Lucy Wrubel has been DJing for over a decade now. The stand up comedian turned DJ got her start in Rome Italy, where she found she could overcome the language barrier through music.
"I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music." Wrubel says, "After spending several dinner parties near someone else's stereo, I booked a job co-DJ-ing a party in Lucca, and played music until the cops came and the sun came up."
Lucy Wrubel's bread and butter is private parties and fashion events, and with influences ranging from Daft Punk to The Doors, this self-proclaimed "girly-girl" is pretty much open to playing anything. Come Fall, Lucy will be DJing private parties around the country, including a few right here in Dallas, which you can learn all about in her Q&A after the jump.
In the meantime, you can check her out at her website and make sure to have a listen to Lucy's DC9er mix below.
How long have you been DJing for?
How did you get your start DJing?
I moved to Rome, Italy, having put the brakes on a life as a comedian in Los Angeles, I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music. After spending several dinner parties near someone else's stereo, I booked a job co-DJ-ing a party in Lucca, and played music until the cops came and the sun came up. I was still dancing at dawn. What a job: part performance - mostly music - high heels welcome. For me, it was the perfect storm.
Who/what are some of your biggest influences musical or otherwise?
The Doors, Jamiroquai, Grateful Dead, The Police, Madonna, MJ, Bob Sinclar, Bob Marley, The Clash, Gwen, Mana, Daft Punk, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, Pino Daniele, Robbie Williams, Steel Pulse, Sharon Jones, The Specials, Phoenix, and Brand New Heavies.
How would you describe your personal style?
Depends on the night since I play mostly fashion-driven events and private parties, but I would say I love old school Hip Hop, current Pop and Rock and Roll. Ultimately, I am a girly-girl and I love to dance, so that drives me, always.
Which DJ's do you follow? Do you have a favorite?
Bob Sinclar, Mark Ronson, Duck Sauce, Danger Mouse, Daft Punk, and I am obsessed with any remix by The Twelves.
What's your favorite genre of music, both to play and to listen to?
I'm pretty open and like most everything (really, I am the furthest thing from a muiscal snob). At home, any Reggae, Wilco, Ryan Adams and Italian Pop, at work Michael Jackson, Phoenix, old school Hip Hop, Mylo, Caribou, and Ke$ha.
How do you decide what songs you're going to play?
Just by watching, strictly sociology, I can usually read my crowd in 5-6 songs, but as the night progresses, things usually get darker. As far as prep goes, I might gather groups of music into time slots, more like ideas but 9 times out of 10 I huck it all and dig down in the crates.
How much preparation goes into putting a set together?
Really depends on the job, like back in the days at Fashion at the Park (at NorthPark) I'd play all day and into the night. There were these little 45 minute erergy packed sets before fashion shows and I worked very hard to get the feeling to set the tone for the fashion of each show, and also there were so many people that attended multiple shows that I challenged myself to rarely duplicate a track all week. The research was almost as fun as the job itself, but then again I am a total geek like that - if you had not already figured that out.
What are your main objectives when it comes to playing music? (Are you looking to entertain the crowd, educate them, or something different altogether?)
Oh man, I am all about having a good time. When I look out and see a group of people throw their arms up, and sing their hearts out, I can't explain the feeling, I just love what I do.
What can someone expect when they come to see/hear you play?
They can expect to laugh a little and then hopefully let go.
What kind of equipment do you use?
2 Pioneer cdj 1000s and a Rane 57SL mixer.
Requests. Love em or hate em?
I don't mind them as long as they are made politely, but that doesn't always mean I will play it.
If you could play a gig anywhere, with any other DJ/music act, whom would you play with and where would it be?
I think I would love to go back in time and play in Rome at the little disco I played every weekend for 3 years, It's gone now, but the people and the time and place was really special. Yeah,I would love to go back and have one night there, same people, same piazza.
What sets you apart from other DJs in Dallas/Denton/Fort Worth?
I make an ass of myself and I don't mind.
When/where will you be playing next?
The Fall holds private parties from Nashville to Phoenix to L.A., then there is always the 2x2 First Look party, Scottish Rite's Treasure Street, plus a party at the Wyly where I am hoisted above the stage in a clear DJ booth (no short skirt that night) and the Super Bowl is just around the corner.
1. We Are the People - Empire of the Sun (EMI australia)
2. Maneater - The Bird and the Bee (blue note records)
3. Looking for Paradise (feat. Alicia Keys) - Alejandro Sanz (warner music benelux)
4. Horchata - Vampire Weekend (XL)
5. Congratulations - MGMT (SONY music entertainment)
6. Crash Years - The New Pornographers (matador)
7. Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) - Lady GaGa (interscope records)
8. Make You Mine - Miami Horror (EMI music australia)
9. Never Forget You - Noisettes (mercury records limited)
10. The Blue - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (lightning rod records)
11. Please Don't Change - Philip Price (listen here! records)
12. Let's Go Down To The River - Amy Cook (roothouse entertainment)
13. Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini (rough trade)
14. 54 46 That's My Number (feat. Toots & the Maytals) - Byron Lee & The Dragonaires (VP records)
15. Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian (under exclusive license to FADER label)
16. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight - Dominatrix (rec)
17. 5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale (mercury records limited)
18. Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars) - B.o.B (atlantic)
19. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Katy Perry (capitol)
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20. Odessa - Caribou (merge records)
21. Warm Heart of Africa (feat. Ezra Koenig) - The Very Best (green owl)
22. Carmensita - Devendra Banhart (XL)
23. Your Arms Around Me - Jens Lekman (secretly canadian)