Clarion Content’s first mixtape contest had some great submissions, but one really stood out due to the hard work and talent put into the mix, the relevancy of her motivational statement to activism both inside Durham and throughout the country, and her creativity in bringing her statement and mix into conversation.
The winner of our first mixtape contest is Laura Friederich, aka Queen Plz with her mix “First Amendment Area: A #BlackLivesMatter Mixtape.”
Queen Plz is one of the masterminds behind Party Illegal as well as a scientist, a feminist, and a dirty south enthusiast. Her art is inseparable from her politics, and her DJ sets will take you on a meandering journey from the rapid fire of the New York ballroom scene to the slow Southern drawl of UGK. She aims to create moments of freedom through movement and to use the party scene as a conduit for funding local inspirational political organizations. Here’s her twitter, you definitely want to follow her.
Our runner up is a mix from Rookie Ortiz, aka DJ Ndamix, currently the resident DJ at Latin Quarters in Raleigh. Before he moved to Durham, he was in the Army for 21 years and held a gig in Pittsburgh. He has been DJing on and off for over 20 years with the longest run being over the past 6 years. His love for mixing multigenre music motivates his mix for this series. Stay tuned for a separate post devoted entirely to Queen Plz’s #BlackLivesMatter Mixtape, and in the meantime here’s DJ Ndamix on the ones and twos: