Introduce yourself… Where you live currently? Hometown? One fun fact about yourself?
I’m Naemi, I’m from Wichita, Kansas, but now I live in berlin. I won World’s Worst DJ 2015 (hearthis.at/worstmix/worst-mix-2015-entry-2/)
Earliest musical influence?
My parents are really into motown and a lot of other 60s pop soul like The Temptations, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” was my favorite track until I discovered Linkin Park lol
But also my 5th grade teacher had the CD of The Room by Harold Budd that she would play while we worked on assignments, that was pretty pivotal.
Ultimate line up?
Hmmm . . . so many dope configurations to concoct but I’m gonna go with:
pil, Beta Librae, Brandi, Akua, Perila b3b D Tiffany b3b Special Guest DJ (in that order)
Let’s play a pipipi game… I give you a word & you give me a track..
Describe one of your first DJ gigs in detail:
When I was 16, a group of my friends would organize these parties and we did one at my friends’ house venue in Wichita. I’m like 90% it was first time I’d DJed at a party. There were like too many people in the house and while I was playing a Wolfgang Gartner remix of 3 by Britney Spears the floor started to bend and sink in a bit from people jumping and we had to move most people out of the room lmaoo
What do you wish to see in the future for the dance music community?
I’d like to see less queers willfully enabling corporate pinkwashing efforts with no inkling of subversion, as well as more self-reflexivity and consideration on the part of promoters + event organizers. Beyond that, I’d like to hear a broader spectrum of voices/minds/musics being heard with more consistency. Also, more risks being taken with regards to content + context, and more challenges for the audience.
Paint a picture of your third best dance move:
When I’ve really been going at it for awhile and I wanna just exhaust myself more, I do this hop in a square with my arms flailing, kinda in an X formation.