Gender norms, racial tension, sexual politics and the art of DJ-ing: The veteran NYC selector and outspoken trans artist tells her story.
Although she’s now best described as a global citizen, Honey Redmond grew up on the South Side of Chicago during house music’s heyday, and those classic rhythms continue to guide her musical vision. These days, she’s known as Honey Dijon, a DJ with deep ties to New York City who’s been wholeheartedly embraced by both the upper echelons of the fashion world and the underground club circuit. As one of the few black trans women in either of these spheres, she’s been a strong example for both women and people of color, yet Redmond refuses to let herself be solely defined by her identity. Allowing her records and keen ear to do the talking, she’s been asked to DJ for the likes of high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Balenciaga and Givenchy, but she’s also held down residencies at noted New York nightspots like Cielo and Le Bain. In recent years, she’s also found herself increasingly spinning on the other side of the Atlantic, becoming a regular at Panorama Bar in Berlin and reveling in the club’s free and welcoming atmosphere. She’s also ventured into the production realm, turning out tracks—both solo and collaborative—for labels such as Classic, Toolroom and Nervous.