The night started off cold. The weather was merciless; the traffic, unbearable. Santos Party House awaited its guest with an exceptionally crowded line. It was a quarter to 2, and yet the crowd proved the night was far from over.
The moment you passed the entrance doors, the heat from the oncoming ravers wrapped around you forcing the cold to recede. The Santos crowd was engaged, and EAGER, for more. The crowd of 20-somethings, although surprisingly well dressed, appeared disheveled from the nights on-going revelry.
Eva Shaw made her way to the decks as party goers surrounded the booth, blaring her DJ persona known as ‘Bambi‘.
Without any introduction necessary, Bambi took to the decks, smashing Santos from the moment she popped in her magical USB drive. She flawlessly transitioned from drops to breakdowns, cutting and mashing up classic tunes like Nicky Romero’s ‘Flash’, to dropping newer releases like Jordy Dazz’s ‘Claymore’ and his peak time BOMB ‘OMG’. The energy was impeccable, and never fell in intensity.
Bambi proved her name to be misleading. Unlike the Bambi we all grew up knowing, THIS Bambi showed she was not afraid to cause harm (through irrefutable mixing).
Undrgrndsound was lucky enough to catch Bambi for a few questions..
How did “Bambi” come about? When I first moved to New York, I was very shy and excited to be in the city.. My friend nicknamed me Bambi because he saw it fitting, I suppose.
How does one go from modeling to DJ’n? What was your process like? I actually started DJing few years ago for fun but I didn’t really take it seriously. I was modeling in Europe and I wasn’t all that keen on it so I moved back to Canada. There is not a whole lot of modeling work there so I had some time on my hands. I was always interested in music but I just fell in love with DJing. I was playing in Toronto for a while before moving to New York to model. I actually didn’t DJ at all in New York for a while until a friend of mine pushed me to do it. I never really would have even considered it as a profession.
How would you describe your sound? Most people say I “play like a guy”. I guess that means I just play very heavy. I like having some feeling in my sets and often mix in some more organic sounding type tracks. In general, I would say it’s pretty big room rave music.
What would you say is the best & worst thing about performing? I’ve been performing my whole life (in plays, singing etc) so I’m pretty familiar with all the highs and lows of it. The best part is sharing your passion with the audience and seeing them enjoy what you have to give them. It really is a rush. The worst part is definitely the nerves. I am naturally a pretty shy person so I am always nervous before I play. It’s also hard sometimes because although most of the time I am super excited to play, sometimes you just aren’t feeling it but you have to get yourself into it. Even if you’re sick or you haven’t slept for days in a row, you have to find a way to turn it on. Usually once I get out there , everything works out but occasionally you get those days where you want to be in bed.
What are your favorite venues here in New York? There are so many different venues in this city and I love each for different reasons. Places like Pacha and Santos are amazing because you get people who are only there for the music. They want to hear new sounds and they want to dance like maniacs. Then you have spots like Lavo , Finale or Provocateur that are more bottle service and VIP. These have a different crowd but they’re always fun. I love playing at venues like Pier 94 and Roseland Ballroom… it’s a totally different vibe from a club and the experience with the lighting and the whole show in general is out of this world. I wouldn’t be happy just playing one type of spot.. I like to mix it up. Keeps things interesting.
What’s the most memorable thing anyone has ever done at any of your shows? I’ve had a few crazy experiences during my shows. One girl climbed onto the DJ booth with a skirt on and nothing else and had to be escorted off stage. I’ve had sweaty men’s underwear thrown at me. I’ve had girls dress in full Bambi costume… there is usually something funny that happens at every gig. I love it all and I hope fans keep doing crazy stuff because it makes my night!
Do you have any current or upcoming projects? I have a few tracks I’m working on now. So far I’ve just been making my own edits of songs but I’ve dedicated myself to learning the ins and outs of original music production. I’m not going to release anything until I feel 100% behind it. Also going to continue my Bambicast which you can find on my mixcloud (www.mixcloud.com/bambiofficial) and maybe get that on iTunes or Beatport or something.
What can we expect for 2013? Lots more music! More shows, more tracks, more partying.
Any last message to the fans out there? As long as you keep raging, I will never stop.
Undrgrndsound looks forward to following Bambi’s rise..