1 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
Always been a Chicago girl. I feel a very strong connection to the city and I’m not sure I’ll ever permanently leave. I grew up downtown on the lake, and now live in an area called Wicker Park. I can basically take a twenty minute car drive and point out everything from where I used to throw parties to where I had my first drink. I even live five blocks from my old grade school.
2 - How did you get started DJing and making music?
I didn’t mean to get into it…it was basically the product of me being an outcast in high school. I dated someone who was a raver and he brought me to my first party after I bugged him incessantly. As strange as it sounds, being in that room with a thousand strangers was the first time I felt like I was among friends. I was instantly hooked and it wasn’t long after that I started buying tracks. My parents were really instrumental in helping me with production – they bought me Logic for Christmas when I said I was interested in making music.
3 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
My sound is always evolving. Besides, isn’t anything you do…your sound? I guess I can say I always knew what I was attracted to – something about house music has always struck an indescribable chord in me.
4 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or are you just trying things out until the music gels?
For me it’s more of an organic process – I can say I want to transfer what’s in my head but more often than not it takes a life of it’s own and I just have to follow the trail of breadcrumbs.
5 - Do you play any instruments?
I had yeeeears of piano lessons growing up.
6 - What’s your studio like?
Simple – I use Ableton with my laptop and I have a couple of controller keyboards. With my piano background I hate clicking on the screen to write out melodies – I prefer to use actual, weighted keys. I’ve learned that it’s not the size of the studio, but how well you use the tools – there are guys like A-Trak and Laidback Luke that have incredibly stripped down studio setups and can produce great sounds.
7 - Could you name three tracks that you think were particularly influential for your own style?
Not sure I could name three individual tracks…different things influenced me at different times. When I was first getting into house, it was Paul Johnson, Mazi, Mark Almaria. As I started getting into harder disco and electro it became Mason, DJ Dan, Azzido Da Bass, Tiga. Then Lazaro Casanova, Felix Cartal, early Kill The Noise, MSTRKRFT. Now it’s evolved from that… It’s a constant fluctuation.
8 - When you perform, what’s your preferred setup and how would you describe your sets? Are they different than your sounds as a producer?
My sets vary – I play trap, moombah or other styles depending on the crowd but ultimately it always comes back to electro, my love. I prefer using Serato when I play – I like the flexibility it gives me – I can change things up really easily on the fly.
9 - Tell us a little about your style of DJing.
I like to use a rollercoaster approach – hit em hard, and then pull it back a little so that when it’s brought back to that hard punch, the reaction is that much stronger.
10 - Where’s your favorite place to DJ?
It really depends…some of my favorite sets have been in really unexpected places. Ultimately, people make a party, more than anything else, venue, decorations, etc. One of my favorite parties recently was in Boulder where I was playing on the same night as a massive pirate-themed bar crawl. I was literally playing for hundreds of people in full on pirate gear that were in character, yelling “YARRRRR” on the dance floor and everything.
11 - A little playlist of your favorite records these days?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Savoy lately, Loops of Fury, Clockwork, Autoerotique, John Dahlback, Disco Fries…
12 - What are you doing when you’re not DJing?
Writing music, downloading music, working on my blog, reading, writing lyrics/stories/poems, traveling, eating bacon.
12 - If you weren’t dj and producer, what would you be doing with your life?
Probably writing. I’ve always had a secret dream to write a novel.
13 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Let’s go the stupid human tricks route…I broke my left wrist in grade school being a showoff on the monkey bars. Now, I can bend my hand down at the wrist so far it almost touches my arm. Not gonna lie, it grosses people out.
14 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
Hard to say – been really wanting to experiment with fusing a lot of the minimal and true housey sounds I started listening to with the hard electro I love.
15 - A last word…