We had the good fortune of connecting with Senaida Ng and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi SENAIDA, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think success is defined differently for everybody and for a long time, my definition of success was feeling confident and proud of the work that I was creating and putting out into the world. I always believe that at the end of the day, passion/drive and hard work can make any dream a reality. Many great artists and innovators were told that what they were doing was ‘useless’ or ‘impossible’ and yet they persisted, which is what makes them so great. I strive to do the same in my own work and brand, defying what we think is impossible, or has yet to be imagined, and using it to create a better, more equitable future. Oftentimes, I think about how far we as a human civilization has come. When we are born, we are not capable of doing very much. We’re extremely dependent and fragile creatures, but through our environments, our experiences and our understanding of the universe, we can achieve so much more than what we were intended for.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I often say that my artistic medium is life itself. There are so many ways in which we can live life beautifully, by perceiving, learning and capturing the essences of moments and ideas that we come across. That is what I strive to do as an artist. I began my journey as a classical concert pianist, training rigorously for hours every day, and those early years taught me that hard work, discipline and practice are truly the key to unlocking mastery. There was no other feeling such as when you are able to master a composition, and then express your own emotions through the power of music alone. I had a gift to convey the essence of the music through me: I am the instrument. I see djing as an extension of this practice of expressing the essence of a moment, an experience, an atmosphere, in which a collective group of people are synchronously and deliberately gathering to celebrate life. There is something so sacred about the ritual of clubbing, and I find myself acting as a shaman behind the decks as I heal myself, and help others heal, through music. It took me a long time to get to a place where I was able to trust myself with this power, because I often overthink situations and aren’t able to fully accept what is the truth.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are literally too many places to visit in NYC, and although I’ve lived here for almost four years now and have been to a decent number of spots, I still find myself discovering new places and sights to see every single day. It’s one of the most exciting things about living in this city, and why so many artists move here…to be inspired. First off, if I wasn’t hosting a party myself that weekend, then I would take them to pregame at XPIZZA, my favorite pizza joint in the city because they have DJs spinning seven nights a week and the owners are very cool people. After everybody is filled with pizza, had a drink and has gotten warmed up, we’d go to my favorite techno club: Basement. The dress-code is all-black and throw in a bit of leather, fishnets or chains if you’d like. We’d dance until 6am, when they close, and hit an afterparty in Bushwick after stopping for some morning tacos. I would also take them to the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, which hosts a stunning Lightscape show in November/December. I’d also take them to the Queen’s Night Market, the largest international open-air food market in the world, and take a palette tour around the world. Then, we would sit by the pier under the Williamsburg Bridge and smoke a joint while taking in the view.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of the most influential mentors in my life has been Justin ‘jb’ Bolognino, the founder of Meta & Unreality. When I first started working with jb, I didn’t even know what experiential art meant. He has been an incredibly inspiring innovator and thought leader, who lives through his teachings and wisdom. It is rare to meet an artist who has such a strong sense of reality, while still being extremely humble in their words. jb has taught me so much of what I know as the principles of immersive experiential design, multi-reality interactivity and what it means to be an artist-technologist. He fuses the disciplines of visual art, music, spirituality and technology in beautiful ways, while bringing together talented artists from around the world to create visionary experiences.

Website: www.senaida.ca

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senaidaxoxo/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/senaida-ng/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SENAIDA/

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