Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Rebel Girl's DJ China G
This being Pride Weekend, the focus for our weekly local DJ Q&A turns toward a special crew of female turntable tamers. Rebel Girl hosts a monthly "electroindierockhiphop80'smashups homofabulous dance party" at the Rickshaw Stop, but this Saturday should be extra wild because it doubles as the after-party for the Dyke March. Ladies, after warming up parading around the city, you can sweat it out under the command of DJs like China G, who answers a couple of our burning questions below.
Name: Elyssa aka DJ China G
Club night: REBEL GIRL
Style of music you spin: I love to spin a mix of electro, rock, mashups, 80’s and some hip hop. I’ll spin anything from M.I.A, CSS, Bloc Party, Peaches, The Sounds, Le Tigre, Missy Elliot, Santogold, Joan Jett, Notorious B.I.G., Justice, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, Prince, Justin Timberlake and the list goes on…
Name of a track you can’t get out of your head: “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill; it inspired the name of my club especially because this song is about a kick-ass dyke. “Rebel Girl! Rebel Girl! You are the queen of my world!!”
Dream DJ partner: My favorite mashup DJ’s: David and Stephen Dewaele who are members of 2 Many DJ’s, Soulwax & Flying Dewaele Brothers.
Favorite DJ experience: Spinning in front of thousands of people on San Francisco’s 2001 Dyke March DJ truck in the middle of Castro Street -- it was amazing! It was so cool to watch people dance their asses off to Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me”. Loved it!
Worst request: Bhangra music! One night two women walked into Rebel Girl and requested Indian music. I said “I play indie music not Indian music”. They looked confused and asked “indie?”. I explained “Yes, indie, like indie rock music.” “Isn’t it Bhangra night?!” they asked. They soon realized they were a week away from Bhangra Night.
Most clichéd DJ track right now: Madonna’s “4 Minutes”. 4 minutes to save the world??? What???
Most treasured vinyl score: One of my all-time favorite original punk bands, X-Ray Spex’s original press vinyl Germfree Adolescents (1978). Oh! And Nina Simone’s The Best of Nina Simone, (1970). She’s definitely my favorite female jazz/blues vocalist; she makes me melt every time I put my needle on her record.
Musical mantra: Spin whatever you want! Just make sure there’s a good beat to dance to damn it!
Question we didn’t ask you but you often ask yourself: Why do I love to DJ? Because I like to watch sweat drip off bodies while they’re dancing to my music; because I hate empty dance floors; because I can play any song I want; because I don’t have to play any of those awful requests and still pack the dance floor!
Next time we can see you spin: Come by Rebel Girl’s Hottest Dyke March After-Party on Saturday, June 28 and every 4th Saturday of the month at Rickshaw Stop.