Press Play: Gonnie
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Hailing from Toronto, Gonnie Garko is one of the most promising emerging DJs on the scene with co-signs from OVO, and appearances on top-line bills. Her carefully curated, genre-diverse mixes are setting her apart and no doubt contributing to her rise to the top. Gonnie is not only establishing herself as an exceptional DJ, but as a highly sought after model as well. You might’ve seen her on Drake’s Instagram in some OVO gear, or in an Off White campaign. Gonnie’s love for both music and fashion has resulted in her merging the two; DJing exclusive events & collaborating with high-profile brands such as Fendi, OVO, Canada Goose, Jordan Brand, Vogue + more. Gonnie continues to solidify herself in the industry proving to be a force to be reckoned with & shows no signs of slowing down.

What role does music play in your life?

Music plays the largest role of any art form in my life. It’s something I can always depend on. It gives me faith.

What is your first music memory?

I’m sure I knew music before this, but one of my youngest memories is dancing to I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett, and These Boots Were Made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra with my aunt, she knew the words, I didn’t but I became obsessed with these songs later on.

What is your absolute favorite song?

This has always been the hardest question personally, but an all time favorite is Saturday Love by Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal.

What is the inspiration behind the playlist you created? Why did you choose these songs?

I just bought my first pair of turntables and I want to teach myself to DJ on vinyl. I think in doing this I can translate much more confidence and respect to the craft. I chose these songs because lately I’ve been obsessed with disco and funk. I think that era is insane, these songs can be emotional, sexual, they were also literally songs gangsters were listening to. Amazing reach.

When would you listen to a playlist like the one you created?

Any time of the day. It’s just such feel good music. It’s great to wake up to, great in the car with the windows down, it’s great before, during and after the party.


African Dialects – Peter King

Onda – Cassiano

Estrelar – Marcos Valle

Music – One Way and Al Hudson

Haven’t You hear – Patrice Rushen

Outstanding – The Gap Band

I’m Caught up (In a One Night Love Affair) – Inner Life

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The S.O.S Band

More Than A Woman – Bee Gees

I Feel Love – Donna Summer