New Face, Fresh Style: The Identical Twin DJs Who Turned a Hobby Into a Career With Style

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Angel+Dren perform at the Essence & Toyota Future 15 Event at Root NYC on June 22, 2017 in New York City.

26-year-old identical twin DJ’s, Angel & Dren, have spun their way to New York City’s hottest soirees. From becoming the official mix-masters for Nike to performing at New York Women’s Fashion Week and serving up beats at 2 Chainz’s pop-up shop in Soho last month, the twins have become two familiar faces within the New York nightlife and fashion scene.

 

What started as a hobby for the Bronx natives turned into a full-time livelihood for the duo. “Our house was always filled with music, and the Bronx was always blasting music,” Angel told Billboard. “Later on, when we finally got equipment, DJ’ing clicked instantly.” Their talents have taken them worldwide, where they have performed their high energy set in Haiti for the DVF Awards and even Antigua to DJ an event hosted on an oil rig. While they're not jet-setting to international destinations or playing at major music festivals like the Governors Ball or Coachella's Moschino party, the twins keep things local by performing at New York's most exclusive night clubs. 

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Describing their style as “bad gyal chic,” the duo has been recognized for their aesthetic both on set and on the street. Often sporting designer mainstays like Public School and Balenciaga, the sisters share a similar taste in apparel, but they “wear the same [pieces] often and style it differently,” Angel says. The twins draw inspiration from fashion icon and Fenty designer, Rihanna, and also are inspired by “traveling, meeting people and shopping at new places,” Angel says.

When asked about advice for any young artists that are trying to make it in New York nightlife, performing at the city's best music venues while simultaneously on the up-and-up in fashion, Angel says, “I would just remind young artists to be themselves and have fun.  Do the most, take risks and play around -- That’s what keeps fashions and music interesting,” she expresses. “Just make sure you’re always comfortable. If you’re not, it will show.  I feel like it’s important to know that your voice, sonically and stylistically, is your biggest asset and what makes you, you.  Don’t water that down for other people-- lead with that.”