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Introducing: The Jane Doze

If you’ve recently danced your way through an amazing mash-up, then you’re probably familiar with the Jane Doze, the DJ duo behind some of the best EDM remixes we’ve heard in ages. Just a few years ago, twenty-somethings Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel were both slaving at nine-to-fives in the music industry when they discovered a mutual love for dance jams—and soon enough they were balancing their day jobs with late night DJ gigs at clubs across the country. Last year, after deciding to devote themselves to music fulltime, the ladies performed over 100 shows in 35 cities and have been written about everywhere from Vogue to Vibe. We caught them just they embarked on another tour to chat about day jobs, dance moves, and their go-to beauty tools on stage. They also curated a playlist of their favorite dancing staples for us.

According to our calculations, you two spend almost a third of the year onstage. What do you listen to when you need a break from EDM?

Claire: Everything—J. Cole, James Vincent McMorrow, Tove Lo, Rascal Flatts.
Jen: Betty Who, Tove Lo, Robyn, Lissie, Haim, and Blood Orange.

Is there a song or album you think people would be surprised to learn that you love?

C: Jay-Z "Lucifer" or Kanye's "Gone"—I'm a hip-hop head.
J: "Suspension" by Mae. It reminds me of 2006—going to Warped Tour and listening to pop punk/emo.

What are your signature dance moves?

C: The toe tap.
J: The headstand twerk.

You both worked fulltime jobs before transitioning to DJ-ing. Is there anything you miss about cubicle life? And what do you miss the least?

C: I worked at a music management company and we shared an office with another well-known one. Artists were always coming in and out to use the studio and it was always exciting to see who came in. The thing I miss the least—not being my own boss.
J: I was at a major label. Sometimes I miss the structure—just knowing where I’d be or what I’d be doing Monday through Friday. Now there really is no “typical day.” Some days we’re on the road, other days we’re in the studio. The thing I miss the least is playing a late show in another city and having to fly back super early to make it into the office at 9 a.m. I called it the “Wonder Woman” lifestyle—but it sounded a lot more glamorous than it was.

What's the best part about collaborating?

C: We bring different skills and tastes to the table. Also, it's great to have a second opinion.
J: I second what Claire said, but we also agree that we wouldn’t necessarily have picked this path if we weren’t part of a duo, in that it can be very lonely. You’re on the road a lot, so it’s nice to have someone to travel with and go through these experiences with.

Speaking of traveling for shows, what is your dream venue (real or imagined)?

C: Sahara Tent at Coachella. Very real.
J: Amen to what Claire said.

How do your beauty looks differ on- and offstage?

C: I always do the cat-eye with gel eyeliner. It's my signature, on- and offstage. On-stage, I usually add red lipstick and throw my hair up (it gets hot fast)!
J: We both usually do a brighter lip color or something that pops on stage but keep it more neutral when we’re just hanging out.

Which products are you loving these days?

C: MAC Blacktrack is my favorite eyeliner; Benefit Badgal Lash is my favorite mascara.
J: I swear by Blacktrack as well. I love Benefit Erase Paste, which is great for covering up dark undereye circles, which happens when we play late night sets. I also love Oribe hair products.

Lastly, if you were a nail polish color, what would your name be?

C: Toe Tappin' Taupe
J: Crowdsurfin’ Cobalt

Click here to stream the Jane Doze-curated playlist on Songza!.

Photo: Robin Roemer

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