Ten years ago Colette began following a dream. Like many ambitious artists with raw talent she wanted to be a singer in a band. Using stellar marketing—OM Records and her posh Web site—she has been able to create it, as a handful of the DJ’s 2007 appearances featured her singing in her own band. From crowd reaction alone, offering an amalgam of analog and digital fusion under a techno-lit tent has not turned the jamming heads away.
“[The band] are production partners of mine and having the chance to play with them live has been incredible,” says Colette. “The response was great, so we are doing a bigger tour this summer.”
While her career as a performing artist continues to be multidimensional, her dream is multifaceted. There is more to Colette than wanting to sing in a band and be a DJ. Back in high school she remembers volunteering and working soup kitchens. She hasn’t really stopped in her efforts. Like her singing, she is giving it back at a higher level. Along with many close industry friends, Colette has consistently participated in and donated to shows that benefit various charities.
It began with some friends she will be joining on the decks this weekend. Super-troupe Super Jane was invited to perform at a Styleworks event years ago, where Colette was introduced to just how much a charity could accomplish. From breast cancer to children in Africa orphaned by AIDS, Colette and many industry friends have donated where they can, when they can.
“I did a fundraiser last month in LA with Nextaid (nextaid.org). Being able to help out is extremely gratifying,” Colette says. “It’s rewarding when you can put on an event that entertains and educates, while also raising money for a good cause.”
Having a reunion with Dayhota at Smart Bar, Colette is still the girl who had a dream to sing in a band, and give something back with her gift. “I’ve been very blessed through music and try to give back whenever possible,” she says. (Anthony Regan)
Colette joins Dayhota and Fortune at Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0337, on January 26, 10pm-5am. $10.