The strong correlation between high fashion and music is especially evident during Fashion Week. Supermodels strut down the runway to a backdrop of house music, techno and a hybrid blend of hip hop or rock with electronic based music undertones.
Some designers even include live DJ sets amid their runway shows. For example, designer Charlotte Ronson in multiple seasons has had her DJ sibling, Samantha Ronson, spin behind-the-decks of her fashion shows. Much like designing, true deejaying is an art form when done with passion and a sharp skill set. DJs make their innovation recognized by capturing distinctive moments – just like designers – through the blend of music notes and well-chosen woven tracks. Here, Slate Journal chooses five DJ-producers who create music that is just as readymade for the dancefloor as it is the runway.
One of the busiest DJ-producers in the electronic music industry is Nigeria born, London and Ibiza based artist, Nicole Moudaber. She operates her own label, MOOD Records, hosts the “In the MOOD” weekly broadcast in 49 countries and works with the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York! Of course, all of the aforementioned efforts are in junction to producing and performing live on a global level. In October of last year, she partnered with British rock group Skunk Anansie front-woman, Skin, on the joint release, ‘BREED’ EP. The two recently performed at this year’s Coachella. Nicole’s latest two-track EP, ‘Where Shadows Lie’ (out now through Carl Cox’s Intec Digital), showcases her ability to combine sultry and mystery into a percussive techno outfit. Nicole is hosting her own stage, ‘Nicole Moudaber Presents MoodZONE’, at Electric Daisy Carnival New York in May.
Guy and Howard Lawrence, the sibling producer duo known as Disclosure, have aided in the advancement of dance music on an international scale. Their critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated ‘Settle’ album – released in 2013 – tied in future house with nostalgic ‘90s house music grooves. Following the heels of the success of ‘Settle,’ the duo released their sophomore album (again GRAMMY-nominated), ‘Caracal,’ two years later. The most endearing qualities of Disclosure lies in their skillful production technique and keen ear for detail. The inner workings of each track produced never sounds akin to others providing a sonic luster that grabs the rapt attention of their listeners.
“Keeping the purity of electronic music but taking it somewhere new is the most difficult, and most motivating. ‘MAYDAY’ is me taking the music I love to the future, no matter how uncertain the future seems,” says DJ-producer Alex Ridha (aka Boys Noize) in a recent press release. Ridha will release his fourth solo album ‘MAYDAY’ on May 20th via his imprint, Boysnoize Records. Making his debut on the scene at the age of 15, Ridha’s talent evolved from passionate hobby to a career in producing. His buzzy house and tantalizing techno tracks sets him apart from his peers. He’s headlined some of the world’s biggest stages and festivals to include Coachella and Lollapalooza, along with many others.
Since Tiga’s 2006 release of his debut album, ‘Sexor,’ the Canadian based DJ-producer has produced a ton of addictive tech house and electro tunes. Tiga had his music industry start over a decade before releasing ‘Sexor.’ In 1994, Tiga bought a record shop called DNA. Two years later, he opened his own club, SONA. Then, in 1998, he launched his own record label, Turbo, which has since blossomed into one of techno’s top trusted labels. Fast forward to most recently, the veteran producer released his third album, ‘No Fantasy Required.’ The album beautifully and seamlessly connects Tiga’s signature sound with that of the future – thus proving he’s an artist that is here to stay.
Anja has accrued years in the industry as a broadcaster, DJ-producer and founder of mobilee Records. The iconic Berliner got her start behind the radio booth as a programmer for Kiss FM and then later Berlin’s Fritz Radio. Anja hosts Berlin’s longest running underground dance music radio show (she began in 2000), “Dance Under The Blue Moon,” for Fritz Radio. Her label, mobilee, launched in 2005 with its booking agency leg getting its start in 2007. Anja’s newest EP, ‘Soul Traveler’ (out now via mobilee), captures her fondness for soulful jazz amid her deep techno moniker. Her fervor and unique originality serve as the blueprint of her timeless musical production style.