Slovenian-born DJ and fashion consultant Yasmina Dexter lives in London and has DJ'd globally at events for designers including Louis Vuitton, Agent Provocateur and Vivienne Westwood. A longtime soundtrack collaborator with Preen, as Pandora's Jukebox she creates a moody, aural orgy somewhere between the electronic, industrial, techno and dreamlike; twisting outsider music's arm to give it the bravado of futurist RnB. Dazed caught up with Dexter backstage at Preen to ask how she realises that perfect soundtrack.
I always like to go to the opposite of the clothes, to add another perspective. For this set there's classical music but with fragments of pop in it, which all gives it another dimension – so it's not literal
"At the beginning they [Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi] explained to me that it was all about collecting and abstract expressionism," says Dexter. "I always like to go to the opposite of the clothes, to add another perspective. For this set there's classical music but with fragments of pop in it, which all gives it another dimension – so it's not literal. We usually do three main songs but also a lot of layering and cutting of things that aren't appropriate, so that we end up making our own, unique composition. Sometimes there can be five things layered at once because we add enhances and reverbs".
"There has to be a little storytelling too, not just random sounds, so that at the end it all makes sense and moves into some kind of crescendo-like conclusion. It needs to be modern but still nostalgic, humorous and slightly intelligent. It's really hard to describe it with words, you'd need to hear it. Which is why you're streaming it. It needs to be hot, it needs to affect you; give you goosebumps. Hopefully that's what I've achieved."
Preen Womenswear A/W12 Tracklist:
Emptyset – Void
The Jam – The Butterfly Collector
PTP – Rubber Glove Seduction
Mandy Smith – I Just Can't Wait (Segment)
Pergolesi – Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Aphex Twin – Ptolemy