Jodie Harsh is a familiar face in the drag scene. She has an impressive resumé with songwriter, producer, remixer, DJ and reigning Queen supreme over international nightlife being just a few of her many traits.
She has been described as having a “magnetic presence and personality” which is no lie. We had the pleasure of interviewing her a few years ago and it was great catching up with her again on a sunny afternoon to chat all things Mother, drag and DJing.
Let’s jump into it!
Hi Jodie Harsh! It is so lovely to meet you! This is not your first Mother gig, did she make a good first impression?
I’ve been once before and I just love the way they curate their music and their DJs and how they get all their people over to Ireland. It’s a cool vibe and the Irish know how to party!
What can people expect for your night in Mother on April 1?
It’ll be a consistently banging DJ set filled with my stuff and other stuff that I like. It’ll be a great time!
What inspired you to do drag?
When I went to London when I was 18, I just started playing about with makeup and wigs and going to clubs and dressing up. I was a club kid. So then I developed this one look and the career that I’m in now. So it was just sort of playing about, a restlessness and a want to experiment with how that sort of fits into a nightclub setting.
Is there a difference between you and your drag persona?
I feel the same really. I think it’s just all the same. I don’t even know if it’s really a persona. I think it’s just like work clothes. And normal life. Like maybe just a little bit of a heightened sense of something. I don’t think that there’s too much of a difference, to be honest.
Who are some of your favourite music artists?
I like a lot of classic DJs like Frankie Knuckles and Armand Van Helden and I love, actually she’s Irish! I love Roisín Murphy, she’s one of my favourite singers!
When you are DJing, what song always fills the dance floor?
Yeah, going back to Roisín Murphy, I have this really cool mashup of Moloco mixed with I Feel Love by Donna Summer and that often, not always but more than often pops up in my DJ set.
Have you had the chance to play your song Good Time on the floor yet?
Every DJ set yeah, sounding really good. And we just got some remixes in as well. So I’ve been trying those out!
Will you play it at your Mother gig?
What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Definitely my music output. I think that’s the thing that I’m most proud of for sure because that doesn’t go away. People forget about gigs and they forget about fun nights or they forget about things you said, things you did, the places you went but no one ever forgets music. That stays with you even after you’ve died. The music is the thing that will sort of last forever so I think that the most important thing I do is release music and even when I’m making it, I’m really really meticulous with it and how it sounds etc. I wouldn’t put out something that’s sort of half-finished or anything. So that’s the thing I’m most proud of, releasing the music that people are listening to in the car or at home etc.
Thank you so much for your time, Jodie Harsh! Check out this link for more information and tickets to her Mother gig on April 1!
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