DJ Colette is very pretty. That's said not in a condescending way, but as a statement of fact, backed up not only by her appealing mug, but the entire aesthetic that has followed this highly talented DJ/singer/producer throughout her decade-plus career. She went from ambitious girl-DJ-who-sings-over-her-mix to respected house music player as a member of the SuperJane collective, and now she's an internationally renowned producer and performer. Take one look at her Web site, her MySpace, or her scores of album and singles releases -- flowers and stars, sparkles and swirls. Her lip-gloss ain't poppin' like a lot of sex bomb celebrities in the house music scene, but Colette (born Colette Marino) adds a female touch to a community that can too often feel simultaneously like a dude fest and a spring break grind session. Interview after the jump....
Colette's music is a fine blend of sophisticated yet accessible beats that are never too cheesy anthemic, nor fun-gutting minimal. Singles like "What Will She Do for Love" and "If" are the sorts of tunes that score big on iTunes and Billboard (#1 and #5 Dance Hits respectively) and land Colette on film soundtracks like The Devil Wears Prada and The House Bunny. All this success has come an expected Hollywood lifestyle (she's married to actor Thomas Ian Nicholas from "American Pie" and "Rookie Of The Year") but she still stays grounded--maintaining a residency at Chicago underground institution Smart Bar with long time associates DJ Heather, Justin Long and Miles Maeda, keeping her hometown a part of the mix....
Dj Colette @ Vital Vinyl in Minneapolis
Now, for that quick interview:
CP: You have appeared on the Soundtracks to Sex And The City and The House Bunny this year. Do you like "chick flicks?" What sort of movies do you like? What is your dream film to have a song featured in?
CM: I wouldn't say I'm a "chick flick" kind of gal, although I do love Sex And The City and thought the movie was hysterical. I've always been partial to fantasy films, but I'm open to watching most movies (especially when I'm stuck on a plane)! I would love to have a song featured in a comedy with an elaborate choreographed dance routine. That would be the hotness ...
CP: After all these years, do you still get the same rush of going to places like MPLS? How do the clubs compare to "back-in-the-day"?
CM: It's been a year since my last visit to Minneapolis and I'm especially excited about this trip! I've always enjoyed playing here, as Minneapolis dancers never disappoint. The main difference I see in the club world today is there aren't as many raves or loft parties. House music isn't in the mainstream and without All Ages events, the exposure to underground dance music is limited.
CP: What is the one career goal you still want to reach in your lifetime?
CM: I just want to keep writing and performing. The past ten years have been especially fun and surprising ... you never know what's around the corner.
Joshua Glazer is also editor-in-chief of URB Magazine