DJ Q&A: Star Eyes a.k.a. Vivian Host talks 'haunted house music', fashion, NYC

As former editor of the popular future-culture glossy XLR8R, few DJs know their stuff like Star Eyes, a.k.a. Vivian Host, now of NYC's Trouble & Bass party fame. Listening to her talk about music is as refreshing as reading her columns from back in the day. Come to think of it, she kind of reminds us of the Diablo Cody of dance parties, if that makes any sense. Anyhow, the silver-tongued siren is dropping in on flyover country tomorrow for Burlesque of North America's super-secret shindig (see flyer after the jump), and we wanted to catch up with her about what she's been up to since leaving the magazine and starting her full-time career as a party rocker.

GN: You can only listen to one song for an entire month. Which do you choose?

SE: X-Mal Deutschland "Qual" 

GN: How did your collaboration with DNB superhero John B. come about on that durrrrty track from his In Transit album, "Take Me Home"?


John B and I have been friends for years, ever since we played the world's worst rave together in Atlanta when we were 19 years old. He had been wanting to do a tune with some dirty rapping on it and asked me if I thought I could do it, since I have kind of an L.A. Valley Girl accent. When I was in London in 2003, I was at his house, we drank a few Pimm's Cups, and I wrote and recorded the lyrics to "Take Me Home" in about two hours. I was really happy and surprised at how many people ended up playing it, and afterwards all the drum & bass fan dudes thought I was a dirty varmint, which was funny.