The wonderfully multi-talented DJ Djuna Barnes talks to Dick And Fanny about music, books, Copenhagen and X Factor! Read the interview after the jump but before you do so have a listen to the little gem of a mix she made especially for all the Dicks And Fannys out there. Djuna Barnes will be DJing at Dick And Fanny 3rd Birthday Party on Saturday 29 September at Shacklewell Arms.
What did you want to convey with this mix? What’s your favourite track in it?
I played some of these tracks a lot lately and I love concepts so I thought it would be fun to mix them with some more obscure stuff. My mixes are usually difficult to dance to because I use a lot of time and effort in making them worth many listens.
You were a guest judge on the Danish X Factor, how did that come about and what did it involve?
Yeah, that was two years ago but I am still kinda involved. One of the judges – the Danish avant-garde version of Simon Cowell – is this amazing guy that some of my friends knew. We really clicked on that show. I hated being on TV but I loved to talk about music with him – he is a former jazz drummer and kind of philosopher. And from there he hired me to help finding music for the contestants and stuff – that’s fun.
Can you tell us a bit more about your sounddesign company “Djuna Says”?
I do a lot fashion shows here. And I make scores for theatre, films and radio. And then there’s also X factor for which I am a music consultant.
Do you have any other musical projects in the pipeline?
I decided a long time ago not to start producing music myself – I don’t think I have a sound, I have many – and then I write – I really think I have a voice – and I think you have to choose one creative output – or I have to – at least.
We’ve heard that you are currently writing a book, can you tell us what it is about?
Yeah I write these columns in Danish magazines and I have a magazine KØBENHAVNER. And yes, I am indeed writing a book – about a lot of things but mostly about girls
What are your favourite hangouts in Copenhagen at the moment? It’s been quite a while since we last went.
Well, I toned the going out down quite a lot because of a one year old boy so if I go out without playing I go out early to this restaurant Fiskebaren or some small bars like The Log Lad cafe in inner city or Vibes Apotek in Nørrebro.