Chippy Non­stop: The bound­ary buster

Elle (Canada) - - Society -

Chippy Non­stop is go­ing to make a change—whether you’re on her team or not. The Toronto-based DJ and rap­per is the co-cre­ator of in­clu­sive sound ini­tia­tive In­ter­s­es­sions, a.k.a. DJ school. Started this year in Van­cou­ver by Chippy and her friends Shy Daugh­ter and Rhi Blos­som (who starred in the lat­est Calvin Klein ad cam­paign), In­ter­s­es­sions aims to fight in­equal­ity and sex­ism in the mu­sic in­dus­try by of­fer­ing DJ sem­i­nars to women and LGBTQ in­di­vid­u­als. “We wanted to cre­ate a safe space for peo­ple to learn about DJing without feel­ing judged,” says the 24-year-old. Chippy feels the scene is over­sat­u­rated with male DJs be­cause men dom­i­nate management po­si­tions, not be­cause of a lack of fe­male tal­ent. “If I go to a show, peo­ple au­to­mat­i­cally as­sume I’m some­one’s girl­friend; they think I’m a groupie,” she says. “They don’t as­sume that a wo­man could be a DJ too.” Chippy broke into mu­sic when she was pur­su­ing a rap ca­reer in L.A. and was ap­proached by Diplo’s la­bel Mad De­cent. She has lived all over Canada and the United States and has built a strong net­work of friends in the in­dus­try. “There are so many tal­ented peo­ple who are be­ing ig­nored be­cause they don’t con­form to a spe­cific niche,” she ex­plains. Since its Van­cou­ver de­but in March, In­ter­s­es­sions has caused a ma­jor splash on the DJ scene, run­ning work­shops in cities like Toronto, Mon­treal, NYC and L.A. At a work­shop, you’ll learn the ba­sics of DJing and try your hand at CDJing (mu­sic files stored on a USB stick), vinyl (old-school records) and Ser­ato (on your lap­top). “If we cre­ate more space for dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple to be­come DJs, maybe it will change the per­cep­tion of fe­males and the LGBTQ com­mu­nity on a larger scale too.” Mary­jane Peters n

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