By Kemi Karim
MORENXXX: INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST + DJ
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COVID-19 has affected the lives of many across the globe. However, this has not stopped individuals from fighting against injustice and corruption. MORENXXX, an interdisciplinary artist & DJ, explains the future of DJing and their effort to create social change.
What do you think the future of DJing will look like due to COVID-19?
I really don’t know. Based on what's happening in Europe, I think we’ll get back to some sort of normalcy. However, another part of me feels like the risk is too great to play with. Since quarantine, I have participated in some raves, playing some and even attending a few. It’s difficult to know what’s the proper way of going about this. I think people are still going to organize ways to have raves/parties. I just want us to figure out a solution that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus - similar to how people can take flights right now (there are strict guidelines that mandate testing 48 hours before engagement). Truthfully, I dislike playing zoom parties, they’re pretty unfulfilling and sort of depressing, but I appreciate them as a tool to fundraise.
When did you play your first set?
3 years ago, I played my first set in front of actual DJs and was incredibly nervous. To some extent, I really wanted it to be over but felt accomplished because the audience danced. The other DJs were really supportive and booked me for other parties.
Tell us something you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity to?
I want to curate a performance festival. I think great things will come from putting certain people in the same room and seeing what comes out of it.
Are you working on any projects?
I am currently in production for my upcoming project, 'La Brisa VA, la Brisa viene', a work that explores the current condition of sovereignty in Puerto Rico, owing to environmental catastrophe and political corruption. This work is a fragmentation of familial footage, 3d animation, performance and sound. La Brisa VA, la Brisa seeks to ridicule circumnavigate and rapture modes of surveillance, complex Afro-diasporic forms of resistance and generational trauma. Although this work seems to venture into more heavy material: it is an effort to reconcile.