Don’t call her a “female DJ” – DJ WHO AM I Featured on Stylish Thought

Our homegirl Irene AKA DJ WHO AM I was interviewed for Stylish Thought. Check it out below.

“In the age of  the “craze to be different” there are those of us who just are and exude a strong sense of unique confidence. Irene also known as DJ Who Am I, happens to be one of those fearless chicks. I met Irene a little over 6 months ago and was instantly drawn to her outgoing, albeit strong personality. Who Am I is not only a great DJ, with a sound all her own, but also a great person who is the life of the party where ever she goes!…

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Name, Age, Current Location:

Irene aka DJ Who Am I, currently residing in NYC

What was your first experience DJing like?

It was at Mehanata in NYC where I had my first residency. It was on a Friday night and the room totally packed. My set was 6 hours and I was so nervous. I was afraid I would run out of music and mess up (which I did mess up quite a bit), not to mention just scared to play for such a big crowd.  It was all the regulars of the club and all my friends who are mostly musicians.  I will never forget that night…most nerve wrecking experience.

As a female in a male dominated industry, what has your overall experience been like?

I’ve been lucky to have great people and more experienced DJ’s both women and men guiding me.  I am sure it’s tough for everybody but for the girls, it may be harder I guess.  You never really know if someone is enjoying what you do because you are good, or because they want something else from you.  I definitely tried to stay close to other female DJ’s and get their advice.  It’s important for us to stick together!

You’re definitely not shy on your social media outlets and on your event flyers, lol. I think its great that you speak your mind, where do you get your confidence?

My father is a musician and so is most of his family. He has always encouraged me to do what I love. I grew up watching him play in bands and family parties. He is a crazy maniac and super fun and confident. I am definitely my fathers daughter!

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What kind of music do you spin?

I play a lot of music from all over the world.  I don’t have any limitations or BPM preferences, like some other DJ’s may have.  I am originally from Ukraine which still influences my style today.  I still love to throw in a random folk or Klezmer song from my town.

My family immigrated to Philadelphia in the early 90′s and growing up in Philly influenced me in major ways as well.  I used to go to all these underground hip hop clubs and warehouse raves which is where I learned about electronic music and American music in general.  Although these days I like playing a lot of tropical style and house music.   I love African house, Cumbia, tech house, Gypsy, electronic folklore, old school jungle and house.  I guess if I had to sum it up, it would be world electronic and house!

Where can we catch you? Events, residencies, parties?

I just started a Wednesday night party at Bembe in Brooklyn.  Monday’s I am at NUBLU.  I have a bi weekly residency at Piano’s NYC on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  As well as a once a month party called BASTRDZM, that I throw with another DJ. BASTRDZM is a party that combines all genres of music with a different theme each month.

Any exciting projects that should be on our readers’ radar?

I am just tapping into the idea of actually learning how to make/remix songs, so hopefully soon you will hear some productions soon.

Do you have any advice for other ladies who are interested in DJing?

If you really want to DJ, I think you should get into it for the love of music and wanting to make people shake their asses.  Definitely learn “sound”  and how to be great technically.  I am still learning.  Go out and listen to other DJ’s live and learn from them. It’s not about your outfit or how sparkly your headphones are, etc. I hate to look at myself as a “GIRL DJ” but people will put you in that category. The reality, it is a male dominated industry so we have to work twice as hard to get respect. But the only way to be respected if you are actually a good DJ, is by being a good selector, and respectful to others.

Check out Irene’s, ahem, DJ Who Am I’s, sounds on her Soundcloud and be sure to follow her on Twitter!”

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/eerochka / Twitter: https://twitter.com/irenewho

 

FREE PUSSY RIOT T-SHIRTS

A message from our comrade, David Shortland…

FREE PUSSY RIOT

“The company I work for has put together a ‘Free Pussy Riot!’ T-shirt to raise some funds – all our profits are going to the Pussy Riot fund for legal fees, childcare etc (http://freepussyriot.org/help). I’ve attached a little ad banner image we’ve made for it to this email.

I wondered if it might be possible for you to put a post about these on your blog? It would be a huge help.

You can see the tees here: https://www.backstreetmerch.com/official_pussy-riot_merchandise/

Pussy Riot are a Russian feminist performance art group and punk rock band. Three members, Ekaterina Samucevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, face imprisonment for an alleged one minute performance in a Moscow church. They are currently in detention and have been denied bail.

This is not an official T shirt. BSI Merch wanted to do something off our own backs to raise funds and awareness. We did this to help in the spirit of punk rock.

ALL BSI Merch’s profits raised from the sale of these T shirts will be sent to the Free Pussy Riot fund to help with expenses that range from case related to the women’s needs while in pre-trial detainment and for their children’s needs. Pussy Riot legal defense fund is administered by the women’s lawyers.”

Burdel Dali News & Updates!

Sorry, we’ve been super inactive lately on the blog — but so much has been going down!

First off, our friends from BAD BUKA have opened up a Yoga & healing arts center called The Studio @ 3 Elements. It’s a Yoga, Art & Meditation community and they are amazing people so go check them out.

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https://www.facebook.com/TheStudioAt3Elements

Secondly, our homeboy (and Mehanata‘s newest semi-resident DJ) Aisle Violator has a new mix out on Soundcloud—It’s Bizar Bazar’s Axe in the Honey (Aisle Violator Balkan Funk edit).

 

Last weekend was one of our craziest parties ever, with a special appearance by Chico Trujillo and everyone who partied at their SOB’s show. The dance floor was total gravity-defying madness.

Later that weekend the burdel familia ventured to Prospect Park to see Chico Trujillo & Balkan Beat Box play the park stage… Some pics below!

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burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

Mishka & Macha!

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burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

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burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

burdel dali mehanata chico trujillo party

Finally, keep your heads up for the announcement of our 3 year anniversary party, and details on Mehanata’s September festival! The burdel crew will be coming full force!!

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIENDS

Our friend Walter Sebastian Adler is part of an amazing effort to continue relief and aid in Haiti, and his group of EMTs, paramedics, and volunteers are raising money to be in Haiti in April to continue their incredible work (donate at this link!). You can visit the Alliance 01 website for more info, watch some eye opening videos and learn what you can do to contribute. A message from Walter is below:

Hey friends, I am attempting to raise $700.00 to cover my ticket and travel expenses for my next rotation in Port Au Prince. Ideally I would like to be in Haiti from April 5th until April 15th to participate in the EMPACT Northwest- Ayiyitian Rezo Medikal EMS training of their second class and assist GAI as a field training officer. The website you can check out is www.alliance01.org. The website of our ally is www.empactnorthwest.org. Contributions of any size are appreciated. Help sponsor a rescuer for Haiti’s raining season and help support the effort to bring real EMS to Haiti. CLICK TO DONATE.

 

REMEMBER THAT EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!

 
If you’re in the NYC area, attend general meetings for more info on their efforts. LOCATION: 117 East 15th street. TIME: Wednesdays at 7 and Sundays at 8.

 

Thanks for reading!

Kissmet: A Storm In The Rainforest

UK-based trans-global band Kissmet is tearing up the word music scene right now, and they sent us a video of one of their recent epic performances in Malaysia at Rainforest World Music Fest. We thought we would share some of their media and some info about them in case you’ve never experienced their psychedelic rock x Bhangra vibe.

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“Kissmet has taken traditional Bhangra music from the fields of India and fused it seamlessly with Rock (Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Cream). The result is a pulsating, exciting rollercoaster ride of positive energy from the East to the West and back again.

Kissmet creates a fantastic, interactive experience where the band interacts with, engages with and involves the audience, uniting them and taking them on a wonderful journey from the East to the West and back again. What Kissmet does cannot be replicated by any other artist so you would have a highly exclusive event that would be the perfect addition to your festival, something your audience will remember for years to come.”

Kissmet in the Rainforest, Part 1http://vimeo.com/30217024
Kissmet in the Rainforest, Part 2http://vimeo.com/30675703
Kissmet all around the worldhttp://vimeo.com/31608825

If you’re interested in contacting them for a booking, see info below:

Contact: Ron Singh
Kissmet
+44 7931 325838 (UK)
ron@kissmet.co.uk
Skype name: Kissmetband

Check them out on FB here:
https://www.facebook.com/Kissmetband

New BURDEL DALI Digital Press Kit

We’re a little weirded out this evening, seems like the text size in our blog font increases dramatically as you scroll down the page. What is up with that?

Despite this bizarre item of interest, we wanted to share our newest digital press kit in PDF format. Spread it around, send it to friends who love to party/are getting married soon/are having a gallery opening/need awesome DJ sets between bands at an upcoming show…!

Click the image below to download (or click here).

Peace out mohonz.

THE RUSSIAN WEDDING!

We DJ’d a Russian wedding in Cazenovia last September and we just finished up this quick bit of video evidence on how much effing fun it was. Jenia & Sergey, the happy couple, were so awesome and accommodating, and they let us turn their wedding into a raging dance party.


Email subscribers, click here!

Video by Mishka. And if you haven’t seen our new promo video by now, check that out. Also check out our video from Golden Festival last weekend! Videos everywhere!!

We never posted photos from that wedding, so here they are. They include the beautiful farm house we stayed at, the cocktail hour, the reception, a few shots from around the town, and the crazy storm we drove home in.

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FIESTAWARE!! 

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Amazing weekend!

Hire us for your wedding and we promise to take it out of the realm of typical celebratory formalities and into the realm of AMAZING FESTIVE CHAOTIC CELEBRATION FULL OF LOVE! 

Don’t forget, TONIGHT THE BURDEL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Click to RSVP on facebook!

Immigrant anthems for GLOBAL CITIZENS! Chico Selekta returns alongside the notorious Raphlexcito, spinning chalga, bhangra, Russian festive, Ex-Yugoslavian anthems, and filthy cumbia all night! Live percussion by the Atari-Conga crew. Live music by Yuri Yunakov & The Grand Masters of Gypsy Music precedes our festive chaotic dance party from 10PM – 12AM.

$5 rakia Shots all night
Hookah, Bulgarian food!!

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…Life is short, wine is cheap, and history repeats itself. SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!