This bright star of New York’s girl party circuit is also one of nightlife’s favorite DJ’s. Rosy Q chats with Thotyssey about what really goes on at Henrietta and Hot Rabbit, the merits of The L Word and when she’ll be serving you Pancakes & Booze at Space Ibiza!
DJ RosyQ: It was amazing. Such a good crowd for starting earlier in the day.
So, you’re one of the more popular DJs in the girl party circuit. How did you break into that scene?
I broke into the scene by working hard to promote myself. I was my own marketing, branding and PR person. I reached out to all of the promoters with my early mixes until one promoter gave me a shot in the LGBTQ scene. Prior to that, I was already DJing local spots in NJ for the straight scene. Is it PC to say “straight scene?” [laughs]
I think that’s still okay to say! Do you think having a strong physical presence and personality is as important as musical and technical sensibility in the world of a club DJ?
Absolutely. It’s everything! Being a DJ is the same as being a live musician. If there’s no stage presence or energy, the crowd may not feel the vibe and music as much. I connect with the crowd, and cater to the crowd all the time, because I want to keep everyone dancing all night long. It’s all part of the show and experience! It’s not uncommon to see me jumping up and down and “fist pumping” [laughs] while I’m DJing, and the crowd responds.
There’s only two full-time lesbian bars in New York right now. What’s up with that?
There are a lot of answers as to why this is the case now. I may not be the expert in answering this fully. There are some well-written articles that I’ve read as to why this is the case.
One of the reasons that’s stated is that with all of the advances that the LGBTQ community has made over the last few years in terms of equality, it’s now okay to be “gay” in public and in other bars/restaurants/etc. Therefore, the community is more comfortable to going to other bars and still being able to be ourselves, out and proud without being harassed.
I wish there were more full-time lesbian bars all over the country. Nationwide, lesbian bars have shut down, and I really wish they were able to stay open.
Also, there are more parties out there that exist where men and women of the LGBTQ community co-mingle together which I love.
The scene is like no other! Henrietta’s is one of NYC’s legendary full-time lesbian bars. It’s a destination where tourists from all over the world, and locals, come to have fun, let loose and mingle. Everyone who goes there just wants to have a great time. All races, all ages (21+ though [laughs]), men and women, straight and gay/LGBTQ walk into those doors every night. Everyone is welcome there, and every night there is a different theme with amazing DJ’s spinning and bartenders slinging drinks.
And the end-of-April gig you’re doing there is for Miss Mugshot, right?
On April 29th, I’ll be DJing for Miss Mugshot Events where I’m the resident DJ for all of their awesome parties. Mugshot will be there hosting at Henrietta’s for this event. The Mugshot parties are incredibly high-energy and epic, usually thrown at Santos Party House. It is one of my most favorite parties to spin for.
I saw that Daniela Sea from The L Word spun there last month. That TV show wasn’t perfect (especially in the portrayal of her transgender character!) , but aside from it, lesbian culture has been poorly underrepresented in media. Does that piss you off?
It does piss me off, but it’s not only lesbians that are underrepresented in media. I actually think that all members of our LGBTQ community as a whole are still underrepresented in the mainstream media.
If you think about it, the L Word show broke into mainstream media in 2004 on Showtime, and that was a huge deal back then. And remember, it was a television drama series portraying the lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, straight and transgender people and their friends, connections, family and overs in Los Angeles. Kind of like the Melrose Place of our community [laughs].
Being that it was a drama, I can see why some people would think that it looks bad on our community, but there were also highlights that showed powerful, strong lesbians such as Bette and Tina. Lets face it, straight or gay, we all have drama! [laughs]
Ten years ago, our rights and equality didn’t exist. A lot of advances have been made for us since then, and I’m so proud to be a part of this beautiful and loving community.
Do you live in NYC? Where are you from?
I guess you could say that I split my time evenly in New Jersey and in Brooklyn. I’m originally from northern New Jersey.
When did music first really “hit” you?
Music hit me at a very early age. My father listened to 50’s doo-wop and 60’s Motown music. And, my older brother introduced me to hip hop, house and freestyle music. As I got older, I acquired my own eclectic taste in music which I always incorporate in my sets. I could thrown down a Stevie Nicks song, but with deep house beat or Fetty Wap with an EDM beat.
What were your earliest favorites?
The Beach Boys, Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, and Two Without Hats to name a few. I have such a broad taste in music, as you can see.
Do you have a favorite mix you created? (That Stevie/Fetty Wap one sounds pretty amazing.)
I do a lot of live mixing when I’m performing. But, my fave mix so far my Moombahton mix that you can find on my website. I’m also currently working on some new mixes for summer which I’m super excited about, so be sure to check back in.
Do you have any other artistic or entertainment pursuits? You’re gorgeous, you should consider acting! or at least modeling!
Aawwwwww ::BLUSHING:: that’s so sweet. If I were a foot taller literally, I may have considered being hand or leg model. [Laughs] I actually have considered acting, as I was in the drama and choir program in school. But music is heart and soul.
In the gay boy world, everyone is trying to get with the DJ. Is this the case in the lesbian world also?
Umm… uh… yeah. A LOT. But nothing like panties being thrown at me, or anything [laughs] I feel like this happens to all DJs and musicians, though.
Let’s talk about Hot Rabbit’s Bad Habit! You’re spinning for their Brooklyn Loft 45 party on April 23rd. Have you done a Hot Rabbit party, or been to one? They seem to be doing something right.
Yes, I’m spinning for Bad Habit at Lot 45 on April 23rd and super excited about it. It’s a great venue. There’s something about the Brooklyn crowd, energy and vibe that I just love so much.
I’ve DJ’ed last year for the Brooklyn Pride Hot Rabbit party, as well as the Friday night parties they use to have at the Monster. I love DJing for both women and men, and the LGBTQ community as a whole. When everyone gets together, it’s nothing but a great time and Hot Rabbit’s got the right formula.
Yes, I just love spinning for Stonewall. It’s like a close knit community there, and the people I work with at Stonewall are amazing. It just feels like home and family. Though it’s an intimate space, the dance floor is always packed when I DJ with both men and women. The gay boys just love my music, and they stay until I’m done at 4am. I love their energy, and they say the sweetest things to me when I’m DJ’ng there. It’s nothing but love.
By the way, are you a fan of audience requests?
Can I say I’m a fan and NOT a fan of audience requests? [laughs]. I’ll definitely listen and take requests and try to incorporate it into my mix if it makes sense at that time. If it doesn’t make sense, and “drunky face” comes up to me and asks me for something ridiculous that doesn’t fit the energy or cater to the entire crowd, then I’m usually not a fan of requests.
Most DJs aren’t! And you’re spinning at Space Ibiza on April 28th! That’s amazing! Is that Gay NYC’s best dance floor?
I’m so excited to spinning at Space Ibiza in NYC on the 28th! I can’t wait to play my music at this venue – the sound system is incredible, and Space Ibiza is known worldwide for the dance music culture for the past 25 years. I’m actually going to be performing for this event called Pancakes and Booze – an underground art show debuting over 150 emerging artists that originally started in L.A. Now, it’s all over the world – the London event just ended.
Sounds like you’re gonna be mad busy this season! Last question: What is your absolute favorite part of DJing?
My most favorite part of DJing is watching the crowd dance all night long to my music. I love feeding off of their energy and vice versa. I love seeing them hype!
After just flying back from Miami, DJjng for Miami Pride last weekend, I realize that no matter where I DJ, the crowd’s energy is what makes everything worth it to me. I just want to make people dance and have an amazing, memorable night.
And we thank you for that, Rosy!
DJ RosyQ’s upcoming gigs include: April 22nd (Lesbo A-Gogo, Friday) at Stonewall, April 23rd (Hot Rabbit, Saturday) at Lot 45 Buschwick, April 28th (Pancakes & Booze, Thursday) at Space Ibiza, April 29th (Miss Mugshot, Friday) at Henrietta Hudson, May 6th (GIRLNation, Friday) at Stonewall, May 20th (Turnt Up Friday) at Henrietta Hudson, and again at Henrietta on June 3rd (Turnt Up Friday). DJ RosyQ can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her website.