Honey Dijon

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Honey Dijon at an event hosted by Love, 2018.

Honey Dijon (formerly known as Miss Honey Dijon, legal name: Honey Redmond) is an American DJ, producer, and electronic musician. She was born in Chicago and is based in New York City and Berlin.[1]

She has performed at clubs, art fairs, galleries and fashion events internationally.[2]

Biography[edit]

Honey Dijon grew up in the 1970s on the south side of Chicago, in what she has described as a "very middle-class, loving African-American family” that was very musical.[3][4] She began clubbing during her mid-teens with her parents' acceptance as long as her academics did not suffer.[5] In the 1990s, she began to perform as a DJ.[6] Around 2000, she also became active as a producer.[5]

During her time in Chicago she met and was mentored by DJs and producers such as Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and Greenskeepers.[5] In the late 1990s, Honey Dijon moved to New York, where she was introduced to Maxi Records and Danny Tenaglia.[7][8] After first being exposed to techno in Chicago's house scene, she performed on New York City's underground club circuit and played sets at fashion shows.[9]

In 2017 Dijon released her debut album titled The Best of Both Worlds.[8]

Dijon has collaborated with Louis Vuitton and Dior for several years providing soundtracks for their runway presentations.[10]

Dijon was described as "house-music D.J." by the New York Times in 2013.[4] In 2018, Resident Advisor stated that she had popularized "a rambunctious DJ style that leans heavily on golden-era disco, techno and house", while Dijon herself acknowledged that "a lot of people still associate me with swingy Chicago and classic house and disco, but I can rock dirty rhythmic techno as well."[6]

Activism and public image[edit]

Honey Dijon is transgender. She has been a vocal advocate for trans rights and awareness, speaking from her experience as a black trans woman DJ in dance music.[10] In 2016, she was interviewed by the British television channel Channel 4 on the issue of trans visibility.[11] At a 2017 event hosted by the MoMA PS1 museum in New York City, she led a roundtable discussion "focused on those who have, like her, found safety and creative expression within the New York club scene."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Giulione, Bianca. "Meet Honey Dijon". Highsnobiety.
  2. ^ Hawgood, Alex (February 6, 2013). "Talking to Honey Dijon, a Fashion-Forward D.J." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Real Talk: Honey Dijon on What it Means to Be a DJ". XLR8R. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Hawgood, Alex (February 7, 2013). "At the Vortex of Music and Fashion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Kutlesa, Marko (July 25, 2016). "Honey Dijon Interview: Clubs and fashion have always been lovers". Skiddle.com. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "RA.657 Honey Dijon ⟋ RA Podcast". Resident Advisor. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Gonsher, Aaron (September 22, 2016). "Honey Dijon: From Chicago to the World". Red Bull Music Academy.
  8. ^ a b Hahn, Rachel (September 14, 2017). "Meet Honey Dijon, the House DJ With an Encyclopedic Knowledge of All Things High Fashion". Vogue. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Fireside Chat Honey Dijon". Red Bull Radio. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "LV Menswear F/W2018 original soundtrack Chat Honey Dijon".
  11. ^ Channel 4 News (August 19, 2016), Honey Dijon on trans visibility, retrieved March 11, 2017 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Between 0 and 1: Remixing Gender, Technology, and Music Part One | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved February 28, 2021.

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