One thing that QURL (Queen Under Radiant Light) strives for when she steps out onstage is to make her presence known. This Detroit-based DJ takes inspiration from some of the greatest onstage performers of our time, and brings that energy when she DJs her signature bass-heavy styles. We caught up with QURL before her highly-anticipated set at Gridlife Midwest 2023, which features headliners like Subtronics and Wooli with support from QURL.
Gridlife Midwest will take place from June 2-4, 2023. Learn everything you need to know about the fest with our guide, and grab tickets here! Check out our interview with QURL below, and listen to her music here as you get ready for her upcoming set!
iHR: Tell us a bit about your shows?
QURL: My goal is to create a unique experience for every performance, aiming to be better than before. I bring a fierce, feminine energy that, in my opinion, is lacking in the scene, with intent to empower all while promoting a safe space for everyone to enjoy without feeling judged. I primarily play bass house and breakbeats while sprinkling all genres in to keep the crowd on their toes! Come see for yourself!
Summer is always my busiest season, so I have lots of shows coming up! On Wednesday, May 18 I hosted the first installment of "QURL N GURLS," my new monthly series at this awesome venue in downtown Detroit, Deluxx Fluxx. This series of events highlights women and LGBTQIA+ DJs in the Michigan scene. Next up, two after parties for Movement Festival; the first being DEF’s debut show in Detroit with BLAAP (Of The Trees b2b Freddy Todd), Calvin Stanley, Mary Droppinz and more at Big Pink. Then, back to Big Pink to end the wild weekend with Habstrakt. Lastly, we have the highly anticipated GRIDLIFE Midwest with Subtronics, Sullivan King, Wooli and more!
This is a perfect example of the psychedelic print sets for this season! I love it! Style that with some comfy platforms and a hydro-backpack and you’re set for the day!
iHR: What are some of your inspirations when it comes to performing?
Q: My top three favorite inspirations when it comes to performing are Nostalgix, Wreckno, and Nicki Minaj. Their stage presence, choreo, and ability on the mic, all while being their authentic selves is what moves me to break out of my shell and be the entertainer I know I was born to be.
iHR: Coming from the Detroit area, how did that influence your music and performance style?
Q: Being from Detroit has made me stand out as an artist because we as a city are innovators, especially when it comes to music. These genres are prime examples: Motown, Techno, Ghetto-Tech, "Jit music," and "Detroit rap." Once we bring a sound/vision to life, the rest of the world follows.
iHR: Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming show at GRIDLIFE Midwest?
Q: I will be throwing down at GRIDLIFE Midwest and could not be more excited! I'm setting the stage for legends such as Boogie T and Wooli, playing my usual bass heavy set while debuting new music! Come early to catch ya girl QURL on Saturday, June 4!
iHR: How do you approach creating a look when it comes to your rave or festival style?
Q: Raves and festivals have two very different looks for me. For raves, I like to dress cute with fun articles of clothing and jewelry, and wear bold makeup. Festivals require more comfortable outfits to ensure full days and nights of dancing. But both outfits do have two things in common: sick kicks and lots of pockets.
Another must have for ravers! Heat bogging you down? Use your trippy Mad Hatter fan to cool you down!
iHR: What rave fashion trends are you most excited to see this festival season?
Q: The fashion trend I’m most excited to see this season is all the psychedelic prints! I think they're so fun and look good on everyone!!
iHR: If you made a piece of kandi today what would it say?
Q: “Gurls rule x Boys drool”
iHR: Favorite festival memory?
My favorite festival memory has to be watching Elderbrook from the top of the Ferris wheel at Electric Forest with my best friend while there were fireworks in the sky. One of the most surreal moments and sets I’ve seen.
This bomber is perfect for those colder nights during festival season. Warm and stunnin'.
Halloween is fast approaching, and we all know the best part of this holiday is choosing the ultimate costumes! As ravers, we are no strangers to dressing up, and Halloween is an awesome time to show off our style skills. There are so many directions you can go in when deciding what to be for Halloween, so we’re giving you some suggestions to make your decision a little easier.
Out Of This World
Extraterrestrial themes are huge in the rave world, and Halloween is the best excuse to dress up as a sexy alien or a house-loving astronaut. There are also a ton of opportunities for couples and group costumes that fit this theme! Build an alien squad with your friends in the Cosmic Chaos Alien Costume and the Solstice Kiss Holo Set, or explore the unknown in matching astronaut suits. Add some glitter, and you will surely have an out-of-this-world Halloween experience!
Embrace Your Wild Side
Feeling wild this spooky season? Cowgirl costumes are super cute and perfect for any Halloween event. Embrace your wild side and let loose with a cowboy hat and your best chaps, or make it glam!
Certain costumes will never go out of style. Classic costumes come back every year because they are timeless. If you’re feeling scary this Halloween, try a holographic skeleton or a seductive devil costume. If you’re going for a flirtier vibe, you can never go wrong with the Team Techno Cheerleader outfit. This fit is a fun take on the basic cheerleader costume! You can make any of the classics your own with glitter, accessories, and other modern twists.
Have a legendary Halloween dressed as your favorite mythical creature! Fairies, elves and unicorns are not only charming characters, but they are also very trendy right now. These Fractal Fantasy Fairy Wings will transform any outfit into an enchanting fairy ensemble. You could also pair this Rainbow Unicorn Costume with some sparkly fishnets for a dazzling festival look!
Ravers love to dress up year-round. But if there's one thing that we don't get to do often, it's bring the spooky vibes with scary costumes around Halloween! This time of year is the perfect time to show off your spooky side, with costumes that are gory, creepy, or all around terrifying.
No matter what you decide to be this year, you can’t go wrong. As long as you’re feeling like your best self, you’re going to slay this Halloween!