stud1nt, a member of queer artist collective KUNQ, gives us our latest mix. a mesmerizing 30 minutes of sounds that pair their own productions with some of our favorite local producers such as DJ Haram, quest?onmarc, NA Nguzu, & HITMAKERCHINX. Read more about them below whilst listening to this power of a mix.
Tell us about this mix
Euphoric accidents in rhythm and extended blends.
When did you start DJing?
Mid-college. I was isolated in Middlebury, Vermont after growing up in Queens and going to GHE20G0TH1K, 285 Kent, Glasslands, any-kind-of-music shows almost every weekend. I tried to come home as much as possible, but it was easier and more cathartic to create my own sound palette.
Opening for Venus X, Brenmar, Alvaro Diaz and Fuete Billete at Santos Party House.
Favorite party ever played:
I threw a word-of-mouth New Year’s party this year in a 90s residential loft with the KUNQ crew, Tygapaw, Kala, Todd P, and Jesse Hlebo. We set up the DJ booth and fog machine in the living room, the kitchen was as our bar, and there were 4 bedrooms with mattresses intact that we installed LEDs in. It was pretty surreal.
Papi Juice and Joey LaBeija’s Legendary.
SHYBOI, Juliana Huxtable, Mike Q
DJ Haram, Syd the Kid
Pet peeve when DJing
Sound guys getting on stage to “fix” things soon as I start. I’m always baffled like I’m DJing and you’re not for a reason. DJs standing over my shoulder for track IDs. Requests.
What’s best compliment you’ve ever received?
In terms of DJing, a bunch of people have told me they play DETENTION “religiously”. I kind of made it like that, too.
Place you’d like to play:
In the middle of a desert or below a waterfall.
Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’m a perfectionist learning to let go of control.