Honey Dijon: Sovereign Ruler of House Music

Honey Dijon is a widely adored American DJ who captivates audiences with her charisma on and off the stage.

9. June 2022. — Author: EXIT

Her sets (at the world’s biggest festivals and most eminent club parties) combine house with disco, techno, funk, soul, and R’n’B. She reflects her genius and dedication to all aspects of her life and work — she is both a fashion icon and an LGBTQ+ activist.

Born Honey Redmond, she grew up in the 1970s in Chicago, a city that would later become the capital of the house genre. This city’s subculture and musical milieu would profoundly influence Honey and her family. She made her first musical steps absorbing the sounds of soul and R’n’B from her parents’ record player. It was a brief love story: she heard music and fell in love with it.

Five decades later, she is one of the greatest female DJs in the world, with three albums and dozens of singles and EPs. Her trademark is precisely the fact that she is a chameleon, skilfully moving through various genres while retaining her recognisable house sound.

Her mentor and long-time friend is none other than the great Derrick Carter. After moving to New York, she met music giant Danny Tenaglia, who was another great source of inspiration for her. This connection between Chicago and New York is evident in her tracks and sets. Also, Honey spends some time each year in Berlin, and this city and its music have also left an indelible mark on her artistic expression.

In that context, she once said: “A lot of people still associate me with swingy Chicago and classic house and disco, but I can rock dirty rhythmic techno as well.” She has released music under record labels such as Stereo Cool and Classic Music Company.

Love Is A State Of Mind“ is her latest single, released only half a month ago, as part of the upcoming album “Black Girl Magic“.

She has been playing music at fashion shows and art exhibitions for a long time. Her passion for fashion and her activism in the field of LGBTQ+ rights has led her to sign a contract with the fashion giant Calvin Klein. Namely, last year she was one of the faces of this fashion house’s LGBTQIA+ campaign.

As a trans person, she is a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, both through an open attitude in her interviews and through her music. This is also the case with her track “Downtown“, which she released last year, celebrating queer and trans culture.

Because of all this, make sure not to miss her performance at the Petrovaradin Fortress this summer, at, you guessed it, EXIT’s mts Dance Arena.

Written by: Vanja Ratković