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DJ Shakey, The Illustrated Interview

Jeannie Hopper sits down with Julie Covello aka DJ Shakey to talk Hobo-tech, Electro-Swing, her snowboarding beginnings, life at the living party known as Rubulad, her passion for alternative audio controllers, Ableton Live, the musician/inventor known as Moldover, the birth of the Warper Party phenomenon, her own musical productions with FreebassBK (with Aaron Goldsmith), and her 2011-12 project residency--DJ Shakey's Audio Control Adventure--at the Clocktower Gallery.

As founder of Shakey's Record Fair and The Warper Party, DJ Shakey is a leader in New York's Controllerism movement. She has performed at almost every major New York nightclub, is resident DJ for the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, and is a contributing editor of the website DJ Shakey is wholly focused on emerging talent and innovation. She won a student Academy Award for the hip hop film she wrote in the 80s, she was on the very first snowboard instruction team at Hunter Mountain, NY in the 90s, and she is currently a founder of and advocate for the "Controllerism" movement in electronic music performance. Shakey produces and hosts the Warper Party Radio Extravaganza on along with her partner Banginclude. More jellyrolls at DJ Shakey


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


DJ Culture



Warm Up


The legendary P.S.1 summer concert series known as Warm Up continues as one of New York City's most cherished summer activities. Recordings of hot DJs, independent bands, and creative musicians from 2004-08 have been collected in these archives.