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Mercedes Edison, aka Unimerce, is a British-born DJ, producer and model that currently calls Toronto her home. Formerly the official DJ for OVO’s dvsn, by night she’s commanding dancefloors in the 6 and across Europe; by day you’re most likely to catch her refining her scratching skills, in front of the camera at photo shoots or doing chin-ups like a pro at the gym.
We caught up with Edison about her lifelong love for music and personal style. She goes into her love for the 6, her earliest music memories, and her go-to song to save the dancefloor.
How would you describe your style? If you could only wear one brand for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I think I would describe my style as sexy and tomboy-ish. I like to pair oversized hoodies with over the knee boots, or baggy sweats with tiny crop tops for my shows. A brand that I love the most would have to be Supreme. They have a lot of collaborations with other brands like Stone Island, North Face to name a few – so I would still get some variety.
Who’s an unusual or surprising source of musical inspiration for you?
I don’t think I have any unusual musical inspiration but I was just listening to Yeezus a few days back and the production on the album is on another level. Kanye is so inspiring to me, always thinking outside the box — I love that about him. I listen to a lot of old music in my spare time. I’m an old soul at heart, Marvin Gaye is my favorite. I grew up listening to a lot of Santana and Latin music with my mother so that was definitely a reason why I loved music at such an early age.
What’s your go-to song to save a dance floor?
Kendrick Lamar’s “M.A.A.D City” always goes off.
How would you describe the sensation of DJing?
Well firstly I LOVE playing music loud even at home, I’m getting noise complaints all the time! So being able to play music on an amazing sound system at a club is my favorite thing. I love performing in front of big crowd and giving them a great show with a lot of energy.
What’s the best thing about Toronto?
I’m originally from England but I moved to Toronto around 2 years ago. I really love the culture here and how proud the people are to be from Toronto. It’s also such an talented city with so many aspiring artists. I think Drake had a lot of influence on the musical culture here recently so the passion for music that everyone has is incredible I love that about the city.
If you had to leave Toronto, where would you live?
1000 percent London or NYC.
If you weren’t doing what you are now, what do you think you would be doing for a living?
For sure something creative since I have an artist’s work ethic — I go to bed really late and wake up late. I could never do a 9-5.
Which emoji best represents you?
The alien emoji of course!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To just keep going even if sometimes it doesn’t make sense or your ideas just don’t work out the way you want them to. Try again, keep pushing and eventually you’ll figure it out along the way.
What skill do you possess that people wouldn’t expect from you?
Being able to DJ as a matter of fact. I don’t look like your typical DJ so people are always surprised when they hear me spin.
What could you eat every day and not get tired of?
McDonald’s! The McChicken Sandwich with cheese is to die for.
What’s your current motivational anthem?
Kanye West – Stronger
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