If you’ve been around Norfolk, more specifically the Arts District it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of Jelisa who goes by DJ Froxstarr, Dot better known as Fakeuzumi, and Opal. Last week we had the opportunity to sit down with some of the #wegold collective and talk music. Work Release, Toast, and the Parlor are just a few of the locations you may have caught the trio performing at. Check out the interview below:
(TPP): How old are you all?
(O): 206 in my head, not dying anytime soon.
(TPP): What attracted you to Norfolk Arts District?
(J): The arts district is something we all created overtime. We’re a collective of creative with nowhere or way to express ourselves in an area that’s so dry but full of life. That’s changed, and has all been set in motion by our darling parientes Charlie & CaryAnne.
(D): To be honest I started coming to the art district because of RBLE, they had a hand in a lot of the cool events. From there I started connecting with people and experiencing things I didn’t know existed in downtown.
(O): Some mysterious magnetic force.
(TPP): What are you inspirations?
(J): My inspirations are everything around me. God, the illest creator of all time.
(D): I’m insprired by life and the waves that come with it. And also by seeing people from the area prosper.
(TPP): Tell me about the whole #wegold movement?
(J): Those are my best friends, our chemistry is immaculate and things really just happened. Nothing planned. We vibe well together.
(O): It’s golden.
(TPP): So Jelisa, where did the name DJ Froxstarr come from?
(J): The name DJ Froxstarr came from my homie Malle. I had a fro/box haircut at the time and we always played Grand Theft Auto. Rockstarrrr games. Hence Froxstarr. The nickname just stuck.
(TPP): How long have you been a dj?
(J): Once Gabe Niles taught me how to actually use the equipment, I took off with it and it became my newest favorite toy.
(TPP): Your enthusiasm when you dj brings the crowd to life how do you feel about that?
(J): I love that, that’s what gives me life. My Trinidadian background is the best part of myself I’ve been discovering lately, so I try to bring that energy to the states. I’m just being myself.
(TPP): The ‘For the Greater Good’ mix has a great buzz. Why do you think that is?
(J): I think it has a buzz because that mix in particular featured a lot of popular music. I’m still very indie and my musical style is very mixed. That doesn’t even reflect my best work.
(TPP): You also like to paint, when did you start that? And what inspires you with it?
I started painting in 2010, my friend Chanel introduced me to it. Basquiat and Andy Warhol inspire me, I’m like a mixture of both of them. I’m like a spiffy hippie. Black and white. Positive and negative. Effortlessly versatile.
(TPP): What are your future plans as a dj and as an artist?
(J): Continue what I’m doing now, stay sharp and productive and dive deep into all the great opportunities that are halo-ing my afro ;D
(TPP): Dot, a lot of people including else enjoy NightLife, can you explain how it came about?
(D): We were supposed to only have it online for 24 hours. But people loved it so much we had to keep it on souncloud.
It happened at my crib. I was making the beat while Free Diesel and Opal were around. Opal started creating melodies for the track without real words “like gibberish”. Diesel recorded the whole thing all the way through 1 time. Ended up chipping some parts out and that’s how NightLife was made. Diesel is a beast of an engineer.
(TPP): That’s awesome, can you tell us about your SpaceWav ’33 mix and your inspirations for the project?
(D): SpaceWav ’33 was more of a social experiment. It was my first time releasing a project with all remixes. I’m a fan of deep house much and dreamy trap music. Decided to put them together along with a few of my favorite songs.
I called that genre the SpaceWav. Which basica;lly became the title of the project. ’33 is the year I set in. Everything I do is based in the future.
(TPP): Opal, how long have you been doing music?
(O): Ever since I got my first MacBook. It was my deepest secret until 8 months ago.
(TPP): How would you describe your style and sound?
(O): Opal… the mineraloid.
(TPP): Is there a reasoning behind performing music that you havent’t released to be viral yet?
(O): Yes (with a smile).
(TPP): Is there anything for people to expect to be released soon?
(O): An amalgamation of lyrical chords.
Thanks for reading!