Barilli got her start at the legendary Beatrice Inn (the pre-Graydon Carter nightclub version) and spins everywhere from The Woods in Brooklyn to The Standard hotel. There are no pretenses — her DJ name is just, well, her name. And, her number-one goal at a party? It's less about earning any kind of cred and more about making sure everyone in the room dances their faces off.
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"I’ve never had a real job, and I’ve only done music for a living. And, although I’m sort of broke, I don’t think I am. I just say to myself, 'You know what, one day, people are going to care about this stuff, and I’m going to keep doing it and be unapologetic about it.' I want to expose people to new music, and I think that’s daring. Maybe I don’t make a lot of money, but maybe I will one day. I don’t even want to entertain the idea of not doing what I love all the time."
What makes my music unique
"I like to play really kitschy, weird records that are undiscovered or forgotten about. I like to do what’s unfamiliar rather than what’s already been done. I want to be a tastemaker. I want to show people things, and that might be at the expense of my bank account, but that’s okay. I like to bridge the gap between genres and make people hear music in a way that’s different from how they’re used to hearing it. My sets sound like a perfect mix CD your best friend gave you!"
What I do to feel sexy onstage
"My whole persona is about being over the top. I try to be as creative as I can with what I have, and be unapologetic about it. Everything I wear is some sort of weird, crazy, glam-rock rejected item of clothing that most people probably wouldn’t wear. But, I'm drawn to them because they're the things — cultural reference points, music, pop culture, ephemera — that inspire. Then, I reappropriate them to make 'em my own. It’s never about what other people think."
Tibi Pink Jumpsuit; Steve Madden Leopard Platform Sandals; Jewelry, Kristine's own.
Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; Hair by Bethany Brill; Styled by Laura Pritchard