San Francisco-based DR. SLEEP has been DJing and making music since 2003. She started her career spinning new wave and synth pop and returned to her roots in house and techno in 2009. She has held residencies at Public Works, 222 Hyde, Underground SF and the Deco Lounge and has guested at many of the current underground San Francisco party institutions, such as Honey Soundsystem, As You Like It, Go Bang!, Haceteria, Booty Call, Viennetta Discotheque, Odyssey, Hot Pants, Comfort and Joy, and Bearracuda, to name a few. Dr Sleep has also DJed across the US and abroad, in such places as NYC, LA, Seattle and Shanghai.
It’s summer, the sun’s out and Dick and Fanny is back for our July outing at Dance Tunnel on Saturday 12 July. This time round we welcome a double header of guests from the USA. THE CARRY NATION (NYC) and DR. SLEEP (SF) have been on our wishlist for a while and we’re excited to finally have them play at Dick and Fanny. Support comes from MICHELLE MANETTI who has graced our decks on several previous occasions.
Check out Dr. Sleep’s exclusive Dick And Fanny mix and our interview below.
Hi Dr. Sleep,
We are so happy to have you here this summer for an exclusive UK gig. It’s taken way too long to get you out here!
So first, and also because I’m super jetlagged and so tired as I’m writing this, why Dr. Sleep? Can you tell us the story behind this?
Sorry to hear you’re jetlagged and tired, but, also, I suppose it is apropos of your first question! I wish the story of my DJ name had more twists, but, it comes from a book I was enjoying back in the day, Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell. It’s the story of a hypnotherapist who develops insomnia and gets wrapped up in all sorts of terrible business, but, on a deeper level, it explores consciousness and surreal dream/wake states, so, maybe we can apply some retroactive meaning to that and how I was subconsciously searching to find the role of the DJ in nightlife. At the time, however, it just seemed more interesting than DJ Meli$$a.
How long have you been living in San Francisco? Is that where you started DJing?
I moved to San Francisco from Minneapolis in 2001, and, yes, that’s where I started DJing. When I first moved, I would go out dancing to house music, looking for community, and, never actually found it at that time (this story gets more uplifting). I eventually met a great collaborator in my friend, Campbell, and I remember the first time she brought me to her studio, my mouth fell open because she had 10,000 records spilling from her shelves, and a wall of vintage synths. I knew I had found my person and actually couldn’t believe there was another queer who was as obsessed with records and music as I was. I had already been hoarding music, playing instruments, and writing about music for magazines, but, after meeting her, she pushed me to DJ and we started making ambient music and soundtracks under the name Paperboats, using field recordings, processed guitars and her amazing synth collection.
You are doing lots of stuff with the Honey Soundsystem boys, how did that come about?
I think the first actual contact occurred when I was set up with Honey co-founder, P-Play/Jackie House, for a gig at a DIY space in SF called The Big Gay Warehouse in 2010. I had just moved back to SF from Minneapolis, but, in my two years away I went through a total music reset and re-educated myself on all the music I used to listen to in the 90s and early 2000’s, as I knew I wanted to focus on house and techno. I was in school in Minneapolis at the time, so in lieu of doing my work, I would spend 8 hours a day listening to music and also learning to properly mix records in the privacy of my own apartment (thank me later). In this music research, I started looking at what was happening back in SF, and it was then I discovered Honey Soundsystem. I knew immediately I had to be a part of what they were doing when I moved back, so, when the opportunity presented itself to do the gig with P-Play, I said yes right away. The funny thing about that gig was, of course, I had practiced all of those hours learning to mix on records and this gig ended up being on Pioneer CDJ 200’s. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere, the least of which was P-Play’s advice to me after we played: “Fake it ’til you make it, girllllll.” After that, I started going to the Honey parties regularly, and, eventually met all the residents and they started to book me for events and guest spots. I consider them all dear friends at this point and I think I share the general sentiment of San Francisco and the greater music and queer scenes, we are lucky to have them and to be able to experience all they bring to the table.
Where can we catch you play these days?
I have a weekly mix show on Intergalactic FM‘s Channel 6 every Sunday at 6 pm CET. Given the rich history of IFM and that Hague scene, I feel very lucky to be able to broadcast from there. Aside from that, I am taking a breather from throwing parties and focusing on production, the record label, and traveling to new cities to play and draw inspiration.
You launched a label, Jacktone, how did that come about and what have you released so far on it?
Having a label was a lifelong dream, so, to finally make it happen felt very satisfying for all of us (I started the label with two good friends, Dabecy and Exillon). Thus far, we’ve released a 12″ by Exillon and a 23-track double-cassette compilation. We have our next 3 releases lined up and the first of those is a 12″ by an Oakland producer you’ll be hearing a lot more about this year, Worker/Parasite, with remixes by an amazing techno duo, Funerals, and myself. After that release, we have a vinyl compilation featuring some favorite producers from SF and Pittsburgh, and, finally in the Fall we’ll be launching a 7″ series, which we’re reserving for non-dancefloor releases. There is more exciting stuff, but, I’ll stop there.
You recently released a remix of Stereogamous and Shaun J. Wright’s track Sweat. When did you start producing and what can we expect from you in the near future?
Prior to the Sweat remix, I didn’t have any material released, so, when I was contacted by Paul (of Stereogamous), I was pretty over the moon about it. I’d also just spent a weekend raving in the desert with Jonny (the other half of Stereogamous), so, I was doubly excited to work with them. The deadline forced me to work out any kinks that had prevented me from finishing tracks in the past, and, when it was over, not only did I feel good about the track, but, it felt like a huge weight off my shoulders from a creativity-block perspective.
From that point on, I’ve been spending as time as I can in the studio, working on my own stuff and collaborating. Jackie House/P-Play and I gave away a track using source material from the recent Patrick Cowley School Daze release on Dark Entries/HNYTrax, which you can scoop up on XLR8R. I have a house track on a recent comp by W. Jeremy and Christy Love’s Get Up Recordings, as well as some squelchy analog under the moniker Headgear, which is a collab between Worker/Parasite and I on a great cassette label out of Austin, TX called Obsolete Future. I also contributed a techno track to my label’s recent compilation. Besides the forthcoming remix mentioned above for the Worker/Parasite Jacktone 12″, I have a darkwave track with synth guru, Bezier that will be out on Dark Entries before the end of 2014. I’m working on tracks for another local label I’m really excited about, as well as starting material for a debut EP. Headgear is also working toward a live PA, which is a fun challenge, as I haven’t played out on machines since Paperboats toured in 2006.
What are your influences?
That’s a tough one, of course, but, I think my obsession with IDM and trip hop in those formative years still informs a lot of what I do now, as I’m still drawn to records that are a bit left field, dark and not necessarily straight 4 the floor. To put it succinctly, I think my friend said it best: “sad shit you can dance to.” I also love lush dreamy textures, so I probably have shoegaze to thank for that. As far as segueing to dance music and thinking about the role of a DJ, the early DJ-Kicks series had a great impact on me. The Andrea Parker CD, specifically, I can still remember the moment I first heard her transition from It’s No Good by Depeche Mode to Dr. Octagon’s Earth People. I’d never heard anybody mix genres like that, but, maybe even more importantly she included Gescom, Man Parrish, Gil Scott Heron, Afrika Bambataa, Model 500, Dopplereffekt, Drexciya – everybody! That album opened up a whole new world for me.
What’s next on your agenda?
After I play your party, I head to Berlin for several days to get my Berghain fix, then am flying back through NYC to play Scissor Sundays. After that, it will be back to work mode and getting the 3 Jacktone releases to press and hitting the studio.
Thank you for having me at Dick and Fanny, I can’t wait to play.
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SUDHA has enjoyed global success as the percussionist for Faithless and has worked with a huge variety of artists including Talvin Singh, Kylie and The Spice Girls as well as performing at legendary clubs including Cream and The Hacienda.
We are mega happy to welcome back our good friend and talented all-round musician to the decks of Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel. Also on the bill are the no less amazing SEVERINO (Horse Meat Disco) and HONEY DIJON (NYC).
Sudha also concocted an exclusive mix for us that will make you jump on your feet, have a listen and a dance right here right now!
Hi Sudha, what is your musical path? How and when did you start playing percussion?
Apparently the first word I ever said was ‘drum’ but I think that’s just my mum adding a nice bit of spice to my story. I do remember always really wanting to play but started on piano and guitar before I was able to get my wicked way. I had drum lessons at school when I was 11 and carried on for about 6 years, learning the rudiments of playing and subsequently bashing the hell out of the drum kit.
Did you start playing for bands straight away?
Yes, pretty much. I played in various bands at school and college and then after Uni I took a music course where I met loads of session musicians. Realising that was the job for me, I moved up to Manchester in the early ‘90s where I played in various jazz bands. Eventually I hooked up with the sound engineer for 90’s House band, K Klass. The rest is history. Rhythm is a mystery.
You travelled the world with Faithless and many others fabulous bands, can you tell us one of the most memorable moments you remember of that time?
OMG. One? There are hundreds! But I’ve learnt, ‘What goes on on the road stays on the road’ so it’s probably a good thing if I don’t spill all the beans. Ok, the one that’s coming up right now is sticking chocolate on a piece of toilet paper and attaching it to Sister Bliss’s trousers without her noticing, before she went on stage. Shit happens, eh?
Haha, omg, that’s hilarious and so not surprising coming from you! 😉
Were you DJing all along or did you get into it whilst gigging?
I’ve been playing club percussion since the early ‘90s, being resident at Cream and the Hacienda back in the day. Playing week in week out, it was great experience in really working a crowd, seeing what makes a good DJ and what makes a not so good one. So, I decided to apply the knowledge and got into DJing a few years later. Certainly when the likes of Ableton Live came out, that was me, hooked.
Your DJ sets are real live compositions, can you share some of your set building secrets?
Being a live musician first and foremost, I love the creative aspect of DJing and making bootleg tracks on the fly. So, I’ll compile a few samples of old tracks and drop them in accordingly, mashing up songs and re-working them. As long as I know the key beforehand then the magic can work.
Amazing, we love it, it makes your sets really stand out!
What are your influences?
They are really diverse – from 80’s Detroit and Chicago Techno, early electro like Mantronix and Newcleus, all things percussive particularly Afro-Cuban vibes, and anything that is raw and touches my heart.
Where can people listen to your own productions?
We’ve heard about a special project you are currently working on, can you share anything about it at this stage?
Just because it’s you, yes I can! After many years of gigging and being in the music industry, I felt like I needed to do something more socially conscious. So, I’ve spent the last year working on developing a way of creating sustainable energy through playing music. I’ll be taking the project out to areas in the world with no electricity. I’m off to Kenya next month to run the Rift Valley Marathon as part of raising awareness and to do some filming for a Kickstarter campaign, due for launch at the end of May. Check my twitter for updates! @sudhaha
We are so in awe of you, Sudha! We can’t wait to hear more about your project and we’ll definitely support your Kickstarter campaign. Oh and happy running!
Finally, what are you looking for the most in 2014?
After having survived 2013, I’m not looking for anything. I know that everything you need is right here!
Sudha is playing Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel.
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Chicago native and New York resident Honey Dijon has a wealth of experience behind the decks drawing inspiration from the house sounds of the Windy City and the Big Apple alike but not restricting herself to any particular sound. Honey is equally at home on the dancefloor as she is at a fashion show having DJed nightclubs from Paris to London and Berlin to Ibiza as well as fashion shows for global tastemakes such as Louis Vuitton (which she just played in Paris), Givenchy and Rick Owens. We’re delighted to welcome her to the first Dick and Fanny of 2014 and asked her some questions before her set at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.
Hi Honey, lovely to meet you and very excited to have you play the next Dick and Fanny. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Rebel. Artist. Sensualist. Vinyl Junkie. Househead. Musician. Style Junkie. Yoga Enthusiast. Vegan. Sassy. Funny. Eccentric. Kinky. Traveller. Foodie. Funny. Gin Lover. Music Addict.
When and how did you first start djing? How did you get into house music?
I grew up in Chicago. House music is practically in the water. I had no choice. It seduced me. Ron Hardy, Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, Laura Branch, Lil Louis, Pharris Thomas, Giorgio Moroder, Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nitzer Ebb, Green Velvet,George Duke, Peter Brown, Patrick Crowley,Masters At Work, David Morales, Armando, Chez & Ron are all responsible for the person answering these questions in one form or another.
You have produced a fair amount of remixes as well as your own productions. Are you working on anything at the moment?
Well I just finished a remix for Huxley and Sam Russo called Don’t Understand for Matt Tolfrey’s label Leftroom that is getting some buzz. Hercules and Love Affair just approached me about doing a remix for them which is cool and I have some business coming out on Classic as well. I’ve also been working on my first artist album for the last two years so hopefully that will see the light of day this summer.
What else are your plans for 2014?
It just started loll Just really focusing on productions and spending more time in the EU. I love Berlin, Paris, and London.That’s my goal for the year.
You are also heavily involved in the fashion world, how did you get into that?
I love style! I have always thought music, fashion ,and art was the perfect manage a trios! I was fortunate enough to dj in a lot of places where fashion folk would flock to and I was always true to what I did as far as never playing silly fashion music ( pop shit! ). I’ve always played house or disco and I think by sticking to my guns I stood out and fashion folk tend to like a little bit of conviction and flair so it worked out I think.
You were featured in Antony (of the Johnsons) and Charles Atlas’ film Turning. How did that come to be?
I’ve known Antony for years. He used to come hear me dj in New York. We became friends and when he put that project together he invited me along. Funny enough, originally I wasn’t’ gonna go because I was in Tapei for a gig, flew back to New York, and the next night was on a plane for Italy. I had a cold as well and was being a bit of a baby but I pulled it together, got on that plane and I’m so happy I did because it was a life changing and affirming two weeks! I will never forget it.
What can the Dick and Fanny crowd expect from your set?
Me, some vinyl situations, and efx. Town and country exclusively DONE.
Honey Dijon plays Dick and Fanny at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.
DJ, Vocalist, producer, purveyor of musical delights and prowess of the night, with over 10 years’ experience under her belt, it’s fair to say that MICHELLE MANETTI is a jack of all trades master of many. Her love of old skool sounds crosses from obsession to perversion and back again and can be clearly heard in her music. From London to Brighton, Ibiza to Australia, she has DJ’d and performed at many a club around the world. Both in the studio and on the decks she has worked alongside the likes of Joey Negro, Serge Santiago, Tom Neville, Howard Donald, Prok & Fitch, Sharp Boys, Sunset Strippers and Bryan Chambers.
Michelle Manetti will be gracing our decks again this coming Sunday 29 December at Dalston Superstore for our PRE-NYE’s bash. DAVE KENDRICK, LA GOSSE and DAVID OH, as well as DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also aim bringing about your best dance moves.
You’ve been working the musical scene for a while now, can you please tell us a bit about your musical journey?
It’s a long winding one, I’ve got a very musical family, we had a piano in my house that my mum played and three of my uncles were guitar and bass players so music would always feature in family gatherings from a young age, singing and playing instruments. During my youth I picked up a variety of musical instruments but never had the patience to follow many of them through, but singing was always something that just happened easily. I was in various choirs, singing groups and musicals in and outside of school and was intending to study musical theatre at drama school when I left college, but sadly my scholarship fell through. I ended up joining a function band and getting into session singing, spending time in recording studios. I had a thirst to make my own music and not just be the voice behind the recording, so decided to go and study music production at Uni. I realised that to be a good producer, it would be a good idea to know what a DJ looks for in a track and how it works on the dancefloor, so the DJ-ing came about as a happy accident. It paid my way through Uni, then everything else really kicked off from there…
Where can we listen to your vocal talent?
I have a number of recordings on my Soundcloud. A lot of them are from my band The Off Key Hat then a few tracks I’ve worked on as sessions or collaborations.
What are you working on at the moment? Any new productions coming out soon?
Yes indeed, I’ve just completed a few vocal collaborations, one with a producer called Shaklo, which is due for release in March, then a couple of others which are yet to have a release schedule. I’ve got some vocal collaborations which I’ll be working on early January, a couple of remixes to get stuck into and I’ll also finish up my own EP which will combine my own productions and vocals.
Wow, that’s a packed year ahead already, we can’t wait to hear these new releases!
Can you tell us about Lipstick Disco? Are you getting a lot of feedback on it?
Lipstick Disco is my music blog, for Deep House and Nu Disco. The initial idea behind the blog was to create a collective of fellow female musicians working in the same genre of music and to give us a platform to post about music we love, projects we’re working on, nights we’re playing at etc. At the moment it’s still just me running and writing for the blog, as I wanted to build its identity first, but there’s a number of girls that will hopefully come on board early next year. Since it’s been running, it’s had really great feedback, gained a lot of interest and respect within the industry and I get contacted regularly by various record companies, PR companies, labels, managers and artists themselves, who are looking for exposure through the blog to our regular followers.
This is great news, we do think it is a worthwhile initiative, we love it! Good luck with it all.
Finally, what’s in your bag for 2014?
To keep on keeping on! I want to work on more productions next year and get a few EP’s under my belt, gain more exposure and get some more gigs on foreign soil. I’m also hoping to expand the blog more and take it from a blog on the web to a proper brand. I’m possibly looking to start my own night in the near future too. Watch this space.
For sure! Thanks again Michelle, we can’t wait to have you back at the decks!
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We’re having a post-Christmas / Pre-NYE bash at Dalston Superstore on Sunday 29 December and we are delighted to have La Gosse play for us. La Gosse will be joined on the night by DAVE KENDRICK, MICHELLE MANETTI and DAVID OH. DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also give you an earful.
Your DJ name is La Gosse, which means “child”, right? How did that come about?
Yes it is! I always looked younger than my real age and act like a child, sometimes!
You started your musical career in France, how different is the dance music scene there from here?
Well, actually, I started my career in London nine years ago. In France I could say that I was only practicing. The London scene was more popular and eclectic than in France. France was very relaxed and more into electro than anything else.
What is your musical “parcours” and what made you move to the UK?
I was into music from a very young age… French Kiss – Lil Louis was my 1st 45 rpm record when I was 12!
I started to practice on decks in 2001, since then I never stopped. I came for one week holiday in London and I was hooked and then decided to move here. I worked in a pub and I was trying to find gigs at the same time. It is tough when you don’t know anyone. For a couple of years I couldn’t find many gigs and I missed DJing a lot… I actually thought of going back home. My friend came to see me at the pub and showed me and article in “One week to live” magazine. It was a competition for Test lounge @ Egg 2007. I was like “yea wicked, but do you really think this is real? they probably know already who is going to win!”… But I got selected and round after round I won. Eventually I received the winner’s prize from Test Lounge, which was a residency @ EGG’s breakfast club. I was so happy… From then on I got to play very often in lots of different clubs and I became resident at my favourite night in London, Retox @ Sosho… I miss it!
You are deep into producing now, as well as DJing, what are the flavours of your productions?
Deep house underground beats. Sexy and groovy… With my brother we call it “S.S.S” Sexy, Solid and Serious lol.
You have also set up a record label with your brother; can you tell us more about this project?
Yes, my brother came to join me in London in 2001 and we started to produce together under an aka called Siblings. Together we worked for 8 months to produce 7 tracks, which were meant to form an album project called *Martine records. It turned out that none of the labels we really liked and sent the tracks to were getting back to us. So we thought, why not have our own label instead of giving away tracks to smaller, random labels. Martine records was born. So far we have had 9 releases, 3 have been charted and played by Luciano, Carola and John Digweed, and we have remixes by Hanfry Martinez, Just be and Nils Hess.
*The name Martine records is a tribute to our mum, it’s her name.
What are your plans for 2014?
More releases and hopefully a little bit more exposure. We run a night called TIME every Wednesday @ Union club, Vauxhall. It’s been going on for 3 months and it has been great from the start. TIME is a mid-week party with real house heads. A more mature crowd. The atmosphere you experience is proper at TIME. It starts at 1am and we finish well into Thursday mornings… sometimes 10am!
We also have a new after hours project called Le Crazy starting in February at Rena, next door to Fabric in Farringdon. That will be every Saturday morning from 5am. Also our very latest release is out on Martine recs. 09 and it’s called “6:00AM”. It’s a dancefloor inspired deep underground track that the crowds seem to love! You can check it out on our soundcloud page. So 2014 is looking busy already!!
We look forward to it!
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Bringing a fresh sound and a fierce energy, Dactylo quickly became resident DJ of infamous parties and highly coveted nightspots in Paris, Brussels and Switzerland: Flash Cocotte, FURIE, Trou Aux Biches and Pacific are today household names in the Parisian party scene. She started producing remixes in 2012 for Yelle, About The Girl and Kiddy Smile. Her first EP will be out in late 2013. We are very excited to have her play her first DJ gig for us at our 4th Birthday party on Saturday 26 October at Dance Tunnel in Dalston. Dactylo will be playing alongside DJ Tiago (DFA Records, Portugal), Colby B (NYC) and Pep Sanchez.
Hi Anne-Claire (AKA Dactylo),
You are part of the crew that organises possibly the best queer night in Paris, so we think anyway, called Flash Cocotte. Can you tell us a bit more about it? When did you decide to launch this night and what is the idea behind it?
Well first of all merci for this nice compliment and for having me over!
Thing is we didn’t decide to «launch it» it was a human adventure that lead to what is Flash Cocotte today.
I met Nizar, Pipi and Numéro 6 at the same time in 2007 we became close friends and partied hard. Pipi and Nizar used to organise parties at le Pulp, Androginy for Nizar, Goutte Dior and Jacqueline Coiffure for pipi. I think we did one party called FURIE and then another and then we decided to do a regular night. We found the venue called La Java and did 3 years of insane Flash Cocotte there. Then we moved to our current location, Espace Pierre Cardin, because we needed a bigger venue as people were sometimes queuing for more than an hour and a half to get in.
Flash Cocotte is my favourite project because it brings together people, people that come from different horizons, young or not so young, completely broke or insanely rich (or famous haha) but having a great time together dancing, connecting, flirting.
The idea behind it came along with the making and the constant progression of the night itself. One thing though we had in mind from the start was to keep a democratic entrance fee (and that is a permanent struggle with the venues to keep it this way). Another thing we particularly watch is to keep a good balance at the door, we like to keep it open to everyone but we also have to protect our crowd and keep Flash Cocotte an area of freedom.
You seem to have your fingers in many pots, what other parties do you organise in Paris and what are their distinctive flavours?
Trou Aux Biches is a monthly party at La Java where it’s always 40°C, packed and wild. We try to program, and so far with success, queer bands mostly for live sets. We’re having Telepathe and Teengirl Fantasy on November 9, No Bra in January, and we had in the past JD Samson, Trust, Magie Noire (our brand new project where we explore our dark side) and invite house and techno guests such as: Maragret Dygas, DJ Koze and soon Motor City Drum Ensemble.
And there’s also Pacific at Paris Social Club where I invite my favourite deep house DJs.
If you had to describe the queer scene in Paris in three words, what would those be?
FUN / Gaily-coloured / Friendly
When did you start DJing?
6 years ago, I had so many DJ friends and one day I just realised I could do it too, the first day of the rest of my life!
Who is DJ Grosse? Is it your alternative DJ persona?
Yes haha no comment.
How do you find new tracks to play? What are your influences?
Everyday I’m hustling lol, digging the internet, Russian forums, soundclouds all the way. My influences are mostly black music from soul, funk, disco to house music. I have a big record collection (I used to work in a record shop…).
You’ve concocted a delicious mix, Sextape #2, that our DAFers will enjoy for sure. What’s your favourite track in it?
All of them! What I like in recording mixes is that I can put everything I love in it and it doesn’t have to be dance floor oriented.
You’ve remixed quite a few tracks, what is your favourite?
The next one! Wait and see!
And finally, what can the Dicks And Fannies expect from your set at our 4th birthday party?
To hear my new remix haha, lots of bass and emotion à la folie.
Oh la la, we can’t wait!
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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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