Friday we're super excited to welcome elosi, who's been Picó family to us since día uno. Catch her mixtape, recorded to mark the occasion, mixing in a short and sweet recording highlighting women owning their place in the industry, with selections from Tomasa del Real, Ms Nina Los Santos, DJ Caution, and more. Catch elosi with Branko and Riobamba this Friday, September 18th at Good Life in Boston.
What inspired you to start DJing?
Hip-hop and R&B was always kicking around my house growing up, and most of my memories of being at home always have some sort of soundtrack in my mind. Music has always been a constant for me and I feel very uncomfortable anytime I go anywhere without it. The itch really hit me when I started to go out to parties that played music that I loved. I saw more and more how beautifully the music could bring people together. From those experiences I knew I wanted a hand in controlling the movement of the crowd, so I saved up some money, got the gear I needed, and taught myself from there.
What's been your favorite moment playing live?
One of my favorite moments recently was playing a queer takeover at Good Life with Bianca Oblivion, Leah V, and Ian Diver. Being surrounded by queer fam is really important to me, and to see such a packed house of queer babies being who they are and feeling themselves to music I was playing was a great moment.
Your "pussy this, pussy that" mixtape worked in all kinds of subversive greatness. How does this approach work into your practice as a DJ?
I've always believed in the power of the clam (feminismmmm), and I find myself drawn to women in the music industry that are fearless and own their sexuality. I loved the clip of that Lil' Kim interview because she's talking about expressing herself however she wants unapologetically. You also hear the words "mi nuh care" laced in, the sample of Nicki Minaj speaking on her sexuality, repeating "pussy like girls," "it's a holiday play with my pussy day." The mix is really just about doing me and not sweating anyone else.
My name itself is actually a subtle reference to the DJ industry, or even the creative industry as a whole. A lot of these fields are a boy's club, and I feel like it's rare to see a woman, especially a woman of color up in the DJ booth, in the art scene, etc. So my name is elosi, which stems from LOC, is an acronym for lesbian of color. It started off as a joke with my friend Guarionex, but then we really got into a conversation about the industry, being pigeonholed, and then it just kind of stuck. I know the name sounds like I'm pigeonholing myself but it's supposed to be kind of a tongue-in-cheek thing.
Now that you're living in Brooklyn, what's been inspiring you?
I went to Bruk Out recently where Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija, Tygapaw and D'hana were DJing. It was packed, hot as fuck, every single person was sweating to dancehall and reggaeton. I want more parties like that, and I hope to connect with likeminded individuals and possibly even start my own party at some point.
Tell us a bit about the mixtape you're gifting to Picó! What are some of the sounds/themes you ran with for the mix?
A little dark at times but still poppin. Heavy on the female vocals. Mostly tracks with women expressing their sexuality and not apologizing for it. Basically the same kind of vibe as my "pussy this, pussy" that mix, but a short, cute & sweet lil teaser.
Can you share a few tracks to get us ready for Friday?
When I first heard this, the anticipation to see what was going to unfold was super real. It slowly comes in with that heavy drum sound that I'm obsessed with. Then the Tego sample comes in, then the ha sample. And THEN the pussy is served for the finale. It literally combines everything I love into one song.
Future Brown + Maluca is just a dreamboat combo, and watching the video makes the song 1,000 times better. The song is dope, the visuals are perfect, and beyond that it's commenting on euro-centric standards of beauty in such a clever way.
This one is a little more chilled out, but this is one of my favorite releases this year. It's smooth, it's got a little taste of r&b, a sprinkle of that dembow sound, and is paired perfectly with the summer breeze.