Find local favorite Frida K

Anyone who frequents Seattle nightlife has heard the name Frida K. She’s opened for high-profile DJs in several states and is gaining traction on the festival circuit. We had the chance to speak with Frida K about her growing success just before her performance at Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge earlier this summer.

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DMNW: How did you end up in DJing?

Frida: So I’ve always been a creative person, so I’ve always tried different things. I was really into drawing for a while, really into photography, video production. But I couldn’t find anything satisfying enough. I’ve always been a music fan, and I went to my first rave when I was 15 and then pretty much never stopped. Then I finally wanted to get involved in the scene, so when I turned 18, I started promoting.

I worked for USC [Events], and I was working shows here and there and I wanted to progress to do some production stuff. I had bought a mixer when I was 15 or 16 but never really used it because I never had the confidence to use it but I had a roommate who was DJ and he let me use his equipment. Eventually I was like okay, that’s pretty cool, so I started training and training and at the same time some of my friends were putting on shows.

I played the second show they’ve ever had, which was at a bar in Ballard, and loved it. With my background as a promoter, I was able to get better shows from the start. I opened for a bunch of acts and then kept hustling and hustling for about a year. Then I was like, okay, I like it, but I also want to make my own music. So I started doing that, and I was 21 at the time. I continued to have better opportunities while releasing my own music progressing so I could eventually quit my day job.

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How did you choose your stage name?

Frida: My mother named me after Frida Kahlo, and at first I didn’t know what to have as a DJ name, and then just before this concert, they were working on the flyer and we had no name , and I was like, I don’t know what to do. At that time, I had gone to Mexico to visit my family and went to the Frida Kahlo Museum, which is her home. And I had like a weird epiphany – I understood why my mom loves her so much, but also her story is really cool and what she represents is really cool. I love it and, I don’t know, it rolls off my tongue.

What helped you most get into the Seattle club scene?

Frida: Well, having a background as a promoter, I knew how to speak to an audience and how to market myself as a brand in a sense. I also knew how to promote my shows because I knew how to get people to the shows. I used a little to bring people and my friends to my shows. To this day, I’d like to think I’m still good at promoting, and I’m proud of the things I do to promote because that’s what I know and where I’m from.

As a promoter, I knew a lot of people. So I skipped the part where you’re a DJ and you have to go to the club and meet people. I knew a lot of people who were DJs because all my friends played the shows I promoted. People were thrilled to see me doing something I loved, and they helped me because I helped them by promoting their shows, a mutual thing.

The hardest part was balancing the work and making something out of it. To this day, I still struggle with it. I have to have a job, so it’s always been a struggle. The first two years I was younger so I was going out more and trying to do 30 things at once, compared to now I feel like I have a better balance.

Are you excited to play Beyond Wonderland?

Frida: I am very excited. I’m super nervous. Just because I have an hour to show people the best of me. It’s not like a club show where I’m supporting someone, where I kind of have to see what I’m playing and not go overboard or adapt to the genre they’re playing and play around that. I can do whatever I want. So having too much freedom freaks me out because I’m not used to it. But that’s the fun part about it that I can play whatever I want and that I tried to develop. I like to play tech house, but I want to play other stuff, so it’s a really good part. There’s so much I want to do, and I’m limited to an hour.

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Do you feel supported as a member of the LGBTQ community in PNW?

Frida: I definitely feel supported. I’ve never had a problem in the Seattle scene about it, and everyone’s been super accepting. I think the club scene and the dance scene are really open, so I’m very lucky to be in a scene where it’s good to be different.

I am aware that I am a very passer, and I am also aware that I am a very passer. I’m completely Mexican, so a lot of people are surprised when I have a girlfriend or tell people that I was born and raised in Mexico. I don’t think those things have anything to do with where I am because I’m not booked for a lot of things like Pride events or anything like that, which I would love to. It’s something I’m looking to do in the future. I feel like I’m open about it. I post about my girlfriend, I talk a lot about being gay and standing up for gay rights. I love letting others know they are supported in the scene whether they are gay, lesbian, trans, whatever.

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What can we expect to see from Frida K in the future?

Frida: I have a few concerts coming up in July and more in the future. I just released my EP, so now I’m working on the music again. I don’t have any songs coming out anytime soon, so I’ll just keep working and writing music. I hope to write more music for specific labels.

I don’t want to stick to tech house. I want to do more techno and bass house and lofi house. My goal is definitely to expand the music with what I do. I want to be more multi-genre in a way, but still four by four. I hope to grow and grow as an artist now that I’m starting to find my sound.

Want to know more about Frida K’s discog? Check his Soundcloud.