A lot of times you typically have the same mental picture of a DJ, of course, depending on the genre. Trance guys typically get the Tïesto treatment, collared shirts, God complex, etc. Minimal guys? Well, you get the whole German industrial look, lots of solid dark colors. Then you have Blond:ish. Sound familiar? Well it should. The sexy female duo hailing from Montreal have made a splash onto the scene with their infectious blend of techy electronic vocal house, their good-looks, and probably a pair of the best personalities you can imagine. Think a pair of girls from the OC, only with good taste in music and a better purpose on this planet!
The duo has already performed all over the world and at some of the biggest party hotspots on the planet, including Ibiza, Miami, Rio and Mexico. After meeting at the infamous Winter Music Conference, the two struck a friendship that would ultimately turn into Blond:ish, one of the best female DJ duos on the scene.
Clubplanet recently caught up with Vivie-Ann and Anstascia of Blond:ish, and chatted about which producers they admire, Winter Music Conference, and how they plan to pull some pranks on the DJ elite during that week.
Clubplanet: How’ve these past few months been for you guys?
Anstascia: There’s been a lot more traveling in the last couple of months. Between the both of us, we’ve been to about seven different countries.
Vivie-Ann: We’re actually doing really well during the recession, so it actually hasn’t hit us yet.
Clubplanet: You guys met in Montreal correct?
Anstascia: Kind of.
Vivie-Ann: We became friends in Miami, actually. But we met in Montreal.
Clubplanet: What kind of influence would you say the music scene has had for you guys up there?
Vivie-Ann: What music scene? (laughs) There are so many DJs here and veterans that you looked up to as a kid, that eventually you become friends with them, and now they respect you which is kinda cool.
Clubplanet: Is it fair to say that Miami’s music scene has had an impact on you guys?
Vivie-Ann: Well Anstascia loves Winter Music Conference and I used to visit Miami often. That’s why I learned how to DJ actually.
Clubplanet: What do you think about the EDM scene here in Miami?
Anstascia: If you like to party for five days it’s amazing!
Vivie-Ann: There used to be a whole crew of people that would go out for two nights, but it ended up being Thursday to Tuesday. Not me personally, but the people that party there.
Anstascia: We love it! We love being in the sun and near the ocean. It’s a lot more fun partying when it’s negative degrees in Montreal. (laughs)
Clubplanet: What would you say got you guys into DJing?
Anstascia: I guess a love for music? (laughs) Is that too cliché? (laughs)
Vivie-Ann: Yea, that’s really cliché.
Anstascia: What’s a non-cliché way of putting this?
Clubplanet: What if there’s a moment in your life where you decided, ‘Shit, I wanna be a DJ!’
Anstascia: My moment would have to be when I was in Ibiza on the beach. There’s nothing like watching other people dance…
Vivie-Ann: That’s cliché too! (laughs) Here, I have a good one. My parent’s reel-to-reel. That’s what got me into music.
Clubplanet: What are some producers out there that you guys admire and would like to work with some day?
Vivie-Ann: We gotta give the Miami guys some credit! They’re doing great things at Nervous Records. And guys like Patrick M., Christian Falero, Mastiksoul, Carlo Lio, there’s too many to name, but every country has their guys and girls. Also, La Pena, Illario Allicante, Tom Novy, David Penn and the Swedish House Mafia boys…then all the Canadians. (laughs)
Clubplanet: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard of Blond:ish before?
Vivie-Ann: Like hard country, maybe with a little dance-hall R&B? (laughs) I guess I’d have to say kind of techy, with some vocals. A little housy.
Anstascia: Party music!
Vivie-Ann: Whatever venue we’re at, we adapt to the crowd.
Clubplanet: I know you’ve guys have played around the world, but what city stands out to you the most and why?
Vivie-Ann: Definitely Venezuela! We were kidnapped when we got there and the promoters and our friends brought us on this huge yacht that take you into the middle of nowhere and it’s like paradise. We set up the whole DJ booth on board. Nobody knows about this spot unless you’re in that circle. It’s just a disaster of a time. It’s so much fun!
Anstascia: Playa del Carmen was amazing for the BPM Music Conference. That’s a really great spot too.
Clubplanet: Winter Music Conference is finally here. What would you guys say you forward to the most?
Anstascia: Sunday’s pool party at the Surfcomber with Funkagenda, Steve Angello, Sebastien Ingrosso, Desyn Massiello, and the little escapades that we’re working on.
Clubplanet: What are some of them?
Anstascia: Well, I can’t tell you what we’re doing because they’re a series of pranks. (laughs) We’re pulling pranks at different parties on different DJs and we’re recording the whole thing.
Vivie-Ann: Yea, we’re definitely having someone record all these things. We don’t wanna give anyone away the surprise, but everything’s going to be on YouTube. It’s going to be called, ‘You’ve Been Ished!’
Clubplanet: Can you guys compare WMC to any other event, or do you think that it’s in a league of its own?
Vivie-Ann: Well WMC has set the precedent, but I really think that the BPM conference is going to overtake was WMC used to be, which was a more intimate gathering for producers and everyone in the industry. BPM is like a more intimate WMC and I have a much better time there now.
Anstascia: It’s a lot of fun at WMC but it can get hectic. It was good to have a couple hours to relax that week we were there. No stress. Playa del Carmen doesn’t have the riff-raff! (laughs)
Clubplanet: Where do you guys get your best response so far?</b>
Anstascia: We have a great response in Playa del Carmen. In Montreal we do too, though.
Clubplanet: Is there any genre in electronic dance music that you guys particularly don’t enjoy and think is coming to an end soon?
Vivie-Ann: Hipster shit! (laughs)
Clubplanet: What can everyone look forward to from you guys for the remainder of the year?
Vivie-Ann: A lot of production! We’ve made an original production of ‘All That She Wants,’ that you can check out on our Myspace now!