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III Factors 2022: Interview with Miami DJ Collective Roujeee Tunes



When speaking to Roujeee Tunes, it feels such as you’re conversing with outdated mates. The camaraderie among the many three girls will turn out to be useful after they make their III Factors debut on Saturday, October 22.

With 30 fingers on one mixer at any given time, the straight-and-narrow DJ set turns into a kaleidoscope of tech-house, techno, disco, funk, and something Phoenix (Alyssa Lamas), Miluhska (Miluhska Cordero), and Zunji (Natacia Zunjic) discover dreamy.

“We have identified one another since center faculty,” Cordero tells New Instances through Zoom from New York Metropolis after wrapping up a set on the venue Make Imagine. “I lived in Ecuador and moved again in sixth grade and have identified them ever since.”

Roujeee Tunes got here collectively out of spontaneity. On the peak of the pandemic, the buddies would curate playlists collectively, and it will definitely occurred to them that studying how you can DJ felt natural. After a pal lent them some gear, the trio took to the web with an impromptu livestream.

The music Roujeee Tunes was placing down caught the ears of the booker at ATV Data, the place the trio performed its first bona fide set in February 2021. What adopted have been units at Membership House’s terrace and common bookings at Floyd, the place they most lately opened for LP Giobbi.

“We weren’t meant to be a trio,” Cordero confesses. “That was by no means the plan. We have been curating playlists, and everybody was doing livestreams throughout the pandemic, and we have been all studying to DJ on the similar time.”

“The celebrities aligned,” Zunjic provides.

Save for Swedish Home Mafia, DJ trios are uncommon — and an all-women collective is even rarer.

“I do not suppose I do know an all-girl trio,” Cordero says.

“Individuals are normally shocked, and so they adore it and go together with it,” Zunjic notes.

“I really feel prefer it attracts individuals in once I say, ‘I am DJ’ing tonight as a part of a trio,’ and so they go, ‘Oh, actually?'” Lamas provides.

“Folks love the idea behind it, and I really feel like we made our personal land within the trade very naturally. We did not have a blueprint,” Cordero says. “I feel the great thing about Roujeee is that all of us have very sturdy personalities. We now have our personal sound and solo careers, and after they mash collectively, they bring about collectively a sound that I do not normally go for once I play alone.”

On the subject of III Factors and their set at Hocus Pocus on the finish of the month, the group can anticipate a set chock-full of divine and dreamy music. Throughout Roujeee Tunes’ newest set at Floyd, the trio dropped a dub-laced Beyoncé remix, melodic piano tunes, long-drawn-out trumpets, tech-house through Mindshake Data, and the heady percussive beats of DJ Python.

There isn’t a complicated order of operations after they get behind the decks. As an alternative, it is accomplished like three mates spinning music at their home. If somebody performs one thing the others might not vibe with, they roll with it.

“We misplaced the rotation as a result of it was actually like, ‘Who performed final? No, I’ve the following track. It isn’t your flip,'” Zunjic says.

“I really feel like once we began, we have been so hungry for every of our highlight that we made this insane rotation so we’d all get our solo time,” Cordero explains. “We stopped caring about that, and now we return to again, and if one among us must go, we cowl one another.”

“It brings consolation. We feed off one another’s music. We encourage one another,” Lamas provides.

At III Factors, Roujeee Tunes has an opportunity to play a refined model of its units with out warming up or cooling off a room for the headliner.

“That has been the gig for 2022,” Zunjic says.

“We have not spoken in regards to the music we need to play, however we wish everybody to bounce and have a great time,” Lamas provides.

The ladies even have their very own aspirations exterior of Roujeee Tunes. Lamas manages Membership House’s social media, Zunjic works for her household enterprise, and Cordero is knowledgeable musician who will even be acting at III Factors as a solo act. Her first single, “Loba,” was lately launched through Tigre’s Den.

In the end, the ladies show that creative endeavors that spring naturally from friendships shine brightest.

“We’re finest mates!” Zunjic says because the three go in for a bunch hug.

Roujeee Tunes at III Factors 2022. 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW twenty third St., Miami; iiipoints.com. Tickets value $119 to $499 through iiipoints.frontgatetickets.com.



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