FGUK introduces emerging new talent West Indian queer Stylist and artist DJ SODA POP, who might be new to our radar but is making moves as she brings the power of music and fashion together as one of NYC’s hottest newcomers.
DJ SODA POP currently holds a new residency at MUSEUM OF SEX and the fashion world has already snapped her up from spinning for brands like DVF and Rag & Bone, to queer and underground parties at ACME and Kinfolk. This Queer DJ spins 90’s Hip-Hop and House like a beast.
We speak to Ms. Soda Pop, read the full interview below and Stream her music here.
Tell us five things, we should know about you?
Bronx Born of Haitian descent
I have the imagination of a kindergartener
I’m a professional sampler at Whole Foods
Six things that you like & dislike about being a DJ?
No, I can not charge your fucking phone
Excuse me can you play… 🙁
The back end of Serato…Sometimes I want to bash my head into a wall
I love being able to tell a story through music
Concocting unexpected transitions like Sade’s Sweetest Taboo with ASAP Ferg’s Plain Jane
Surprising the crowd with a song that they’ve long forgotten about but love.
How would you describe your style, fashion vs music?
My personal style is very similar to my to my taste in music in that it is versatile. I love being able to travel between worlds by virtue of my outfit. On Monday I can be an Upper East Side bitch in pearls and Chanel heels and the next day be a downtown club kid wearing a pink wig and creepers. My style range is limitless as is my music library. Within the same week, I could DJ a basement trap party, chic fashion event, and queer party. Queer parties I have to say are my favorite as it is an eclectic group that embraces all genres. As long as it has a good beat, its lit!
Does NY play an important role in your approach to music and fashion and if so can you explain how it shapes your style?
I grew up in the Bronx and started going to clubs downtown. New York’s grit and aggressiveness play a very important role in my approach to music and fashion. I gravitate towards music with strong drum patterns and raw language; fuck, bitch, suck dick, I love all that shit! For fashion it is the same thing, I live in an aggressive boot and sometimes an overtly sexy outfit. New York also influences me in the fact that it is a melting pot and essentially everything goes, which is my philosophy with music and styling it doesn’t have to make sense it just has to feel right.
How do you see your new Thursday residency at the Museum of Sex influencing your future?
I see my Thursday residency at the museum opening up many doors and allowing me the opportunity to spin at other museums. I recently spun the opening reception for Nobuyoshi Araki’s exhibit Sex, Life, and Death. Art is very important to me. I previously served on the junior council at the Neue Galerie. I would love to spin at other museums–The Frick and the New Museum would be awesome. I would like to do more queer gender fluid parties. I feel at home and I’m my most creative here. I am headlining the dating app HER anniversary party on April 4th! https://yearofqueer.eventbrite.com
The Museum of Sex stands to present and preserve the cultural significance of human sexuality. This is very current in fashion, with its future looking genderless, how do you think that this, as a stylist, will impact your work?
I see a genderless future impacting my work as a stylist in a way that corporate gender norms will be obliterated and that I can further work with my clients and style them as their true selves. I primarily work with women professionals that sometimes feel that they have to turn down their sexuality and femininity to be respected by their male colleagues. I want to break them free of that. I already see a genderless future affecting music with artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, and Xxxtentacion. By virtue of their style and sound. This just means funkier more experimental shit.
How would you say your background in merchandising management correlates with your music career?
My background in styling (merchandising management) correlates with my music career in that it’s all about pairing things and sound that complement each other even if at first they may not appear as such.
You’ve previously said that your presence is your power, can you give an example of how you put this into practice in everyday life?
Presence is my power is evident in everything I do. I know when I look good I feel good and this is apparent in all my work. I am my personal brand.
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