I really couldn’t become more delighted introducing one inspirational girl in our brand new collection HER Highlight, Whitney Day. I sat straight down with Whitney to speak lesbians, dating, the gay dance club world and straddling both coasts as an up-and-coming celesbian DJ/Producer. Check out just what she must say inside our Q&A down the page.

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Q. Whenever did you appear? How do you identify?


I found myself fifteen years old once I arrived on the scene. I usually defined as a lesbian, but queer, homosexual, lgbt, all benefit myself!

Q. Tell us regarding the first experience with the lesbian pub world.


As a party-goer,

I happened to be probably 16 or 17

, I regularly walk-down (phony ID in hand) to a bar called Starlight on opportunity an into the eastern town. It generally does not exist anymore, it had been a Sunday night party in a romantic space. I’m certain i have to have caught around like a soar thumb since the youngest individual in the space, but i had a very good time. All over same time my pals and I also went to check-out a celebration known as ‘girlnation,’ which nevertheless functions today. That has been initial ‘clubby’ scene with dancing music, bartenders on the bar – pouring shots in women’ mouths, etc. It was constantly a crazy time!

Q. How gets the scene changed (if) since you arrived?


Everything has moved when you look at the lesbian world in Ny several times over the past ten years. Events came and eliminated definitely, although main distinction, we would state, will be the brand new ‘Brooklyn’ era. Generally speaking, situations in NYC have always been based around Manhattan. Travelers did not think about seeing Bushwick when planning a trip to ny. Local New Yorkers (just who don’t mature in Brooklyn) did not have any fascination with moving indeed there. These days, an effective percentage of LGBTQs are surviving in areas in Brooklyn that they won’t have stepped foot in years back. Due to the fact rents in Manhattan skyrocketed, artists, young families and LGBTQs started moving more and additional into Brooklyn (first Williamsburg, then Park Slope, Greenpoint, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy following Bushwick). This change has established a place for artists while the queer area to call home, occur, experiment, etc. On top of that i believe its produced an actual and psychological divorce in the LGBTQ area. There are Brooklyn folks alongside brand-new Yorkers, and it’s really significantly more of difficult generate an area or a party this is certainly both literally accessible


appealing (for everybody).

Q. When do you start generating events? and exactly why?


I began producing occasions about four years ago. I found myself prompted by two things; specifically, the deficiency of possibilities in NYC lifestyle, especially for women/lesbians, additionally the extremely high high quality ‘gay guy’ functions I happened to be DJing for at that time. Why performed the inventors have these amazing locations, DJs, and artists? Girls usually did actually get caught in a dive bar with one bathroom no rest room paper. The instability was stunning. I just could not understand why the expectations happened to be thus reduced for L’s. Additionally, as a DJ, I just wished to twist in awesome locations. Very notably selfishly, I started initially to search for venues that I wanted to DJ in, that I was thinking could help breathe new lease of life into these a niche scene.

Q. reveal concerning very first time you donned a couple of earphones behind the DJ booth. (was just about it a lesbian occasion?)


My personal first DJ concert was actually (coincidentally in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn) at a location known as pleasing Revenge – aka One Finally Shag today – nearly six in years past. A buddy of mine from senior school ended up being the manager there and guaranteed myself a regular Wednesday party. I do not consider the guy realized it had been my personal first time DJing outside my personal bed room. It was not especially a lesbian event, however the bar had and still provides a very mixed LGBTQA after.

Q. what is the most readily useful storage you really have from one of activities?


Essentially the whole night at ‘THE PARTY,’ my personal yearly Pride occasion at Marquee. It was only unbelievable. I got two intercontinental DJ friends fly a great deal of kilometers playing with me and we also rocked the group. Plus this incredible aerialist blew everybody else out


Batala Ny, an all-female Brazilian design drum battalion, took the area by violent storm operating the competition entirely outrageous. It actually was those types of nights i obtained comments on weeks and months later. The energy on the audience was actually excessive for those nine hrs, it thought palpable from DJ booth. The venue was thrilled, the clients had been delighted, and that I agree (with many from the party-goers) that it actually was one of the recommended parties I’ve previously gone to in my existence.

Q. Should you could merely play 5 tunes within one evening, what can they be?


My personal answer could possibly change everyday, however these are a couple of my personal go-to preferences:

“You Never understand me personally” –

Armand van Helden

“Want I Did Not Miss You” –

Angie Rock

“Freedom” –

Levels (a remix of Jill Scott’s ‘Golden’)

“Pushin On” –

Oliver $ & Jimi Jules (Tchami Remix)

& virtually anything by

Chocolate Puma

Q. maybe you have experimented with online dating sites?


I’ve perhaps not! I am aware more and more people who’ve, and successfully! But I found my personal (today) wife in school at age 19, during the traditional lesbian means: singing in an all-female A Capella team.

Q. how about your perfect time?


I like the coastline and I also’m a large foodie. I’m much more into uncovering regional hot-spots versus having to pay a premium price to eat in a ‘fancy schmancy,’ white tablecloth method of spot. Very an incredible big date for me was seeing the sundown around coastline, cozying on a blanket after which leisurely taking pleasure in some thing delicious, sitting out-of-doors, while talking and ingesting my stunning lady.

Q. What’s next for Whitney Day Offers?


You will find a few things in the pipeline as both a DJ and occasion manufacturer. 100per cent I am going to be making my personal greatest occasion of the year during NYC Pride on Sunday, June 28th at Marquee pursuing the parade – and most probably some other activities during satisfaction week (just last year I threw a sold out pool party within fantasy resort the downtown area, which was


, very probably this one once again). For the time being, i am dealing with growing my personal brand to the west shore and probably establishing a meeting in la.

My personal DJ timetable is fairly active this springtime – I’ll be DJing at Dinah Shore in Palm Springs for the first time. From that point I’ll travel to Miami to headline Miami Beach Pride’s ‘Fling’ event, following it really is down to European countries for a three week tour in Germany, stopping in Munich, Berlin, multiple smaller towns and cities last but not least Hamburg for ‘L-Beach’, the biggest interior women’s music festival in Europe. It will be my personal fourth year returning to perform that festival. Additionally, I’ve just covered several programs this March in NY â€“ â€˜Winter temperature’ for your Empire condition Pride schedule, negative Habit and Scissor Sundays on Rusty knot with JD Samson.

My personal various other goal for this season is always to develop a number of remixes. It’s the action that may get my career to a higher level.

Q. that happen to be some of the most significant influences when you look at the songs world?


I’m not sure anybody person has had even more impact on myself musically than other people. I’m always looking as well as learning pioneers just like the later part of the Frankie Knuckles, but We never prevent looking towards the brand-new singers, DJs, and producers who are popping up like crazy. DJ/producer Zedd is someone who actually appeals to me. And even though musically his ambiance is not really my personal taste, he’s someone that is incredibly associated with his image and each part of what he generates in to the world. From facility classes, towards tv show lighting effects, branding, creative, technical and business methods he is first got it sealed. Those people who are a lot more than artists, just who set their unique foot down and discover their own vocals and destiny, these are the ones just who inspire myself.

Q. can there be anyone you look to inside the LGBTQ society? and exactly why?


I will be so happy to have formed some amazing associations from inside the globally LGBTQ area. Getting somewhat younger and newer than a lot of the other major members, i really do look up to several women that being producing events for a long time. I am aware basically require information i could call on friends whom create the biggest events in Miami or Los Angeles, women that operate the greatest lesbian publications and web pages, actually DJ friends from Australian Continent to Germany who have about two decades knowledge on me personally. I am extremely lucky to have these types of inspiring ladies just a phone call out. You will find cultivated to profoundly honor and genuinely love all of them through the years.

Various friends that get noticed specifically are the girls exactly who comprise the group BETTY. They are creating music and working with each other as a bunch for

so many decades

(they created in 1986), a fulfillment in it self within the music globe! In addition, they normally use their own music as a type of activism for vitally important factors like humanitarian outreach, equal rights, comfort, aid therefore the empowerment of women and women. It works aided by the me State Department worldwide as cultural diplomats. Overall, amazing individuals.

Q. If absolutely one-piece of advice you might give our readers/users what might it be?


Dating guidance – I would state, be open minded. Familiarize yourself with some one. Never only judge some body by their particular photo. You will never know exactly who might be your soulmate, but it’s hard to find completely if you do not offer somebody the opportunity.

General – if


may do it, therefore can you. That’s been my personal thought process. The only thing between wanting and becoming is the action of actually performing! Never watch for parents’s approval, don’t push off that around-the-world journey. Want to be a musician? a chef? want to get healthier? go on to a fresh urban area? Would the thing that makes you pleased. All things considered you should be pleased with your choices you make. That’s what things.

Just what else can I understand Whitney time?


is actually a classically taught musician-turned party-rocker top the pack of a fresh generation of DJs. As quickly as she is launched her job from inside the NYC dance club scene, she’s built a name for by herself as a music taste-maker throughout the me and worldwide. Equipped with an exploding fan-base, desirable residencies and a superb gig record (including Cielo, Barclay’s Center, Webster Hall, Pacha, Marquee, Tenjune, Hudson Terrace, Soho residence, Avenue, Greenhouse, PH-D and), Whitney’s momentum is unbeatable.

With an instinct for checking out the crowd and a capability to artfully blend genre-blending units, Whitney will not end up being pigeonholed into any one category. From belowground Brooklyn warehouses to worldwide songs festivals to tropical circuit events and celebrity studded benefits, she understands no bounds. But the majority importantly, it is her infectious passion for mixing songs and executing on-the-fly units that keeps the vibe fresh and full of energy everytime.

As a two-time specialized NYC-Pride Headliner and DJ on the former Mayor of brand new York City, Whitney has gotten different stand-out push insurance coverage from track-by-track evaluation in

The New York Days

to a feature in


Magazine. She actually is also continuously recognized as the ‘Queen of Lesbian Nightlife’ by

Break Nyc

. But to contact her a DJ for lesbians would be to underestimate the woman grasp – this common spinner has actually played the Circuit from ‘Winter Party Festival‘ in Miami, ‘Sandblast Weekend‘ in Asbury Park to ‘Inferno Puerto Rico’ in San Juan also performances across vegas, Boston, D.C., Denver, Fire isle… the whole way to Germany and Australia. The woman is the very first DJ from US to do at European countries’s largest indoor songs festival for ladies, the official DJ your GIANTS 2012 Superbowl Parade and today Whitney doubles the woman focus by generating extremely preferred occasions for LGBTQs in new york and la all through the year.