Exclusive Interview + Download: Immigré
Immigré is Jasmine & Val Fleury, the up-and-coming female DJ duo emerging fast from the LA electronic scene. They’ve already been profiled by Nylon Magazine for their fall mix tape, as well as other sites including LA Canvas and XO. After recently wrapping up a residency on Sunset Boulevard, these ladies are looking forward to a 2014 full of music. Sensible Reason sat down for this exclusive interview, plus you can check out & download their latest mix tape at the bottom of the interview!
Sensible Reason: How did you both link up and become a DJ-duo? What is the story behind the formation of Immigré?
Immigré: Shortly after Val Fleury’s move from Paris to LA, we were introduced by a mutual friend. She knew we both had international backgrounds, and a love for style and music. We connected immediately and decided to manifest our passions on the turntables as DJs, forming Immigré in autumn of 2012.
SR: Where does the name Immigré come from?
Immigré: We have quite an affinity for the French language, and immigré translates to immigrant. We were both born abroad. Our families immigrated to the US from Iran and Liberia.
SR: Can you tell us about the music scene in LA? What are some things that you believe gives LA/the West Coast a unique sound or culture in electronic music?
Immigré: LA is very special because it’s a place where people come from all over the world to pursue their dream. In the DJ/music scene specifically, there are a lot of well known and up-and-coming talent that reside here and collaborate on projects. All of these elements definitely help to create a unique vibe and sound. People are really passionate, talented and supportive. Knowing what it’s like to fight for what you love, it feels like everyone’s rooting for each other to “make it.” We are really excited for touring this year but at the same time, we definitely love living in LA.
SR: When working together, how do you decide what songs to put into your tracks? Can you tell us about your creative process?
Immigré: We’re distinct with what we play, which is mostly an international array of female-driven tracks. Each track certainly has to get us excited and inspired. Spinning in open format also affords us more flexibility to showcase our different sides and to really curate a journey through our taste. Val Fleury leans more indie and house, while Jasmine leans more urban, meeting in the middle with pop. We complement each other well.
SR: You’ve had a residency at The Short Stop on Sunset Boulevard, with your last session coming to a close on 12/6. How was the residency for you? How are your feelings about wrapping that up?
Immigré: As part of the Short Stop’s re-branding effort, in August 2013 we curated #Bae2Bae – a monthly dance party with sounds by female DJs. It’s been wildly successful and we’re happy to share that we’ve renewed our residency there. The next #Bae2Bae is on January 24, followed by Valentine’s Day on February 14. We’re looking forward to starting more residencies in southern California & beyond this year.
SR: You were also recently featured in Nylon Magazine for your free fall mix tape. What is it like to have your music shared in a magazine that is nationally recognized, particularly in culture and fashion?
Immigré: Culture, style and music has really come to shape who we are as individuals and as a group. We grew up reading the magazine and still are avid fans. We’re grateful to Nylon for the acknowledgement, we have only received more support and positive feedback since their feature on us. It’s been great.
SR: Speaking of fashion, you both obviously have distinct styles that are both independent and complimentary. Where do you get such fashion inspiration?
Immigré: We love that music and style transcend borders and are tools for connecting people. Through our international and creative backgrounds, both come organically for us and we’re happy to share with the world. We also approach music and fashion the same, all should feel complimentary and exciting.
SR: There are a number of other all female (or predominantly female) DJ groups out there as well. Are there any female artists you look up to?
Immigré: Girl power is an innate part of us and most of the tracks we spin are female driven. At the moment, some of our female fronted favorites include: Niki & the Dove, Angel Haze, Charli XCX, Chippy Nonstop, Marina & The Diamonds, Sia, Iggy Azalea, Gnucci, Lilli Namo, Elliphant, Mapei, Havana Brown, and Azelea Banks.
SR: What can your fans expect from Immigré in the next few months? Any new mix tapes or EPs or possibly even more performances to look forward to?
Immigré: Certainly more music – mixes, remixes and original tracks. Presently, our New Year Mix is avail for free download, and our Winter mix will be avail in a few weeks. We kick off the 2014 shows joining our friends Vanaprasta for their residency at the Bootleg Theatre. There are more should to follow. Keep up with us on Facebook or on our website www.immigredjs.com.