While fans wait for a follow-up album, Princess Superstar, aka Concetta Kirschner, has taken on a new alter-ego behind the turntables. She’s put out a white label, underground record of her unique mixes, "Princess Is a DJ," demonstrating her skills and bringing her sick sense of humor to a new medium. Black Sabbath is mixed with Jay-Z, Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Ludacris, and Fugazi goes head-to-head with Mariah Carey. Australians can catch the act live this month as the diva spins her way across the country, playing four-turntable shows with DJ Alexander Technique.
Given her new vocation, Princess has naturally been doing a lot of record shopping. "I make myself use what I buy. I’m really precise," she says, flipping through the selection of vintage vinyl at the Shrine record store in the East Village. Records that make the cut: a Sixties compilation called "Everything You Always Wanted to Hear on the Moog But Were Afraid to Ask," a David Bowie compilation, and, from Accidental Records on Avenue A, which is open 24 hours a day, the "Flashdance" soundtrack.
But the life of a diva DJ is tough. "You have to carry your own records," Princess says with a sigh, "and what sucks about New York is that then your apartment is full of records. It takes so much space."
Besides, "when you’re shopping you always get real dirty," she adds, "and you always ruin your manicure.
"Princess Superstar’s favorite record stores:
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"Old brilliant stuff, but picking through everything takes a lot of patience."