The New Yorker chats music, fashion and Chicago.
Honey Dijon bridges scenes, cities, eras and artistic mediums. Growing up in Chicago, she charmed her way into legendary clubs like Ron Hardy's Music Box from an absurdly young age. She first wrapped her head around DJing by watching Derrick Carter play records in his loft. (She still counts him as a best friend.) It was after a move to New York in the '90s that she really cut her teeth as a DJ and, later, as a producer. Manhattan provided an unmatched opportunity to catch a generation of DJs and nightclubs in their prime, and it also put Honey in touch with the fashion world, where she found success programming music for runway shows and playing records at the afterparties. She also played at some of the world's best clubs and nights, including Chicago's Smart Bar, Danny Krivit's 718 Sessions and Panorama Bar. It's a rare DJ who can count Danny Tenaglia, the late Frankie Knuckles and Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones as friends and associates. Jordan Rothlein visited her Manhattan apartment recently to help connect the dots, and our chat touched on gender and gentrification, and a recent tragedy at the storage facility where she'd parked thousands of her records.