As you walk into the Pixie Pound, a flurry of partygoers shine within the venue, fluttering with a sensual glow. The Pound founders, Lanna and Niche, specifically curated this party series for Dallas youth to enjoy each other’s company. Upon arrival to a Pixie Pound party, DJs blast their music on the outskirts of the function while partygoers make their way from the entrance and into the crowds.
Niche and Lana’s paths intertwined in high school, coming together to birth the Pixie party series together. Amidst COVID-19, their events give young people a break from their regular lives. These nights don’t necessarily distract everyone from reality, but they provide an entry into an alternative pocket of life. In the daytime, Pixie-goers' lives are occupied with boring work, drooping with overwhelming responsibility. But at night, parties like Pixie Pound help alleviate the pain of life, and inspire us to carry a little bit of nightlife into the day time.
Interviewer: How did y’all both meet?
Lanna: We met freshman year of high school. So like 2016, I was coming from a charter school. Then I met her [and] it was really cool because we're so like-minded, but we didn't even know.
Interviewer: What do you recount of 2018?
Lanna: It was the rebel days for me. I was so focused on being bad.
Niche: Summer 2018, I was working and I started tapping into the Dallas scene. Me and our other best friends all came together. We came up with this cool idea called All Eyes. We started to look into venues and stuff. We booked local artists [and] vendors. It was like an art show and party all in one.
Interviewer: How did Pixie Pound come about?
Lanna: It's funny cuz the night we came up with [Pixie Pound} was crazy. It was past midnight. We’re downstairs at her house tryna keep quiet because of her roommate.
Niche: We were also seeing a trend with parties around that time where you go to a party to stand around. We're gonna bring something that's not that. At our parties, people actually fucking interact.
Interviewer: Why is it important for Black femme people to create parties in the scene?
Lanna: It's wonderful [being] around like-minded females instead of a sausage party, you know? Exposure matters. Having our faces on something like this counteracts some of the less positive stuff going on. If we're at the top, we can bring other people too.
Interviewer: Nightlife can oftentimes give us hope and encourage us to keep going in life. How do y’all’s parties give you hope?
Niche: It's not like clocking in or going to class. You [literally] decided to be around this.
Interviewer: I’ve literally seen people partying on the roofs of y’all’s venues. Tell me about the craziest thing you’ve seen at a Pixie Pound party.
Niche: I was trying to get the bar all together and in the corner of my eye, 20-30 minutes before the event, [a guy] was smoking [and] he passed out. Then he wakes up and he’s like, ‘I’m straight. I’m good.’ I was like, ‘What?’ He was good for the rest of the night.
Interviewer: Can we get a sneak peak into the next theme for Pixie Pound?
Niche: Shop for silver.