By Jessica Glick
I got off the subway at City Hall. I sat down on a nearby bench, closed my eyes, and let the sun warm me as I waited for her. It was one of the warmer days of winter and I felt myself falling back in love with the city. She arrived with a smile on her face; the only way I’ve ever known her. We met a few years earlier through a mutual friend and instantly connected.
Music found her at a young age and formed her eclectic taste. With Haitian roots, she often calls upon her ancestors when DJing. She mixes Afro-tech, house, and other diasporic sounds during her sets. As a resident New Yorker, she has spun records throughout the city, and DJ’s nationally as well. She annually brings a piece of her hometown to Florida with Brooklyn Mecca during the Miami Winter Music Conference.
Expanding on her interest, she has become the brand-marketing director for Ocha Records. A label that attempts to release music with spirit and soul, like their name (short for Orisha, meaning spirit or deity in the Yoruba religion of Ifa) would suggest.
With her worldly musical taste, she considers herself apart of a global scene more so than any specific group. Although she does identify as part of the house movement, she doesn’t distinguish herself amongst its growing subcultures…
…we rose from the bench and headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Easily gliding through the tourists, it was our first stop on a walk through the diverse city we both call home…
Jessica Glick is a photographer, writer, and music lover. She developed an interest in photography while working at various Lower East Side music venues. Jessica started photographing local musician and has now expanded her work to include fine art and fashion. In addition to photography, Jessica has been writing since she was a child. Attempting to combine her writings with her photo work, she created an ongoing portrait/story series called VAGABOND.