We’ve been crushing on Kitty Cash for a while. But with the release of her new EP, Love the Free 2, we’ve fallen even harder. Like her first, the new mix celebrates the intersection of fashion, art and music. On the EP are some of Kitty’s favorite artists, including Kilo Kish, SZA, and Jesse Boykins. But that’s not all. The release party and accompanying weekend-long exhibition are going one step further, recognizing the power of collaboration through multi-sensory experience. EP artwork from Jonni Cheatwood stands near a flower installation by Alison Valentine, all while a video diary is projected onto a blank wall. All in all, the exhibit is an experiment in diverse tastes and the people who curate them. We caught up with the mastermind to talk EP emotions, guilty pleasures, and what exactly happens when Bey shows up to your gig.
DJ Nelleke is a bit of an endangered species: a rare bird of a DJ who still spins using all vinyl only (no computer programs or iPad magic, just the real deal, a hauled crate of records to every event). This isn’t the only thing that makes this NYC beauty special though. Aside from being one of the most sought after party deejays in the city (she has regular gigs at Le Bain at The Standard, and at the Wythe Hotel), Nelleke McCowan is also a go-to choice for all sorts of fashion events, having taken over the tables at parties for everyone from DKNY to Purple Magazine to Refinery29 (amongst a host of others). If that’s not enough, she also hosts her own show on Know Wave Radio, and runs her own unique 90s-club0-kid style game that is so consummately cool it makes us want to give up and take up norm-core.
If there’s one thing we envy more than Harley Viera-Newton’s prowess on the decks, it’s her effortless Cali girl beauty and killer NYC style. Seems like we’re not the only ones. The bi-coastal DJ has been pictured on the pages of Vogue and Jalouse, and recently became a Beauty Ambassador for Dior. She also has a deal with Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation – which makes the perfect candidate for a Lady DJ profile, wouldn’t you agree? Read on to discover Harley’s go-to party starter, her favorite DJing outfit, and details on the best party she’s ever been to.
The first time I laid eyes on Valerie Yum was in the sweaty back room of an infamous, now sorely missed Sydney party called Gay Bash. If memory serves me correctly she was being photographed climbing across a black leather couch on all fours, throwing her long hair back over her head, wearing an American flag leotard and no pants. There is a photo of this somewhere on the internet, but in the interest of preserving our friendship I’ll leave it up to your imagination. Not much has changed since then, although both of us have sensible bobs and Val’s gone from occasional DJ sets at underground gay parties to being the first person you call when you’re putting on a fashion event in Sydney. Here’s how she did it:
This summer we’re definitely hittin’ the highway in denim cutoffs, crochet dresses and fringe tops, but to make our Southwestern road trip totally complete, we’re going need some killer tunes as we cruise along the coast. Enter: DJ/model/It girl Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor. The 21-year-old daughter of John Taylor (bassist for Duran Duran) and Amanda de Cadenet (actress/photographer) put together a playlist influenced her NYC/California-via-London lifestyle and chatted with us about her road trip essentials. Check it out below!
In case you were wondering, yes, you can make a living as a DJ. See: Jasmine Solano. This Brooklyn girl/MTV Iggy host started spinning on the radio at just 17, and her tireless work ethic has landed her gigs all over the world. (She’ll be at Glastonbury in June!) So, we hit her up to find out the secret to her success and create a killer playlist just for us. (We hope you have good headphones.)
We’re pretty sure Pia Bernadette a.k.a Miss Glitt3r lives in a holographic world, and we love that. (One peek at her Tumblr, and you’ll know exactly what we mean.) When she’s not making killer mixes, she models and sells space lolita chokers on her Etsy shop. Basically, we have a million and one reasons to be obsessed with her. Check out this cyberbabe’s mixtape below!
When we think of Brooklyn DJs, we immediately think of Kitty Cash. Born and raised in NYC, she’s been a staple in the music scene since, well, as long as we can remember. Even though she just released her first-ever mixtape, Love the Free (which features singer/IRL BFF Kilo Kish), she still somehow found time to curate a playlist just for us.
Born and raised in the Big Apple, May Kwok is the definition of an NYC “it” girl. You can find her DJing at fashion week’s biggest parties or spinning in Soho at Madame Wong’s. She shared some of her favorite songs with us in a killer playlist below. Check it out!
The best thing about Più Più a.k.a Giulietta Canzani Mora is that she’s not only a DJ, but a singer and songwriter. She takes this whole music thing very seriously, and you can tell by her awesomely obscure playlist picks. (We highly suggest pressing play and scrolling through her trippy Tumblr ASAP.)
Marianne Theodorsen’s instantly-recognizable neon-tinted bob makes her a staple in the Oslo street style scene (proof on her blog right here!), but when she’s not showing off her killer Givenchy clutches, she throws down some serious beats. Marianne is part of the infamous Club Lollipop DJ duo, and she was nice enough to make a playlist just for us.
In case you didn’t know, MNDR is everything. No, really, she legit does it all. When she’s not producing, writing, or making killer beats for pop stars like Kylie Minogue and Rita Ora, she’s deejaying at parties or working on her own music. Last week, she kicked off a weekly DJ set right here in downtown L.A.–and she’ll be back for two more sessions! Check out what you missed the first time around, and in the meantime, get to know MNDR a little better in our interview below.