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PlayPlay

PlayPlay is the DJ/producer alias of Jess Dilday, music scholar & current lecturer for the UNC-based class, "The Art and Culture of the DJ." As a scholar, PlayPlay is especially interested in DJ'ing as it relates to location, activism, & nostalgia. They have presented at past music conferences on such topics as José Muñoz's disidentification & queer musicians, 90s musical nostalgia, & critical pedagogy within NOLA bounce music performances. As a DJ, PlayPlay has channeled their nostalgia into several long-running 80s & 90s nights in the area, but perhaps may be best known as organizer and resident DJ of Durham's popular bass collective Party Illegal. Their experience with Party Illegal has provided them with extensive knowledge about booking practices, event planning, promotion, & creating safe(r) spaces that support diversity. Additionally, PlayPlay has always been interested in the conjuncture of activism & DJ'ing - from DJ'ing protest rallies & afterparties for activist gatherings to weaving political music & samples into their sets. PlayPlay has joined the recently-formed Freedom Sounds DJ Collective in order to be a part of a network of DJs & musicians who are using their platforms in radical ways.Musically, PlayPlay is extremely versatile, with the desire to be in constant musical conversation with diverse crowds. They creatively interweave the nostalgic hip-hop, house, & jungle classics they grew up with into both their DJ sets and music production, which are largely composed of city-specific beats – namely Chicago juke and footwork, Baltimore/Jersey/Philly club, NYC house, & Detroit/Berlin techno. They are currently working on their first jungle-footwork inspired EP, set to be released this fall.

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