Photograph courtesy of Karim Olen Ash

Plus, her best after-party beauty tip.

A DJ and producer with a killer sense of style, Karim Olen Ash is a Canadian rising star who should definitely be on your radar. Here, the multi-hyphenate shares his playlist for Pride and his other top tips for getting the most out of the month.

What was your most memorable Pride experience?

In 2019, I was DJing at Electric Island during Pride and I had one of those realizations where I was like, ‘Wow, I’m an artist.’ I could also just feel the love in the crowd. Seeing straight and gay people all there for the music and dancing together was wonderful.

Photograph courtesy of Karim Olen Ash

I don’t really have a specific outfit, but I like to switch genders and wear clothes that make me feel powerful and elegant. My basics are a nice pair of sunglasses, big sneakers and a hat to protect me from the sun.

Beauty tips for the morning after a night out?

Hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water, not just after you get home, but also overnight and the next day. And wear sunscreen. I can’t stress enough how it changed my skin.

What differentiates a good DJ from a great DJ?

Have a unique perspective and confidence. I’ve been DJing for about 10 years, and enjoy voices that have never been heard or put on a platform before, including a lot of female, queer, and BIPOC artists who haven’t been able to play on more big scenes.

Karim Olen Ash is the DJ for a Halloween event
Photograph courtesy of Karim Olen Ash

What does pride mean to you?

It’s really about being myself unapologetically and embracing the community. But it’s also important to remember all the sacrifices and hardships we’ve gone through to get to where we are today and push for an even better tomorrow.

What are the five songs on your Pride 2022 playlist?

“The Boss” by Diana Ross
“The Ha Dance” by Masters at Work
“C*nty” by Kevin Aviance
“Music is the answer” by Celeda and Danny Tenaglia
“Fly Life” by Basement Jaxx

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