Fashion and music have a longstanding, mutually influential relationship. Some of the most notorious fashion icons are musicians. With the biggest international DJ talents descending upon New York City for Pride 2014, we thought we’d give a special nod to the dapper DJs of Pride in series of music/style interviews with some of these world renowned artists. Last week, we interviewed DJ Sveta, an Australian-based DJ who is flying all the way to NYC to spin at WHITNEY DAY Presents: ** THE PARTY ** @ MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB, the GRAND FINALE Event for NYC PRIDE 2014! Sunday, June 29th from 5PM-2AM (RSVP here). This week, we are featuring DJ Mary Mac who will also be part of the DJ lineup at ** THE PARTY **.
DJ Mary Mac, member of Amerika’s Most Wanted DJs and 5 Star DJs, is an icon and pioneer for female DJs. She is the CEO of 5 Star Music Nation Dream 5 Star productions.
Her limitless talent and magnetic personality has taken her around the globe to spin for world-class events and celebrities, such as Madonna.
dapperQ: When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
DJ Mary Mac: I started DJing in the early 90’s. Music and my brother, who taught me how to do DJ, were always my biggest influences.
dapperQ: How would you describe your current musical style?
DJ Mary Mac: I’m a chameleon. I guess you can say that my style is to dj for the crowd, not for myself.
dapperQ: The relationship with the audience is important for a DJ. How do you balance between giving the crowd what they want and staying true to your artistry? Do you believe in “reading an audience” – and how do you put it into practice?
DJ Mary Mac: I’ve always been a strong believer in reading the crowd. I’m lucky to have the ability to be able to never assume by looking at the crowd that I already know what they want to hear. If it was left up to me we’d be listening to country music and disco house.
dapperQ: Music and fashion have always been intertwined. Some of the biggest style icons have come from the music industry, from Gaga, Bowie, Madonna and Beyonce to Andre 3000, Joan Jett, Pharrell, and the Beatles. On the runway, the perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work. Alternatively, the perfect outfit or personal style has the power to convey the aesthetic of a musician’s work. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to fashion? Would you say it is influenced by your music? If so, how?
DJ Mary Mac: When it comes to my fashion I try to stay up with what’s latest trend. But, one thing that’s always constant is my fashion has to be very chill and comfortable so that I have enough breathing room while I DJ.
dapperQ: Has your personal fashion evolved over the years?
DJ Mary Mac: The only thing that’s evolved is I went from baggy clothes to a more fitted look.
dapperQ: Who are some of your fashion icons?
DJ Mary Mac: Artists like Pharrell, Kanye West, Jay-Z, A$AP Rocky, and Chris Brown have influenced by closet, so to speak. They all have a clean yet super cool- rock and roll- skate board look, which I love.
dapperQ: What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?
DJ Mary Mac: My bucket or trucker hat. Those have to go with me… and I don’t care if it’s Von Dutch [laughs].
dapperQ: What can we expect next from you?
DJ Mary Mac: A song on the dance charts top 100….I’ll even take being #99 or #100!