Gladys Ferro

12 Dec 2020
Life & Culture

From New York Back to A-Town: Coming Home With DJ Lady S 

Never home but always representing… we caught up with the Moroccan but Antwerp-raised, currently New York-based, DJ and producer DJ Lady S while she was back in Europe for what was meant to be her most fully-booked festival summer in her 15-year career. But 2020 has been that glitch, and after lockdowns, canceled festivals, and a very incapable president you’d think that this year is straight for the trash. Leave it up to DJ Lady S to keep the faith and to make sure there is always something to come home to.

Everything starts at home

“I grew up in a very musical household. As the child of immigrants, becoming a DJ doesn’t seem like the most obvious career choice, but my older brother (DJ Killa Cal, doobie bros) was the one who introduced me to the decks at a very young age, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Both he and my parents were very supportive of my drive and dreams. From day one, I had a safe space at home where I could practice and cultivate my talents. Till this day I still consider that one of my biggest blessings.”

Home is where the heart is

“I first came to New York City on my 18th birthday with my mom, and I just fell in love with the city’s energy right away. I came back in the years to come, mainly for work,  whether it was radio (as a resident DJ for HOT97 and Shade45 on SiriusFM) or for bigger corporate events or to connect with my fellow HeavyHitters (editors note: A global DJ collective where’s she’s holding it down for the girls as the only woman on the crew). I will never not be inspired by the opportunities that the Big Apple has to offer. That New York state of mind is definitely a real thing, and I love that nobody compromises on their dreams. Here, you’re not just a DJ or just a bartender or just a dog-walker. You go for all your business ventures, and you make it happen, regardless. But a bigger city means a bigger pond with a lot more competition, so it’s true, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

Antwerp will always feel like coming home

“Even though I relocated permanently here, the festivals in Belgium and the rest of Europe will always be the highlight of my year. Two years ago I even started my own party-concept called HomeComing by Lady S to create a space where my friends, family, and my network could come and connect every time I came back home from New York. When it got announced we couldn’t have a festival summer due to the pandemic — I shed a tear or two. But I trust the timing of my life, and I’ve been exploring my talents as a producer and songwriter in the meantime.”

“My first track “Mami Work” did pretty well on all streaming services and my second venture “All Mine” featuring Kriticos will be out December 17th. With the HomeComing by Lady S parties on hold, I’m using that platform to let local talent showcase their talent. Whether it’s through music, art, or photography, creating a safe space for the new generation where they can discover, connect and reflect is what I will always aim to do. Whether it’s to give a huge crowd a good time offline or to spark that one individual to just go for it online.

You can follow DJ Lady S on Instagram and check out her ‘HomeComing’ concept HomeComing’s Instagram account.

Photography by Ashley de Buck
Make-up & hair by Gladys Ferro

With special thanks to Violencia for the location and Lina C. for assisting on both styling and production.

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