The DJ I Love : 2018 : DJ Beige
Year after year young talented DJs grow out of the fertile soil of Detroit’s history. This year Beige stands out with their soulful selections and understanding of the sound of our city.
Beige has called a diverse selection of cities their home before landing in Detroit – Born in Maryland, moving on to San Francisco, Massachusetts, Texas, and Australia. They were drawn to the political history of the labor, black power movements, the musical legacies of Motown and techno in Detroit and moved here in 2015.
“I didn’t have any friends or family out here at the time, but I was lucky to find a community very quickly. It didn’t take me long at all to realize I’d made a great decision by coming here.”
Influenced by artists such as Theo Parrish, Carl Craig, the Black Madonna, Robert Hood, Osunlade, Derrick Carter, Ben UFO, K-Hand, to name a few, Beige quickly realized Detroit was the place they belonged. One of Beige’s most influential moments was seeing Carl Craig play on the TV Lounge patio a year or two back. “He dropped Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss several hours into a techno set and it was so unexpected and powerful I actually started crying because I’d never heard classical music (which I also love) come together with dance music like that. Every single one of the Lincoln Street Art park Parties stands out as inspiring moments during their time here. “I had the privilege of playing a couple, and there is absolutely nothing like playing music to a crowd of thousands who have come to rave around a bonfire, under the moonlight, for free, without any kind of commercial pressure or marketing. Truly magical.”
Beige identifies as non-binary. “Since I was very little, I’ve understood gender as an arbitrary sorting system. I always thought it was a scam, and I assumed everyone else felt that way too but went along with it out of convenience. I was actually in my twenties before I realized anyone, cis or trans, could have a strong internal sense of their gender. I’ve never had any internal sense of gender, and I have never found it important or useful to try to sort my various tastes, aesthetic preferences, hobbies, character traits or mannerisms into the categories of “feminine” and “masculine”. Because gender is irrelevant to how I understand myself as a person, I consider myself non-binary or agender and ask people to use “They/Them/Theirs” pronouns for me. Of course, because of my physical appearance most people still consider me a woman and assume that I use “she” pronouns, but I don’t think I should have to go out of my way to look more masculine or androgynous in order to have my identity respected. I would love to live in a world without gender at all.”
The Detroit Beige loves is “intergenerational, resourceful, and rooted in tradition.”
We love that we can live in a world that a talent like Beige exists.