Get to Know the Real BLOND:ISH — “I’ve gone 30 days without wearing shoes earlier this year. That was super grounding, literally.”

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Tomorrow, two of our favourite blondies are back in Toronto to deliver a full evening of deep, groovy and tribal-infused rhythms that will set fire to CODA’s dance floor. BLOND:ISH, made up of DJ members Anstascia and Vivie-Ann have been a vibrant muse in dance music since they broke into the scene in 2009. Their presence both musically and energetically has drawn in fans and friends across the globe. Natives to the culture-rich city of Montreal, Anstascia and Vivie-Ann have carved a niche sound, that draws from international influence. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with Vivie-Ann ahead of their show tomorrow to learn a little bit more about these blonde hippy beauties. Here’s what Viv had to share:

The two of you are self-proclaimed hippies. What does that term mean to you and how do you relate to it?

Haha! A lot of it is just a big joke, and us not taking ourselves too seriously, but I guess we call ourselves hippies for many reasons… although it might not actually fit the stereotype, I have no idea! Our parents say we should find a new word as it’s super old fashioned and dated this term…
Top 5 ways  we catch ourselves being super hippy:
  1. SHOELESS –  I’ve gone 30 days without wearing shoes earlier this year. That was super grounding, literally.

  2. MORNING RITUALS – I wake up and have a pile of morning rituals we do that involves meditation, yoga, all sorts of tinctures, energy balancing, and tons of different liquids.

  3. DOWSING RODS – We spent some time this morning asking questions about our future to dowsing rods… definitely brought up a few laughs. You can ask them ANYTHING!

  4. MOONS – My life is ruled by the moons, it seems every full moon or new moon is a stronger and bigger effect than the last one.

  5. NETIPOT – I can call myself a hippy because I was in a meeting yesterday with one of graphic designers, and felt totally comfortable pulling out the netipot and saline solution pouring out of my nose. lol.

I’ve gone 30 days without wearing shoes earlier this year. That was super grounding, literally.

How do you think being a DJ-duo affects your psyche within the industry compared to being a single act? For example, do you feel like you always have someone to lean on? Are you able to stay more ‘in-check’?

I think it’s opportunity for constantly motivating each other yes!  One thing we learned is communication is crucial, and don’t let anything get bottled up inside. Make time every month, week or whenever to clear out any emotions and share what you’re feeling whatever it might be.  It’s a sure way to be in balance with each other  and keep evolving with every situation.

Name a person, place, or sound that has captivated you recently and fed into your creative process.

Tom Kenyon channeling Hathor sounds.  WOW.

Make time every month, week or whenever to clear out any emotions and share what you’re feeling.

You’re both from Montreal, but currently live in Europe and travel around a ton for gigs. Does your home city feel any different when you get a chance to revisit it?

We love Montreal, and it always will feel home:ish, it shaped a lot of our characters. Some of my family is still there, so I’m there a few times a year for sure, but I don’t feel like a local there anymore. So much as changed since we left, I mean 1000000 new restaurants are open, and all our friends / ravers have grown up and have babies and/or their own businesses, so vibes are nice on that end.  When we play though, it feels LIKE SUPER HOME! That connection will never change.

You’re playing in Toronto this Saturday, December 10 at CODA. Hailing from a place not too far away, what’s your relationship with the city of Toronto? Did you ever travel here for music events prior to becoming big DJs?

I’m from Stoney Creek, Ontario. I was a super raver back when the breaks was big in toronto … and the KICK IT and Destiny raves were happening 🙂

Lastly, in terms of wine: red or white?

RED, unless in Italy with some nice fish, then WHITE, and/or the odd afternoon in Europe in the summer, then it’s ROSE.


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