DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #1 SOFTCORESOFT

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When did you start DJing?
I started in the beginning of this year, but I had been thinking about if for a long time and was kind of afraid to jump in. Two years ago my partner, best friend and another close friend all pitched in to buy me a Native Instruments Z1 controller, and it sat in my room for a long time. Meanwhile I was dabbling into production, but came back to DJing, and as soon as I got my first gig, I knew it would stick around. I love sharing music that I like and make people vibe to it, there’s something so direct, and you can do it on a weekly basis.

First gig in Montreal:
At Nouveau Palais and Jacques Greene was there having a drink with my friend, I was so nervous.

Favorite party ever played:
I played a pretty epic party at Voro called Bang It Out (sometime late winter), I was opening for Shaydakiss and A-Rock. There were lots of people and they were really warming up to my music, but then it got busted by the cops and it turned into the most insane Mile-End house party of 2015. It was my second gig ever!

Favorite woman DJ:
My biggest crush is Kim Ann Foxman, her music is so groovy and her style is wicked. There’s so many other ones, they’re mostly really badass producers: Tokimonsta, Ellen Allien, Fatima Al Qadiri, Laurel Halo, Anja Schneider, Lena Willikens, etc

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Right now I’m really digging Terron’s Whites 003, So acid, so good.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It’s a way to bring women and female identified DJs together not only to demonstrate to the world that we exist and that we are rad, but also to surrounded ourselves with women to look up to and exchange with.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Random dudes coming up and telling me when one of my mixes doesn’t quite work or when they tell me how great of a vinyl DJ they were “back then.” You can just suck my left one (wink wink to Bikini Kill!)

Do you dance when you DJ?
ALWAYS. A DJ that doesn’t dance or doesn’t like clubs and parties is suspicious. Smells like pretension.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Ummm, at least I’m under the impression that I can!

Place you’d like to play:
Moog, in Barcelona. I’ve had great and weird nights at that club while I was living there.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
That I LOVE karaoke. Some of my closest friends already know.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #8: LADY LIQUID

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When did you start DJing?
Well I started at the end of 2001.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
In June 23, 2002 at Ocean Park beach (Noche de san Juan).

Favorite party ever played:
That’s a hard question, but if I have to pick one should be the one that I had to open for Tiesto by 2007 at the Hiram Bithorn Coliseum.

Favorite woman DJ:
I guess Sandra collins would be my favorite woman DJ.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
It was Emerge by Fischerspooner, it was my first and it only cost me a dollar , and later on it became my lucky charm record.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
When I first heard the term DISCWOMAN I thought it was a really good name, it reminded me of ‘Girls on Vinyl’- a all girl DJ party. ‘Discwoman’ is like maybe an evolution of that concept. Instead of girls, we are now women in the industry.

Do you dance when you DJ?
I can dance when I play. Sometimes I like to really concentrate and I stand still but I’m pretty sure something is moving by itself.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes I can play in every condition even though my hardcore days are behind me, nowadays I take it a lot more serious and dedicated.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Every soul that comes to me and says you’ve changed my life because of the emotions that I felt with your music.

Place you’d like to play:
Japan.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #6: PAYOLA ISABEL

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When did you start DJing?
4 years ago

First gig in Puerto Rico:
A private party

Favorite party ever played:
A party in Old San Juan called “Baldechú”

Favorite woman DJ:
Karin Dreirjer, Mamacita and Tokimonsta.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I don’t have a specific one.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
It is lIke, “THIS woman”.

Pet peeve when DJing:
When people ask requests.

Do you dance when you DJ?
A lot! My hair is all over the place.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes. Of course.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“te quiero poner como me pone tu música”

Place you’d like to play:
For me it’s not about the place, but the people and the party itself. Specially in Puerto Rico where there isn’t a specific venue and all of them modify it’s ambience a lot.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m very distracted and I also have ADHD and some dyslexia. Also, I like to share the music that I like.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #5: GERA

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When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2011.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first gig was in The Vatican. It was one of the most finest underground venues in Puerto Rico back then. Great memories.

Favorite party ever played:
Verboten New York! It was amazing! Great vibe and excellent sound system. Can’t wait to go back!

Favorite woman DJ:
Nina Kraviz, Ellen Allien, Bella Sarris, Magda, Maayan Nidam, Maya Jane Coles.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I think It would probably be Ellen Allien & Apparat from Bpitch Label. To me it is a very special record, great to have.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Is a inspiring movement based on a group of talented female artist that are focus to empower young women. I’m very flattered to be part of this authentic event.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Requests & Conversations (while I’m playing)

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course!

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Best compliments? The ones to come.

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin, Detroit, Mexico, Russia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I am extremely passionate & hardworking when it comes to music. I am always looking for new things and ways to innovate my performance and my productions. It is a blessing for me to be able to share what I love with people and to feel how they embrace it, is just magic!

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #4: UMFANG

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Photo BY Nieto Dickens

When did you start DJing? 
2009

First gig: 
BOTNET at Emerald Space in Kansas City

Favorite party ever played: 
Most recently Terry Radio Satellite Party at Negative Space in Kansas City. Two people gave me mixtapes and we danced with the lights on for like an hour after it ended. Massive positive creative energy there.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Lori Napoleon / Venus X

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
Chupacabra “Aw Yeah” / Everything Omar S.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
A DJ channelling the feminine.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Strangers in the booth

Do you dance when you DJ? 
Yes

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Opening SUSTAIN-RELEASE

Place you’d like to play:
A woodland rave in Europe at sunrise.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I really believe that everything relates back to techno.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #2: FIASCO

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Photo BY Nieto Dickens

When did you start DJing?
I started djing in 2010.

First gig in Puerto Rico:
My first unofficial gig back home was at Café 103 in Río Piedras. Very fun night.

Favorite party ever played:
Too many to even pick one!

Favorite woman DJ:
Tokimonsta, Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles, Aurora Halal, Tamara Sky and Louisahhh!!!

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Wiseblood- Motorslug

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
A movement of real badass girls, who aren’t scared of going hard behind decks and are driven by music and nightlife.

Pet peeve when DJing:
REQUESTS.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Always. It’s more of a ‘foot tapping-head bouncing’ kind of dance.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I was djing at Bossa Nova one night, and someone left a note that said “You’re set was sick.” That was pretty cool.  He did disappear after leaving the note on the mixer. Where in the world is ‘The Note Writer’?

Place you’d like to play:
Berlin. Ibiza. México.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I love playing and making music more than anything in the world, and I love being able to share this with people. I’m currently working on my EP, under the moniker Lola Pistola, due this summer.

DISCWOMAN PUERTO RICO #1: UCHI

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When did you start DJing?
Started as a rotation DJ on WVUM 90.5FM, UM’s Radio.

First gig:
Kill Your Idol Ladies night after mentioning to the bar manager I was part of WVUM. They basically made me come back every week after the first night. Thanks to them I do this full time now..

Favorite party ever played:
Wow, too many, but probably the time I opened for Mount Kimbie.

Favorite woman DJ:
I gotta say I loved Aurora Halal since the first time I ever saw her.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
I love all my records, but lately I’ve been playing John Tejada’s Parabolas while making pasta.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
A woman who can mix, like a DJ.

Pet peeve when DJing:
My headphones not staying on, I should probably buy new headphones.

Do you dance when you DJ?
No, just kidding, yes.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Of course.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“You are meant to be doing this!” – makes me feel ok about not having a 9-5.

Place you’d like to play:
Berghain – Berlin

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I am a huge fan of Adventure Time

DISCWOMAN #12: ARIELE MAX

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When did you start DJing?
I’ve been VJing and throwing parties for a while but didn’t really dive in as a DJ until 2013!

First gig in NYC?
There was this monthly show/ party I did at the Body Actualized Center called ACCESS.

Favorite party ever played?
I think the most fun I’ve had Djing was at this party I put together at Bossa Nova Civic Club called SPLASH FX consisting of an awesome crew of female/ female identified DJs. So good! Some fellow DISCWOMEN played that night. It’s just one more reason why I’m especially excited about this event and everyone involved in it

Favorite woman DJ
I have so many favorites; there are so many influential women djing right now.  Asma (Nguzunguzu) has been on my top 3 for a while. Tigga Calore and Juliana Huxtable always thrown down amazing sets, too.

Best record you’ve ever bought 
I just bought an amazing record from A1 but I don’t know who it’s by or what it’s called because it’s blank except for some illegible scribble that was written on it.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
That’s pretty self explanatory, right?

Pet peeve when DJing
People who accidentally spill their entire drink on my gear while I am DJing or VJing.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Yes

Can you DJ when wasted?
I have, but…I wouldn’t recommend it.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I think it’s sweet when people approach me to tell me they are fans of what I do, but just watching people dance is a compliment in itself. Place you’d like to play?
The Museum of Natural History
Something you want everyone to know about you
I also go by dollargem.

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!

DISCWOMAN #10: KIM ANH

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When did you start DJing?
Technically I started DJ’ing in 1998. I was a little baby raver then and only ever DJ’d in exchange for a 6 pack and party favors. I started DJ’ing as a career in 2008.

First gig in NYC?
An after party at a loft on Jane Street about 13 years ago.

Favorite party ever played?
Old school Booby Trap!, Dick & Fanny (UK) and supporting The Knife in LA on their last tour. Things went beyond levels.

Favorite woman DJ
Just one? Can I say two? Ellen Allien and Venus X.

Best record you’ve ever bought 
I don’t think I can answer that! But one of the most influential would be Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

How would you define the term Discwoman?
A woman who knows the past and future of music.

Pet peeve when DJing
REQUESTS. BYE.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Like a queen lip syncing for her life.

Can you DJ when wasted?
I’ve definitely done it.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
As a DJ, I guess “thank you”. A man ran up to me one year during LA PRIDE with tears in his eyes saying “I can’t believe you’re playing all these old tracks. You’re taking me back to my club days in Manhattan in the 1980s. You’re giving me life girl!” He thanked me, kissed my hand and shimmied away.

Place you’d like to play?
I’d love to play at Berghain again.

Something you want everyone to know about you
I also write and compose music.