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!