||February 4, 1975 in
Long Beach, California
|A long long time ago,
when the stars and moon told of untold
possibilities, and dance music wasn't
threatened by the RAVE ACT!!!!
My first brush with Angelique was as
a stunningly beautiful girl in a taffeta
couture gown, doing vocal exercises in
the back of a convertible on the way to
perform at the Viper Room. Typical day
in the day of the life of this incredible
singer, songwriter and DJ. Standing next
to her while she DJs is like getting a
taste of an ever-expanding fan club...
never in my entire DJ groupie career have
I ever witnessed so many people come up
to the DJ to tell them how much they liked
the music being played.
Impeccable taste in music, fashion, and
dogs (she has the two cutest Chihuahuas
you've ever seen), Angelique is spinning
her way both with records and her voice
into the future of her already stellar
career. You can catch her DJing at parties
for Vogue, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity
Fair, as well as regular club gigs fin
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Aspen
and Miami. And she'll start her film career
with a starring role in the upcoming documentary,
"Peace, Love & Beats" -
a phrase she created and has been using
as her tag line for years. Though this
rising star usually moves at the speed
of light between the studio and DJing,
she stepped down to earth for a few minutes
with Raves.com for this exclusive interview!
Jen: How did you
get started in music?
Angelique: I had been
sneaking out of my house since I was 13,
and going to clubs. I told my mom I was
sleeping over at friends' houses. I obviously
had some older friends who could drive.
And door policy was definitely more lenient!
I also knew since 3rd grade that I wanted
to be a writer. So, the exposure to hip
hop and club culture had quite an impact
on my young mind. Rap was a relatively
new genre of music, and when I started
writing "rap" I was just writing poetry.
I started rapping and spinning in this
same period. Also, started to play guitar.
What was the 1st record you ever
Elton John-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Where and what was your 1st gig as
a DJ and how did that happen?
first DJ gig was in a loft in downtown
Where are some of the biggest/wildest/your
favorite places that you've DJed?
Last Friday, closing fashion week party
for GenArt/Giant at the Shrine Expo Auditorium.
Wildest-Opening Baby's at the Hardrock
in Vegas, my residency there, and Club
RA. You see some very wild stuff in Vegas!
You're also a singer and song writer
- tell us about your 'other life' and
how that got started.
It all started
kind of around the same time. From rapping,
to being in bands here in Los Angeles
that never could really get off the ground.
When I moved to London, it was to DJ,
and start a band.
How did you get to be in the Indians?
Was that the first band you sang in?
I moved to London with dreams of starting
a band. I spent a year over there, busking
(street performing) and trying out guitar
players. It happened amazingly fast once
we finalized the band. The drummer Arthur
Watts, and the bass player, Chris Wilson,
were with me right from the start. They
were in another band signed to Beggars
Banquet, and were doing me a favor as
a side project. It was so much fun.
How has your creativity and style
changed over the years?
I am just one of those people that
loves all kinds of music, and I think
that is why I love to be a DJ most. Because
I get to be exposed to so much variety,
I am not pinned to one style. I love to
sing on tracks with Static Revenger, to
doing stuff I write on the guitar which
is more singer songwriter. My last two
CD's though, I believe reflect a DJ influence.
More currently I am about to endeavor
on a project with another producer, and
once again it will probably have both
influences on it.
What are a few of your current and
all-time favorite records and artists?
The Weekend Players, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin,
Fiona Apple-I hate this question, because
there are too many, and it depends on
what mood of music I would want to hear...
If someone was going to buy just
one of your releases, which one would
you tell them to choose?
What are some of your records people
can look for in the future?
The 12-inch of "Sex" by Static
Revenger feat. me (on Topaz Records) And
a track I sang on called Everyone by Static
Revenger Vs. The Freshmaka I am also suppose
to be collaborating with some other producers
Are you producing, writing or singing
We'll have to see... Hopefully a little
Can people hear any of your music
or mixes online?
My website www.djangelique.com
has MP3s people can download for free,
though the website needs to be updated.
I've been too busy!
You play huge clubs and intimate
venues - which do you prefer and why?
Ultimately I like to play for a lot
of people. There is something about the
energy of a large crowd, that is really
like a natural high.
Have you seen the events you play
be at all effected by the police crackdown?
What is your current goal as a DJ...
and as an artist?
To finally get my mix CD done which everyone
is asking for, and I feel so guilty about!!!!
What would you be doing right now
if you never bought that 1st record and
became a DJ?
Psychologist, fashion designer or nutritionist.
Thanks so much!!!
No thank you!!! PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.
Peace, love and beats,
-- written by Jennifer Warner