DJ BAD GINGER (aka HANNAH BREWER; Studio 4/4)
Current top 6 tracks:
Endor, "Dance & Dip (Club VIP)" (Strangelove)
"This secret weapon of a track has been in almost every one of my sets since I discovered it. Whenever I drop it, there is almost always another DJ hovering over me trying to peep the track title! Endor is an amazingly underrated producer. He nails everything from '90s-style deep house to ravey bangers like this one."
Wongo & Señor Roar, "Teahaus" (Insomniac)
"To put it simply, this song freakin’ slaps. It’s got that unique dirt that I’m always looking for to drive a dance floor. It’s a gem and I can’t seem to get sick of it!"
Wood Holly, "Sythesizers" (Cats & Boots)
"When I first came across this one, I was drawn in by the weird vocal but stayed for the relentless and twerk-tastic bass line. The acid sounds really make me want to let the weird out. Hope to see more like this from Wood Holly in the future."
OMNOM, "Know I’m Bad" (House of Hustle)
"With a name like Bad Ginger, of course I had to put this one in here! The lyrics are sassy AF. Mark my words… OMNOM is one to watch."
J. Worra, "Modern Medicine feat. Dances with White Girls" (Arrow)
"J. Worra is another severely underrated DJ and producer. I first saw her at Elements NYC and her set gave me just the energy I needed. This track is so quirky and fun, not to mention well-produced."
Truth Be Told, "In the Party (Luvstuff’s Bassline Remix)" (Cutting Edge Material)
"The deep UK garage elements here mixed with the slightest distortion give this track a 90s underground vibe that I can’t get enough of. Luvstuff is always putting out the heavy-hitting warehouse-ready grooves."
Crew/label affiliation: "Back in NYC, I was affiliated with Gotham/Girls & Boys (Webster Hall), but I recently became a resident of Studio 4/4 here in Seattle."
Styles played: "I like to focus on high-energy and feel-good house music. I sort of categorize the music I play into two categories and I keep this in mind when searching for new music: It has to be either ridiculously dirty or has to conjure intense emotion. Genre-wise, I play a lot of G-House and what I like to call 'booty tech house,' as well as deep house, bass house, Brazilian bass, nu-disco, and a sprinkle of techno. This really depends where and when I’m playing. Lately I’ve been really into tech-house tracks that have roots in acid house, and I love anything reminiscent of the '90s. Can’t ever get enough of that chunky '90s piano sound!"
Events organized: "I used to advise Alex English on artists to book for Girls & Boys and Gotham at Webster Hall. I have organized underground loft parties and club nights in Brooklyn, as well as theme camp/stages at festivals like Big Dub, Dreamscape, and Nightmare Festival with some of my DJ friends like DJ Atom C and Sne of Fully Funktional Audio, but these days I'm just focusing on DJing and producing."
DJing philosophy: "When I was a teenager, the dance-music community was just about the only place where I felt I could be accepted for who I was. As a DJ, I share that feeling with other people through music by creating spaces and memories where people feel like the best and most badass versions of themselves. This means selecting and playing music that doesn’t just sound cool, but makes me (and hopefully them) really feel something. I have a pretty strict policy when it comes to finding new music to play out. I think of it like digging for diamonds. Good simply isn’t good enough; a track has to stand out from the others and really have the wow factor I’m looking for. It also has to fit into my sound. I often ask myself questions like 'what does this track say about me?,' 'does this beat make me want to drop everything I’m doing and hit the dance floor immediately?' or 'does this song make me feel like I’m walking a runway or in a music video?'
"When getting ready for a set, I will generally prepare tracks that fit the vibe I’m going for, but I never plan my sets in their entirety. I like to have a couple different directions in mind that I can take the music once I sense what the crowd needs. I ease the audience into my sound by building up the energy as the set progresses to keep the their attention, while saving the heaviest tracks for the end. I also like to gear my sets toward the women in the crowd, because if the women are dancing, the men will follow. Many of the tracks I play have vocal samples because this makes the music more relatable, memorable, and easily digestible to those on the floor that may be new to dance music.
"While it’s important to take your craft seriously as a DJ, it’s also important not to take yourself too seriously. It’s easy to get so lost in perfecting the technique (and the music industry in general) that you forget the reason you started DJing in the first place—to make and have FUN! Choosing to call myself Bad Ginger was in a way making fun of myself before anyone else had the chance to, while also turning something with a negative connotation into a positive one."
Format: "I prefer to use USBs with CDJs. I originally learned on vinyl turntables with a Rane rotary mixer (these are so fun), then bought a controller to practice on at home. However, I think CDJs give you a good balance of the tactical feeling of vinyl DJing and the convenience of digital technology."
Worst request: "Chumbawumba? And just about anything Top 40…"
December 13 – Studio 4/4 presents Habitat: Lee Foss at Kremwerk/Timbre Room Complex
December 25 – Miracle on Howell Street at Re-bar with Riz, Kadeejah Streets, Jenn Green, Bad Ginger, & Dane Garfield Wilson
December 31 – NYE: The Black Ball at Monkey Loft
February 2 – Ghetto House at Contour