The Ladies Live

x Vivid

  • Words. Mariah Edgoose

Music | May 31 2017

The Ladies Live X Vivid event is almost here so we thought we would introduce the three DJs who will be supplying you with beats on the night. Meet Carla Uriarte, Ayebatonye Abrakasa and Aisling Kissane- three mega talented female creatives with unique and cultivated tastes in tunes. From upbeat, high energy dance music, rave, African bass and all things disco… they’ve got you covered. We asked them six questions each ahead of their sets at The Ladies Live, read on below!

Photo by Hamish Hunter

AISLING KISSANE

How did you first get into DJing?

DJing kind of happened as a by-product of playing music at CONTROL parties and then I started being asked to play at other people’s events.

 How would you describe your DJing style?

It really depends on the occasion but for Ladies Live my set will focus around a lot of female identifying and n/b artist lead electronic, hip hop and rnb from Australia. I’m usually drawn to tracks that are high energy, a little angsty and shouldn’t necessarily fit together.

Name a piece of music or artist that you’re loving right now

Mere Women’s album ‘Big Skies’ which is out soon – they are brilliant.

What is the most empowering piece of advice you have received?

‘If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again’ – Aaliyah, 2001.  

List three things you couldn’t live without:

Dog pats

Eyeliner

Laksa

Apart from The Ladies Live X Vivid event, what are some exciting things coming up for you this year?

CONTROL’s first print edition, a bunch of CONTROL parties and lots and lots of interviews

Check out http://controlzine.com/

Photo by Jack Grayson

CARLA URIARTE 

How did you first get into DJing? 

I entered a DJ competition with a good friend of mine back when I lived in Madrid. The hot thing to use was CD’S – 2010 style – we lost and I was mad about it.

How would you describe your DJing style?

Tropical ethnic chug with a hint of extreme gelato + new wave rave in a dark disco.

Name a piece of music or artist that you’re loving right now 

Floating Points + mixtapes by Angelo Cruzman

What is the most empowering piece of advice you have received?

The power of now

List three things you couldn’t live without 

art / space / sea

Apart from The Ladies Live X Vivid event, what are some exciting things coming up for you this year?

Ceramics and a multimedia large scale you won’t believe your eyes exhibition

Check out
https://soundcloud.com/cacarrracha/sets/dj-mixes

carlauriarte.com

@cacarrracha

Photo by Catalogue Magazine

AYEBATONYE ABRAKASA

How did you first get into DJing?

I actually first got into DJing at age 20, it was my friends 21st birthday and she needed a DJ so I hired some cdj850s as my gift to her, and said I would play. I had a friend teach me the basics a couple of nights before but hadn’t realised that his decks were significantly better than the ones I hired. So when I played it was a little disastrous. A year later I started working at World Bar as a door girl and was taught how to DJ properly by London based DJ Chris Moody who was doing a residency with us for a year.

How would you describe your DJing style?

I like creating hybrid sets of upbeat dance tunes that I really love at the moment. I am a huge fan of ALL disco, African bass music and house and 90s house. I think my sets are quite fun, I just want everyone to dance but also share global music that might not otherwise get played, yet I know people will love.

Name a piece of music or artist that you’re loving right now

This is a song that has been GIVING ME LIFE for a while now, if you’ve heard me play in the past you’ve probably heard this song. Salif Keita- Madan (Martin Solveig Remix).

What is the most empowering piece of advice you have received?

“You cannot change what you refuse to confront” Had been sent to me by a friend and I’ve tried to live by that since she said it to me.

List three things you couldn’t live without

  1. African Music
  2. My family
  3. My mum and dads cooking

 

Apart from The Ladies Live X Vivid event, what are some exciting things coming up for you this year?

May has been pretty busy I actually just organised and hosted my Iconic Vogue Ball at my creative warehouse space, Brick City Studios which was really fun! I’m super excited to share my music at The Ladies Live event, then on 2nd June I’m throwing a party called ”Hi-Vis” with Mamacita Death which is all about bringing the best of 90s house, disco, afrobeats and techno to everyone! That will be at the Oxford Tavern. I’m playing another show for Vivid on 17th June with Bare Necessities where I’ll be playing lots of African bass & house music. I will also do a talk on June 22nd for Rising Minds talking about how to use creativity to decolonise the arts and club culture. And I have a song coming out with BBG (Bobby Gray) which we are very excited to release! But it’s probably easiest to follow everything on my Instagram or Facebook page.

Check out @houseofayebatonye

The Ladies Live x Vivid
June 1st, 7pm – 1 am
Harpoon Harry’s
44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills NSW 2010


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