NATALIE ELIZABETH WEISS
Composer, DJ, Performing Artist
NATALIE ELIZABETH WEISS creates narrative-driven electro-acoustic compositions that are performed in a wide variety of contexts. A multi-instrumentalist and electronics fanatic, Natalie honed her melodic ear during a Composition Fellowship with the Brooklyn Philharmonic where she was mentored by Randall Woolf and with private gamelan instruction in Indonesia. Natalie’s work has been presented at Carnegie Hall, PS1: MoMA, The Munch Museum (Oslo), New York Theater Workshop, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub and the Performa Biennial. Projects include collaborations with Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), Ches Smith, Jeremiah Cymerman, Joshua Rubin, Conrad Winslow, Shelley Burgon, Ann Magnusun, choreographer Celia-Rowson Hall, costume designer Machine Dazzle, as well as members of Wooster Group and Fischerspooner. The Off-Broadway run of her musical CAMP WANATACHI at La MaMa ETC was heralded as “hilariously subversive” (NY Magazine) and “uplifting and endlessly impressive” (The Advocate). This collaboration with beat-maker Machinedrum (Ninjatune) and screenwriter Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us) starred Natalie alongside a cast of Broadway veterans.
As a DJ, Natalie’s joyful style and dance-starting energy has lit up dance floors across the US, South America, Europe and Asia. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, TimeOut NY, the New Yorker, VICE and other media outlets worldwide. Equally at home on vinyl and digital DJ controllers, Natalie hosts a monthly radio program on Soho Radio London where she mixes electronic, multicultural, experimental, and contemporary classical music live from a booth in Rockefeller Center. Her mixes have also been heard on The Lot Radio, ARD German Radio, Radio France International, BBC Radio and NPR. Celebrity clients include Scarlett Johansson, Ellen Degeneres, Claire Danes, Stella McCartney and Savanna Guthrie. She has shared bills with members of LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips, Questlove, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dirty Projectors, Milky Chance and Maria Chavez. Stand out DJ sets include PS1: WARM UP, BAM, New York Fashion Week, The Ace Hotel (Los Angeles and Chicago), Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl. Corporate clients include Lululemon, Uber, Lyft, Sesame Workshop, Spotify, The Central Park Zoo, The New York Rangers, and ASCAP.
Passionate about education, Natalie is the founder of Baby DJ School, a program that teaches infants and toddlers to DJ in order to accelerate their cognitive development. Research based and pediatric neurologist recommended, Baby DJ School has been described as “an exciting new musical landscape” (TIME Magazine) and “really creative and fun” (Good Morning America). As an educator she has lectured MFA students at NYU and lead two experimental composition classes that were both featured in The New York Times.