DISCWOMAN #8: SHANNON FUNCHESS

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Photo by Grant Marshall

When did you start DJing?
In Seattle in the 90’s at a pirate radio station. My first ever beat match “mix” experience came from playing a Iggy Pop song with a Nina Simone song. It was all love after that.

First gig in NYC:
It was either a Halloween loft party on Bedford Avenue and N. 4th in Williamsburg or Meow Mix Club in L.E.S. Manhattan in 2001 a month after I moved to NY. It was long enough ago I’m having trouble remembering! I DJ’d in Seattle under the moniker E-RACE for many years prior to that. After moving to N.Y. I found out someone had stolen the moniker and that was fracking weird so, now I’m going by my name SHANNON F.. Bite that!

Favorite party ever played:
Djing with Volvox and Lauren Flax at Glasslands this spring was a pretty amazing line up! I love djing alongside bad asses like these two.

Favorite woman DJ:
There’s a few but, Lauren Flax, Volvox, Pandora’s Juke Box and Tama Sumo in Berlin all come to mind.

Best record you’ve ever bought:
A 4AD compilation called Lonely As An Isore.

How would you define the term DISCWOMAN?
Like Discman but, with women or the feminine as the dominant figure in terms of societal modality. The way ‘man’ or the masculine is used in society to define everything for the last 600,000 years.

Pet peeve when DJing:
Requests! Its not a damn wedding or a frat party so, don’t bother asking me to play Madonna. Especially, if I’m already playing it! Not that I would ever play Madoodoo! OK, maybe Ray of Light.

Do you dance when you DJ?
Absolutely.

Can you DJ when wasted?
Preferrably.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?
I love you!

Place you’d like to play:
Berghain or Panorama Bar in Berlin .

Something you want everyone to know about you:
I doing my best to dance this mess around.