DISCWOMAN 22 x Adam R.

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If you’re not familiar with Papi Juice, they are NY based part Queer POC collective that host regular parties in Brooklyn and have grown immensely becoming a invaluable home for those it aims to center. Adam R. is one of Papi’s founding members and resident DJ, who opened our Discwoman anniversary this past year with the most soulful set. Nothing changes here, Adam R. spans the genres notably black genres: disco, house, R&B etc with so much heart and attention it’s impossible not to be uplifted by this mix’s spirit and execution.

Tell us about this mix
I wanted to touch on a few different eras of the music I like. Some house, R&B, Soul, Disco. A little bit of everything.

when did you start djing?
I started DJing in college. Probably around 2007. Just small house parties me and my friends threw when parents were out of town. Before that I was making mixes in my room. Just messing around with older soul songs.

first gig?
My first gig at a club was actually an accident. I walked into a dive that a friend of my was DJing and he let me hop on his computer an decks. I was so nervous but it was a great night.

favorite party ever played?
The first Papi Juice was pretty amazing. It was a lot of word of mouth and promo but we somehow managed to pack the house with friends. It was really special because I didn’t expect that kind of turnout. A really magical night and the beginning of so much more.

fave DJ
This is hard because I have so many! Right now I’m really enjoying Baltra. Mike Q is amazing.

fave producer
Kaytranada is always on my phone to listen to.

pet peeve when djing
Requests when I’m trying to create an atmosphere.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Thanks for creating a movement.

place you’d like to play?
California, Belize, Paris just to name a few.

something you want everyone to know about you
Their dancing brings me joy.

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DISCWOMAN 21 x Jaqi Sparro

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We were introduced to Jaqi Sparro through Russel E.L. Butler when we were looking for local artists in Oakland/Sf to play our first DW party out there. She opened the party with such force and vigor, it undoubtedly set the tone for the whole event and this mix hits exactly the same chord: relentless yet dynamic which embodies her affection for rave culture. Now she’s moved east coast and is one of the most exciting techno DJs rising in NYC at this minute.

tell us about this mix
I recorded it on a Sunday, in one take with a bit of deliberation and a bit of spontaneity. It was snowing out. It’s not really genre specific but has a bit of techno and some broken beat. Its a narrative inspired by variation, interstice, and my first winter in New York. As a multiracial queer person of color, my approach to dance music is influenced by fluidity and intersectional experiences.

when did you start djing?
I first learned to DJ with drum and bass records about 15 years ago in my friend’s basement. We both live on separate coasts now, but we still find ourselves playing out together! I started to really play out maybe 8 years ago in DIY art spaces in SF and Oakland.
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first gig:
I think it was the after party of an avant garde drag show at an underground space in San Francisco. I remember being deeply inspired by performances from Boychild and Dia Dear that evening.

favorite party ever played:
Most memorable was on the Nile in Egypt. I played outdoors on a boat the evening after visiting the Hathor temple during the winter solstice in 2012. Most recently I had a lot of fun playing at Unter at the end of January. Unter really takes me back to those early days.

fave DJ:
Volvox is consistently a favorite. Umfang is rad. Love all Discwoman line ups really. I always love hearing Venus X and Juliana Huxtable play in the way they mash up genres.

fave producer:
So hard to pick one! I dig Xosar and Inga Mauer right now.

pet peeve when djing:
Bad vibes because love is the message :)

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
A set I played being “seductive and driving but not too hard” Lol loved that description.

place you’d like to play:
I used to go to outdoor raves in the Oakland hills in the mid to late 90s. I love playing outdoor situations under the stars or in the woods. Really I like to play anywhere the vibe is good. New York has been such a great experience so far and I want to keep playing more locally for now.

something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m a middle school humanities and social justice educator with a passion in anti-bias education. I teach literature with an approach to education that gives voice to marginalized and non-dominant narratives. My students this year have had deep conversations on intersectionality, white privilege/supremacy, non-dominant narratives of immigration in NYC and the Silk road. I’m inspired by my students everyday. I also teach/mentor other educators in implementing mindfulness and social emotional learning curriculum. So that’s my day job, juggling grading papers, teaching diverse canons of literature, and non-dominant histories. It influences what I play out and the kind of mixes I put together. I guess living with history every day makes makes me realize what a necessity, privilege and responsibility it is to have music as a form of expression.

DISCWOMAN 20 x precolumbian

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I first heard about precolumbian because she was originally intended to play our showcase in Philly a couple years back but had to pull out because of scheduling, so thankfully DJ Haram reintroduced us to her and her arresting sets. They tell a story and this mix is no different. It’s a reactive 40 minutes, a visceral journey that leaves you more woke than when you started. As she explains below this mix is about being a transwoman and the violence that is inflicted on transwomen daily, a more than pressing issue, an urgent issue that we need to wake up to reality of. Check out her mix and Q&A below:

tell us about this mix
This mix is about being a transwoman and the stages of grief when we lose one of our sisters.

when did you start djing?
I started DJing like 10 years ago.

first gig:
West Philly house party.

favorite party ever played:
Cumbiasazo in Chicago.

fave DJ:
DJ Haram & BEARCAT <3 fave producer:
everyone producing Lil Uzi Vert right now.

pet peeve when djing:
A bad sound system.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten:
idk lol

place you’d like to play:
Ghe20G0th1k…hiiiiii!

DISCWOMAN 19 x Gooddroid

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We first had the pleasure of being acquainted with Gooddroid when we booked her during Winter Music Conference last year in her hometown of Miami. Her sounds reflected a sensibility and spirit that didn’t give a shit about the status quo of mostly garbage played by white dude and in turn she delivered a set that carved her own style of variations of club music/house into the WMC fabric. Not to mention she runs her own label Loveless Records whilst occasionally organizing Vogue Balls, one of which our Christine was a judge at last year. This mix is a hypnotic 50 minutes that communicates her musical context perfectly, one that makes a stamp outside of the margins and symbolic of the counter culture Gooddroid is directly a part of creating and defining. This is super powerful transition of sounds that culminates in a rather emotional crashing crescendo. Check out her mix and q&a below :)

-frankie

tell us about this mix:
this is me showing my *sensitive side*

first gig:
I used to dj at roller rinks when I was in my teens but my first club gig was opening for LTJ Bukem at I/O Lounge in Miami. I’m not the best drum & bass dj

favorite party ever played:
opening for big freedia at bardot was pretty iconic

fave DJ
danny tenaglia :)

fave producer
quest?onmarc currently, a couple of his tunes in this mix

pet peeve when djing
lord have mercy, do I hate when people ask for requests. i’m obviously being paid to do this for a reason, right?

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
DJ EZ told me I had “bare tunes”, the world stood still then

place you’d like to play?
XOYO, hit me up please

something you want everyone to know about you
I am approachable, I swear

DISCWOMAN 18 x Josey Rebelle

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I was first introduced to Josey Rebelle after I was sent her RA mix by my friend Phil. It blew me away. Honestly is so empowering hearing a black woman own the music that’s such a rich part of our history but is typically played out by white men. It really changes everything and Josey is changing everything. This mix a brief and impressively in depth, history in music with genres that often get forgotten in the club punctuated with profound political statements that are regrettably so relevant right now. Her cross genre mixing is captivating and tells the story of where’s she’s emotionally at which we all need to be paying attention to. Check out her mix and Q&A below:

-frankie

TELL US ABOUT THIS MIX
A few smashers, a few emotional ones. Listening back, I think I was maybe in a bit of a dark mood when I did this. The world feels fucked.

WHEN DID YOU START DJING?
In my early teens – but I was a very shy bedroom DJ for a long time. My brother taught me to mix on his house and techno collection, and at that time I was also obsessed with hardcore and jungle. But in terms of consistently playing out, it’s probably been around eight years or so.

FIRST GIG:
First time I played out in a proper club setting was when I was at university at a night run by the ‘Underground Dance Music Society’. Every club you could join at uni, like debating or music or whatever, was called a ‘society’. Sounds well posh, doesn’t it? I’m the least posh person in the universe.

FAVORITE PARTY EVER PLAYED:
At the risk of sounding like a cliched name-dropping dickhead, I’ll say that playing Panorama Bar really was the most incredible thing ever. I was so happy, I felt like I was having an out of body experience or something (and, no, I wasn’t on anything!).

FAVE DJ
Ah, there are so many. But I will hijack this question to say that I love and respect the entire Discwoman crew so much. I can’t think of many other crews that I’ve felt such a strong affinity with. Big up your chests.

FAVE PRODUCER
Larry Heard. Ah, Larry, Larry, Larry …

PET PEEVE WHEN DJING
I don’t really get annoyed all that much. Probably me annoying myself by being incapable of putting my records back in their sleeves neatly. I’ve noticed that DJ Stingray is incredibly efficient at that. Maybe he can teach me.

WHAT’S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN?
I’m quite possibly the worst person at receiving compliments. I just get all embarrassed and change the subject quickly. But there are lots of lovely people who say nice things when I play out or do radio.

PLACE YOU’D LIKE TO PLAY
I’m forever craving a dark basement with a red light.

SOMETHING YOU WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU
Every time you take a photo of me, I die a little.

Tracklist

1 SMBD – Message 0316 
2 System Olympia – 8
3 [Angela Davis – from Women, Race, And Class]
4 Indo Tribe – I’ve Become What You Were (Insider Mix)
5 Lone – Vapour Trail 
6 Ikonika – Stick Shaker
7 I-F – I Do Because I Couldn’t Care Less
8 Machine Woman – 10.08.15
9 DANNN – Radio Rip
10 James Mason – Free
11 J.J. Fad – Supersonic
12 Awesome 3 – Don’t Go
13 DJ Overdose – On the Silver Globe
14 Aquarian – Hydropulse
15 Tony Phorse & Sheik – Gravel VIP
16 DVA [Hi:Emotions] – ALMOSTU (ft Rae Rae & Roses Gabor)
17 Loose Ends – Symptoms of Love
18 Brassfoot – Master Bait

DISCWOMAN 17 x Barbie Bertisch

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I think I first got to know Barbie Bertisch when her and her partner Paul Raffaele invited me to be on their radio show at Red Bull Studios, where we drank a lot of whiskey and vibed over their music choices and my own. They both run the the reputable underground magazine Love Injection which has become one of the finest representations of the Brooklyn underground. This mix is sublime, with sounds that are very new and refreshing to our mix collection. A therapeutic blend of genres I don’t know how to describe which are so soothing especially in this time we’re in. Check out her Q&A and mix below! -Frankie

tell us about this mix
It came together as a sort of close-out to a pretty tumultuous 2016. I wanted the hour or so to reflect the last 12 months of my life ran through a smoked-out room and big sound. Recorded in one take, no records or CDJs were harmed during the making of this mix.

when did you start djing?
​At friend’s basements in 2015. Long nights into longer mornings with the best crew of people.

first gig:
​I want to say it was the launch party for Love Injection’s first issue. Must have been February 2015 at Battery Harris. A night of converging of crews, new friends, and lots of great music.

favorite party ever played:
​So many… Each is special for different reasons. Highlights of 2016 include opening for Lovefingers at Black Flamingo, for Lindstrøm at Good Room, and for Eli Escobar at Bossa. ​

fave DJ
​DJ Harvey forever and ever. ​

fave producer
​​I couldn’t pick one. There’s too many talented people out there.

pet peeve when djing:
​Requests for top 40 or attempts to have a full blown conversation. ​

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Headliner telling me how much they appreciated the opener playing good music, applause included, which was real cool. ​

place you’d like to play:
​Anywhere, everywhere that will have me. Brilliant Corners and/or Spiritland would be real nice, too.

something you want everyone to know about you
Spanish is my first language and my English absolutely fails me when I’m tired. If we run into each other and I can barely make sense, you now know why.

Tracklist

Paolo Dossena – Voices [CAM]
In Flagranti – Mini Sell [Codek]
Blackbelt Andersen – Tyrkisk Pepper (Dolle Jolle remix) [Full Pupp]
Autarkic – Rotation! Rotation! (Red Axes remix) [Turbo]
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra – Too Much Information (Mr. Raoul K Transformation) [Rainy City Music]
Auntie Flo – Daabi [Autonomous Africa]
Books – Feel It In My Bones (Feat. Zodiac) [XVI Records]
Tensnake – Freundchen [True Romance]
Red Rack’em – Wonky Bassline Disco Banger [Bergerac]
Robyn feat. Mr. Tophat – Trust Me [Smalltown Supersound]

DISCWOMAN 16 x Jayda G

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First learned about Jayda G at our first event at Smartbar Chicago then she played our show on the Lot Radio. To put it simply Jayda G is the energy the scene needs and needs more of. Her affection and adoration of music is fully present in all of her sets which are house, soul and disco inclined. Check our her mix and Q&A below. Jayda G is life, she rules.

tell us about this mix
All my mixes are done using vinyl made live (no Ableton). This mix is no exception. Also, it’s a one-take mix so listeners are getting an honest DJ set. All house. All tracks that I love.

when did you start djing?
2012 I think? That’s when I bought my first set of decks anyways.

first gig:
Good lord! At this little bar in Vancouver in the Gastown area. No one came expect my best friend and some people who just happened to be at the bar that night.

favorite party ever played:
Dublin back in July last year. It was an Out to Lunch party and the Dip crew played before me. It was such a special night. I was super moved by the love in the room.

fave DJ
To many to pick

fave producer
Moodymann

pet peeve when djing
When some touches the mixer when I’m playing.

what’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Someone came up to me after a set and said that what and how I played made them feel like they could truly be themselves

place you’d like to play:
Everywhere! Its all about spreading the love

something you want everyone to know about you
That I am myself – not trying to be anything else

DISCWOMAN 15 x Serena Jara

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Serena Jara is exactly who you should be fucking with. Her relatively new adventure into DJing has become an essential vehicle for her to champion space for trans women in our New York community and the world. This mix is a reaction to violent masculinity in its many forms, and intertwines the highest BPMs with vocal messages ensuring to empower those who relate to her experience and for those who don’t: to listen up. Our first mix of 2017 is one to politically act upon as we enter this dark year, Serena’s mix gives us valor and strength to do so. Listen/read below

tell us about this mix
for this mix i was channelling a lot of dark energy from many of the bad experiences i had last year. i wanted to make something for other weird abrasive scary girls who feel pathologized by the world. I have seen a lot of my sisters and myself deal with some of the most fucked up situations recently, there is so much weight that trans girls carry behind our resting bitch-face expressions, or eyes rolling in the backs of our heads in disgust (lol). the songs are a lot of industrial music i grew up with mixed with early 2000’s hardstyle, breakbeats, and bitchy female vocals. but part of it too is tapping into the more sensitive side of this aggression i’ve been feeling, something i have been trying to bring to nightlife thru transgirl empowerment events, such as the party i started with Maya monés: “the girls room”.

when did you start djing?
about 1.5 yrs ago

first gig:
was at trophy bar. unfortunately i don’t go back there anymore after an altercation with security and 1 of my friends

favorite party ever played:
one of the best parties i played was maybe richard kennedy’s first kwik party, it got so packed so fast and a great energy in the room. the last dagger before the old spectrum closed was cool. also i had a lot of fun playing at idapalooza in tennessee with quay dash/special interest/haram/precolumbian last summer, what a cute mess ahahah (mostly)

fave DJ
dj bb bryn barnett, dj br0nz3_g0dd3ss currently

fave producer
lately i have been into cryptolect, via app, and prist (RIP<3) to name a few. also ashley breathe is an amazing producer and makes all her own beats, so good

pet peeve when djing
venue fucking with my levels.

what’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
recently someone told me i had a great energy at a party and it was so nice to hear, since i have heard increasingly often lately that i’m intimidating. i have no concept of what energies i’m giving off honestly, but this makes me kinda sad.

place you’d like to play?
sex club

something you want everyone to know about you
since i started going out when i was 19 i never got over the anxiety or awkward feelings in nightlife.. anytime i see space being made for the girls i feel like it’s so important to keep showing up at parties and repping the team, whatever that means

tracklist
intro by kibz selcuk
cryptolect – behold
nasenbluten – feel discipline
überdruck – turntable junkie (überdruck mix)
xemnas x letres2k – doom blade
[x]-rx – industrial rave revolution
camille jones – the creeps (fedde le grand mix)
frankie bones – trip on azid
voodoo and serano – cold blood
riton – rinse and repeat ft. kah-lo (ase manual mix)
überdruck – bloody slut (überdruck mix)
rozay labeija – interlude ft. keijaun thomas
powerman 5000 – when worlds collide
dj arne L II – RIP
false witness – dip don (dubbel dutch mix)
dtc – tigroutek
quay dash – feelings
ashley breathe – my pussy needs milk (interlude)
britney spears – slumber party ft. tinashe
air max 97 – hounded
david caretta – system
yasmin gate – adrenaline adrian canzian black mix
no light – god centered
ayria – friends or enemies rotersand mix
bulma – suicide season
nadia oh – jump (out the window)
rye rye – wassup wassup crookers mix
prist – kakc
uffie – hot chick
lords of acid – scrood bi u
princess superstar – coochie coo felix da housecat mix
elysia crampton – the wish ft. angelica
orgy – social enemies
rules – sorry rewire
velvet acid christ – slut