By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
DJ Chelsea Starr will be spinning at the Music Room on July 21. Peach spoke to the energetic DJ about beginnings, parties, cathartic dancing, and why she keeps coming back to the ATL.
When, how, and where did you start DJing?
I started DJing in San Francisco in 2000. I didn’t have a lot of records at first; I’d spend almost all my DJ money on records for the first few years till I got a collection going. Those years were incredible, making things up as I went along, learning to mix and curate and promote. I lived and DJed in SF for about 12 years.
Where can people catch you playing?
I have a monthly party in Portland called Lez Do It, as well as a weekly radio show. It’s 107.1 on the Portland FM dial, but you can stream it anywhere on xray.fm, go to xray.fm/shows/silky-top. I also play a lot in SF and all over the country.
How would you describe your musical style?
I play mostly house music, with some techno and disco. My ultimate goal is to weave a magic carpet for us all to ride on together.
You have been part of the Deep South parties numerous times, and this time you are headlining the party – what is it about Deep South that keeps you coming back?
Deep South is such a special party; the crowd is amazing. Such a wild, loving energy on the dancefloor. Plus I have a crush on the hot person who runs the party.
Why do you think a queer underground party is so important right now?
CATHARSIS, togetherness. It’s important to have safer spaces where queers can escape the dystopian nightmare together for a bit, be our beautiful selves, have each other’s backs, cruise, and dance it out.
What can people expect when you spin at Deep South, July 21 at the Music Room?
Expect a great set from Vicki Powell. Expect an excellent sound system, great people, and a sexy energetic vibe. Expect to sweat.
Anything you’d like to add?
I’m excited to be back in Atlanta. I can’t wait to see all the cuties!
Follow Chelsea Starr on soundcloud.com/Chelsea-starr and Instagram @thechelseastarr.
Deep South with Chelsea Starr (opening set by Vicki Powell) is on Saturday July 21 at the Music Room. The event is password-protected. Deep South events have zero tolerance for homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny, sexism, classism.