DJ Crush Sahara Wears His Heart on His Sleeve


Crush Sahara

Crush Sahara, photographed by Hop Nguyen.

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists from Liana Flores, SISSY MISFIT, and Genesys. This week’s guest is the downtown DJ Crush Sahara, who you can find spinning anywhere from mysterious crypto parties to packed-out sceney club nights to chess fétes overlooking the Hudson. For Interview, though, he swapped his usual dance-heavy sound for something a little steamier: “skyline-kissed seduction,” which is to say, this playlist’s sweaty sultriness will make you want to lock lips with a summer ting on a rooftop—maybe even at the party series that Crush is debuting around the city soon. Before throwing down, he took the time to answer our questionnaire, dishing on his dream B2B and the drink of the summer (spoiler alert: it’s vodka).


Where do you dance? Above reality, below imagination.

Headphones of choice? AIAIAI.

What’s on your bedroom playlist? Hot Boys.

Who do you trust most with the aux? Hamilton.

What song do you have on repeat? “Meet the Devil” – Lolina

What’s a music taste red flag? Whatever waves in wind.

You just got to the party, what drink are you ordering? Ketel martini with a twist.

Name your favorite artist no one knows about: angelsdontplayharps/worldstar.

What’s your DJing pet peeve? Emotional dissonance.

Best venue in NYC? Carnegie Hall.

Where do you find new music? Where it’s not the protagonist.

What’s your dream B2B? Victoria Beckham.

Where’s the afters? Who’s asking?

Who’s the best dancer you know? Rishika Seval.

What does your notes app look like? Hard Rock memorabilia.

The world is ending, what are you wearing? Heart on sleeve.