Every weekend, for 11 months out of the year, Colette Marino—who’s known simply as DJ Colette on the club circuit—zigzags across the U.S. with crates of albums. She entertains throbbing crowds of 2,000 with early house music. Then she zips back to Los Angeles to see her husband, the actor Thomas Ian Nicholas.
But Marino, who met her first DJ in eighth grade at Pritzker Elementary in Wicker Park, isn’t content, like most, to stay penned up in a booth. For more than a decade, she has been singing over dance tracks—a move that’s unusual enough on the club scene. But this year, she stepped outside the glass and started performing songs with a live band and, in doing so, began staking territory closer to pop. Her new record, called Push (Om Records), comes stocked with hard beats, glossy effects, savvy hooks, and her silky voice—which sounds like Debbie Harry in her prime.
Photograph: Katrina Wittkamp