Nasty Gals Party Harder: Becka Diamond

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 To get you pumped on party season, we’re pairing each party shop drop with a DJ that exemplifies the style. Not only will they answer some of our burning blowout-themed questions, but each is putting together a perfect playlist for you to jam out to while you’re pre-gaming or for when you’re throwing a bash of your own. So get ready, because Nasty Gals Party Harder. To kick off our NYE party shop, we recruited the beautiful blond bombshell Becka Diamond. Read on.

Photographed by: BJ Pascual

Valerie Yum

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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:

#MusicMonday: Bad Bishes

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Every Monday we send you a killer playlist straight from NGHQ!

“Can I just be real for a second? Even though I will forever have a thing for Mick Jagger’s moves (who cares if he’s 100 years old?) and can’t get enough of those weird-ass, crystal-encrusted Margiela masks Kanye’s been wearing, the ladies always do it better. So I thought I’d pay homage to the greatest femmes to ever grace the stage. Yup—hide the dudes and prepare to sing the hell out of the ultimate guilty pleasure playlist featuring Whitney, Britney, Debbie, Diana, and even a little Dolly. This one’s for the gurlzzz.”

—Madison Palasini, Marketing Copywriter

Kitty Cash

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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.

May Kwok

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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!

MNDR

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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.

#MusicMonday: Afrofuturism

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Every Monday we send you a killer playlist straight from NGHQ!

“Imagine a team of African archaeologists from the future—some silicon, some carbon, some wet, some dry—excavating a site, a museum from their past: a museum whose ruined documents and leaking discs are identifiable as belonging to our present, the early twenty-first century. Sifting patiently through the rubble, our archaeologists from the United States of Africa, the USAF, would be struck by how much Afrodiasporic subjectivity in the twentieth century constituted itself through the cultural project of recovery. In their Age of Total Recall, memory is never lost. Only the art of forgetting. Imagine them reconstructing the conceptual framework of our cultural moment from those fragments. What are the parameters of that moment, the edge of that framework?”

—Kodwo Eshun, Further Considerations of Afrofuturism. Playlist curated by Martine Syms.

Shoe Cult Kool-Aid

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For many of us, the first cult we ever join is the cult of fandom that hits when we discover our new favorite band. For me, that moment hit in high school when I discovered the Jesus and Mary Chain, and I’m not sure I ever full recovered (not that I wanted to, of course). So because every cult needs a soundtrack, here are a few tracks that never fail to lull me into trance, and will totally seduce you into drinking the Shoe Cult Kool-Aid. You can thank us later. -Cat