Ashley Venom

Haitian American artist Ashley Venom delivers our latest mix. Currently based in Miami, she works as a producer for III Points festival and a member of the femme collective [F]empower. She is also a founder of queer-diasporic monthly party MASISI. She gets deep in a techno groove enveloping us into her spiritual transformation.

Tell us about this mix:

This mix is a product of mental and spiritual transformation over the last month of my life; somewhat cathartic.

When did you start DJing?

I technically started DJing in 2012 when I got virtual DJ on my computer. I've made tons of secret mixes for myself that never came out.

First gig:

My first gig was at 'Bleeding Blue', (F)empower's multi-room installation themed around climate change and our relationship to water; June 2018.

Favorite party ever played:

My favorite party that I've played is Masisi or any time I can go b2b with my sis LOKA. Being in a safe environment with a good sound system, around queer people who are all twerking to techno, what more could I ask for?!

Fave DJ:

I'm really feeling Mama Snake right now. I like her style and versatility.

Fave producer:

I don't think I can choose one. Lately it's DJ Stingray, Drexiya and Planetary Assault Systems.

Pet peeve when DJing:


What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

The best compliment is making a new fan or seeing people going hard dancing while I'm playing. The fact that someone took time out their day to share a moment of energy release with me is what keeps me going.

Place you’d like to play:

I'd love to play Berghain. The first time I travelled outside of the US was to Germany in 2017, and Berghain was the first club I experienced outside of Miami. It definitely opened my eyes (and ears) to sounds I wasn't used to back home. I still feel its influence a few years later. Hopefully the next time I go, I will be playing ;-). I also want to play in Haiti, I think that would make my ancestors proud.

Something you want everyone to know about you:

I want everyone to be happy and win. There's enough to go around in this world for all of us live our best lives <3.