Tune Darling: DJ Audrey Napoleon Talks Favorite Females And Libations!
DJ Audrey Napoleon gave us the low down on on some of her fav females and libations during a set in NYC as apart of our new series with Absolut Tune! Check out the DJ’s interview, as well as her exclusive Tune playlist, below!
What made you want to become a DJ/Producer?
I’ve been musical since I was a child. Always singing, putting on performances, playing instruments. My parents are both creative types so I grew up in a very artistically stimulating environment. It was only natural for me to continue on with music throughout my life whether that be producing, singing, or playing my piano.
Honestly, since I can remember, I have always been a performer… Always putting on a show. There were many instances that my sisters would come home from school and I would have choreographed a routine. I would tell my sisters, “You’re not going to do your homework… you’re going to learn this dance routine, and we’re going to go to different malls and schools and perform it.” To this day, they still don’t appreciate that bit.
As far as the “DJ” aspect of it, that inspiration came from a few different places… Here in New York, I watched Damian Lazarus at Crobar and in Los Angeles, it was James Zabiela at Avalon Hollywood on a night out with my girl friends.
Who are some of your favorite female musicians?
I have always had an obsession with PJ Harvey, David Bowie, and Marilyn Manson. I know not all technically females but I simply cannot leave them out.
What do you love most about DJ’ing in NYC?
I love the energy of the entire city. It really is alive and in constant motion. It continues to inspire me every second of the day. That is what I really love about this city as well as the fans. They are very open to experiencing new things and listening to music that isn’t necessarily top-40 but it’s damn good.
Favorite Absolut Tune cocktail when DJ’ing?
I don’t typically drink when performing but when I do, I would have to say my favorite cocktail is Absolute Tune with a dab of a good liquor.
How do you unleash your spirit?
With my fans…with “Napoleon Nation” in any creative capacity. Whether that be making music, performing, the collaboration collection that I recently did (The Rodnik Band x Audrey Napoleon) or just hanging out with them at shows and listening to their stories.
Who’s your favorite artist and why?
It’s impossible to name one person: the whole point of being an artist is to draw from as many sources as you can.
What do you have coming up in 2014?
I have quite a few of exciting things happening going into 2014. As always, a continuous stream of music whether it be original, remixes, or collaborations, however now, I will be donating another one of my organs as I have started to write lyrics, melodies and sing on the new material. The new material will include some amazing vocalists as well my own and the remixes that are coming up quickly are for Le Castle Vania on Mau5trap (Deadmau5’s label) and a remix for the band Filter for their 3rd single off their new album, entitled “Surprise”.
I have recently composed the music for Fredrik Bond’s directorial debut, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood) which will be in theaters into 2014.
This past year, I did a runway show at London Fashion Week looked upon by England’s Queen Elizabeth II, Elton John and Katy Perry for my ongoing collaborative project with The Rodnik Band (x Audrey Napoleon FW 2014). It was recently featured in Vogue Italia. Currently, we are working on manufacturing so we can get them out to the fans as quickly as possible. They will, however, be limited edition pieces. For those who aren’t able to get a hold of the limited edition pieces… I have designed some Napoleon Paraphernalia, available in the online store.
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