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Roxy Summers prefers to be called Roxy Cottontail, a name that she says perfectly encapsulates her love of drugs and booty. Two years ago, the New York-based DJ/party promoter and branding genius started making her own tunes. The pursuit has both widened her profile to the dance world, attracting well-known collaborators like Armand Van Helden and Junior Sanchez, and added actual stamps to her passport.
But one place she returns to with increasing regularity is Miami. Between working with SMAC Entertainment and the Money $hot/One More Day crew, she gets to experience both 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 Winter Music Conference, a meeting that has proven cooperative year-round as they continued to work together to cross-pollinate beach and mainland crowds. Sometimes it takes an outside eye to make those crucial connections.
It's something that Cottontail has proved quite astute at, whether bringing Texas-style chopped and screwed sounds to New York lounges or musically providing her own missing link between 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, featuring other Madonna sampladelics, Gwen Stefani remixes, and even a little Samantha Fox.
Cottontail and Jefferson 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 adds with a laugh: "She can make drugs look really cool, and no one gives a fuck. 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."