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CHRYSALIS For Cult Classic Radio
CHRYSALIS is an LA-based DJ who utilizes the blending of ambiance and heavy-hitting percussions to take you on a journey through rhythmic sounds. Hopping between different genres and styles of dance music, her goal is to get you to feel like you’re in a safe space to dance and be free. By the end of a CHRYSALIS set, you will feel reborn. She is currently touring with the powerhouse Rochelle Jordan as her DJ and sound designer while bringing her butterfly energy to each stage.
Q: How would you describe your mix?
This mix is my interpretation of what the end of summer feels like. I was inspired by the places I’ve been to, the people in my life and the music I’ve had on repeat. This is my love letter to summer, the beach and my friends. I want this mix to feel like you’re laid up on a comfy blanket near a body of water with a joint and just listening to the beats get deeper and deeper. Each track represents a feeling or a memory I get when listening to it. I was intentional with the music i wanted to put into this mix and I live recorded what came out of those selections, it felt ritualistic and I want my listeners to ascend the same way I did making it.
Q: What are some of images that you chose to represent this mix and why?
The images I chose to represent this mix are what reminded me of what I feel when listening to it. The snakes to represent the slithering of sounds, the brainwaves to represent myself connecting with the listeners, the women in the water to represent the aquatic summer feeling, the beach to represent where I spent the most time and the butterfly to represent me and the continued growth and transformation.
Q: How are you feeling today?
I am feeling good. The sun is shining, the breeze is coming through my window and I’m listening to music as I type this.
Q: What makes the LA music community unique? Are there any spaces/events you'd like to highlight?
I believe what makes LA unique right now is the resurgence of black queer spaces. Partying in LA is over-saturated with white and or cis spaces and over the last few years I’ve noticed the come up of some really dope parties prioritizing black trans and queer people. One party I will highlight because I absolutely adore the curators, the space, and the crowd is CASUAL by Cuties LA & Terrell Brooke. They have shown me the diamond in the rough when it comes to an event made for black queer folk evoking pure fun, acceptance, and showing up for yourself and those around you. I’d also like to shout out House 318, an intimate collective formed in celebration of liberty, love, and dance. We’ve had one event titled “AFFINITY” to cater to black trans and queer folk as well as those who embrace self love, community and expression through dance. We will be planning future events that follow that same intention so keep an eye out! We believe in the restorative gift of music and movement and hope to cater to like minded individuals.
Q: What are your wishes for the future? Is there anything that you are working on right now that you are excited about?
I wish for more paid opportunities to play music to big crowds that love to dance and get lost in the music. Preferably in a different country.. with everything paid for lol This mix is what I’ve been working on that I’m really excited about so I hope y’all enjoy it!
Q: Favorite BPM?
My sweet spot is 130-140bpm, but 150-160bpm is where I love to go crazy.
Q: What’s a song or music release that you can’t stop listening to right now?
I can not stop listening to Amindi’s new album “Take What You Need” Big Boss and Pocket stay in rotation.
Q: What is one of your best dancefloor memories?
Witnessing Juliana Huxtable at Nowadays around all of my Twitter oomfies and literally losing our mind on that floor.. hearing “well yes!” every few seconds was the cherry on top lol.