During the day, Simone Cookie Serrail kills it in the copywriting department here at NGHQ, but after hours she moonlights as a host at some crucial L.A. events. She just kicked off her own disco dance party every Monday at Honeycut, and she was awesome enough to share even more killer parties that we can’t miss this week. Consider this your ultimate L.A. going-out guide curated by one of the coolest girls in town. (You’re welcome.)
How long have you lived in L.A? What do you love about this city?
I’ve lived in LA for 8 years now. L.A. is having an incredible musical renaissance right now. I take the weekend off (kind of) just to sleep because their is so much (too much) music to see. It’s literally Battle of The Events 7 days a week.
During the day you’re a Copywriter at Nasty Gal, but at night you host killer parties. Tell us how you got involved in this weekly dance party.
DDM is my first hosting adventure. Cosmic Dan asked me what they should name the new night at Honeycut, and I came up with Dangerous Dance Music off of a disco record I once saw. They asked if they could put my name on the night, and the rest is history. I am currently learning how to DJ right now with the help of my 300 DJ friends in L,A.
Tell us about each of the DJs! How did this collective of DJs come about?
There is a huge network of awesome DJs in L.A. that have been friends for years. Most have their own projects going on, but there are awesome collaborations that are always popping up. DDM is one of them. Matt Goldman of Mfg Productions is now the Music Director for Honeycut. Brian Tarney and Cosmic Dan took one look at the light-up disco dance floor and said, “We need to do a party there.” The night has quickly grown in popularity because it fills the void for a sorely needed all-disco dance party in a scene oversaturated by house and techno music.
What should people expect at DDM?
I’d just like to be clear that this is NOT shitty wedding-quality disco. This night is full of rare funky jams you have never heard of. These men are professionals. They will professionally make your booty shake. If you can’t handle the light-up Saturday Night Fever dance floor, you can go hide in the super swanky chill lounge separated from the madness. It’s super high-class, super dark and has bible-sized booklet of cocktails that should be illegal.
What do you think is missing in L.A. nightlife?
DISCO. Everything fabulous from the ’70s like ladies dressed up in sleek sequins and big hair and just general intense dancing. Let’s get back to that.
Any advice on what we should wear to DDM?
Finally, tell us about your go-to party dance move.
A bitchy sashay you cover the length of the dance floor with. I learned this from years of training at Rhonda.
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Eli Glad, Richie Panic and Sleazemore of Lights Down Low at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs