We caught up with LA-based DJ and all-round mega babe Honey to chat musical inspo, where she’s playing next (Coachella this weekend FYI) and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
Tell us about yourself…
I’m LA’s underground trap sweetheart. I grew up between Dubai and Los Angeles and have been DJ’ing for the past 2 years. I’ve opened for Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, and A$AP Rocky. I’ve played a bunch of music festivals like Splash House in Palm Springs and Island Life Festival in Bali. I’ve been a big part of transforming LA’s underground music scene creating / hosting a sold out party every Wednesday called Cyber Ceremony. We’ve had Virgil Abloh, Post Malone, Roy Woods, A$AP Mob, Simi & Haze, Alison Wonderland and many others come through and play.
What does a day in the life of Honey look like?
After I wake up, I get on my laptop and start downloading music. I’ll then head to the studio after. I’m making the jump to music production this year so keep an eye out for my upcoming releases! And at night I usually have a show I’m playing!
How would you describe your aesthetic and how does it inspire your music?
My name Honey works so well cause you’re expecting this cute bubblegum vibe but when I play my sets you get this grimey trapped out sound that melts your face off. So it’s that surprise factor that really inspires me. The fire that hides behind that sweet innocence everyone’s expecting. I’m also really inspired by hip-hop beats, it’s probably my biggest influence in the music I produce. You’ll see that influence in my style – I can be really sporty and I’m a HUGE sneaker head.
What’s the best gig you have ever played?
I travelled to Bali, Indonesia to open up for Diplo.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
Metro Booming – His music inspired me to produce my own.
Why do you think the relationship between fashion and music is so strong?
They’re both forms of self-expression that compliment each other so well and both are really about the confidence and attitude you bring to them. I really wear whatever I want, when I want. I don’t care if it’s too extra and or not enough and I feel the same way when it comes to my music. I’m writing and creating what feels right, right now. I’m just looking to have fun and hopefully create something that inspires others. And I’ve organically been able to bring them both together to create my own world, where my style and aesthetic add a little sugar to my music.
What’s your favourite music video?
Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Who did you listen to growing up?
Destiny’s Child, Spice Girls, 50 Cent, Ja Rule Christina Aguilera, Ashanti any top 40 music really lol
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
My Sister, Gallo @theycallmegallo!
What’s your guilty pleasure, most played track?
Mask Off by Future
Last album you listened to all the way through?
Culture by Migos
What track gives you goose bumps?
Problems by 6LACK
What item of clothing can’t you live without?
My Hoodies. Cropped, baggy, doesn’t matter I love them!
What items do you make sure you pack on your travels?
I always take my laptop and Beats headphones with me!
Who is your style icon and why?
Sita Bellan – She’s so fierce and adventurous with her style! She takes risks and always slays!
Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
I always watch runway shows such as Dior, Gucci, Moschino etc. and follow a few fashion icons on Instagram for inspiration. I love seeing what Rihanna, Bella Hadid, Sita Bellan, and Kendall Jenner are wearing.
What best describes your style?
Sporty Spice meets Baby Spice
What’s your favourite fashion trend this season and why?
I love that tracksuits are coming back especially Juicy Couture because that was such a part of my teenage years.
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe who’s would it be?
Rihanna or Kylie Jenner’s
You can only wear one outfit for the rest of the year, what is it?
A Vetements Tracksuit
What’s your spirit animal?
Winnie the Pooh…does he count?
What emoji best describes you?
I love the lil chick poppin out of the egg
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
Peculiar Penny @peculiarpenny
What makes you laugh?
What’s your secret addiction?
Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
Who’s your celebrity wannabe wife?
What would be your superhero power?
What was the first thing you did this morning?
Turn on my Spotify playlist Honey Beats to help me get my day started.
Tell us something weird about yourself…
I love watching Disney Princess movies!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Some Way – Nav, The Weeknd
What’s your song to get you ready for a party?
Rolex – Ayo & Teo
What has been your favourite place you’ve travelled to?
If you were a Spice Girl which one would you be?
The lovechild of Sporty and Baby Spice
What do you love about Missguided?
I’m constantly putting together different looks for shows and can always count on finding something really cute with them!
Where can we see you perform next?
I’m performing at:
– Revolves Social Club Party Launch in Los Angeles on April 11th
– Coachella parties in Palm Springs in April 14 – 16
What’s on the agenda for 2017?
Playing some music festivals and releasing some original tracks that I’ll be collaborating with some artists I really admire on so keep an eye out!
Wanna know more? Follow Honey on Insta @itshoneyy
…follow her Spotify playlist here
…and listen to her tracks on Soundcloud: