DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #6: FRANKIE TEARDROP

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When did you start DJing?
I started DJing 2 years ago at my first event.

First gig in Montreal:
My first gig was in Vancouver at an event called WiG.

Favorite party ever played:
Oh my god so many I can’t choose. Probably TRYST, a secret queer after hours thrown by the great J’vlyn and Dani. Or my last LIP event at Poisson Noir.

Favorite woman DJ:
Mmm Yung Bambii.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Downtown Boys, Full Communism! (I don’t mix with their music but they’re one of my fave bands from Providence).

How would you define DISCWOMAN?
Discwoman has created a space for women/female-identified DJs  to show their talent. Each night is a full line up of rad DJs who play together and bring attention to this otherwise male-dominated scene. Discwoman is a place for everyone to witness skilled female (and/or identified) DJs who have a voice for change and music to dance to.

Pet peeve when DJing?
Dudes coming behind the booth to ‘help me DJ’ by either pushing buttons on my mixer, asking me if I know what kind of controller I am using, taking my headphones off me and putting them on, or touching my duct tape outfits aka me.

Do you dance when you DJ?
YES, THAT’S WHY IM THERE.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Liquid courage helps me feel fearless sometimes so I guess I can. I find Im sloppier when I’m stiff, nervous, and trembling on stage but then again I don’t like to drink every time I DJ so I had to get over that.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
“You taught me so much.” From a sweetie friend who came to LIP and saw me DJ with my two other queer DJ friends. He started Dj’ing and has been nervous to enter into the competitive bro-dominated Dj scene and saw that there ARE different environments where DJs have fun dancing, playing music, encouraging each other, and are queer and friendly as hell.

Place you’d like to play:
SAT dome, its happening July 16! Berghain next year pls.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I play in a band called Ursula and I run a fest with my partner called Slut Island. See you on Saturday!

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #5: HEIDY P

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PHOTO BY Rodolfo Moraga

When did you start DJing?
I started 10 years ago. I used to have a radio show, Ce soir on danse, on a college radio. A friend asked if I’d like to try DJ at one of his night and I loved it so much, the next week I was begging a local club owner to let me start a weekly on Sundays.

First gig in Montreal:
That will have to be that night my friend let me play at Saphir, it was around Christmas and I was playing a lot more rock’n’roll back then.

Favorite party ever played:
A party in a downtown Detroit loft. We got to play the window open until really late. No cops showed up. The crowd was just amazing. It ended with the remaining people going to the casino around 8am, all dressed up in leopard fur coat.

Favorite woman DJ:
Miss Kittin is the reason I got into electronic music but these days I follow Steffi, Cassy, DJ Minx and I’m so obsessed with The Black Madonna that I’m taking a 24h trip to Toronto to go see her at A Club Called Rhonda.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
My mine “Hypnotic Tango”. Just because it’s the one record that made me want to start digging. I had just moved to Berlin and went to this amazing Italo Disco party. The next day I was record shopping and the first song I listened to was this record that happened to have blown my mind the night before!

How would you define the DISCWOMAN? 
A community that put women talents up front.

Pet peeve when DJing: 
When I have a male friend with me in the booth while I DJ and people come up to him thinking he’s the one doing all the job. It did save me from annoying special requests though.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Of course

Can you DJ when wasted? 
Yes, but throughout the years I realized I play my best sets sober.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
That I was really good at reading a crowd and I was able to take them on a journey.

Place you’d like to play?
Anywhere really! Travelling and playing music for people, discovering record stores, finding out about different scenes, in different cities is just what I like to do. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
Disco is my first love.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #4: BABI AUDI

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago

First gig in Montreal:
February 2013, r.i.p afterparty spot called The Fall

Favorite party ever played:
Notsuoh in Houston in winter 2013

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Spontaneously I’d say Comme à la radio by Brigitte Fontaine and Chicago Art Ensemble is memorable for me, maybe not THE best but one of the heaviest in term of inspiration

Favorite woman DJ:
Uniiqu3

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Wavy, curly, power

Pet peeve when DJing:
No sub

Do you dance when you DJ?
All the time

Can you DJ when wasted?
I am better when wasted.

What’s best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
«You’re on some real shit dude»

Place you’d like to play:
Missy Elliot’s private mansion v.i.p pool/spa section party?

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I produce beautiful music, check it out.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #3: DJBOYZCLUB

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When did you start DJing?
2 or 3 years ago, 2009, my first year of university

First gig in Montreal:
I believe it was a university residence semi-formal event, I wore my high school prom dress & played a lot of electro house.

Favorite party ever played:
I played this sweet house party in Saskatoon where I went b2b with a couple dudes. I played cellular grime songs & various tracks at really weird tempos till 6am.

Favorite woman DJ: 
Analog Soul (Jacky Sommer + DatKat), Ellen Allien, Avalon Emerson, & The Black Madonna are five who are extremely influencial and always inspiring to me.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
Probably DJ Deeon – Induced EP because at least 50% of the tracks are about sex and 100% of them are ghetto house

How would you define DISCWOMAN?
Fierce DJs & producers who happen to be female.

Pet peeve when DJing?
Drinks anywhere near the decks and dudes not letting me do my thang

Do you dance when you Dj?
YAS, it makes me sad when DJs don’t look like they’re having fun :(

Can you DJ when wasted?
Yes, and I am willing to take more risks, especially with cheesy songs.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
Probably when Avalon Emerson said I was good, because it came from her and she is an amazing woman!

Place you’d like to play:
Panorama Bar at 8am, anywhere in Detroit, a Christian Dior or Raf Simons runway show, Italy, Japan, Australia

Something you want everyone to know about you:
My goal this summer is to host a DJ night where the music is stricly blog house/ electro house from the mid to late 2000s.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #2: GAYANCE

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PHOTO BY Bianca Des Jardins

When did you start DJing? 
I started in summer 2013. Then I’ve learn who to play with vinyls last summer.

First gig in Montreal: 
I did the first part of my friend STWO and Nouvel Âge in Belmont

Favorite party ever played: 
I’d say the last 24 Hour Of Vinyl in Montreal. I didn’t sleep, stayed at the party the whole time and I was DJing at 9am with my two favs: Mat Coates and DJ Asma. Good times!>

Favorite woman DJ:
Kronika is one of the illest in the game. Shout out to Eden Hagos as well!

Best record you’ve ever bought: 
I’d say Hollywood Recording by Sa-Ra Creative Partners.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN? 
Portable discs were all our best friends back in the day. I used to travel the whole city to go to school everyday. In certain culture, woman share the knowledge from generation to generation. Now, as we are DISCWOMAN, the knowledge has to be passed on by all these good DJs.

Pet peeve when DJing: Don’t ask me for some Drake, I will make an evil laugh and ignore you.

Do you dance when you DJ? YES, I’m a trained dancer. So yes yes yes, I dance when I do my transition and when the song goes on. Dance dance dance.

Can you DJ when wasted? 
I drink to be in the same universe as everyone, but I’m more of a stoner DJ.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten? 
High Klassified manager said something super sweet to me last weekend. “You’re like the one who put all these cats (Kaytranada, High Klassified etc) on the map, you are like the mama of the scene” That made me smile.

Place you’d like to play: 
I would cry if they give me a gig at Low End Theory in L.A. I’ve been there 3 times and this place is like mecca to me.

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I’M THE BEST SELEKTA UNDER 25.

DISCWOMAN MONTREAL #1 SOFTCORESOFT

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PHOTO BY Thomas Archambault

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.