DJ Venus X mixes together the worlds and sounds of young New York: the immigrant, the urban, the downtown, the eccentric, the hood, the Internet, the gangster, the nerd, the dancer. With her friend and fellow DJ $hayne, Venus X hosts the legendary GHE20G0TH1K nights, recognized as NYC’s best party by Fader, New York Magazine, and Village Voice, among others. Her sets mix raw blends of songs across genres, bridging club cuts to global street anthems, Al Jazeera clips, and YouTube samples, opting for narratives rather than beats-per-minute matching.
Born in Harlem in 1986 to Dominican-Ecuadorian parents, Venus X grew up in Washington Heights and has recently made a name for herself in NYC’s underground music and art scene. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vibe, ArtForum, Modern Painters, V Magazine, and Fader for her multi-faceted sounds. She performed at various New York Fashion Week after-parties and composed soundtracks for runway shows (earning the title of “Fashion Week’s Most Extreme DJ” from Rolling Stone for her Gerlan Jeans set), scored a performance by K8 Hardy for the Whitney Biennial, and has performed various times at MoMA, the New Museum, and other similar institutions. She has toured with Gang Gang Dance and Theophilus London, starred in music videos for A$AP Rocky, and worked as a researcher and consultant for Shakira.