Q&A with The Black Madonna
The Black Madonna has remixed Robyn. Twice. She’s been named DJ of the year, she currently tours planet earth with her massive house sounds and she’ll be blessing Toronto with a set during the Green Space Treehouse Party on Sunday, June 23. Her own productions are sweeping, disco-tinted house journey’s, her remixes always go deep, with heavy nods to the originals and her sets will lift you to the clouds. We asked her a few things.
You are headlining TreeHouse party with Danny Tenaglia. How do you feel about that?
Danny is a tower of dance. It’s impossible to overstate his contributions to the culture and to the art of DJing. I’m humbled to be playing with him and frankly, appropriately nervous. Watch for shaking hands and me being scared to talk to him.
What does Toronto mean to you?
Drake! I’m only half kidding. I love Drake. I have an OVO sweatshirt. All his albums. I love this man. It’s for real. Plus he is a Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan. Really, to me, any city that could produce a human like this is a place with a home in my heart. Also I had the best soup dumplings of my life in Toronto. Honestly, I’ve had the best time DJing in the city. People are so warm and funny. It’s a total pleasure to be back. Can someone please tell Drake thank you for getting me through my first years of touring. No kidding he’s all I listened to when I was exhausted and needed courage.
What does Pride celebrations mean to you?
I think it’s important to remember in the celebrations that Pride has its history in resistance and honouring the memory of queer people that we lost. Being able to dance in queer spaces was a very unsafe activity in most of the world until recently and it still is for a lot of people. We should be mindful that there are people today who can’t openly celebrate with us. My grandmother was a lesbian who never got to be out and loud and proud. There is so much I will never know about her life and so much of my life I would have loved to have shared with her, as a queer adult myself. Wouldn’t that have been great? Pride for me is always about joy and honour. If we dance we should dance with intention and remember the work that still needs doing.
Is music political?
Does the pope wear a funny hat?