DJ Lina Bradford On Her New Talk Show And Life After Fire Island

The dollhouse is open!

The cult of DJ Lina is strong and impassioned.

Lina Bradford has been a staple on the New York and international club scene for almost 20 years, DJing various parties and events in New York and Europe.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  DJ Lina performs at Trevor NextGen's Fall Fete For The Trevor Project at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on November 19, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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For the past decade she was famous for providing the soundtrack to Fire Island during her massively popular weekly parties at Sip-N-Twirl in the Pines.

Last summer Lina decided to hang up her headphones and wave goodbye to Fire Island. Now she has embarked on a new chapter of her life which includes DJing—of course—but also traveling the world speaking with LGBT youth and starring in a new YouTube talk show In the Dollhouse with Lina.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Lina Bradford and Candis Cayne attend Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' web series launch party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
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Lina sat down with NewNowNext to talk about her new series and what fans can expect from this next chapter.

How has life been post-Fire Island?

It’s been so cathartic and beautiful. I have always had this guiding light inside of me that has always had me leave the party before I’m asked to leave. I think it was the perfect time to leave, my ten year anniversary.

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Did you know what you were going to do after you left?

I knew that during the winter it would speak to me where it was I was supposed to go. That’s what put the wheels in motion with doing the talk show. It’s something I’ve always been doing since I was a child, playing with my Barbies. I have been a Barbie collector since the age of four.

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Do you know how many you have?

Last time I counted: 657, but it’s been a long time.

Do you have a favorite?

Tuesday Taylor and Tiffany Taylor, and two DJ Lina dolls that were made for me in Paris. They look like me, they have freckles and a DJ booth you press the button underneath and it lights up. So that was the biggest gift you could give me.

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What can viewers expect from your new show?

It’s all the fun little quirky things that my friends who know me as Lina, but other people only see me as a torso behind a DJ booth. They’ll get to see this other side of me that they never got to see.

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Theres a lot of people who only know me from the Island, but I was feeling: “who is Lina now?” That was my moment that happened over the winter. When you meet Lina it’s Lina, and a whole lot more.

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Watch the first episode of In the Dollhouse with Lina with special guest cabaret, legend and performer Justin Vivian Bond:

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