not very long ago! Had a false start in 2013 but I really lacked in confidence. I didn’t start taking it seriously until around two years ago.

first gig:
Pretty sure the first was this time in a kitchen above Silent Barn with Antenes and Patrick Russell. I was playing with a dj partner, and I was too afraid to mix records in front of everyone so I made him do it. Technofeminism was an early one too =)

favorite party ever played:
Probably the Courtesy/Level party I mention above. I thought I played pretty alright and received nice feedback after. There was a lot of anticipation in the air leading up to the night. But more significantly the best part was that I really surprised myself and others, it seems. That felt nice. I shed a few happy tears when I got home after the party at 9am. It was a really affirming experience.

fave DJ:
Avalon Emerson!! Some of the most inspiring DJ sets I’ve witnessed in a long while, hands down. Mike Servito, who I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like to these days. Too many friends to name. The other members of Working Women: Ashlyn, Nina, & Nicely.

fave producer:
Terrence Dixon and Pal Joey are formative for me. Lately I’ve been going through all of DJ Swingsett’s productions and it’s been mind-blowing. I especially love his collaborations with Lisa Shaw.

pet peeve when djing:
terrible monitor setups. really tall dj booths. people talking over the monitors in the booth. turntables set up battle-style. and of myself: when i’m being impatient (with myself).

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Some one once told me I really have my own sound. That’s a baseline standard but also a really nice thing to have some one point out.

place you’d like to play:
Right now I’m really drawn to the idea of playing somewhere relatively off the party map that seems to still be renown for being a great dj/dancing experience. Hot Mass in Pittsburgh is my answer to this question lately. Slightly less off the map, but it seems like there’s really amazing things happening in Seattle right now too. Also, some one recently shared a live recording from Larry? in Japan. It’d probably be really amazing to play that party.

something you want everyone to know about you:

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DISCWOMAN 32 x Ariel Zetina

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Been obsessed with Ariel Zetina’s selections for a minute now, residing in Chicago and one of the leading DJs within the Chi underground scene she’s been helping to redefine that landscape which often gets reduced to a dude club. The beauty of this mix is in its variety that blends so seamlessly you become part of a riveting journey. It’s evident Ariel spends quality time listening to music as all of the tracks sounds so fresh and energizing, reflecting her spirit. Check out her Q&A and mix below :)

Tell us about this mix:
This is a club music mix. something like you would hear if you were to hear me play in Chicago. Cross genre but I always focus on trying to still create a flow. Lots of tracks from my friends who live in Chicago or used to or pass through often…Cae Monae, Thoom, Club Politix, Him Hun to name a few but a lot of dope producers are on here!

when did you start djing?

I started in 2013, not seriously til 2014. I was producing music before that for a performance art group I was in (WITCH HAZEL) and I started experimenting with deejaying because of that.

first gig:
I played a Little Mermaid themed party called FISH at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago summer of 2014.

favorite party ever played:
My deejay daddy Hijo Pródigo organized this party called FUNCTION in his basement with all b2b sets last summer at a time when a bunch of DJs were passing through Chicago…it was a house party so there was a lot of house music (and some of the craziest kuduro I’ve ever heard from Adzua & Laz Flores) and because it was just a party for friends and because we were playing collaboratively the trust and willingness to take risks was in the air.

fave DJ:
That’s so hard :) Nkisi. But also let me take a moment to shine a light on some of the girls I work with: Pollination Tech (crazy industrial), Jasmine Infiniti (like, every set I see is just completely gag worthy), Itsï (just the craziest but somehow most lovely pieces of music you’ve ever heard)

fave producer:
The same people :) Nkisi, Itsï, Club Politix, I’m obsessed with the Mhysa album, Nidia Minaj, K-Hand will always be techno queen, Thoom’s EP on Club Chai was insane this year, basically all the people I included in this mix.

pet peeve when djing:
When people request 90s rap and they actually mean early 2000s.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
My friend Michael Pusey told me that when I play I know how to interrupt the dance floor and make people listen. I think that for me has always been an effective tool in getting people to face a concrete reality in an otherwise unreal environment- tracks like Linda Labeija’s “Urgency” have really changed the dancefloor in my sets because it very clearly sheds light on the violence enacted towards trans women of color without breaking the flow of a set so much that the listener/dancer is lost.

place you’d like to play:
Rihanna’s World Tour :O DM me. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to but I would love to play in Belize where my family is from.

something you want everyone to know about you:
I come from a background in writing (plays and poetry). Not sure if a lot of people who know my music know that about me- IE- don’t expect you’re gonna do the art you think you’re gonna do.

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DISCWOMAN 30 x Trillnatured

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Trillnatured is one of Baltimore’s upcoming underground DJs, representing Balti Gurls a collective promoting queer POC artists. Her party “Version” that happens at The Crown just won the Baltimore City Paper award for best party in the city! Her mix for us gives us all the genres but none of it lacks any heart. Rocking between club, dancehall, house music and much more we’re given a window into Trillnatured’s expansive way of approaching DJing without limiting herself leaving us with a mix that keeps us smiling and vibing throughout.

Tell us about this mix:
This mix is a collection of a few of my favorite genres to play: house, afrobeat, and club music, and a few sounds in between. It features fresh tracks from some of my favorite artists, and I’ve been dropping most of them in just about all one of my latest sets.

When did you start DJing?
I started DJing in 2014.

First gig:
My first gig was an open mic that Blaqstarr invited me to play at the last minute. I was still working up to playing in public at that point, but when he hit me up, I decided it was time to just go for it. I got great feedback that night, and it felt amazing. I actually walked out of my job the next day. I haven’t stopped since.

Favorite party ever played:
Definitely, KAHLON. It was a groundbreaking Baltimore party series run by Abdu Ali, Lawrence Burney and others. KAHLON uplifts Blackness and queerness. I was so psyched to play it.

Fave DJ:
Oh man, there are so many. But to name a few: The late K-Swift, Blaqstarr, UNIIQU3, MikeQ, Byrell The Great, UNIIQU3, and DJ Pancakes, a Baltimore-based DJ who I’m a fan of.

Fave producer:
DJ Sliink, UNIIQU3, KAYTRANADA, and LSDXOXO. As you can see, “Favorite” questions are hard for me—I can’t pick just one!

Pet peeve when DJing:
People trying to engage me in full-on conversation while I’m mixing. It’s rough out here.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I overheard someone talking as I was packing up after a set. They were talking about how they danced non-stop while I played, and they said “I haven’t felt that good about myself in a long time.”

Place you’d like to play:
PAPI JUICE

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love cheese, I’m a Scorpio, and I truly, truly DJ for the love of it.

DISCWOMAN 29 x Deena Abdelwahed

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First heard about Deena Abdelwahed after her label reached out to us out the blue, I took a listen and was completely captivated by her productions. Deena grew up in Qatar to Tunisian parents and now resides in Toulouse, she was just pegged as one of Resident Advisor’s “Breaking Through” artists. Her techno which is influenced by traditional Arab music, defies all definitions of what techno is and should be, expanding our understand of what this genre is and music in general. And this is exactly what this mix does: restructures musical norms and places us in whole new world of varying plays on genre and varying tempos. – frankie

Check out her Q&A & Mix below

tell us about this mix
I had great parties this saturday until sunday afternoon. I didn’t sleep for more then 24 hours. There is something called a “descente” in french, it causes you sad humor after you had fun and after being extremely happy. So I tried to translate how I feel in this mix.

when did you start djing?
2013. I don’t remember which month but I did a warm up for a World Full Of Bass event. It is a collective of Tunisian DJs who are into Dub and Bass music

first gig:
2014, In an event called Arabstazy before it transformed into an artist collective. It took place in Paris. I had good critics after that night.

favorite party ever played:
Lately in Tunis at Yuka Club. For a festival called TUNES. It was also my birthday and my friends were with me. I had a lot of fun.

pet peeve when djing:
When a track is running out of time and I still didn’t find the next one.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
I don’t know why but I can only remember critics! the crowd dancing to my dj set is the best compliment.

place you’d like to play:
I would like to play in eastern Europe cities. Very curious to see how young people dance and have a good time there.

something you want everyone to know about you
I am lazy, especially in this right moment! I got to get myself together…I have an album to write!

DISCWOMAN 28 x Mor Elian

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Tel Aviv born and raised, Mor Elian has been rising on up in the past couple of years as a producer and DJ steering the LA scene with her Into the Woods parties. She has stepped outside of her comfort zone and proves her versatility on this mix providing us with the vibiest experimental mix that we’re currently and happily lost in. Take some time out of your day to ease that anxiety with these recuperating sounds.Mix and q&A below :)

tell us about this mix
I was very excited to do this mix knowing discwoman as being so diverse and open to many different backgrounds and styles of music, so i went in a slight more different direction this time, but still very much my direction. I recorded it at the basement of sameheads, berlin.

when did you start djing?
My first public gig was in 2006 when i was a wee person in tel aviv, but it was pretty weak. in the next few years there was very few and far in between. then i took on djing fully and seriously when i got a residency at a friends night in silver lake in 2010.

first gig:
I would consider that silver lake gig the first because from that point i became more devoted to it, but i prepared for weeks and i cared soo much and was so nervous. it was my us debut. all my gigs before that were in tel aviv, my hometown. my friends were all there and we were all excited and i got a nice dancefloor going. i’m pretty sure i did allot of things “wrong” but ignorance is bliss, i enjoyed every sec of it.

favorite party ever played:
Well i love my party i have going back in LA “Into The Woods” but aside from that playing “PAG” in Tel aviv is incomparable experience to other things i did. its the longest going Gay party in Tel aviv (i believe over 15 years) and its still one of the best nights there. its rammed, its diverse, people go hard till noon the next day. its so colorful and people go all out on costumes. diversity is so important in parties.

fave DJ:
ahh thats a tough one coz theres so many. Harvey is def up there with I-F.

fave producer:
i love aleksi perala allot. and larry heard!!!!

pet peeve when djing:
when i cant hear myself properly in the booth. sometimes im worried its my old rave ears.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
someone came up to me last weekend and said that i kept him on his toes as he didnt know what was coming next and he enjoyed that. i liked how he observed it. i didnt do that intentionally.

place you’d like to play:
kinda impossible in this realm, but i would love dj the clubs and raves i used to go to as a teenager. I didn’t think i would be a dj even tho i was already collecting records.. would be so cool to travel back there and do it.

something you want everyone to know about you:
i think i gotten 3 mosquito bites while writing this interview sitting in my apt in berlin. oh also i have a jewelry line its called MYRRH Jewelry.

DISCWOMAN 27 x Laurel Halo

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laurel halo, one of the pioneers of the current electronic music scene, has done a discwoman mix y’all. it’s utterly riveting and wish it was hours longer as in never-ending. enjoy, your welcome, this fucking rules. she also just released her new album “dust” on hyperdub that hits the heart, critics are losing their minds <3 she'll be playing 3 shows in NYC this weekend, lucky you (if you even live here lol). check out her Q&A and mix below:

tell us about this mix
this mix is somewhere between club and listening, heavy on melody, style jumping & perc-happy

when did you start djing?
i started out as a freeform dj on WCBN-FM 88.3 in ann arbor. i stopped doing radio for a long time but picked it back up with a regular show on berlin community radio when i moved here. though i’ve played live in clubs, club djing only came more recently, a couple years ago, after getting over any irrational fear.

first gig:
a house party

favorite party ever played:
have played a handful of great parties at ohm. great times at freerotation, golden pudel, trance party, cosie’s

fave DJ:
too many to choose from, & sometimes the best is to find out who the incredible dj is after the fact, rather than going in with an expectation. seeing avamix (ikonika & scratcha dva) dj on a tank last summer through the streets of berlin was wild

fave producer:
i suppose here i could touch on the greatness of susan rogers, prince’s longtime studio engineer …

pet peeve when djing:
bad sound, drunk creeps

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
i’m lucky my music has helped people through crises, that’s the most special feedback to get

place you’d like to play:
in the countryside, or somewhere on the beach

something you want everyone to know about you:
excited to dive into my copy of steph kretowicz’s new book

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DISCWOMAN 26 x mobilegirl

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mobilegirl is our first international DJ to join our roster y’all, grew up in Munich but resides in Berlin, this mix marks her first ever time playing in NYC. She treats us with a 45 minute taster of sounds including some of her own fire productions that will leave you nothing short of enthralled. Check out her mix and Q&A below!

tell us about this mix
I wanted to make a mix that is most representative of what I’ve been playing as club sets over the years but using new tracks. I usually tend to put together really different things when I sit at home and work on music because I’m really affected by my direct surroundings and this applies to my own productions as well that you can hear towards the end of the mix. Some parts are quite playful but overall I feel like it paints the right picture.

when did you start djing?
I think summer or fall of 2014

first gig:
It was a b2b with Mechatok in a small club in Munich where we both properly tried out CDJs for the first time.

Favorite party ever played:
This is a tough one, there’s been so many. I think the whole Asia Tour has been my biggest highlight so far.

Fave DJ:
Noone smashes hot cues like Kablam and she’s been really supportive from very early on. Playing b2b with her is always the most fun and taught me a lot.

Pet peeve when djing:
Sticky cue buttons and loose link cables

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Someone told me listening to my music helped them through hard times. That really made me feel like doing all of this has a greater purpose. Same as when (South) East Asian women tell me they’re happy to see me perform because they barely ever feel represented otherwise.

Place you’d like to play:
I skipped Japan on the tour that I mentioned before so definitely that.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love Chinatown

DISCWOMAN 25 x Lakuti & Tama Sumo

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For the first ever time Lakuti, founder of Uzuri Recordings and Tama Sumo, Berghain/Panorama Bar resident, go b2b for an online mix, and couldn’t be more honored to be the ones who get to host it at Discwoman! They played our party in NYC back in December, which was such a beautiful time and so stoked to extend those vibes into this 2 hour mix that spans genres like no other and blends genres like no other. Find out more about Tama and Lakuti via the interview we did for them back in December, but for now we suggest you listen to this immediately and check out their quick q&a below. Gift from the gods y’all!

tell us about this mix
We selected music that we love from across the board really. From Nicole Willis to Dj Spinna to Tony Allen to some cheeky edits that we have done for our use plus more up-tempo stuff. How we would generally approach a live dj set really.

when did you start djing?
Tama Sumo: I started djing in 1993 in a bar in berlin kreuzberg called Drama. It was one of the very few bars at that time that had djs – mainly Fridays and Saturdays. It also was one of THE places where people went for a warm up before they moved on to the clubs later at night. I had my first residency there which meant I played there three saturdays per month with my friend Holger aka DJ Phierce, the person who also is responsible for me djing (thank you Holger!) Many people who were involved in clubs went there on a regular basis, my residency at Drama was the route to then playing in some of the Berlin clubs and in 1994 or 1995 I started my residency at Globus / Tresor. I also went on to play at Ostgut which was the predecessor to Berghain/Panorama Bar and finally a residency @ Berghain/Panorama into the present.

Lakuti: I dabbled in playing records back in Johannesburg in 92 when some friends and I briefly established a small club Called Planet Hendon. I made the move to london in 1997 and played different clubs there and events and went on to establish the Süd electronic parties where I was 1 of the residents. Those parties went on to run for 11 yrs.

pet peeve when djing
Equipment that is not looked after properly, dirty & worn slipmats, bad monitors, bad needles and unhelpful technicians, inferior sound quality.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
People are generally sweet but to be honest we don’t normally sit and think about this. We are not very good with nor interested in the celebrity cult that comes with djing to be honest, would rather let the music be the focal point. What makes us happy is seeing a room full of people coming together in harmony & that is the power of music .

place you’d like to play:
We would love to connect a lot more with the african continent, so much magic out there that we want to explore.

something you want everyone to know about you
Tama Sumo: Lakuti is a very accomplished cook and loves cooking and I feel spoilt.
Lakuti: Tama Sumo makes the best Jerk Chicken in the whole of Germany which is probably not very hard lol. But seriously her jerk chicken, rice & peas and her cucumber & fresh coconut salsa is just pure fire!

DISCWOMAN 24 x Ash Lauryn

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We first heard about Ash Lauryn through our friend Aloiso, and so thankful for being made aware of this up and coming DJ. She’s originally from Detroit but has been living in Atlanta building her own identity as one to watch. Sometimes it feels like black women playing techno/house are few and far between but its artists like Ash Lauryn that remind us this simply isn’t the case, she’s a talent to be reckoned with and vocally encourages younger artists to do the same. This mix is the perfect prep for our Detroit Party this weekend

tell us about this mix
This mix is pretty much a showcase of some old and new Detroit Techno tracks. Being from Detroit, and being that the festival is coming up in just a few short days I wanted to put some Detroit musical vibes in the air. This mix includes some essential old school Detroit Techno tracks that are synonymous with Detroit and our underground dance music culture.

when did you start djing?
I got some gear about 3 years ago, and was a bedroom DJ up until last summer when I started playing out at local clubs.

first gig
My first gig was at a gay club called Heretic here in Atlanta…I didn’t fuck up, and people danced…all in all a successful night!

favorite party ever played:
I throw a party called Expressions w a good friend of mine that I’d have to say is my favorite party to play. I love having creative control over the night, and being able to play whatever the I want.

fave DJ:
Kai Alce without question, I feel like I’ve evolved musically watching him DJ over the years.

fave producer
DJ Aakmael, Larry Heard, and Patrice Scott, you can do no wrong with these 3….thank me later!

pet peeve when djing
Random dudes asking me to “teach them to DJ”…sigh.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
That I’m inspiring. <3 place you’d like to play?
NYC and London come to mind first, but pretty much all around the world!

something you want everyone to know about you
I’m here to help preserve the roots of underground dance music, which in case you forgot, are American and Black…

DISCWOMAN 23 x Juana

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So excited to announce Juana as our newest DW roster addition, since we played with her in DC on inauguration weekend she hasn’t left our minds and we’re so stoked to be bringing her thunderous techno to our crew permanently. As a core part of the Washington DC techno crew Sequence, she’s currently a steering force of DC’s sound and scene. We asked her to do our latest mix ahead of our party in Detroit May 27th, where we’ll be slamming a lot of techno in the genre’s birth city. Cant wait, check out her Q&A and mix below!

tell us about this mix
Wanted to bring a feeling that was a good balance of aggressive and carnal, and also melodic. That’s my favorite sound. Hope it worked.

when did you start djing?
The Bronze Age. Bed/livingroom since 2000; in clubs since 2002.

first gig:
First pretty big one was Club Red in DC with my brother Sam Burns. I used to spin mostly deep house with techno sort of snuck in here and there. I remember dropping “Hi-Tech Jazz” by Galaxy 2 Galaxy and “Flower” by Soul Dhamma (King Britt’s remix) and feeling that first serious connection with the floor; it really hooked me.

favorite party ever played:
So far all my Sequence gigs. Love my crew and everything they’re getting done for proper techno heads in the DMV. Also opening for Pan Pot was pretty sweet.

fave DJ:
You’ve heard this before: Way too many. But I will say that Carlos Souffrant has my heart eternally. In my disco life, it’s all about Sadar. Favorite local DJ: Ron Jackson all day.

fave producer:
Always have Frankie Knuckles, Patrick Adams, Jamie Principle, Mike Dunn, and Lil Louis in the rotation in some way. Joey Beltram, Dave Clarke, and Gary Beck, too. He/at, I HATE MODELS, Emika, I/Y, Petter B, and HYSH? are super apeshit to me currently.

pet peeve when djing
None really. We all get annoyed but I can roll with any crazy shit outside of a power outage.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“I usually hate this music, but you’re alright.”

place you’d like to play?
Some kind of space station. Communicate with our overlords. We’re very close you know.

something you want everyone to know about you
Why yes, I am quite mysterious. lol