This Friday at Le Bain, we are excited to have Honey Dijon back in the House with Quentin Harris as a special guest. Who can resist the fabulous Honey? One foot underground, the other on the Catwalk, she’s as comfortable playing with Danny Tenaglia in Miami as doing a soundtrack for Hermès or Louis Vuitton. We caught her for a Standard Culture Q&A.
The Standard: What is the last dance music record that really impressed you?
Honey Dijon: DJ Spen featuring Forte: Let Your Love Fall Down On Me. This track really captures what House Music is and you can play it for any crowd and they will dance.
What is the most futuristic piece of music ever?
I Feel Love by Donna Summer, produced by Giorgio Moroder.
Who is the greatest dancer?
What was the first dance music record you fell in love with?
Bostich by Yello.
Bostich by Yello
If house music was a movie?
If house was a book?
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu.
If house was a boy?
If house was a girl?
If house was a fashion designer?
Yves Saint Laurent.
The official trailer for L’Amour Fou, the documentary about Yves Saint Laurent.
Where is today’s dance music center of attraction?
Europe definitely. While America and pop music had become enraptured in E.D.M. (Interesting New York Times article on Electronic Dance Music here), deep house and soulful have taken over the dance floors in Europe.
“The producers are there, but to me the DJ is the paramount of everything. He holds the destiny of so many people in his hands. He can make or break hits.” (Michael Gomes in The Disco Files). Is it still true?
Sometimes. But with the soaring popularity of EDM – which is not House Music – it’s more marketing now. Some quality music breaks through the noise once in a while but there is a total divide between EDM and the underground and each has its own stars and hits.
Famous New York producer, Nile Rodgers, wrote: ‘A great nightclub feels like the center of an otherwise cold and lifeless universe. It makes a seemingly frivolous night out feel necessary, life-giving - It’s a communal space where the people, the art on the walls, the conversation, the music, the theater of it all, hit the same vibration - and there you are, your whole being humming at the same frequency.’ Do you agree? Did Nile forget anything?
Yes I totally agree. When the stars are aligned and the vibe is right, the dance floor can set you free and move your soul. It’s the one place where decadence reigns and where magic is created through the love of music.
Honey’s tribute mix to Chicago House Music.