- Groovy house and techno from one of the most influential women in dance music.
- Jennifer Witcher should require no introduction, but as she says in the interview below, it feels like more and more people are discovering her these days. The Detroit DJ and producer has been DJing for over three decades, first inspired to DJ by her formative days at the city's legendary Music Institute. She's become a Detroit icon and a champion for women in the scene, founding the Women On Wax recordings label in 2003, which is still running strong today.
Her long and successful career as DJ Minx—imagine hitting new peaks after 30 years in the game—is partly because of her open mind and musical versatility. She's as likely to pull for warm, organic deep house as she is stripped-back minimal techno or tech house. After all, one of her most famous records was tapped for release on Richie Hawtin's era-defining Minus label, pointing to the crossover appeal she held then and still holds now. She can make a simple loop, or a bassline and some drums, sing like few others, in both her production and DJing.
Witcher's RA Podcast is a lesson in crossing scenes and sounds: it's all house and techno, but it comes from legendary artists like John Beltran and Mike Huckaby, as well as Ibiza favourites such as DJ Tennis and Disclosure, underground names like LADYMONIX and even an appearance from "Pjanoo." It's joy bottled in a one-hour-and-43-minute DJ set, delivered like only DJ Minx could.
What have you been up to recently?
Decorating my new house and boy is it expensive LOL! I've been traveling almost every weekend and working on music in between time. I am currently laying out my release schedule for the next year.
What are you grateful for these days?
I am extremely thankful for all the support that I've been receiving, as well as the fact that it seems more people have finally "discovered" me.
How and where was the mix recorded? Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
The mix was done in the comforts of my home… in the basement, where I am most comfortable musically. Using Rekordbox to record, I used a pair of CDJ-900s and the Pioneer DJM-750MK2 mixer. There are so many good tracks out there, I couldn't just stick with one genre. I'm delivering all the real good, feel goods in this mix.
What's one challenge you're making progress on this year?
OMG, music production! There is tons of information out there that I've been using to be a little more "Minxy" in my creations! It also helps that I have some wonderful friends that will help me at the drop of a hat. I used to limit myself, but during the pandemic, I learned a lot more than I had in years!
You came out publicly in June and released a new track to mark Pride month. How was your first Pride Month?
My first Pride month was fabulous! The community welcomed me with open arms and I met so many more beautiful people. I'm relieved that I shared my life with everyone for sure!
What's one social or political cause you want the world to pay more attention to?
Veganism! That's it!
What are you up to next?
Upcoming sets are happening in Oakland, Seattle and LA (Secret Project), and I am working on remixes for Kevin Saunderson, Soul Clap and Kevin Knapp. I am also compiling tracks for a various artists release as well as another EP for my label.