JON: How has the tour been going for you?
Audrey: The whole tour has been really great, first festival tour, first time on a tour bus, it’s been really fun. Luckily I’m with Eva Simons and we’re the only two females on the tour.
JON: What were some of the best cities so far on the tour for you?
Audrey: Well today was amazing. New York was really great, Detroit as well. New York was crazy though, the festival just had opened and it was packed.
JON: How was it that you got involved in Electronic Music and DJing?
Audrey: My father was a drummer and a trumpet player, and he used to play all kinds of amazing music for me. Depeche Mode, The Cure, Led Zeppelin, The Beetles, a whole lot of great music. My mother used to design my clothes when I was younger; I was in a very creative household. My father bought me my first guitar when I was 13, and from there I moved to LA and started working at Geisha House in Hollywood. I went out to Avalon with a girlfriend of mine and was introduced to Dance music as it is today by James Zabiela. He was like a God up there.
When I was younger I would always do performances and stuff. My sisters would come home from school and I would have made a dance. I told my sisters, “You’re not going to do your homework… you’re going to learn this dance, and we’re going to go to different malls and schools and perform this dance.”
JON: What was the soundtrack to this dance performance?
Audrey: I don’t want to say… Spice Girls.
JON: What’s going on with you, producing, traveling, and performing?
Audrey: I just released my first EP ‘Ornamental Egos’, really excited about it, it’s like the birth of my first child.
JON: Any tracks off the EP that really got the crowd going during your set?
Audrey: I played ‘Poison’ which is the single off the EP, which really went off. I played ‘My Sunrise’ which is a track that is in the new commercial for Heineken because I am the 2012 ambassador for them, first ever. The new commercial is going to be in 28 countries, the Internet, theatres, all over the place.
After ID, I’m doing collaboration on a clothing line with the Rodnik Band which is a clothing line based out of London. It’ll be the Rodnik Band x Audrey Napoleon, six pieces, the Rodnik Band is like pop art on clothes so it’s going to be very pop art with a mix of Audrey Napoleon.
JON: That sounds awesome! I gotta say, you have such a unique style and presence on stage, constantly dancing and very alive, what contributes to that?
Audrey: Well I’ve always been a fan, and I just happen to be playing the music now so I’m having just as much fun now.
JON: Amazing! Well thank you so much, Audrey, for taking the time to sit with us!
Make sure you check out Audrey Napoleon on the last stretch of Identity Festival and also check out her new EP “Ornamental Egos”. You can follow her on Twitter too: @audreynapoleon
-Rocketpants for EDMNYC