Hailing from Paris banlieues, Crystallmess operates from a place of generosity. The young DJ, producer, writer and mixed media artist is keen on shedding light on past and present subcultures. Using her French Caribbean and African roots, her work oscillates between raw rave energy, dark dancehall and melancholic ambient.
Her signature DJ style is eclectic yet cohesive, relying more on textures, sound continuum and narrative rather than genres while rocking the dance floor all the same. Tackling the subjects of club culture, colonial alienation and alternative temporalities, she created Collective Amnesia in 2018. Inspired by Cybernetic Club Research Unit’s Kodwo Eshun work on Afrofuturism and music, this multidisciplinary performance mixing film and DJing, and traditional vocal performance of griology celebrates the forgotten history of logobi, an urban Afro-French kind of dance music from the mid-00s merging hardcore techno and coupé décalé.
Last December; she self-released her first EP, Mere Noises. She’s currently working on her next release on an international label and will debut as NTS Radio resident this winter.
This performance is presented in the framework of SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)
Photo by Tim Craig