Hi CRISSi, Introduce yourself? And tell us where you ARE at the moment?
I’m Madam X. I’m a DJ from the UK and I’m currently hiding away in Athens!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Music has always been my passion. I’ve been fortunate enough to make a living out of Djing for the last 11 years.
My sound is heavily rooted in UK Soundsystem culture, inspired by my early raving days pulling all-nighters at Fabric & getting the first train back to Milton Keynes with my fake ID in hand.
Broken techno, dark garage, leftfield bass & dubstep are my main ingredients, but I play all sorts.
Hiding away in Athens? Since when are you there and how has it been for you since all the clubs have been closing?
It’s actually been pretty chill considering. I spent the first half of the lockdown in Crete which was idyllic & now I’m back in Athens doing a weekly radio show on Movement which has been super fun.
It’s been quite nice wandering around the empty streets of Athens. I’ve never seen it this peaceful. It makes walking around the Acropolis and all the ancient buildings kind of magical.
IS THAT NEW AND peaceful SURROUNding what gOt you inspired to start MDMXERCISE?
I’ve always been quite active and a keen gym-goer, but a life of touring and long-haul flights took its toll on my body. I got more into fitness and started working out with my personal trainer Vince, who completely cured me of all my back issues caused by Djing and touring.
I kept up the fitness during Lockdown Season 1, and throughout the quarantine period I had a bunch of messages from people asking me what I was doing, and how I was staying fit. With not much else to do I thought, why not share it with the masses, and invite everyone along to workout with me and my sister live from Greece?
With MDMXERCISE – we host live workouts on ZOOM every Wednesday & Sunday, and rope in all the best DJs from around the world to create mixes for the classes.
Everyone is welcome & you can register to join from our website here
What empowers you as a womxn?
Finding gratitude in everyday things like getting up in the morning, being able to move my body, being able to breathe fresh, clean, air, etc. I think if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how to slow down and make the most of the moments, finding peace in the simple things in life. Trusting my intuition has never taken me down a bad path and this empowers me not just as a Womxn but as a human.
HA! The SPOTIFY playlist you’ve given us is representative of the club music you play.
Is there anything else people might be shocked to know about your music taste?
Well yes. I’m actually 2/3rds raver & 1/3rd Emo teenager
Behold my Angsty trip down memory lane:
Who are your femxle role models and why?
All my friends to be honest. They’re all-powerful and inspirational in their own ways. From owning their own businesses to buying their own properties to being the badass coding queens in a boardroom full of men, as well as conquering the many hurdles, heartbreaks, and challenges they’ve come across, I like to surround myself with good people and I’m super proud of my circle of friends.
There’s a lot to be said and recognised for women who challenge the norm and create their own paths. There are so many fearless and incredible women to shout out, but off the top of my head, here are a few independent bosses that I find extremely motivational
Line Rindvig – very fortunate to call her my friend. She’s worked in various sectors of the music industry managing successful artists, launching labels, and most recently co-founding Offmeta, a new record label designed to intersect the esports, gaming, and music industries. She’s fearless & fucking good at what she does.
Lily Allen – her “zero-fucks-given” energy and ability to brush off the Daily Mail hounds having faced decades of public scrutiny, is really quite something. You have to have incredibly thick skin to last in this industry and she doesn’t get enough credit for everything she’s had to put up with. She’s also a lovely human being.
Steph Deep Medi – Label manager behind Deep Medi who constantly offers me words of advice and wisdom. When I was living in Berlin, spending time with Steph really motivated me to step up my game.
As womxn tend to be excluded from public narratives, which stories of womxn would you like to hear or share more?
Veronica Lamaak. She runs the amazing “Sorted” club night in Denver and is responsible for bringing a lot of niche UK artists across the globe. Her story is inspirational. The hurdles and challenges she’s had to face whilst maintaining a positive attitude to life and doing what she loves is really quite something. But it’s her story to tell, so I’ll let you get in touch.
Can you name a moment that made you realize what the power of a womxn is?
What are the main challenges that you face as a womxn in our society?
Being judged on my looks before my skills.
What are the main challenges that you face as a femxle athlete/artist?
Assigning genders to neutral objects like “women’s weights” and “female” variations of “male” exercises.
This language is incredibly frustrating and intimidating and doesn’t allow womxn to realise their full potential. There’s no reason why we should shy away from heavy lifting and weights. We carry babies in our bodies and bleed every 28 days. There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that we don’t have the strength to lift a weight heavier than 20kg.
Is there a women’s initiative or organisation that you would like to shine a light on?
‘Ladies, Music, Pub’ – a non-profit organisation and discussion group, recently turned record label, founded by Hannah TW and Tyson Mcvey. It’s an informal and supportive environment, and I find the meetings super uplifting and positive.
‘Safe Gigs For Women – an initiative established by regular gig goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at gigs.
Before we let you go, Can you PLEASE make us a 10K running playlist and how would you describe it?
Here you go! The club records that shaped me with a few pop records thrown in. 😉