Liège collective “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is a besties-crew that unite around their shared passion for music, art and a good dose of playful fun. Member Liyo, a film editor by day and DJ by night, is set to launch her party concept with her partner Stef in Brussels a week from now – and we couldn’t resist asking her to contribute to our exclusive mix series to give us a taste of things to come. From Ciara remixes to dark grime and bold ballroom, there’s nothing this mix can’t touch if you ask us.

Exclusive mix 33: Liyo by The Word on Mixcloud

Can you describe yourself and your sound in a few words? 

I started djing with my friend Stef less than 2 years ago. We like to mash all kind of genres together, and always try to keep it very emotional and intensely danceable.

How did you first start releasing music? How does it fit into your life?

With our collective, BGDC, which is also a bestie’s crew, we’ve always partied and danced together a lot, and we would often end up being the ones picking the songs. Then the girls asked us to put some music at our exhibitions openings, and it all started from there. We are actually a duo, but since Stef lives in London, it’s hard to play together every time. Now I’m often playing on my own, but everytime we are reunited it’s all sparkles and diamonds in the sky.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

Not at all, I’m studying film editing, and I’m also working at CIFA, an association helping and promoting chinese independant filmmakers. I love editing, and i’s funny because I recently noticed that sometimes I use the same methodology when preparing a mix. It’s all about knowing your rushes, putting them into a structure that tells a good story, working on cuts and transitions, playing with the rythm. I would like to start producing as well but for now I’m too busy with school and work. I just happened to fool around on FL and it was already so much fun. Made some very rough juke beats with stupid titles :)

Can you describe the mix in a few words?

This mix mashes everything we love, from ciara remixes to dark grime and bold ballroom. It contains tracks from a bunch of artists who we think are pushing further all kind of boundaries, and it’s just massive. We wanna bring more of that spirit in Brussels.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

The exclusive track is from Neverland, the new project of Cupp Cave/Ssaliva and Munix. They just started doing stuff together and I think they’re gonna kill it. It’s a special edit from a track I adore, « Try me » from Dej Loaf, and they make it even more emotional.

When and where did you record it? 

20:33pm, in my living room. My cat and my boyfriend listening, great crowd.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

That’s too hard, I can’t pick one. sorry.

What are your top three albums of the year so far and why?

I’d say Drake’s mixtape. But I’m not being objective plus 2015 just started. Oh and that Future Brown album too is amazing.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

We’re organizing our very own party on 20th March, at the Barrio Cafe, in Brussels. We called it Heartbroken because of that T2 and Jodie song, and because you can build a whole story around that word. It’s the first time we’re putting up something like that, we really wanted to have our own place to invite artists we love and bring that special vibe here in Belgium. There will be Larry B, Mykki Blanco’s dj and London’s party scene icon, and Crackstevens, host and producer of the amazing Just Jam show. And of course Neverland, and Stef and myself.

Heartbroken
20th March
Barrio Café Brussels.
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