I met Daniela Morselli for the first time on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Tommie Sunshine was booked to spin for Neon in Montreal, and she could be found dancing by his side – looking stunning as usual – a true electro goddess. My friend Justin introduced me to her saying “she’s the coolest DJ girlfriend you will ever meet, you’ll love her.” And yes, we hit it off, played around for a little, and then I hopped off to another party only to realize I should have stayed. We have kept in touch and been girlfriends since… thanks Twitter & dirty martinis. Daniela flaunts her tiny dreamy body, while still maintaining a huge heart and irresistible wit. She is also a talented, promising artist, so it seemed only natural to feature her in time for Valentine’s day in our Rock Star Wives tribute series. Because watching her reveal her tender, true love with one of today’s best DJs makes my heart melt…
“I just came across this very intimate photo. Tommie took it with his blackberry when we were in our hotel room in Sydney. No ones every seen it. As real as it gets,” she emailed me late last night.
How can you resist this pair?
LF: How did you and Tommie meet?
DM: First time I saw him was when, unbeknown-st to him, he spilled my whiskey on me at a party. I thought he was incredibly handsome (and maybe rude for not apologizing) but I had no idea who he was. About a year later I reached out to him on myspace when I stumbled across his page via a friend.
We met on March 2, 2006 in a bar called Niagra. We were both very nervous to meet each other. He walked into the bar and just grabbed me by the back of my neck and planted a kiss on my lips. I swear, my knees buckled. We spent the rest of the night together. Sounds a little corny but really it was very cinematic.
LF: I’d imagine you’d have to be a strong and independent woman to get any man in the music industry to settle down. And you definitely strike me as both of those things.
DM: Thank you, it was never my intention to want him to settle down. I was having so much fun with him, it didn’t matter- just being able to share anything with him was just a blessing and I was beyond happy with that. In fact, when he asked me, my response was “Are you sure?” I didn’t want to hold him back within the confines of a monogamous relationship. I didn’t think it was fair to him as an artist.
LF: Have you always had a thing for musicians?
DM: No, not really. Although, more often than not they’ve seemed to have a thing for me. I grew up somewhere between CBGBs & Lincoln Center. I was always there for the music, never the musicians themselves.
LF: Do they make better lovers?
DM: The best. Absolutely.
LF: I read in an interview with Tommie regarding your relationship that “love is nothing without total honesty.” Did you learn this lesson together or is this something you taught him?
DM: He says it is something I taught him, although I feel like he has taught me this lesson as well.
LF: He also definitely referred to you as his muse. Is inspiring someone a conscious thing?
DM: I don’t think becoming or being a muse is a conscious thing. I am just being myself, at all times. I don’t know how else to be.
LF: Do you have a muse?
DM: Tommie truly inspires me. Every day. Right now, he is giving me the courage & inspiration to follow my other true passion, which is creating art.
LF: If you were interviewing Tommie, what would you ask him?
DM: What did you dream about last night?
LF: What did YOU dream about last night?
DM: I have not a clue as to what I dreamt about last night! I face planted into my pillow and was out cold. I blame the chamomille tea.
Photographed by Jason Howard:
LF: Tell us about your craziest Pacha anecdote. How do you manage to survive the nightlife jungle.
DM: Show business is always dramatic! I think more-so behind the scenes. In recent memory the funniest time has to be when a new dancer from Spain, who was not shy about walking around the dressing room stark naked, startled the promoter who walked in, unannounced. She just faced him, threw her arms in the air, posed, and said “WELCOME TO PACHA!” He turned the color of a beet, and ran out the door yelling, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” We didn’t see him the rest of the evening.
My survival tips for working in nightlife… well it requires a sense of humor, and you always have to remember that most everyone is there to simply have a good time. It’s part of your job to make sure that happens, have fun but always be professional. Don’t forget to hydrate. And bring sunglasses for when you have to dart into a taxi at 8am.
LF: You’re in need of a new outfit for a night out in New York ASAP. Where do you go?
DM: Honestly? Joyce Leslie in Soho. You wont break the bank and your ass is going to look amazing in whatever skin tight dress they have.
LF: Tell us about your most recent mind-blowing concert experience.
DM: Seeing ZZ-Top at The Beacon Theater with our friend David. They are one of our favorite bands. We sat ninth row center and we couldn’t get over how awesome they were. Afterwords we went to Gray’s Papaya for some hot dogs!
LF: Who would make you or has made you star struck?
DM: Tommie and I met Bret Easton Ellis at his book signing for “Imperial Bedrooms” here in Brooklyn. We stood there like two mutes and broke the silence by saying the words “thank you” over and over. I think he thought we were going to kidnap him.
LF: What’s on your iPod right now?
DM: I Found Love by Tommie Sunshine featuring Midnight Magic, (which isn’t out yet, it’s so incredible.) Lost in Music by Sister Sledge, We’re Getting Stronger by Loleatta Holloway, Symphony by Marvin Gaye, La Vie En Rose by Grace Jones
LF: Name 3 things you couldn’t live without.
DM: My man, my dog & caffeine.
LF: It’s date night with Tommie. Where do you take him?
DM: There’s a very simple & traditional Russian place here in our neighborhood called Karloff. The food is delicious and made with love. Besides that, it really doesn’t matter where we go for our dates, we are just happy to be spending time together.
LF: In 10 years, where do you see yourself?
DM: As a very respected and well-known artist, a mother, and still very much happily in love with Tommie. We’ll still be dancing to music in our kitchen.
Interview by Vivianne Lapointe and Kayli Baldasare