DJ Sugarfree BK (Honeychild Coleman) is one of our favorite keepers of the vibe across our New York locations. In addition to being an old-school vinyl enthusiast, she's also a killer live musician and will be performing in Afropunk later on this year! We caught up with Sugarfree to find out the inside scoop on all things musical.
You've played at all three New York Artists & Fleas locations. How long have you been spinning with us?
SFBK: I started spinning at Artists & Fleas in the Chelsea Market late last Summer, 2016. In December I began spinning in Williamsburg. And soon after in Soho. But I've purchased the most records in Brooklyn (Thanks, Bliss and Casey! @EatRecords )
Do you have some favorite #marketfinds at our Artists & Fleas locations?
SFBK: So many! A bit obsessed with 7" singles at the moment....
- Unrest "Cherry Cherry" (Brooklyn)
- Sinead O'Connnor "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Chelsea)
- Pink Floyd "Money" (Chelsea)
- The Whispers "And The Beat Goes On" (Brooklyn)
- Joy Division "Incubation" Flexidisc (Soho)
What's your favorite song to start your set off?
SFBK: - Sylvester "Do You Wanna Funk?"
How do you think the dj scene had progressed for musicians and dj's throughout your time as a musician?
SFBK: In 1994, I began working first as a live vocalist with dub and ambient/breakbeat DJs, then eventually spinning vinyl. By 1999, I was spinning mostly New Wave and Brit-Pop, warming up for an all female drum & bass collective called Table Manners. At the same time I was starting to play in a few indie rock bands, so my DJ sets began to reflect more Punk and Indie sounds. Now it's much more common for women to be DJing all styles of music. The women I looked up to when I was getting started include "Moist" Paula Henderson, Sister From Another Planet (Andrea Rose Clarke), Delphine Blue, Jeannie Hopper, and DJ Reborn. I also utilize some of the vocal effect techniques I honed performing with DJs, currently teaching them to singer/songwriters at the UPA (Underground Producer's Alliance).
We hear you've been practicing getting ready for Afropunk. Is this your first time playing?
SFBK: It will be my 3rd or 4th time playing, yet my first time playing since it became a much larger festival. The last time I played was in 2009 at Brooklyn Academy of Music with shoegaze band Apollo Heights (we were all featured in Jame's Spooner's "Afropunk" documentary, pre-dating the fest). This year will be the live debut of The 1865, a new blues-tinged punk band featuring myself, Sacha Jenkins (The White Mandingos / The Wilding Incident), and Chuck Treece (McRad / Stiffed / Activate).
You’re stranded on a deserted island: what two vinyl records would you want with you?
- The Cocteau Twins - GARLANDS
- Public Enemy - IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS
1. (Green tint) J.Nina, shirt by LiquidSky Design
2. (The 1865, band) by Ed Marshall Photography NYC
3. At The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, by AOBFF Staff
4. (Purple lights) In Halcyon Records by Jen Creagh (DJ SupaJen)
5. (b/w) Teaching vocal technique and effects at the UPA (Underground Producers Alliance) by C.P.Krenkler