Big Ups With Natasha Diggs

Name, Location, What You Do:

Natasha Diggs, Brooklyn, NY, treasure hunter, DJ, free spirit, lover of life & music, Boogie Blind once gave me the moniker “hardest diggin’ woman in show biz”.

Influences:

Old stuff, old people, vintage everything, album covers, trees, learning, individual style, earth tones, the ’70’s, oceans, the joy of children, unexplored territory, flea market culture around the world, the thrill of the hunt!

Favorite Records at the Moment:

At the moment I’m totally stuck on “Don’t Fade Away” by Bill Summers & “Lovely” by the Mighty Ryders .. both these records are sweet perfection to me. As far as new stuff; love “Pashun” by #nfromthewave that should be droppin’ officially in next few weeks.

Best Digging Story:

Of course so many memorable moments and then a billion that just blur together.. but one fun one was hitting the basement of Jesus & Mary Dread, an 80+ y.o. rasta couple who had migrated from Jamaica some years back to Bridgeport CT.. They had a basement chock full of the usual moldy inhalants to take years off your life and some of the craziest Jamaican pressings seen to date.  Spent no less the 10 hours straight pullin’ joint after joint in that basement as Jesus & Mary Dread was upstairs bumpin’ the ill reggae vibes and gettin’ lit.  Like seriously non-stop they must have gone through 2 ounces of weed that day; straight celebrating (I guess they knew they was gettin’ paid! ) The only time I went upstairs for a breath of fresh air, their son hooked up the crazy root tonic to as he insisted “cleanse all dem inner organs out!” I’m guessing by the way it burned I prolly gained back a few of those years I lost down in that basement – plus for being octogenarians Jesus & Mary was not lookin’ too shabby – something was workin’ with that tonic!

Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.

One that I stayed bumpin’ for the longest was this Chairman Mao & Citizen Kane mix for Selects 001 on some fly modern soul disco make me feel like I’m tipsy at a swank loft in the 70s vibe!  Also Q-berts Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik was just a crazy nice interpretation of all the classic breaks.

LP, 12”, or 7” format?

I’m an equal opportunist.. but I’ve always had a fondness for the 7″, since they lighter and I can carry them in cases that match my outfits!! But when it comes to something like rockin’ boogie or disco, 12″s all day and nothing like puttin’ on an LP when you at the crib to get the whole experience and story. I miss that records aren’t made with that experience in mind as much anymore.

Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:

I eat pretty healthy. I don’t know cashews, pistachios, kale chips, vegan desserts.. does that even count?

Most Memorable Gig Played:

There have been so many, but somewhat recently this past summer I did a pop up Soul in the Horn in Brooklyn with Anderson. Paak and #nfromthewave performing live, as well as Chicago’s The Twilite Tone, Q-Tip & myself Djing. Tip asked me if it was a vinyl or Serato thing , and I told him I always bring both. He really surprised me when he came thru with a box of 45s , which he pretty much never brings out the house! As soon as he got on, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as MosDef) came out and started dancin’ around the stage singing and vibing out on the mic. Then Kweli got on the stage and they had a Blackstar moment, all the while Tip was playing these incredible Horn laced 45s and there was a whole live horn section backing him.  At the end of the night when the lights came on, no one wanted to leave.  They cut the sound from the booth, but I told the horn players “Don’t stop, keep playin!” and they carried it out for an extra 15 minutes with horn players on the balcony echoing back to horn players on the stage.  And everybody in the crowd still rockin with it.  It was a magical moment and memorable night for sure!

Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:

Something JB, Prince or MJ related, also something soulful and warm that I can play at the end of the night.  Also something rocked out or new wavy.  Ok this is getting out of hand!  If you can’t tell,  I have a hard time slimming down the selections. Plus I like to be prepared for anything.

Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:

I’d like to shout out my moms for puttin’ up with years of me sneakin’ in records to my room and the surviving aftermath of my collection that may never allow her to turn my old habitat into a guest room – love you Mami!  My dear O.P. (RIP), one of my biggest inspirations in life.  Also all the musicians big and small who put their hearts into the music and left it on a piece of wax for me to find years later.  Every teacher who has ever imparted bits of wisdom on me big or small. Can’t forget all my junk store record diggin’ spots holdin’ me down.  All the dancers & music appreciators worldwide, my Mobile Mondays! crew, my Soul in the Horn fam and of course to DJ Prestige n Flea Market Funk for havin’ me! When in New York,  check me out every Monday slangin’ 45s @mobilemondays and on Fridays at my weekly Soul in the Horn party featuring incredible guest DJs going in on horn infused music from around the globe and with some of the best musicians in the city performing live (check @soulinthehorn on ig for more info). Also check me out rockin’ on Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio Friday nights on Beats1 Apple Music Worldwide!

Dig Deeper!

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