She shall rise to prominence during this dance music coalition and take no prisoners until her music reigns victorious. A dark queen of Techno she commands the DJ booth with power and intensity. Join this ear drum invasion and let us submit to her dance floor conquering…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Photography Topher Adam
Stylist Erica Henderson
Hair Lorenzo Diaz
Makeup Christian Alvarez
Where were you born?
I was born here in the states, in Houston, Texas but my family is all from Sicily.
Describe the Audrey Napoleon sound
Growing up, who was your biggest musical influence and how did you get involved in the music industry?
My father was my biggest musical influence as a child. He was a drummer and a trumpet player, and he used to play an incredible array of music for me. Depeche Mode, The Cure, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, Mozart, Beethoven, Bob Dylan… I could go on and on. He bought me my first guitar when I was 13 and sent me to a vocal coach four times a week. I was always in awe watching my father as he played these instruments. It was a sort of voodoo. It was magic and I wanted to know how to be the magician. Since I can remember, I’ve always been a performer, always putting on a show. There were many instances that my sisters would come home from school and I would have choreographed a routine. I would tell my sisters, “You’re not going to do your homework, you’re going to learn this dance routine, and we’re going to go to different malls and schools and perform it.” To this day, they still don’t appreciate that bit.
When you’re on stage and you see a large crowd feeling your music, what is that world like?
When I am on stage, I am transformed. The “World” is that stage, that audience is one that is beautiful and free. We become one, that in our darkest moments, my fans and I are safe.
How has music changed your life?
Music hasn’t necessarily changed my life so much as it is my life. Without music, without my art, I am nothing but a lost soul. I previously mentioned, “voodoo” but when you are an artist you have to believe in certain voodoo: that the object you are making has a life of its own and can tell you what it needs to become. Music is a very special thing. It produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. That is the voodoo, that is the magic. There is a quote that I quite love, it goes “A plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. The Beatles did” – Vonnegut
Who are your biggest influences in the EDM community?
My fans, they are the most influential and inspiring for me. My fans have no fear. I can see the passion scream in their eyes at my shows. It’s them who keep me strong and push my artistry forward. They help me fight everyday to be fearless for them in my art and in my music.
What is your favorite gig you have had the opportunity to play to date?
That’s not an easy question to answer as there have been many and each city is so different… But fuck, my NYE shows in 2013 have been some of my best. I had three shows – El Paso, San Diego, and Seattle.
I love your video “Dope A La Mode”, it has an artistic dark contemporary element. Can you tell us how you came about the concept and where was it shot?
It was shot in an abandoned mental institution in East LA. The concept came to me, as most all my ideas do, in my dreams whether they are daydreams, sweet-dreams or my nightmares.
Describe to us some of the musical toys you use in the recording studio.
Pots, pans, decks of cards, people talking/making noises, chairs, my guitar and my piano. Basically anything that can produce a sound, I will use.
You have a great fashion sense. What got you so involved in that?
I grew up in a very creative household. As my father lent his hand to the musical aspect of my childhood my mother was lending this awareness to fabrics and how they can be manipulated to make these fantastical pieces. When I was a child, my mother used to make most to all of my clothes. She would take my sisters and I out to buy fabrics and patterns. As we walked up and down the aisles, I would watch her walk through the store touching all the fabrics and analyzing the patterns and colors of these fabrics. You know, I still do that today, I can’t walk through a store without touching or analyzing everything. It’s ridiculous. We would go home, lay all of these beautiful and weird fabrics on her bedroom floor and I would sit there watching, learning, and helping her cut patterns while she sewed these fabrics together to make an outfit.
What we love at Dark Beauty Magazine is an artist that is both VISUALLY and SONICALLY fierce. How would you describe your style?
What can we expect to see and hear from Audrey Napoleon next?
As always, a continuous stream of music whether it be original, remixes, or collaborations, however now, I will be donating another one of my organs as I have started to write lyrics, melodies and sing on the new material. Dope A La Mode was released along with a short film in which I wrote the treatment and was shot by the undeniably talented F+F. It is my version of a love story. F+F and I shot these stunning visuals that I now incorporate into my performances. These visuals are the gateway drug into what I am building and what you will see as the years progress. A Napoleon Nation. I am continuing work on my collaboration collection with The Rodnik Band, as well. We worked on manufacturing so we can get them out to the fans as quickly as possible. They will, however, be limited edition pieces. For those who aren’t able to get a hold of the limited edition pieces, I have designed some Napoleon Paraphernalia, available in the online store.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
“Dark Beauty” is how I would describe everything I surround myself with. Taking the twisted and finding beauty with in it. Digging deep into your darkness to find the creative diamonds and gems. After all, that’s where they’re all hiding.
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