Recognisably infamous, Jodie Harsh is a face you’ve seen, and no doubt a name you’ve heard. She moved to London to study at the London College of Fashion and spent the entire three years going out every night; “I don’t think I had a single night in while I was there”, she adds, “I studied the promotion course, which was mainly journalism and PR; it’s not like I wanted to be a designer or anything. I’m glad I went though, all I wanted to do from the age of about 13 was be in the middle of London, in a club, rolling in culture and having fun. It got me there for sure!”
YOUR DRESS SENSE IS VERY UNIQUE, BUT GLAMOROUS. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR LOOK?
I love dressing up. I don’t think it’s traditional drag, it’s not sequinned gowns and all that jazz. I guess it’s a bit fashion, a bit power dressing, a bit sporty. I tend not to wear skirts and stuff… that feels a bit odd for me. I like a skinny trouser, a boxy jacket and a snarl.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ERAS TO MIX WHILST DJING?
I like what’s now and what’s next, and maybe a little throwback to late 90’s or early 2000’s – you can’t beat a Missy Elliot sample!
DO YOU OFTEN MIX UP YOUR MUSICAL STYLE, OR DO YOU LIKE TO KEEP IT CONSISTENT?
That depends on where I’m DJ’ing really. I think I’ve got my sound developed enough now that you could hopefully tell it’s me without looking up at the DJ decks. I think I’ve nailed that…
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST, RECORDING YOUR TUNES OR PERFORMING LIVE?
The two go hand in hand really. When I’m producing it’s me on my own in a dark room with a big cup of coffee shouting at a screen, if I’m songwriting there’s usually another writer and an artist around so it’s more collaborative and we laugh and joke; we bounce off the vibe in the room. If it’s a gig I have a load of people in front of me dancing and enjoying the beats so it’s a whole different experience. I really like all three elements.
ARE YOU COLLABORATING WITH ANY PRODUCERS OR OTHER MUSICIANS AT THE MOMENT?
Yes! I’ve just written some stuff for TroyBoi who’s my favourite producer right now, he’s so dope. I wrote Tough Love’s next single with a friend of mine. I have some stuff with SOPHIE, some collabs with William Orbit, and some pop cuts coming up. There a load of stuff this year, I’m excited. This is my dream!
WHAT WOULD WE FIND ON YOUR PERSONAL PLAYLIST?
The old school pop divas and a load of crazy underground PC music beats. Underground house by KDA, Eats Everything, Joshua James) and a load of hip hop. There’s always hip hop on in my house!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PARTY MEMORY?
If I could remember it then it wouldn’t be a good memory right? Wait, I don’t even know what I just said. I always throw a big birthday party as it usually falls in between fashion week and the Brit Awards so loads of people are in town; it turns into quite a mental affair.
WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED AS A DJ?
Tell people what track is playing if they ask, pose for every picture and listen to requests… but don’t feel obliged to fulfill them. I think it’s important to show respect to everyone who’s paid to get into a party unless they’re being a cunt or treat me like a jukebox.
YOU APPEAR PASSIONATE ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE MEDIA PORTRAYS THIS ISSUE AND WHAT WOULD YOU AIM TO COMMUNICATE TO YOUNGER GENERATIONS?
It’s getting better for sure. Everyone is equal and should be treated equally; but of course there’s still a fight. We’re living in dark times and things will probably get much darker before they get better. Anyone who’s not a straight rich white man is going to have a struggle or a fight if what’s happening in America is a barometer. But the media seems to be getting a lot more supportive and a lot more vocal about gender issues, at least in this country.
SO, WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM YOU FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
Music, songs, mistakes, lots of DJ’ing and touring. Maybe some more YouTube stuff with World Of Wonder because that’s SO fun to do. And lots of parties! In London you can catch me every Friday night at Dollar Baby at Metropolis; that is the place to be and here me spin!
Photography by Jake Turney | @jaketurneyphoto
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