Honey Dijon was born and raised in Chicago, the home of house music, but has been living in NYC for many years. Like many involved in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and r&b records at home. Soon she wanted to be the one dropping the needle on the record whenever they held parties in the family basement, and the lure of club life soon followed. Before long she was obsessively collecting her own music from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in Chicago, all the while honing her own personal style.
It was while hanging out in these stores where Honey met and formed a long lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey met another musical giant in the form of Danny Tenaglia, whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. “Danny heavily influenced my sound as a DJ’, says Honey. “The drama of his delivery and risk taking always informed me of how I wanted to present music. Of course, Derrick and Chicago house were also very influential in my development as an artist, so it’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound.”
Still preferring vinyl as her format of choice, there is something hugely authentic about the way Honey mixes, fusing the bump of Chicago with more classic New York sounds and other European influences. Her sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity. The art of the mix itself is also very important to Honey as anyone who has witnessed her play can testify – her deft mixing skills and the way she dexterously flows between house or techno with a warm, hypnotic feel seduces the dancefloor without fail. She has played at many of the best venues around the world including esteemed underground haunts like Panorama Bar in Berlin, CODA in Toronto, Sub Club in Glasgow, Output in New York, Ushuaia in Ibiza, and of course Smart Bar in Chicago.
In the studio, Honey also brings her unique perspective and experience to her productions. Of course, heritage sounds are at the rock bed of what she does, but far from churning out throwback records, she makes sure new ideas are at the forefront. For evidence of this look no further than her releases and remixes on Classic Records, Balance, Get Physical, and Leftroom. In fact this cultural star recently mixed a retrospective compilation for the legendary Classic Music label as well being commissioned to create the soundtrack for a recent Louis Vuitton Menswear shows.
With her charisma, style and broad understanding of electronic music, as well as upcoming gigs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain and Paris to name a few, it seems there is no stopping Miss Dijon.