Aptly named after a party night the pair started at a club in Montreal back in 2008, friends Anstascia and Vivie-Ann from BLOND:ISH are no strangers to international gigs, summer residencies and new label debuts...
Did you always want to be a DJ?
Anstascia: I’ve always been really passionate about music, but thought I would pursue a career in fashion. Then music took over my life and my heart.
Vivie-Ann: Nope. When I was four I wanted to be a kinesiologist, then a dentist, until I played my first gig at Guy Laliberte’s house during the Grand Prix in Montreal – suddenly it was all about DJing!
How did you break into the music scene?
A: In 2008 we started a weekly party called BLOND:ISH at the Cherry Club in Montreal and it became a hit! We did that for about a year and that propelled us to start traveling the world as DJs.
V: Signing our first album to Kompakt back in 2015 called Welcome To The Present. We made it in the jungle of Tulum in a very experimental stage of our career. It was probably way ahead of its time!
What does your summer schedule look like?
A: Europe, Europe, Europe, Burning Man, Europe! V: It’s going to be pretty insane and is our biggest summer ever! We’re playing loads in Ibiza at Woomoon, Circoloco, and Hï. And we’ll be staying mostly in Europe for the rest of the shows at various festivals and clubs.
Best gig ever?
A: Every Burning Man! There is nothing better than playing in the deep playa on top of an art car in front of a sea of people all on the same dusty vibe.
Dream place to headline?
A: Sunwaves in Romania – it’s a real music paradise rave marathon.
V: Time Warp, the Olympics, and the Met Gala are all on my bucket list.
A: Cheekon - our latest track coming out on our new label Abracadabra records.
V: Our remix Zhu x Tame Impala, My Life.
Track that gives you goosebumps?
V: Not quite goosebumps but it makes me feel fuzzy - the last Polo & Pan album is perfect for summer.
Favourite closing track?
A: Chaim by Love Rehab.
Favourite music festival?
A: Burning Man.
V: The Gardens of Babylon - Monastery.
Next music venture?
A: Live electronic next level sound meditations with modular psychedelic visuals!