New Mix and Q&A with Musical Host of the week - Rita Marmor
by Herb Essntls
A year ago
Today we bring you a Mixtape from Rita Marmor. Rita is a hair dresser and hair stylist that works the fashion runways. She's also a devoted record collector with impeccable taste and have been a staple at the best Music First parties in New York for quite some time. Our lovely Music Director Tim Overill sat down for a Q&A with Rita on NYC, Music, Nightlife and more.
Hi Rita, and thanks for the wonderful mix. Can you tell us a bit about your selections and what mood you were looking to set? Are there any standout records you knew you had to include?
Thanks so much for asking me to do a mix.
About my selections, rather than trying to create a mood I wanted to make more of a mixtape selection of music that I really love.
As far as stand out records, I needed to include - Lumumba - Sing With The Birds,
Lola - Wax The Van, Robert Owens - I’m Strong, Jimi Tenor and Kabukabu-Africa Kingdom, Richard Schneider Jr.-Regina’s Dance
You have lived in NYC for 24 years and have been a mainstay on the nightlife scene. What inspiration do you take from NYC nightlife, musically and beyond?
Throughout the years, the inspiration I take from nightlife is its diversity.
Tell us about some of your memorable dancefloor moments…
Here are my top 5:
1- Paradise Garage / Larry Levan Way Block Party, thousands of people coming together in front of what was the original Paradise Garage space, dancing all day.
2-Seeing Konk and other great artists play and pay tribute to Mark Kamin’s celebration of life concert at Santos.
3-The 718 Gay Pride Boat Party last year (2019) , friends that were in town ended up getting on the boat at the last minute, they found us on the dance floor, then Danny Krivit played I Feel Love with the fireworks going off in the back round and we were all dancing together.
4- Mangiami - Severino from Horse Meat Disco was in town and he came to play for aperitivo, it was the eve of my birthday and I came to eat something with friends and chill.
It progressed into a party with people spilling out onto the side walk etc. It was so much fun.
5-Seeing Manuel Gottsching perform E2E4 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, in the pouring rain while wearing garbage bags for the rain and dancing with my 2 closest friends
What is it about New York that keeps you here?
What keeps me here is the diversity, strength and a sense of community within the people here. A perfect example of that would be the St.James Joy block party here in Brooklyn. People from all over came together to dance in the street for an hour, it was amazing and much needed for all of us during this time.
What are the common musical connections that draw you to a particular piece of music, style genre etc?
I think the common connections would be anything with drums, spacey synthesizers, anything with a cosmic vibe.. It seems to be what draws me to a piece of music. I tend to go for the song/record itself rather than a particular style or genre.
Your work as a hair stylist for a multitude of brands, shows, shoots, film etc - how does the world of fashion influence the musical one? What do you find at the intersection between art, fashion and music?
I find that music and art influence fashion. I find that at the intersection, especially when looking at references for a shoot etc.the inspirations tend to come from music, either an artist or band, or a street style. To me, I feel these days that fashion is now more of a reflection than an influence.
What drives your passion for collecting, how do you discover previously unknown music?
I really love digging for records. I can spend hours going through piles to find something I really love that I didn’t know about or haven’t heard before. It’s strange because in a way it’s like they find me instead of me finding them.
As well as a party goer, you are an avid attendee of gigs / shows. In the past, shows and personal appearances were an integral part of the club experience, not so much these days. What were some of the bands you were into growing up? Were there any specific acts that made a particular impression?
Some bands I was into growing up were Pink Floyd,The Cure,Kate Bush, Spaceman 3, NIck Cave and The Bad Seeds..
I think that seeing NIck Cave has made the most impression on me. I’ve seen him multiple times and it’s always a special experience..he’s like a preacher man.
When this pandemic is over we’re going to have one hell of a party! What would be your ideal line up, venue, dancer?
Hmm, I guess I’d like to have the DJ Harvey party here in NYC that was cancelled due to Covid...where everyone would come together again to dance!!!