About the founder:
Linda Mora Curtis aka DJ Leenda Karina, is a 60s pop historian and enthusiast, as well as a record DJ and collector. Hailing from California, she studied at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) where she undertook extensive MA research exploring the visual representation of the 1960s French yé-yé girl, which included extensive analysis of EP picture sleeves, alongside a provocative interview with the mysterious underground yé-yé singer, Zouzou. She also has written for magazines Shindig and London’s premiere reissue record label, Ace Records. Read more about her in this Record Collector article:
Prior to moving to London in 2013 she was a Los Angeles based record DJ. Teenacide Records Jim Freek writes ‘Inspired by her deejay experience at the Andy Warhol Retrospective at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in 2000, Leenda Karina and her collection of international 1960s beat, psych and garage rock 45s have made the rounds at some of San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco's most notorious dives and watering holes, including L.A.'s very own Beauty Bar, Footsies, Bigfoot Lodge, Little Joy, and the Standard Downtown. In between, she also found time to develop and promote two clubs of her own: Club Love-Maker and Lovebuzz, both with featured Technicoloured go-go girls and similarly-styled Sixties décor.’
Here in London, as part of the Sixties Snapshot event put on by the Royal Academy, to commemorate ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’ in 2o14, Linda was relied upon to curate the soundtrack for the evening, spinning all original vinyl celebrating the 1960s West Coast Sound.
Club Minijupe was created back in Los Angeles in 2009 to celebrate fellow female record DJs who she felt needed more exposure. Interestingly enough. the event has morphed into an event celebrating the 1960s French Yé-yé singer, who she also feels need further recognition. Club Minijupe debuted in London in 2016 and featured an impressive line-up of curated DJ sets on strictly vinyl from experts of the niche: Ace Record’s Mick Patrick, Yé-Yé Girls Of French Pop author Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe, along with Belle & Sebastian co-founder Chris Geddes and Shindig magazine’s Thomas Patterson. Expect to find out about another exciting night club event in the latter part of 2019!
London College of Fashion & the MA Collaborative Unit Collaboration:
Finally,in conjunction with the MA Collaborative Unit at London college of Fashion, and acting as an industry partner & creative director, Linda is planning an upcoming curated exhibition all about 1960’s Yé-yé . In the meantime they have collaborated to create an exhibit at London College of Fashion’s vitrine as part of the Fashion Space Gallery, which can be viewed from now until the 6th of June 2019. If you are a University of the Arts student or staff be sure to check it out! Read more about it here:
Linda is always keen to take on freelance record DJ and writing projects as well as providing guidance on vintage creative direction. Contact her here: