What do you get when you put electro-pop, neo-feminism, hot nightspots and spandex–lots and lots of spandex–together?
Meet MoneyPenny: a DJ duo out of Chicago made up of Chess Hubbard (DJ Mother Hubbard) and Jessica Goneya (DJ A-Cup). MoneyPenny has been dropping beats for the dancing masses since the Spring of 2008. While that may seem like a relatively short amount of time, the ladies have achieved a dazzling amount of success in less than a year, performing everywhere from world-famous nightclub Cinespace in Los Angeles to the CMJ Music/Film Festival (they were the official DJs for the FADER afterparty), to a live performance debut at Lollapalooza 2009. They certainly move fast don’t they?
Formerly known by equally rad (if not more so!) moniker Roctapussy, the ladies met when Chess taught Jessica’s boyfriend how to DJ and he, in turn, taught Jess. Soon, it became clear that Jess was kicking her boyfriend’s ass behind the turntables, so when the girls sat down to talk music, they realized that their tastes were a lot more similar than others they had worked with in the past. So, with the blessings of a very supportive boyfriend, they banded together to start playing small shows on the Chicago scene, which had traditionally been very hip-hop oriented. Fans of disco, house, and industrial goth music, Chess and Jess (under the guidance of fellow Windy City DJ duo Flosstradamus) brought their unique brand of dance-inflected mixes to the local nightlife landscape. They began throwing a party called “Spandexxx”, where the sexy duo decreed that a head to toe SPANDEX ensemble would guarantee you free entry all night. Killer plan if we ever heard one! The party, which showcased everything from the DJ scene to local bands and fashion designers, was a phenomenal success and word-of-mouth soon began to spread like wildfire. MoneyPenny made their night accessible to everyone, from dance-party obsessed hipsters to the hardest of hip-hop heads by pulling from every genre possible, and we mean EVERY genre possible– 60s surf music, new wave, classic disco, deep house, West Coast gangster rap, drag-diva pop, 80s pops, afrobeat… (shall we continue?) A track listing of one of their mixes will find names like Lady Gaga and George Michael next to the likes of Snoop, and indie fare like Peter Bjorn & John and Crystal Castles. Eclectic? Yes. Electrifying dance fun? HELL YES!
More than just masters behind the decks, MoneyPenny has also been working on their own original material as of late. Best described as Girl-Power for the fashion-conscious modern girl who like dancing just as much as she does calling her own shots, the girls’ singles “Lipstick Revolution” and “Destroy” are dance-pop inflected and high energy. Lyrically, the ladies have produced material that captures what it is to be fun, feminine, and independent both sexually and mentally. A good start for this duo, we can only look forward to more pop party jams–and plenty of spandex–as they continue to DJ across the country and release their EP in early 2010!
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