Photo by mariah tiffany
San Francisco based DJ Judy Li aka dhra, gave us this magical and energizing mix to help celebrate our debut party in San Francisco. Peep her quick Q+A below:
When did you start DJing?
About 4 years ago but started playing out regularly a year ago.
First gig in the bay?
Breathe, a bass music night at Milk Bar on haight street in 2012.
Favorite party ever played:
Brouhaha in Oakland during summer of last year, it was one of the first times I’d go to play a full vinyl set and the energy of the music and crowd was really feeding off one another.
Favorite woman DJ:
Helena Hauff – her impeccable selections and technical ability makes her someone I really respect. Also, someone else who’s not necessarily known for her DJing but whose skills I find equally impressive as her music is Bjork.
Best record you’ve ever bought:
I finally got my hands on the shinichi atobe’s butterfly effect recently and I can’t stop playing it.
How would you define the term Discwoman?
Any musician who identifies as female as a social construct. As someone who grew up in the 90s, I also find this to be a clever play on the ‘discman’, which challenges preconceived notions of gender in dance music and society as a whole historically. If the discman is a relic of the past then discwoman is paving the path for a more equally represented present and future.
Do you dance when you DJ?
Can you DJ when wasted?
I can but i would prefer not too, just a bit buzzed is good for me.
Place you’d like to play:
Anywhere and everywhere with a good sound system, crowd, and vibe!
Something you want everyone to know about you:
Special thanks to T. Vivien, Rush plus, Bedouin records, and Project 13 for letting me showcase their forthcoming material in this mix.
Dhra will be playing alongside UMFANG, Volvox and Jaqi Sparro this Friday at F8 for our debut showcase in San Francisco.