Bloody Mary | Crate Digging with Bloody Mary at CRSSD Festival in San Diego

A photo diary from the festival

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Matthew Bedard

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Photo by Katja Ruge.

When surveying the field of DJs who continue to push the increasingly rare format of vinyl, it’s impossible to look much further than internationally renowned DJ, producer, and live act Bloody Mary. Spearheading her own vinyl label Dame-Music for the past 13 years, Bloody Mary has continued to stand as one of the world-wide techno scene’s steady fixtures over the past decade and counting.

Her name is easily recognizable to fans within her home country of France and beyond, having produced several highly-acclaimed releases on well-known labels over the years including Ovum, Missile and U-TRAX among others. Her distinct production style is heavily influenced by the raw, hardware-based sounds of the 90s, citing acid legends like Josh Wink, DJ Pierre, Freddy Fresh, Tim Taylor, Hardfloor & Thomas P. Heckmann.

“As a vinyl label owner and producer, it’s really important for me to keep pushing this format. I love records, and it’s still a pleasure to hit the shops and go digging as it allows me to search out some rare finds which make all the difference on the dancefloor. These days, I’m selective about which clubs I choose to play vinyl at, because the setup and soundsystem have to be on point, like at Tresor Berlin, where I’m a resident.” - Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary recently took her talents to CRSSD Festival in San Diego, where she joined acts spanning the live electronic, house, and techno spectrum such as ODESZA, Polo & Pan, Channel Tres, Bedouin, Kavinsky, Purple Disco Machine, Deborah De Luca, Maya Jane Coles, Mall Grab, and many more. The two day city-center festival remains the west coast's most celebrated house and techno festival, offering fans a taste of the global electronic music scene in a picturesque and convenient location.

Prior to performing for a packed and sold-out festival crowd at the high energy City Steps Stage, Bloody Mary spent some time visiting the Chapter One Records pop-up at CRSSD to do some pre-show crate digging.

We tagged along with Bloody Mary for a look at the famed selector’s top picks, check them out below:

Record One- Inner City - Big Fun

Photo by Jason Myers.

“I picked this one by Inner City, this track is an all-time classic from Detroit, and came out in the late 80s. I have two copies of it in my record collection. It’s a definite party-starter which is sure to get any dancefloor going.”

Record Two- Boo Williams - Fruits of the Spirit

Photo by Jason Myers.

“I chose this one by Boo Williams, which is actually a repress of the original. Boo Williams is one of my favorite producers from Chicago. I've been following his work for many years, it’s a pleasure to call him a friend and I’m proud that I’ve been able to release his music twice on my label Dame-Music.”

Record Three- Rove Ranger - Millenial Millenium

Photo by Jason Myers.

“I chose this one because it’s one of the records that hasn’t left my bag since last summer. As I’m an acid producer, I’m always digging for current acid sounds and this EP is a weapon on the dancefloor.”

Record Four- Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley - Give Your Self To Me

Photo by Jason Myers.

“Here’s some classic Chicago house on Trax Records, which has been one of the most fundamental record labels in electronic music since day one. On a side note, Phuture also released their classic “Acid Tracks” on this label, and I’m really proud that I had the chance to remix it on DJ Pierre’s label Afro Acid a few years ago.”

Record Five- Depeche Mode - Violator

Photo by Jason Myers.

“This is one of my favorite albums by Depeche Mode. I’ve been surrounded by their sound since I was young, and they have always been a huge inspiration to me. I have almost all of their work in my record collection!”

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Bloody Mary, CRSSD Festival