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Roxy Summers prefers to be called Roxy Cottontail, a name she says perfectly encapsulates her love of drugs and booty. Two years ago, the New York-based DJ, party promoter, and branding genius began making her own tunes. The pursuit has both widened her profile in the dance world, attracting well-known collaborators such as Armand Van Helden and Junior Sanchez, and added stamps to her passport.
But one place she returns to with increasing regularity is Miami, and between working with SMAC Entertainment and the Money $hot/One More Day crew, she gets to experience downtown and South Beach nightlife. While the two camps of promoters knew about each other, it was Cottontail who introduced them all at last year's WMC, a meeting that has proven cooperative year-round as they work together to cross-pollinate Beach and mainland crowds. Sometimes it takes an outside eye to make those crucial connections.
This is something Cottontail has proved quite astute at doing, whether bringing Texas-style chopped and screwed sounds to New York lounges, or musically providing her own missing link for the Plasmatic's late Wendy O. Williams, Peaches, and another hot Rox — rapper Roxanne Shante.
Cottontail's creative thinking with One More Day's Jake Jefferson extends from throwing parties to fleshing out original songs ("We always work together on music when I'm in Miami," she says). Jefferson tweaked the "Like a Virgin" beat for her to freak on Blonde Ambition, her new mixtape with Philly DJ sensation Low B that features other Madonna sampladelics, Gwen Stefani remixes, and even a little Samantha Fox.
Cottontail and Jefferson also recently immortalized another (occasional) blonde with the heady "Kate Moss" (sample lyric: "The whitest girl with the heaviest weight/We call her Katie Moss when we scrape the plate...."). The song has logged a handful of clever remixes and more than a quarter of a million plays on Cottontail's MySpace page.
"I've been obsessed with [Kate Moss] as a fashion icon since I was in high school or maybe right before, and I've always respected her whole hustle. She can make drugs look really cool, and no one gives a fuck," she laughs. "And I have a little thing with drugs as well, so I thought it was a good parody; it's kind of like I was rapping like I thought I was doing coke with her and, like, waking up in a limousine and finding out it's not all real."