This month I’ve reduced my DJ gigs to concentrate on performing live with synths (Moog Mother 32+ Werkstatt) & my Electribe Sampler. So far I’ve just been rocking out in my room but it’s time to take the show on the road. Here’s where you can find me this month.
7/11 Arcana (Durham)
Experimental Tues // playplay + discotoño
7/13 Flux Factory (NYC) + DJ set
Flux Thursday: Tongue Tide
7/23 Neptunes (Raleigh)
Deep Sleeper w/ Brutal Junior, and PLAYPLAY
7/24 21C (Durham) + DJ set
No. 19 / Modulations
Had the opportunity to chat with Vancouver-based music blog Dope Haus during Moogfest this year about gender dynamics, Party Illegal, teaching people about the impact of LGBTQ+ folks on dance music, and more. Check it out!
Durham producer PlayPlay opens up about inclusivity
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 :)))
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
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!
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:
The event Thursday:
Happy New Year everyone. Here’s where I’ll be in January!
Just released on bandcamp: