They cull their music from the internet, record promos and from tracks sent by producer friends. Current favorites include âMove Your Bodyâ by Christy Love and âBody Boldâ by Hannah Holland featuring Mama.
Mr. Aviance was born in Rochester and went to New York University. He paraded around clubs in drag as part of the House of Aviance, an informal drag family, before becoming a full-time D.J.
Mr. Automagic, 43, said he came to New York from Austin, Tex., when he was 17, and studied psychology at Columbia University. When the autism research project he was working on was scuttled for a lack of government funding, it cemented his switch to a musical career, which also resulted in his leaving his given name, William Lynn, behind.
The pair met in 2003 at Opaline, a club on Avenue A that is now defunct, through the drag performer Mistress Formika.
âNita had a ponytail on top of her head and was playing âDin Daa Daaâ by George Kranz,â Mr. Automagic said. He said he thought: âSheâs really good. Iâm going to stay on top of her.â
They started asking each other to guest-D.J. gigs, and in 2012, Mr. Aviance suggested they make a record together. They came up with a percolating dance track called âThis Bitch Is Alive,â which led to a recording deal with Batty Bass, based in London.
They named themselves the Carry Nation (partly after the girl group in the 1970 cult film âBeyond the Valley of the Dolls,â as well as the temperance activist Carrie Nation) and were flown around the country and Europe to D.J. âWe kind of became sisters on that first tour,â Mr. Aviance said. âIt sealed our friendship.â
Their D.J. style is to let each one take turns behind the turntables, but they also indulge in what they call âoctopus styleâ spinning, with their hands all over the place. âI might say: âIâve got an a cappella, youâve got a beat. Letâs do two things at once,ââ Mr. Automagic said.
For several years, they have played in larger Brooklyn clubs like Good Room, Output and Analog BKNY, and have recently started playing more in Manhattan.
âThereâs right now a major return to gay dance,â Mr. Aviance said. âPeople now have so much ability to listen to what they want to at home that they should go out and listen to something new to them. Thatâs the attraction of a club: having another experience.â
When the crowd gets into a groove, the two D.J.s admit, they get a heady rush. âItâs about losing yourself for a minute and being able to shake off the woes of the day,â Mr. Aviance said.
Mr. Automagic added: âItâs inherently sexy. Looking across the dance floor, watching someoneâs body move, even if youâve never met them, you connect with them. We call it âdance-floor crushes.ââ