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Jena Nixon

Gold Noise DJs

This fall, we’re celebrating your inner rockstar, so when we met DJ Jena Nixon we had to shine our spotlight on this local music maker. Jena has been playing tunes and making people bust a move for 10 years, and channeled her edgy charm into her own DJ Company, Gold Noise. Gold Noise is all about curating the perfect playlist for weddings and events, and spinning tracks that are universally likable but still have some edge—and never ever giving into the cheesy cliches. Catch Jena playing tracks at all the Chicago hot spots like Soho House, Pump Room and The Bedford. You can even cycle to her beats at the Chicago Athletic Clubs during her Live DJ Spin program. And when it comes to Jena’s sartorial spirit, we can only think of a common phrase that goes something like this: Money can buy you all the fashion in the world, but it can’t buy you style.

We challenge Jena to a classic game of “Name That Tune”—with a twist! Watch below to see who has the music chops to take home the grand prize.


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Jena’s style on and off the decks pay homage to ethereal synths and spirited pop. That’s why her ultimate fall inspiration is now-defunct husband-wife duo, Handsome Furs. “They’re a little heroin-chic and embody that perfectly undone look of rock and roll,” Jena say, “And they make you want to sing your heart out and dance your ass off.” We asked Jena to map out a mood board inspired by the rogue couple. We’re getting a little under the influence with these rocker-approved picks.>>

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Get The Look: A. MILK MAKEUP TATTOO STAMP: It’s the rocker look without the commitment. // B. ANYA HINDMARCH CRISP PACKET II CLUTCH: The Handsome Furs first album was in homage to Russian nightlife—this mirrored clutch captures the drama. // C. MAC LIPSTICK in INTENSE REDDISH-PURPLE // D. URBANCODE FAUX GRIZZLY FUR JACKET // E. IRIG KEYS: “They’re all about the synth. This MIDI USB controller paired with SampleTank is great fun,” says Jena // F. JONATHAN ADLER PILL CARAFE // G. ORIBE MATTE WAVES TEXTURE LOTION: Maxine Salon’s Dani Hauflaire swears by this product for that perfectly undone Debbie Harry Matte Texture; Available at Maxine Salon, 712 N. Rush St. // H. WORLD FAMOUS WHATEVER CHENILLE PATCH 

Want more music inspiration? Visit GoldNoiseDJs.com
And want more Rock and Roll Fall Fun? See the G&F Mini Fall Issue.

TEXT BY ALAINA AFRICANO
PHOTO BY TIM MUSHO