Indio native Noemi Rodriguez, 26, is also known as DJ Sugarfree. A few weeks ago, she spun a guest set at Clinic Bar, 188 S. Indian Canyon Drive—and was so impressive that this Saturday, June 29, she’s returning to Clinic to turn in a five-hour set EDM set. Admission to Clinic is free; for more information on the bar, visit www.facebook.com/ClinicBarPalmSprings. For more on DJ Sugarfree (fun fact—she is also a part-time sign-spinner), peruse her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/9Sugarfree9.
What was the first concert you attended?
*NSYNC. My favorite boy band as a kid. Ha!
What was the first album you owned?
The first album I ever owned was probably one of my favorite Mexican pop bands.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I listen to all kinds of bands and artists; I’m very open-minded about music, but some of my favorite artists right now: Best Coast, Tame Impala, Markus Schulz, W&W, Andrew Rayel, Suarez, Interpol, The Neighbourhood, and Tegan and Sara.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I really don’t know why all kinds of people are obsessed with “twerking” music right now; it’s just not my cup of tea. Sure, I like some songs, but I cannot listen to that stuff for more than 10 minutes straight.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I’ve been dying to see Tegan and Sara live. I totally missed them at Coachella fest this year.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Indian music. There’s just something so captivating and special about that kind of music. Even though I don’t understand the words, the music is awesome.
What’s your favorite music venue?
Right now, my favorite music venue is the Yost Theater (in Santa Ana). They always have the best DJs perform there! They have amazing sound and lighting! I go there as much as I can.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
The one song lyric that is always stuck in my head is in Spanish: “Tengo que reconocer nunca va a cambiar la sensacion del dolor cuando me acuerdo.” It’s a song (“Stacy”) by a band called Suarez. The lyric in English would be: “I have to recognize that this painful sensation will never change every time I remember.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
My favorite band for a while was Interpol. When my mom died about 9 years ago, I would listen to their album Turn on the Bright Lights every day. It got me through the pain I was feeling, and it really helped me a lot. That band will always be special to me, but an artist who really changed my life was DJ Tiesto. He inspired me to become a great DJ and play like my heart is telling a story.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
If I could ask any artist a question, it would be: If you never get married and stay single until the day you die, would you still be happy just knowing that you made so many people happy with your music? I would definitely ask DJ Tiesto that.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“The Funeral” by Band of Horses.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Elements of Life by Tiesto and Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol. I couldn’t just choose one.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Everyone should be listening to “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood. Such a lovely tune! (Scroll down to hear it.)