London DJ, Becky Tong, Lights Up Our Latest Editorial
When it comes to finding a DJ who is both skilled behind the decks and skilled in their sartorial decisions, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more fitting than Becky Tong. Born and raised in London, she is one of the city’s most sought-after DJ’s, but her pursuits can hardly be confined to the realm of turntables. Tong is also a cofounder of her own artist development group, Juicebox, writes a quarterly column in Harper’s Bazaar and is the face of L’Oreal skincare brand Vichy just to name a few.
We caught up with Becky to shoot the above editorial and for a chit-chat covering the latest happenings in her life.
What are some of your earliest music memories?
Singing into a hair brush in my room to Spice Girls with my two best friends. I remember a couple feather boas flying around.
How did you get your start as a DJ?
I’d learnt on my brother’s decks at home and then got asked to DJ for the W Hotel in Barcelona, after doing it once I got the itch for it!
Who have been some of your favorite fashion clients to work with?
Markus Lupfer, & Other Stories and Gucci have been particularly memorable ones! Really lovely teams and fun parties.
Do you have any favorite places you’ve DJ’d?
The Gucci MFW party last year was in a stunning old Italian home – the walls were crumbling but the interior design was so modern and beautiful – DJ’ing there was special. Klein Club in Istanbul was also an amazing club, with great hospitality.
What inspired you to start your music company Juicebox?
Working for a major label for 4 years was great and I learnt a lot, but me and my business partner felt it wasn’t the right place for us to do what we wanted to do. So we left and set up our music company Juicebox where we have complete creative freedom to work with new artists to help them develop their vision.
What do you like to wear to DJ gigs?
I love wearing comfortable heeled boots, jeans / flares with a cool shirt or tee. Always a choker!
What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?
COLOR! Been in white, black, grey for what feels like years. I really want to buy some pink, red, orange pieces. Can’t wait to wear my new Gucci mules also.
What are your favorite tracks or artists as of late?
Some tracks I’ve had on repeat:
Franc Moody – “Dopamine”
Skepta – “No Security”
Amy Winehouse – “Know You Now” (old schooooool)
Thalab – “Morning, Before My Plant Dies”
If you weren’t working in music, what would you be doing?
Still something creative I reckon – I basically do a lot of creative direction for my artists so I love working across fashion, design & music. Something completely out there… but I’d maybe go into the food industry as I’ve been vegan for about 4 years now, I am passionate about it and would want to further my research on how we can be more sustainable.
How old are you?
Where are you from and where are you currently based?
Born in London! Still living in London! Don’t think I could be anywhere else.
Do you have a specific approach to Instagram? Do you post when you feel like it or are you more strategic in what photos or videos you post and when?
I try and post 3-4 times a week but I won’t post anything unless I really love it. Anything I see or feel inspired by usually goes on there like a mood board.
How would you describe your Instagram aesthetic? How close is it to your “real life” or is there no real difference?
I would just say it’s me! It’s travelling, it’s fashion and style, it’s music and, most importantly, my amazing friends.
What social media personality do you admire and why?
Some girls I love to follow are Adwoa Aboah for the style and female power vibes and then Loni Jane for the vegan, hippy life.
What Instagram accounts visually inspire you the most?
Veneda Budny from Copenhagen. She is mad dope.
What’s been a highlight of your career so far?
I think being able to work for myself and have my own company has been a highlight, it feels very liberating! As well as working with some incredible talent along the way.