I made a mixtape of the ‘An Evening Oprah’ Tour.
Thank you Thump for saying it’s “banger after banger.”
You can find the mix here.
And here’s the full interview with Thump’s Editor, Issy Beech.
What was it like DJing for Oprah?
More than my dreams come true.
From being glued to the tele, watching Oprah as a kid, then to fast forward fifteen years later and see Oprah in the flesh, dancing and twirling and asking for the volume to be turned up on choice cuts had me saying to myself, “Is this for real?! Is this really happening right now?! Cause I’m about to lose my marbles. Scream joy on the inside, Fo-Fo.”
Then to play a broad range of party songs and anthems to thousands of joyous Oprah fans while also giving Oprah the best possible lead-in – it was so humbling and such a privilege.
What is she like in person?
Graceful and full of love. When you’re in her orbit she gives you her full attention. And she gives the best cuddles.
Did you get an idea of her favourite song or genre or anything?
Personally, based on the time Oprah was born and the guests she’s had on the show, I knew Oprah particularly liked Motown.
I researched Oprah and found out that Paul Simon’s Graceland is one of her favourite albums.
Oprah loves Adele’s 25, particularly the song, “Send My Love To Your New Lover” so that got played in every city.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Higher Ground” are songs that Oprah personally chose for the show. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was played right before Oprah hit the stage.
And Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” was Oprah’s entrance song. It’s what Oprah is all about. “Going to keep on trying, until I reach my highest ground.”
And what are her fan base or VIP fans like?
Put up to 15,000 people, dressed to the nines in an arena anticipating seeing Oprah for the first time – or for some, the 7th or 17th time – the excitement is palpable.
Her VIP session was with fans who came in early to have a personal Q&A, take photos with her and sit up close to the stage for the show. They reminded me of how influential she’s been over decades – some of the fans opened up to Oprah to thank her for helping them overcome enormous personal struggles. It got emotional.
One cool moment – a man proposed to his girlfriend at the end of the Auckland show.
Big love to Issy at Thump, Josh at Vice, the Harpo Famly, Dainty Group, IMC, P-Money for his NZ intel, Nina Las Vegas for her ableton hot tip, KLP for her sister “rising tide” vibes and Caro Meldrum-Hanna for her awesomeness and filming the Oprah party in Sydney.