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interview: spinnin' around with model eva shaw aka dj bambi

Edited by: Lester Brathwaite
on January 9th, 2012
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Canuck catwalker Eva Shaw (Ford) was, as she puts it, “ambushed” by strange man when she was thirteen. But before you start worrying about the direction of this story, it ends pretty well. Despite dismissing him as a “freak,” Eva told her mom about the man (like all good girls should) who turned out to be an agent from Elite Models. Okay, sometimes it pays to talk to strangers -- though we’re not necessarily advocating it. Today, when she’s not shooting editorials from Paris to Morocco, Eva is spinning electro beats and moving electro feets as DJ Bambi. We caught up with Eva to discuss music and modeling and the origins of Bambi.

 

What magazines have you shot for?

I’ve done Cosmopolitan, GQ, Elle Taiwain, Glamour, Purple…

 

I love Purple. Though it mostly seems to be topless girls. But fashion’s really gearing towards a lot of nudity  – in advertising, editorials, even on the runway.

Yeah, I actually noticed that. I was doing a show for Michael Kors and my breast was coming out, and I asked him, “Can we put tape on it?” And he was like, “No, are you kidding me? It makes the garment look wrinkly!” [Laughs]

 

How do you feel about nudity?

Looking at it, I think that it can be really beautiful if you have a really good photographer. There’s sort of a fine line, though.. You never know if the photographer is getting some weird sort of angle and something that doesn’t look “classy” until they publish it. Personally, I probably wouldn’t do it if it weren’t for like Italian Vogue or something.

 

Naturally. Who are your favorite designers to wear?

Chanel has always been a favorite of mine. Just the quality is so amazing. You’re really paying for what you’re getting. I like Stella McCartney—which happens to be the bag I have on right now. [Laughs] The cut is really good on her jackets too.

 

How would you describe your personal style?

I change depending on what I’m doing. Sometimes when I’m deejaying I’ll just wear a baseball cap and combat boots. I’m kind of a tomboy, but I also like dresses and heels—the bigger the better. [Laughs]

 

That’s how I feel. So, how did you come up with your DJ name?

Actually, I used to DJ with my boyfriend as a duo, and when I came to New York I was trying to think of a name for myself. I didn’t want to use my regular model name, so my friend said, “You should be DJ Bambi because you look like Bambi -- all bewildered and skinny.”

 

What kind of music do you spin?

Electro house, progressive house...

 

What are you listening to right now?

You probably won’t even know them. I really like crazy electro stuff. I like a lot of Mark Knight. He always has really awesome productions. Funkagenda’s pretty great, Adam K. from Toronto, I love his productions. I like David Guetta [he] came out with two albums. One of them is really commercial, but his other album is more for DJs. It’s sort of harder electronic music. I really like Bassjackers right now. Alesso, Nicky Romero, Tim Berg and Zedd are new artists around my age Ireally  respect. There’s so many, I could go on for days!

 

What are your top 5 songs right now?

Nicky Romero - Toulouse, Michael Calfan - Resurrection, Felguk - Jack It, Avicii - Fade into Darkness (Albin Myers Remix) and Swedish House Mafia - Antidote (Instrumental Mix)

 

Between modeling and DJing, do you prefer one or the other?

Don’t’ tell Ford, but… [Laughs] I love modeling and a good shoot. It’s a really great job and not a lot of people can make a living out of it, so I feel really, really lucky. Deejaying is just more exhilarating, playing in front of tons of people -- you just don’t get the same gratification from modeling. You can make a beautiful picture and [make] photographers happy and the clients happy, but it’s not the same as people just screaming out of their minds.

 

What’s been your favorite DJ gig so far?

I played at Santo’s Party House on the weekend, and that place has such good energy. I got on probably at 3 a.m., and I’ve never seen such crazy people before. Also, in Toronto I played at CiRCA, which was really unbelievable, like 4,000 people. It’s closed down now, unfortunately. Hopefully I’ll be able to do Government in Toronto soon. In New York I love Provocateur, I play there a lot with some really great DJs. This weekend I’m playing at Haze in Las Vegas, which is pretty exciting. That’s probably going to be up there too.

 

You must travel a lot between modeling and deejaying. What’s been your favorite place so far?

Definitely Morocco. It was one of the more interesting places because I’d never seen anything like it. We shot in a desert. It was so beautiful. There was nothing around, just sand for as far as you could see. Honestly, New York is one of my favorite cities. There’s so much energy here and so many artistic people. I’m always meeting really, really talented people in whatever industry. I feel like the most talented people in the world come here -- sometimes weirdos too, but you have to be weird to create, right?

 

Exactly, that's my personal mantra. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I just started music production, so hopefully in four to five years I’ll have some of my own music out. I’ve started doing edits of other people’s stuff -- it’s a start. I have a lot of friends who are amazing producers, so hopefully they’ll help me and collaborate with me. Definitely production, hopefully I’ll continue deejaying and modeling. I hope I can be one of those models in their 40s and 50s who are still rocking out!

Follow Eva on Twitter! -- @DJBambi

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