Everyone’s talking about Vivie-Ann Bakos AKA BLOND:ISH, now she is flying BLOND:ISH solo. We got to chat to the inspirational DJ and producer and strong business women before her gig at Soho Garden.
When did you start DJing – and what/who were your early passions and influences?
I started DJing in university in Montreal. I got some turntables and put them on my coffee table in my living room, and asked DJs endless questions until I learned. House music was always my passion from when I was an early teenager listening to pirate radio, and found raves around thirteen as well, in Hungary on a family trip one summer. But I have to say that my dad’s REEL II REEL always playing in my house is what got me the music bug when I was about four years old.
Tell us a bit about the Bye Bye Plastic initiative that you have founded, and how music plays a role in it, do you find that your work as a producer and DJ is connected with this environment side of things?
It’s very simple; plastic is a world problem, and I want to do my part in our scene, to help try and get rid of it, Bye Bye Plastic brings these solutions to the scene. It’s a hotline to help anyone in our scene find solutions to their single use plastic use. As DJs we have a voice and I’m trying to use it, music is the greatest connector, so it’s really fascinating to explore different ways to connect through music for change. My first mission is the environment, well more specifically plastic, and for another artist it might be sustainable clothing, or water for all, or climate change, or gender issues. There’s so much to stand for, you just have to choose one and go for it.
You have a very busy schedule, being an in-demand DJ all over the world! How do you stay focused?
Matcha!! Matcha and more matcha. It’s tough to stay focused on the road, because you are in survival mode… your first priority is to be prepared and well rested for gigs, and making flights in time. An amazing logistics team helps alleviate some of those thoughts, so I can focus on keeping myself balanced, and finding time for music, and my other projects in between! I read/listen to a lot of time management books on blinkist, and try to meditate as much as possible also to calm my mind , so I can regain the focus.
What are your ‘can’t live without’ items for recovering from long haul flights and lack of sleep when you’re touring?
Doterra peppermint oil pills
This maharaja tea (cinnamon bark, cardamom, saffron)
Magic stripes masks
As a DJ, the relationship with your audience is crucial. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
I make a lot of edits!
What music/genres do you listen to when you’re at home or get a few days somewhere away from the dance floor?
Meditation and world music — was just listening to a vinyl I picked up at a shop in China Town in New York. its called ‘Finis Africae – Amazonia’
You’re in a new exciting phase of your career as BLOND:ISH, a new evolution. What are your intentions over the next 12 months? Do you have any new releases or collaborations that you can mention?
To change the world through music.
Get rid of single use plastic in our scene. And yes, tons of collaborations with friends. Some out of the box collaborations too with people you wouldn’t expect, and some fresh vibes for Ibiza this summer, as well as a bunch of releases lined up from friends on ABRACADABRA records