Turning up the heat. THE #IN CROWD issue. Featured photography: Model + Gaia, Maria Pizzeria + Mr. Phomer, Owwwls, Janine Lee + Jeremiah McNair, Gita, Chalene Bauzo, Sophy Robson, Mess Kid, Model + N’ouir.
Back at the start of February in 2012, I had been officially introduced to DJ Siobhan Bell (by way of London) at a Nail Porn party that we both attended at BUMP in Brixton. Fast forward to my wanderlust trip to New York in February of 2013, Bell had also been in attendance as a guest DJ for what I recall as Bible Study at the former If Mom Only Knew in the Lower East Side. As you can imagine, the coincidence became robust. I couldn’t get over the allure of all the odds during each winter. T’was real cooooool. *bad winter pun* and now she’s doing me the honor of a SS14 interview. Join in on our girl talk as Bell shares her bits about groupies, chicken wings, and spinning for Nasir Mazhar in 3, 2, 1…
Isis Nicole: Can we start with two truths and a lie?
Siobhan Bell: I have 23 tattoos, so far… I sew in my own weave, and I own a Jeep [which is] not really a lie just hasn’t happened yet!
IN: How do you make the most out of London?
SB: Have lots and lots of money.
IN: What’s your dream job?
SB: To own a hot wing truck with seven different hot wing varieties.
IN: Who’s your current crush?
SB: Just a little one on Rejji Snow.
IN: Which girl group would you have most likely been in, Cleopatra or 3LW?
SB: This is tough. I do love Cleopatra but defo I would have joined 3LW.
IN: What’s your favorite Favorite American food?
SB: Wingstop in New York!
IN: What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC besides eating Crown chicken and drinking Strawberita’s?
SB: [Chuckles.] That’s all I do, eat as much chicken and pizza… its hard not too. I’ve never seen so many options of fast food joints so I need to try everything.
IN: Worst party experience ever?
SB: When there’s a really shitty DJ [it] really hurts my vibe.
IN: Do lady DJ’s have groupies?
SB: Hell yes.
IN: Have you ever hooked up with one?
IN: Have you tried any dating apps like Tinder?
SB: [Laughs.] Yeah I actually signed up to Tinder when I was in New York just for jokes, then I came back to London had to delete it ‘cause I kept seeing people I knew on there. Too embarrassing.
IN: Can you describe your most humble moment?
SB: I’m always humble.
IN: What’s considerably the biggest misconception about DJ’s?
SB: ‘Cause I’m a girl, that I can’t DJ. [Laughs] I can very well better then some men.
IN: What is your background?
SB: I started off studying Law and just couldn’t concentrate. I knew I was meant to be something else so I went into PR, as I’m a social butterfly, and was really good at networking. I interned at public relation companies and Atlantic Records [but] I still didn’t feel a connection. While I was figuring out what I actually wanted to do and be I took on DJing as a hobby. My first public DJ set was every Sunday at Niketown, and from there things just kept coming. I loved it!
IN: How did you get introduced to Niketown?
SB: I literally just walked in the store and asked to DJ simple as that!
IN: Your frequent commute goes from London to NYC. What’s it like DJing in both the USA and the UK?
SB: I’ve only visited New York and Washington D.C. so I haven’t really explored enough, but New York is amazing with its cultures within different parts. London is of course my home. I love the diverse music we have such as Grime, House, Jungle, Garage and Drum and Bass.
IN: Have you performed in other places like Paris or Berlin?
SB: So far I have DJ’d in Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris and of course NY but I will definitely be traveling more. I really want to go to Atlanta.
IN: Do you prefer playing at a lowkey party or a fashion show?
SB: I like both. Fashion stuff are really cute but I can turn up properly at a party and make people twerk.
IN: What was it like spinning for fashion designer Nasir Mazhar?
SB: It was really amazing, I love Nasir! I was excited and nervous when he asked. I actually thought I would just be DJing in the background somewhere but I was put in the show and in his clothing.
IN: Are you a designer for Cat Footwear?
SB: I’m not a designer no, but I did submit a design and they show me lots of love by providing me with boots.
IN: And lastly, what is your definition of success?
SB: To have patience because if you’re working hard it will come back to you sooner or later.
As many of you may know, I’ve relaunched The Isis Nicole Magazine crowdfunding campaign for the second issue coming this summer. It has been a crazy, sexy, cool journey since its debut and I am beyond grateful to be able to have an opportunity to continue to grow with all of you along the way.
I truly believe in the future of this project as a magazine and beyond especially with your help of pledging $5 USD to bring us one step closer to a successful second issue. Team work makes the dream work <3
Meet Lili Nguyen, a 22-year-old certified nailporn star who puts the French in manicures, literally. She’s from Paris and she’s pimpin’ out nails with her kawaii-mignon designs found over at @thisisvenice. Check out her very first Nailporn interview after the jump while I go book my first flight to Paris.
Twitter: @ThisIsVenice IG:@ThisIsVenice
Favorite place to escape? Anywhere the sun is! We don’t see it much here.
What is your art background? I’ve always loved to draw instead of listening to my teachers back in school. I never took art classes or went to art school, I just draw what’s on my mind.
When did you start doing nails? My very first take on nail art was in late 2010, and here I am now!
Is nail culture popular in France? Not really actually. French girls are not really used to spending a lot of money on manicures, and everything that is nail related. They either go for a really classy red or nude pink nail, or you will see a lot of girls with chipped nail polish that don’t really care. Nail art in France has in ways been considered old fashioned or for country side girls but I think France is fortunately opening it’s mind toward nail culture again.
What’s it like owning your own shop? I’ve been waiting for this for so long, I’m so happy and so blessed or lucky, I don’t know, but either way I’m really thankful for everything. I feel like I’ve took a huge step on my adult life now.
How do you set yourself apart from other nail artists? I don’t know actually, I just follow my inspiration, continue to be myself and try to leave my little mark on girls nails.
What inspires you? As for my professional life, working and succeeding on my own. To make my own money, be my own boss and not waiting for someone to do the work for me. It is the same for my personal life, trying to be a real woman.
What does it take to be successful in this world? A lot of passion and patience. You have to believe in yourself, be humble, and never stop working. It’s never over. Success is a long trip you’ll never have worked enough.
Since I like to call Suki Bedeauxmy aunt she insists on calling me nephew due to her liking of Snoop Dogg. But this interview isn’t really about that part of our acquaintance. This interview is about how Suki got into becoming a DJ, modeling for Meat, making a diss track to her ex, and squirting glitter. She was apart of THE REAL HEAT, back when Myspace was poppin!! AND up on that GIF ish when they were still titled ‘gifts’?!! She’s also been rocking the locks and bangs since before Rih Rih did. But anyway, see what the lovely lady who gets the London parties started had to share with the world after the jump!
Most Known For Being in The Real Heat, producing & DJing.
Unknown For Baking Cakes.
Sexiest thing ever done for you The sexiest thing someone has ever done for me so far was when when my friend Nick whipped off his top while playing a fantastic guitar solo on my new single “Him & Me”. My ex used to dance around in his underpants for me as well. That was sexy!
Devices you must have I couldn’t choose one. All the devices I use are essential to my life, from my studio equipment to my Blackberry.
Currently on your playlist I’m listening to Akon Konkrete Jungle Mixtape while I’m answering these questions and I just got Simian Mobile Disco You’re Love Ain’t Fair EP. Santigold’s new album is sick as well; Mr. Mitch, DOK, Medicine8, and Bonde Do Role are rocking my DJ box right now too.
Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you Isn’t life just weird (laughs.)
Favorite place(s) to hangout My favorite places are home in the studio or in a good night club.
Least favorite trend(s) Hmm I dunno. I don’t really keep up with trends.
I was first introduced to you in Myspace days as a member of The Real Heat. As you already know, “Come We Go” was my jam and I was amazed by the ladypat visuals. Now your doing your thing as a DJ. What inspired you to do so? I always loved playing music and started out playing at friends parties. I got my first DJ residency in a strip club and me and my sister Zaza started Real Hot DJs as an off shoot of The Real Heat. Then I started doing it on my own, getting more gigs, and now I’m playing every Wednesday 10pm - 12am GMT on Nasty Fm.
What was it like crossing over from girl group to becoming a solo artist, a DJ in fact? I love singing with my sisters but it’s fun to do my own thing too. When the band took a break I had all this time on my hands. When I started Djing I was already in the band so I put more energy into DJing and producing my own music. I’ve put out a mixtape a few months ago which can be downloaded for free from my website, and my first single is coming out soon. We just shot the video. It’s all really exciting!
How do you determine what your going to mix? What inspires your art? I tend to go with my mood and tell a story with my selections. When I’m in the clubs I just read the crowd and love getting people dancing.
Okay, so I don’t know if this is too personal or if it’s uncomfortable, just ignore the question if you don’t want to answer but what was the whole Bitch Boy thing you were flooding Twitter about? It’s okay I put it out there so I don’t mind talking about it. “Bitch Boy” is basically a diss track to my ex boyfriend. It was about a week after I’d dumped him for some wasteman behavior. Tictac had witnessed it all and channelled my anger that day and came with some fire lyrics and we cut the track. He’s put a hole in my heart so I just wanted to bruise his ego a little to tell the truth. It felt right at the time..I’ve spoken to him since and he’s got the message. We’re both over it now.
What’s the most annoying thing(s) people do to DJ’s? Asking questions when I blatantly can’t hear them over the music. A lot of DJ’s find requests annoying but I don’t mind. If I got it, I’ll play it.
Would you rather sexually squirt glitter or diamonds? (Laughs!) Omg you’re a joker! Glitter all the way!
You also dabble in modeling! Catwalk for Meat?! Being photographed by Alis Pelleschi?! Tell me more! Ahh yes they’re both amazing to work with! Modeling for Meat was my first catwalk. It was such a fun day! I got oiled up by two girls and they slid me into my costume. Modeling is great fun.
Do you get your nailsdid or have any favorite nail artist(s)? I’ve had my nails did a couple of times but it gets in the way of playing the piano and djing and the patterns get chipped and all sorts. I just paint them myself to keep them looking pretty and presentable.
What would you say has been your biggest challenge this far, and what are you doing to overcome it? My biggest challenge has been to quit smoking..and I haven’t done anything about it (hangs head in shame).
How do you make the most out of living in London and how would you describe its scene(s)? Being a musician it’s perfect to live in london ‘cos this is where its at! There’s so many scenes and cultures and it’s not about how you fit in it’s how you stand out!
What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future? I want to be remembered for the music I put out there, keeping it real, and staying true to who I am and what I believe in. [Also for] spreading love and making people dance with happy faces and saving the planet from bullshit.