Your Weekend Playlist, Courtesy of Chippy Nonstop
Chippy Nonstop is a musician and DJ based in Toronto, Canada (but with her touring schedule, she’s never in one city too long.) In 2015, she experienced complications regarding her American visa and was barred from reentering the US (a predicament that is still in effect.) Since, the songstress/DJ was able to start over with a new transformative energy that has been pumped into projects such as Intersessions and Pep Rally. Intersessions is a workshop series that brings together non-binary and queer youth providing the opportunity for them to learn alongside her music-making process. She often highlights ways to navigate an industry that is often saturated with more cisgendered men. Pep Rally is an underground dance party aimed to promote diversity in sound.
My process is different every time depending on time constraints, sometimes on the plane or train on the way I plan my set, sometimes I don’t plan anything and just go in. It really depends on the gig and how much time I have.
Tell me more about your workshop series Intersessions. How did it come about?
It’s a workshop series I started with 4 friends, but now it’s more just my project. It’s a workshop series aimed to put a spotlight on not only the gender disparity, but also economical disparities and giving access to people for equipment and knowledge.
How does living in Toronto influence your practice? Where else would you want to live for a while?
Toronto isn’t really the ideal city for artists. It’s expensive, we have no support or infrastructure for electronic music and although that is a barrier it makes the community really strong and supportive. I have really close friends and an amazing support system, which is the best part of living here. Many places, London, Mexico, Mumbai, Vietnam. I love traveling I just wanna be everywhere.
You mentioned you have been working on new music. What can you tell me about your next project?
I’m working on new music! It’s fun! Dancey, ravey more reminiscent of my DJ sets. I’m really excited for people to hear the new stuff.
How do you balance your time between tour, work, and your personal life? Any tips?
Honestly, I don’t my whole life as of now is about my work, but it’s fun and all I currently care about other than my health, friends, and family.
What do you enjoy the most while you’re touring- any favorite memories?
I just love DJing in new places, experimenting with seeing what different audiences react to different sounds and energy. I love meeting new people, seeing new cities, and seeing how underground music culture is developed in each city. My best memories are meeting new DJs, friends and playing with old friends also.
What would you be doing if you were not working in music?
Maybe working in fashion as a creative director for a brand or magazine.
Are there any artists currently on your radar we must know about?
Shy Girl, Joey Labeija, Kelvin T, INVT, dj genderfluid.
What are you most excited about in 2020?
Putting out new music, touring and having fun.
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