Activities: musician, writer and environmental campaigner
Legal name: Noëmie Vermoesen
Position: Born in Belgium, grown up in Brittany (France) and currently based in Berlin (Germany).
Positionality: Grew up able-bodied in a rural environment in a white middle-class family in France.
“i dance, it’s what i do”
Nono gets as much joy dancing to music as she does reflecting on it – either as an academic researcher, DJ, producer, promoter, radio host and zine maker.
As Nono Gigsta her DJ-sets range widely: from the very slow to the very fast, the old to the brand new, the silly to the ultra-serious and often incorporating her own collages. Nono’s show on Cashmere Radio, Fictions, gives you a feel for the breadth of her enthusiasm (recent themed shows have covered mushroom, laughter, the cosmos and bass music books). With her partner Minor Science, they have been promoting their own Fictions parties across Berlin. In the Sameheads basement, they regularly invite friends for all-night-long sweaty and bassy b2bs. Nono also joined the queer femme and non-binary forward collective Room 4 Resistance as a resident.
Nono’s reputation for playful, sometimes obscure sets has been spreading across Europe too, although her schedule is organized at train-pace. She currently travels flight-free for ethical reasons, embracing “slow gigging” instead. Nono campaigns for mobility justice alongside the Stay Grounded network. She regularly reflects on these issues via her newsletter on Substack
Alongside these essays, Nono entertains several writing practices, including zine making and academic activities. As Dr. Noëmie Vermoesen, she completed a PhD thesis in Comparative Literature analyzing and comparing Electronic Music criticism.
Nono doesn’t share any pictures of her face publicly and enjoys a somewhat abrasive relationship to social media.