With humble beginnings in the Los Angeles club scene, Audrey Napoleon’s career began as the opening act for superstar DJs, like James Zabiela at the famous Avalon Hollywood Nightclub. She began to make a splash in the industry with the release of her first EP Ornamental Egos. Along with the acclaimed tracks, Audrey put herself into a series of movie-esque music videos leading up to her first single release, Poison.
Audrey Napoleon maintained her dark approach, when she once again brought visuals to her fans with single “Dope a la Mode” which is featured as one of the Top 10 Tracks of the year by DJ Mag. The haunting song features her as the singer-songwriter and star of a bloodbath, S&M music video.
Although, she continues to work in the studio to produce new track and remixes, Audrey Napoleon, has several other notable projects, including being the face of Heineken’s “Dance More Drink Slow,” campaign. She produced the original music titled, ‘#MySunrise,’ exclusively for the commercial. She composed the music for Fredrik Bond’s directorial debut, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood. She is the face of the V-Moda M100 headphones, a brand trusted by the world’s top DJ’s. She, also, art directed and is the face of the Ardency Inn make-up campaign currently in Sephora.
Audrey Napoleon is slated for several new music releases in the coming months.
Hello Audrey, thanks for taking the time for this interview. You’re welcome:)
Please tell me about yourself?
My name is Audrey Napoleon. Queen of my fans in our Napoleon Nation. I sing songs, I produce music, I push buttons. I am currently in a Heineken campaign titled “Dance More Drink Slow” that is airing on your television and interwebs promoting responsible drinking. I am the art director and face of a campaign currently in a Sephora near you for a make-up line called Ardency Inn. I am also on your box of V-Moda M100 headphones.
Who inspired you to start in this business?
I wasn’t necessarily “inspired” to start in this business more than I just landed in it. I became interested in music at a very young age. My father is a drummer and a trumpet player. Him and my mother always encouraged me to follow what made me happy so they put me through dance classes, vocal lessons, bought me instruments… whatever they could do to support me, they did. They were very nurturing parents when it came to my passion to perform and my passion for music. As I grew into a woman, this passion has never left me. Music is in me, it’s in my blood and I have no choice but to make art.
Describe your feelings when you play music?
Imagine the best orgasm you have ever had and imagine having it while eating your favorite ice cream on a hot day. It’s kind of like that.
Do you think that deejay world is men’s world? In your opinion is it harder for girl to become famous deejay?
I think that within any artistic industry, whether you’re an artist in music, design, architecture, business – whatever your art may be… Industry castrates art. I feel that is the main problem, not necessarily it being a “man’s world” or “harder for a female”. That’s all bullshit.
What do you usually start with when preparing a set?
A glass of wine.
How do you describe your style?
Dirty bass driven house music with pop vocals.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have a saying that I never know where I am going, I just become it. So, I guess we’ll see. I will morph into what I am supposed to become as I am currently doing every single day.
How is it working with Pete Tong?
Pete Tong is a legend in music and as a person. I like to surround myself with kind-hearted, talented people so naturally I had a blast working with him and we got along very well.
When on tour, what’s your usual gear setup?
Traktor, 2 X1 Kontrollers, M3DF, a wireless microphone (I sing live), V-Moda M100 headphones, and my Macbook Air.
Somethings you can’t live without?
Besides Music… Love. Laughter. Family. George Swisher. Wine. Sex.
How important is Social Media for you?
My fans are everyday miracles to me so I am very interactive with them… with Napoleon Nation. Social media is where I can hear their stories, have conversations with them, check out what they are up to, etc, Social media is a building block in my relationship with my fans and because of that it has become very important to me.
Where we can follow you?