Jess Dilday

Editor, Writer, DJ, Producer

Jess Dilday is Clarion Content’s current Editor-in-Chief and regular contributor. Jess originally moved to Durham to be a part of vibrant communities centered on music, art, and activism. They see Durham as a place where people don’t just sit at a bar and talk about great ideas and rad projects – we put them into action.

Jess Dilday is also Durham DJ and producer, PlayPlay. They are in a constant musical conversation with the public, speaking across generation, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality to create an all-inclusive dance floor. PlayPlay has opened for Big Freedia, TT the Artist, MC Lyte, Le1f, Jubilee, MikeQ, Cakes Da Killa and others.

Jess is one of the organizers behind Party Illegal, a monthly dance party in Durham and currently holds monthly residencies at The Pinhook and The Atomic Fern in Durham. Jess is also the former web editor for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

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