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Focus On: Harley Viera Newton
Harley Viera Newton is one of those multihyphenate New Yorkers who you’re sure has given up sleep to accomplish everything they have in such a short amount of time. The model and DJ — a dual career path that makes sense given her father’s time in the music biz and her mother’s former career as a model herself — has worked for some of the top labels, in front of the camera and behind the decks. Both gorgeous and talented, she was a perfect fit for Dior, who made her the in-house DJ for Dior Beauty, as well as an ambassador of the brand.
Luckily for us, last night Harley spun at an event celebrating eBay’s My Gadgets, which lets you catalogue your tech collections and find out how much each item is worth. Which gadgets would end up in Harley’s catalogue? Technics headphones and 1200 turntables, an iPhone 5, the famed Tetris Nintendo 64 game. The list goes on. (Don’t worry, you can find all of them below with links to buy them yourself). We asked Miss Newton about what gadgets keep her on-time, on-target, and, most importantly, having a great time.
Jenny Bahn: You do so many things. If you could describe your busy lifestyle in one sentence, what would it be?
Harley Viera Newton: It’s a balance of everything I love!
JB: Favorite memory as a kid playing video games?
HVN: I definitely remember many hours spent on the Nintendo 64 with friends. It was all about Mario Kart and Mario Party. Oh, and Pokemon Snap.
JB: What’s your favorite part of photography?
HVN: Looking back at the photos a few years later. There’s nothing better than flipping through a box of #TBTs.
JB: Favorite types of camera to shoot with and why?
HVN: I love my Contax T3. It’s a compact and easy point and shoot but the quality of the photos is stunning.
JB: Are you an Apple junkie like the rest of us? What are your fave products and why?
HVN: Definitely a devoted Apple user! I now use my MacBook Air to DJ which has been a major game changer travel wise — it made me my retire my iPad. But the iPhone is obviously an essential, too.
Harley’s full list of fave gadgets include: Nintendo 64, iPad, Pioneer 600, MacBook Air, Kindle, Crosley record player, vintage Contax camera, Nintendo 64 games (Mario Kart, Zelda, Tetris, vintage binoculars, tabletop telescope, vintage RCA Victor Tabletop Record Player.
Mad Respect: Mia Moretti
Music is what makes the world go ‘round for DJ Mia Moretti. In the sea of “boys club” DJs, New York-based Mia holds her own and brings the skills to the tables. Sought after for spinning international high-fashion parties (think Lanvin to Versace), she’s equally in demand for front row seating at Fashion Week. You can also see her lending sage advice to newbies on VH1’s Master of the Mix.
Amid all the globe-trotting, Mia’s true passion project lies within the basements of her recording studio, with a new album just released with fellow music mate, Margot (aka Caitlin Moe). Summer is wonderfully hectic for Miss Moretti, yet she kindly took a few moments to share some inspiration with The Inside Source.
Jauretsi: What is your manifesto for life?
J: Tell us your top three items you fiend for when searching through eBay?
(Photo Credits: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com. Text by Jauretsi)
Consolidate: Meet Gabby Mejia
Gabby Mejia is all things nightlife. Having booked A-list DJ’s such as Atrak to Arthur Baker for spaces like New York’s Submercer and Standard Hotel, Gabby is recently branching out on her own. Being a general globe-trotting DJ herself, the Philipine-American has quite a few things to shop for, including packing a suitcase of designer bikinis for sunny gigs. In our first episode of Consolidate, Gabby opens her home and shares some goodies she nabbed on eBay, including Lanvin Lipstick, Headphones by AIAIAI, Costume Jewelry Earrings, Record Needles by Ortofon, and her lucky DJ jacket, a Muhammad Ali sweater from the Adidas series.
(Text by Jauretsi)
Boothrat: Eric Duncan
In our never ending search through cool DJ booths, we met up with Eric Duncan in Miami last week. He’s a respected New York figure since before spinning went digital. Representing as one half of the classic DJ/Production duo called Rub’n’Tug, he’s now exploring his solo artistry under the moniker “Dr Dunks”. In his many incarnations and partnerships, Eric has remixed tons of songs for bands such as The Beastie Boys, Cold Play, Grace Jones, Zero 7, and LCD Soundsystem (this is only a partial list by the way). Recently, The Inside Source caught up with Dr. Dunks to peek into his crates. One of them is a remix for Bryan Ferry. “It’s an official remix work in progress” says the well connected mix master, “I’m not sure what label it’s gonna be on. The artist contacted me directly.” Here’s a cheat sheet of the master at work:
1. The Rhythm Odyssey & Dr. Dunks - “Circles” - Golf Channel Records
2. Harari - “Party” (Dr Dunks Extension) - A&M Records
3. Roni Griffith - “Mondo Man” (Dr Dunks Version) - Vanguard Disco
4. Bryan Ferry - “Don’t Stop the Dance” (Dr Dunks Mix)
5. TV Baby - “New York is All Right, If you Like Saxophones” (Dunks Downtown Mix) - Rong Music (not yet released)
To follow Eric Duncan, visit his Facebook page Eric Dr Dunks Duncan DJ
(Photo & Text by Jauretsi)