With an unmissable eclectic style, personally and behind the decks, Melbourne based DJ Soju Gang is known to bring that hype energy to the party, her music and as well as her community.
Not just a DJ, her portfolio consists of event management, modelling, designing and earlier this year she launched her inclusive streetwear label SAWFT which featured as part of VAMFF's Independent Runway Program.
We catch up with Soju Gang for a lil self isolation edition of For The Honeys Volume 15.
For those who don’t know, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, and what you do?
I'm Soju Gang and I'm a proud Gunnai/Kurnai, Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri gyal from Dandenong.
I guess what Im known for is being a DJ; I also sew and I'ld consider myself to be an active community member. I've been around for a while starting out as a pretty successful club promoter and host, and kind of made a name for myself there on.
Huge congrats on the release of SAWFT, this is kind of a big deal! What was it that made you want to create your own label and what makes SAWFT’s style so unique?
Thank you. I've always wanted to make my own clothes, to be able to create the stuff I really love. I'm not too concerned about fashion but I'm heavily passionate about how fashion can be used as a tool to express oneself in any way. I guess what sets it apart is it's really bright and colourful streetwear, no specific item is for any size or gender, and that there's the opportunity to have something made to fit you. The main key element behind SAWFT is that it specifically caters to ensuring everyone in my community can fall in love with something, and that it will fit them - both sizing and styling, perfectly.
How are you keeping busy through these self isolation times, and what routines do you have going on?
First I tried to just sleep it out, honestly. But it got old, my body has been aching from not moving around. Been trying just to use this time to slow down, be more appreciative of processes like chores (cooking, cleaning, gardening) and just kind of take a step back and think about how I want my path to form once we leave isolation. Most of all though, I'm really loving the break from everything. The past couple of months have been extremely full on both physically and emotionally for myself, so having the world kind of stuck in this timeless state has given me a lot of time to breathe.
Have you been wearing sneakers around the house, if so which ones?
Barely. It's mostly just socks haha, but when I am out and about it's my adidas Gazelle's.
You’ve been DJing for some time, how has your sound evolved over the past few years and what kind of energy are you bringing now?
I've been DJing I think for over 3 years now, and I feel like my sound is always evolving. I don't think I have a sound or genre exactly.
What have you been listening to lately?
Kanye’s 'New Workout Plan'.
Can you help us with some self isolation inspiration on?
Podcasts: Ok, take my advice here. Dolly Parton's America is amazing. You don't have to like her, or country music or whatever, it's a podcast about her life and her influence on the world, which if you don't know, is huge. I can't even explain to you how amazing it is.
What to cook: I literally just learnt how to cook banana bread and it's perfect for cold nights.
Do for fun: I think like half of us, I do my makeup and then wash it off. But I've kind of always been someone who procrastinates at home. So a big one for me is watching people fight online via YouTube drama.
What do you miss most about the real life world?
Nah nothing really. Maybe just the freedom of being able to choose not to go out.
Where’s the first place you’re heading to post lockdown?
I think I'ld just go sit somewhere crowded. When you're used to being surrounded 24/7, whether it's growing up in a big home, having to commute on public transport, busy office, etc. I think you just miss that feeling of big numbers.