DJ Spotlight Chippy Nonstop
You’ve definitely seen Chippy Nonstop’s name popping up at parties, events, and underground raves in Toronto for a hot minute. Aa fire-starter who creates musical sparks wherever she goes, she’s a DJ, rapper, songwriter, writer, producer, activist, and community-events leader. She’s of Indian descent but is a cultural nomad; she was born in Dubai, grew up in Zambia, has citizenship in Canada, and has lived in Los Angeles, Oakland, and New York. She currently resides in Toronto after a very public deportation (Fader’s coverage here). She’s also responsible for the Intersessions initiative, a workshop series aimed at getting more women and LGBTQ people into DJing and music production. She’s a global diva behind and in front of the decks. You can’t help but want to dance and chill with her when your eyes meet, and the city is lucky to have her and her boundless energy.
She’s definitely DJing a party every weekend in Toronto, so watch our events page. And she’s going on a European tour this fall. We’re not worthy, Chippy!
How did you get our DJ name?
I used to eat a lot of chips nonstop.
Is DJing something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
Making music, performing in any capacity, and being a star – according to my mother.
We are already big fans of yours, but why does this city need a DJ like yourself?
Because she is an icon, duh. I definitely bring a don’t-give-a-fuck and non-polite energy that Canadians don’t really have.
Give us three words, verbs or adjectives that describe your musical styling?
Whatever I want.
You've been a lot of places, seen a lot of faces, how has Toronto been as a place to DJ in general, and then as a woman of colour?
I mean, it’s chill; I make the best of everywhere I am. Except Vancouver – I couldn’t make the best of that, LMAO.
Does Toronto still have issues with Female DJs?
Yes! I just got a request to be “the female DJ on the line and it would be good for my exposure,” and another gig I just had I got treated like I was the help. It’s things people don’t realize that they are doing. Sure, I might be getting good gigs, but I also work ten thousand times harder than any man I know and have to overcome so much more in order to stay sane in an industry like this.
DJ pet peeve?
When I am not DJing.
DJ fave moment everytime you spin?
The perfect mix that I've never done before.
Strangest place you've ever played?
EDM festival in Pune, India,
Secret weapon song?
OMG, depends. “Gear Tension” by Big Miz, though.
Other DJs in the city that you love?
Karim Olen Ash, Baby Girl, Bambii, Nino Brown, Blackman, Tona, Vaughan, Stacey Sexton, Blackcat, Andre, Club Fitness, Raf Reza, Valeroo, Casey MQ, Blip†or, Myst Milano. So many.