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Interview: DJs Claudine DeSola and Micprobes Talk Music and Fashion
DeSola lets us in on the magic behind her "Inspiration Played" mix

After 10 years of booking the hottest DJs for the hundreds of parties and events she has planned, Claudine DeSola's passion for music has manifested in an extraordinary way.   We are lucky enough to host Claudine DeSola's first DJ Performance at Joonbug's Fashion Week Gala, this Saturday, February 13th. There, she will present her fashion inspired playlist, which she comprised by asking top designers such as YEOHLEE and Adam Lippes, what music sparks their creativity when designing their collection. Claudine's exclusive 30 minute set called "Inspiration Played" will appear on www.caravangirl.com and www.joonbug.com after its premiere at Joonbug's Fashion Week Party.

Claudine, we hear that Mike Pierce, aka Micprobes, has been your DJ mentor.  Mike, how is Claudine as a student?

M: Like Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid.

If you had to give her a grade, what would it be?

M: If there was a higher grade then an A, she'd get that. Yeah...definitely.

Claudine, what designers played an integral part in helping you decide your mix? 

C: I reached out to some of my favorite designers such as Brian Reyes, Walter, Bess, YEOHLEE, Lorick and of course the designers behind What Goes Around Comes Around...there are about 20 designers all together.

Mike, what inspires you? How do you put together a mix? 

M: I watch the entire Rocky series, get really pumped up then go to my room and make the best mix ever.

Mike, when you need to keep the energy alive, what song can you count on?                  

M: Die Antwoord - "Enter the Ninja" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3f4xU_FfQ

Now this question is for both of you: What is your favorite song of all time? 

C: I love U2, so anything U2, but if I had to choose, I would say "With or Without You" or "The Sweetest Thing" - there are so many. Every Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Killers, The Beatles, All American Rejects, Unisex Salon, and Kings of Leon song. I love "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star and "Shine On" by The Kooks and "Friday I'm in Love" and "Love Song" by The Cure.  But there are so many more. I am bad with limits.  

M: Scooter - "One (Always Hardcore)"

What song do you dance to when you're alone in your room? Come on, everyone has one!

C: "Good Girls Gone Bad" by Cobra Starship - Gabe DJed my birthday party and all those guys are really just awesome. And I have to say that the oldies get me so excited to get dressed up; songs like "And Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals.

M: Counting Crows  - "Mr. Jones." 

Who would you say is your fashion icon? 

C: Gabrielle Coco Chanel - She always looked chic and she didn't care to follow the rules like all the other women. She created her own look. There are so many things I love about her.  She came from very little and created an empire and gained the respect of some of the most incredible artists, poets, authors that ever lived.  It seemed like she was a sponge always absorbing everything around her.   

I would also say Carine Roitfeld - the way she dresses is amazing. I love that she has an edge to her and she looks amazing in classic pieces like a beige skirt and white button down and then can look super modern in a black dress with amazing high boots. 

M: Claudine Gumbel

Who is your favorite designer? 

C: I have so many favorite designers.  Working with a company like What Goes Around Comes Around has given me a new appreciation for vintage.  They have their own amazing collection and this incredible custom vintage collection. One of my great friends once said a lady should wear vintage pieces with really good designer shoes. I would love to be that lady.  I am also a huge fan of my mentor, YEOHLEE. All I can say is she is constantly ahead of her time. I didn't quite understand her until after I moved on from there what an incredible designer she is - she is an intellectual, and with her, it is not just about clothing - it is a work of art that has an incredible story/philosophy behind it. I adore Foley & Corinna and find myself constantly buying it. I love Walter because he has dressed me for some of the most important occasions including my birthday party. I love my Bobi pieces and find myself wearing something from the collection daily - a tank, a sweater or a black long dress. I adore everything Thakoon and Brian Reyes create.  I think that the sisters behind Rodarte are genius. We are lucky to have Christian Siriano as well; he is a gem of a designer - I love his use of color and pattern. He isn't afraid to try interesting prints and silhouettes, and I think that is what makes him an amazing designer. I have a weak spot for the uber-feminine Marchesa.  I have to admit though, lately I have been creating some of my own pieces to wear, and I will be wearing one of my own Caravan pieces the night of the 13th. I may look like a piece of tin foil, but I like this whole silver-metallic-foil look designers are doing. I love making my own pieces, like sewing old girl scout patches to a sweater or making a dress out of feather boas for a birthday party. The worst place to put me is in a fabric or craft store - you could lose me for hours.  This is a very hard question because I could be here forever, I have so much love for so many designers. Every day, I open WWD and I fall in love with someone new.

M: Bugle Boy

Which performance are you most excited for at the Joonbug Fashion Week Gala? 

C: I am excited for all of them. Jesse Marco is an awesome dude and a very talented DJ - he just looks like he is always having a good time.  I have been hearing a lot about O'neal Mcknight from my buddies.  I just hung out with Pras at Sundance, and he is a great guy and super duper talented.  And Fab...that is going to be awesome. But I have to say that I'm most looking forward to Josh Madden and Charles Hamilton. I got the chance to see them in LA at My House and I was dancing like crazy - I am so excited to see them again.  They are a super duo. It is fresh, and I think everyone will be loving their show.  

M: DJ Claudine De Sola 

What would you say is your favorite decade of music? 

C: I think the 80s. I love music from every decade, but my discovery of music and concerts started in the 80s - everything from Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer," to some of my U2 favorites like "With or Without You," to Alphaville's "Forever Young," to some of my favorite songs by Depeche Mode, Culture Club , The Cure and The Smiths. And don't forget about Sade's "Smooth Operator" and Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors" and Madonna's "Material Girl." Also, one of my favorite songs of all time, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." 
 
M: 90s dance, like Real McCoy, Le Click, La Bouche type of stuff.
 

What are some of your favorite NYC hot spots?

C: I always end up at The Eldridge no matter what --- I love The Eldridge family.  I always feel like my night ends on a very good note when I go there. I would like to DJ, though, at Santos Party House. Unisex Salon is playing there again soon, and I am trying to convince them to let me open for them.  I always like The Box too; you really "experience" nightlife there, and that is what NYC should have more of - it should be an experience.  Beyond that, I think we need more nightlife spots...I would love to have a place that would be Coco Chanel, Andy Warhol, and Marlon Brando worthy - a night spot that is like a meeting of the minds, where everyone is influencing everyone and has something interesting to add. I think Rose Bar is like that a bit, and Beatrice Inn had a really cool vibe. I wish there was more of that spirit.  I have a  tendency to go out a lot more when I am traveling. I think Los Angeles has amazing nightlife - I just went to My House and that was amazing, all the hotel bars at W Hotels, SLS, etc., had such an amazing energy during Grammy weekend, and then you have Voyeur which I think is very sexy. And most amazing is Playhouse - which is this super club with a lot of different rooms and a diner/café attached called Sweet Love Hangover. They have a dessert made with pop tarts that rules my world.  Lately though, the best nightlife experience has been in my apartment, with friends, just learning how to navigate my new Apple computer and my turntables.  
 

M: I really like the bar at the Applebees in Times Square

Claudine, are there any DJs in New York that you are hoping to spin with in the future? 

M: I'm gonna go ahead and answer this one for her...Michael Meds.

C:: Ha ha! Let me get through the 13th, first! Well, if I am dreaming... it would be Bob Sinclar because I always dance like crazy when I go to one of his shows. But for now, I am super excited to be DJing on the 13th right before 2 of my favorite DJs - Josh [Madden]  and Jesse [Marco] and am lucky to be DJing alongside Mike Pierce.

Mike, are you planning a graduation/congratulatory party for Claudine? (Aside from our Fashion Week Gala of course.) 

M: Yes. I don't know where, but I promise you we'll be drunk.

Mike, what is the most important thing to know about being a DJ? 

M: Your Logo

Mike, If you didn't have a full DJ setup and you had to build your own equipment, what would you use? 

M: Pots and pans

Claudine, as a newly certified DJ, what should we expect from you in the future? 

C: I like this concept I put together called "inspiration played." My set list are songs that others give me because they were inspired by them.  For the party on the 13th at Capitale, it will be songs that designers gave me that they listened to while designing their collection. I would like to do the same by asking the same question to actors before a big award show - what song gets you excited when you are getting ready for a red carpet event? I would like to ask musicians what they listen to before a big show, artists what they listen to when they create their work, authors what they listen to when they have a brain freeze, and even real DJs, not like me, what songs they listen to before they leave their houses to DJ a party/show. My friends are amazing DJs; it's what they do and they are practiced and have great skills, but that is never going to be me. So I need to offer something interesting, a story behind my set, and this is it.  I hope you hear my sets at some fun places, and yes I am for hire now, I guess. My DJ chronicles will be posted on www.caravangirl.com so you can check my life out there!