Natalie also creates music as Unicornicopia, her solo performance-art moniker. Wielding processed accordion, synths, samplers and armfuls of effects units, Unicornicopia’s “danceable, insistent music that people will want to hear” (TimeOut NY
), has been featured at the Performa Biennial, Le Poisson Rouge, CBGBs and Joe’s Pub to name a few. Natalie’s performance and instillation work has also been presented in gallery settings including PS1: MoMA, Human Resources, and Ramiken Crucible Gallery, where she lived and worked for 3 weeks. While a resident, she arranged an improvised polyphonic saxophone piece for 5 female voices, built a VHS instillation featuring outsider-artist R. Stevie Moore, and composed a long-form piece for omnichord, mbira, drums, samplers, keyboards and processed vocals. Natalie’s work often utilizes a wide range of puppetry types including shadow, puppet, hand and rod, over-life-size and Vietnamese water puppets. She was also awarded University of Central Florida’s SURE Research Grant for her work in puppetry. Projects include collaborations with members of Wooster Group, Psychedelic Furs, Fischerspooner, Santigold, ICE, Xiu Xiu, Chairlift, Glasser, Aur Revoir Simone, Elevator Repair Service and Radiohole.
Having DJ’d in the US, Europe and Asia, Natalie’s stand out sets include Carnegie Hall, PS1 WARM UP, a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom and CA$$ETTE, a party she threw with World DJ Champion i.e. Merge and Jimmy Edgar among others. She has also DJ’d bills with the actors Steve Martin and Meryl Streep, the electronic acts Milky Chance, Machinedrum, Braille (Sepalcure), members of LCD Soundsystem, Lazer Sword, Psychic TV, Butthole Surfers, Das Racist, Japanther, and Dirty Projectors and corporate clients such as Lululemon, Uber and Spotify.
Natalie is also the founder of Baby DJ School, a research-based music program where she teaches babies how to DJ and explore DJ culture in order to accelerate their development. Recommended by pediatric neurologists, Baby DJ School was called “an exciting new musical landscape” by TIME Magazine and “really creative and fun” on Good Morning America. BDS was the subject of a viral VICE documentary and was featured in The Wall Street Journal, SPIN, GQ, Village Voice, New York Magazine, TimeOut NY, on Good Morning America, the BBC, NPR, as well as TV, radio, websites and newspapers across the globe. With multiple locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and master classes taught in Taiwan and South Korea, Baby DJ School will soon be held in Atlanta and Los Angeles. As an educator she has lectured MFA students at NYU Steinhardt, taught puppetry in the New York Public School system and lead “Inventgenuity” and “Playing with Pedals” – two experimental composition classes that were both featured recommendations in The New York Times.
Your thinking what I am thinking right? HOLY MOLY DJ NATALIE ROCKS! It has been incredible getting to know Natalie as DJ teacher but also learning about how incredibly talent she is as you have just read above. Get to know more about Natalie below in my BTS Q&A interview! Thank you Natalie for being part of this week's feature and for teaching baby Dylan how to DJ! xo Stacy
1. Are you a Subway or Car (via, uber, lyft) girl?
I'm a bike girl! If it's too hot I will take a train/bus or Uber. Heat is my only limitation on bike though. I will bike in a blizzard.
My backyard in a baby pool in the summer or in this cool abandoned ballroom at the a special hotel in the winter.
3. Causes you advocate for?
LGBT rights, racial and gender diversity in television/film (both in front of and behind the camera) and normalizing men as primary caregivers. I know these cool dads that have to join facebook groups called like "Moms of the UWS" to figure out what's going on for babies in the neighb. Can we please get gender neutral already? "Caretakers of the UWS" would be best but I'd settle for "Parents of the UWS." P.S. this is not only a problem in the UWS. It's pervasive in our culture. Baby DJ School is routinely described as a Mommy-and-Me class even though many of the adults who accompany little ones to my class are dads and nannies.
4. Favorite quote?
"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss."
5. Tell us about your last moment you shared with someone?
I had a nice moment with this dude who was repairing an elevator earlier today. I was like, "I love that you are using pink wire" and he was like "Yea, I use the pink wire for the security circuit." and I was like "That makes sense - pink, the "female" color is being used to help people feel secure" and he smiled and seemed happy to have his color coding system acknowledged.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR /INTERVIEW: STACY IGEL
PHOTOGRAPHER: SPENCER KOHN
DJ Natalie is wearing our Full Circle Logo Tee (V-Neck), Boy Meets Girl Tee (V-Neck) and boyfriend-fit 'Alice' Tee from our women's loungewear collection.
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