When Queenie met DJ Hard Femme

That festive season is officially upon us once again just in case you hadn’t realised, so obviously there is set to be much merrymaking and seasonal joy incoming. Rather marvellously Queer Prom will be returning to Brighton this December, making yuletide gay with a no doubt fabulous Camp Christmas Special. This month, Queenie caught up with the glorious DJ Hard Femme who will be providing part of this wonderful event’s soundtrack…..

Hello – please tell us your DJ name? My name is Scarlett and I DJ under the name Hard Femme.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Queer Prom in Brighton! What can we expect from your set? It’s a Gal Pals set so I’ll be playing music exclusively by women artists or women fronted bands. Expect a mix of pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, PC music and queer bangers.

Where else can we find you playing? I’m the co-founder of Gal Pals which is a queer club night centring women, trans and non-binary people. We run monthly nights alternating between Brighton and London and I DJ there each month with my partner Xandice (DJ Jumeau).

What music is rocking your world these days? I went to see Charli XCX last week so I’ve been listening to her discography all over again, my favourite record by her is Pop 2. I also really like Caroline Polachek’s (of Chairlift) debut album Pang. It’s produced by one of my favourite producers Danny L Harle and it’s incredibly beautiful and ethereal, the way she uses her voice is phenomenal. I’m also really excited for FKA Twigs new album!

It being December & all – what’s your fave Xmas tune of all time? It has to be Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. It’s an obvious choice but it’s just the best. You know she’s made over $60 million in royalties from that song alone?!

And finally your current top five? Well I mentioned Charli XCX earlier and I have to mention her here because I’ve had her new album Charli on repeat since it was released. I’m obsessed with the song Shake It – Charli is frequently heralded as being the future of pop and I think this song really exemplifies that, it doesn’t sound like anything else. It runs through so many different sounds, it starts off really quiet and stripped back and gradually builds and explodes into an abrasive cacophony of noise. Also Big Freedia and CupcakKe are on the track (along with Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar) and their verses in particular are incredible.

I listened to Kim Petras’ Halloween album Turn Off The Light repeatedly throughout October (best Halloween record!!!). I’ve also been really enjoying Grimes’ new single Violence, All Mirrors by Angel Olsen and King Princess’ debut album Cheap Queen which is imbued with queer longing.

Catch DJ Hard Femme at Queer Prom Camp Christmas Special 19.00 – 02.00 Friday 6th December at The Old Market, 11A Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS Tickets available here

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