Djing since 2002, but in the industry since 1991, Colby b got an early start with music in the city of Seattle. She began working with promoters and record labels early on doing production, promotion and various other odds-&-ends in the scene but was most famous for being the door girl at every hot event in the city before starting work as a DJ. Being tagged as one of the most in-demand DJs in Seattle, Colby b moved on-ward and up-ward to the city of New York after juggling residencies at parties in Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco. She can be found playing New York’s hottest venues, including Le Bain, Marquee, EVR, Greenhouse and Westway.
Hey Colby, we’re excited to finally have you play at Dick and Fanny. You’ve just been on a little European round-trip. Where have you been and what did you get up to?
I feel like I’ve been everywhere! But many places I still need to go, next time ;)
I’ve put my hands in about everything music related, club management/booking/promoting/record labels and finally settled on djing. I had a good reputation and that combined with a wide range of musical expertise led to bookings and so on. I was so blessed to grow as a artist in that community I’ve played with some real legends and biggest names. Moby, The Pet Shop Boys, Deadmau5, James Murphy, Hercules and Love Affair, Peaches and The Scissor Sisters to name a few.
I feel like the west coast is def more organic/DIY/arty/queer and in some instances pushes for a lot of top 40 where as in in nyc house music reigns king (or queen if you will). The [ny] venues tend to either be more posh and exclusive or more underground and sleazy – all combos I like ;)
In Seattle the end all be all is Pony. The best gay bar ran by my old party (Comeback) partner Marcus Wilson who has had his hand in everything from TrannyShack to the legendary Seattle party Pho Bang. He also has a amazing band called the Ononos. There are lots of things going on any given night though, lots of stars in that city – including last Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon.
In New York you have too many to choose from on any given night. The best ones right now if have to say are Westgay at Westway (a old strip club if that gives you any ideas) and then any party thrown by legendary promoter Susanne Bartsch. I’m lucky to have played at most of her events since moving to New York such as Vandam Sundays (thrown with club kid legend Kenny Kenny) On Top at Le Bain (The Standard) and most recently Catwalk Thursday at Marquee which just this week won best party in New York at the The Paper Magazine nightlife awards. And one must not forget the legendary bars such as The Cock, The Monster and Eastern Bloc.
At the moment all my focus has been on touring but I do have plans for more in the future. I do have two mixes out currently, Fast Chick (DJ Nita and Colby b remix) by ErickaToure Aviance and Best XXXcessory (Pointy Paradise mix) by Manilla Luzon of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Pointy Paradise is myself and Matt Katz-Bohen of the band Blondie.
Definitely more New York, she really rubbed off on me ;) But I pick up influence from every city I play in so your always getting a mixed bag – a goodie bag of something for everyone!
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