New Radio Show on Transit.FM

Tune in tonight at 7:30 EST for my new show on Transit.FM, biweekly on Wednesdays from 7:30-9pm EST. Super excited to be added to the already-stacked roster, & plan on playing a variety of bass music, footwork, jungle, & more. Also I’ll be streaming out of the UNC beatmaking lab so hopefully I will have a video rig set up soon to make it more of a live experience :)))

 

Moogfest 2017

Here’s where I’ll be this year at Moogfest:

Thursday Moogfest Workshop: DJ 101 for Women & Gender Non-Conformers

This workshop, specifically for women and genderqueer community members, will teach the basics of DJing. Attendees will learn about turntablism, beatmatching, set composition, and the art of reading a crowd. This will be a hands-on workshop, encouraging attendees to hop on turntables and CDJs to mix tracks together.

Friday Moogfest Panel: Grassroots Musical Activism (with Pierce Freelon, Laila Nur, and Dr. Mark Katz)

How can musicians use their artistry to promote important social and political causes? Join this conversation with a group of acclaimed musicians and scholars, and learn how they are working to improve their communities and the world, through music… and discover how you can do the same.

Saturday Daytime DJ set: The Durham Hotel (1-4pm)

Sunday Disco Brunch DJ set: The Durham Hotel

Spring Schedule

Here’s where I’ll be for the rest of March & April. Busy month! There are a lot of different gigs on this list, genre-wise, so no two sets will be the same. I just returned from an epic trip through Mexico City and LA, and I’m feeling very musically inspired by all of the sounds I heard and all of the parties I went to. Both of these cities exude creative energy, & I definitely soaked alllll up in it. Anyway, ready to carry this energy forward into my sets and production in NC this spring!

Hostile Sounds discussion

This Thursday 2/2, I’ll be on a panel discussing the way in which sound can be used by activists as a source of power. Joining me on the panel will be Tina Haver Currin, Christopher DeLaurenti, and Rodrigo Dorfman.

In approaching this discussion, I’m thinking about the ways in which the police use high-pitched sonic weapons to create an atmosphere of fear among activists, particularly the LRAD and police sirens. I just released a track that samples the LRAD and police sirens but then flips them into tools for a club track that people can dance to. In doing this, I hope to temporarily disarm their sonic weapons and turn them into something that can unite activists on the dancefloor.

Some of my favorite artists sample & flip sonic weapons in their tracks – everyone from KRS-One to False Witness. They have inspired me to give it a try with this new track. Overtly political music is once again on an upswing, and I look forward to hearing about the ways people have been using music as a tool for activism.

Here’s my latest contribution:
https://soundcloud.com/dj-playplay/hostile-club

The event Thursday:
https://fsp.trinity.duke.edu/projects/fspppg-hostile-sounds

Recent parties

Here’s a few flyers of parties I’ve played recently. I was on tour in NYC, Philly, & Montreal last month, & now I’m back in Durham making music and throwing probably too many parties 🙂

Suzi Analogue threw a party & had me come play w/ TT the Artist, Nadus, & more (NYC)
Suzi Analogue threw a party & had me come play w/ TT the Artist, Nadus, & more (NYC)
DJ Chela & Dustyfingerz had me out for this one (NYC)
DJ Chela & Dustyfingerz had me out for this one (NYC)
Philly fundraiser (also me & Counterfeit are collabing on some 90s remixes right now)
Philly fundraiser (also me & Counterfeit are collabing on some 90s remixes right now)
I came back to Durham & was greeted by 300+ of nostalgic Durhamites
I came back to Durham & was greeted by 300+ of nostalgic Durhamites
Rang & Forge had me out at Arcana for their Super Secret Party <3
Rang & Forge had me out at Arcana for their Super Secret Party <3
THIRSTY was hella cute w/ DJ Bitchcraft as always
THIRSTY was hella cute w/ DJ Bitchcraft as always
Most recently, we had an all-vinyl Party Illegal & I got to break out my 90s drum & bass & acid house records
Most recently, we had an all-vinyl Party Illegal & I got to break out my 90s drum & bass & acid house records

Moogfest Shenanigans

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Busy weekend for PlayPlay & Party Illegal!! Moogfest appearances are as follows:

The Pinhook
Friday May 20th at 4pm
I am doing doing a b2b2b2b2b2b set with Treee City / Queen Plz / Bitchcraft / GRRL / KT Caustic.
http://sched.moogfest.com/speaker/party_illegal.1v3cn7l8
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Ninth Street Bakery(Outdoors)
Saturday May 21st 2pm-6pm
We are playing a FREE/ OPEN TO ALL PUBLIC outdoor party with Runaway and I’ll be playing w GALDYTRON!, Treee City, Queen Plz, DJ Shahzad, & Bitchcraft. I go on around 5pm.
Event page: Local Motive: A RUNAWAY Celebration
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Arcana
Saturday May 21st 10:30pm-2:30am
Party Illegal Presents: Aeon Flux is FREE/ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and my alter ego SlaySlay will be going on at midnight w/ another alter ego by the name of Free Pizza

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