Call us hopeless romantics, but we’d like to believe that love isn’t dead, no matter how discouraging the Tinder-flame dotted wasteland of modern romance can be. Case in point: DJ duo, best friends, and soon-to-be husband and wife Isaac Hindin-Miller and Jenny Albright. From their easy rapport to enviable adventures (documented on Isaac’s blog), it’s clear that the pair’s DJ moniker, Isaac Likes Jenny, might be an understatement. We caught up with the sartorial couple at Black Tap NYC and talked relationships, summer jams, and sugar rushes.
Jenny: Tuscaloosa, AL
Isaac: Auckland, New Zealand
Song on Repeat:
Jenny: Let Me Love You: Ariana and Lil Wayne… sexy!
Isaac: The Last Time I Saw Richard, by Joni Mitchell
Jenny: Soulja Boy
Isaac: Celine Dion. And therapy.
Best Meal in NYC:
Isaac: Spicy, Tingly Beef Noodles from Xi’an Famous Foods on St Marks. EPIC.
Jenny: The beach
Isaac: New furniture (I’m in the process of redecorating my apartment and I want it all done now).
Jenny: I know just about every word to every verse of every Lil Wayne song.
Isaac: I can say “Don’t Leave Me” in about 15 different languages. Codependent, much?
How did you two meet?
Isaac: At a party in New Zealand. I tried to dance up on her and she wasn’t having a bar of it.
Advice for couples who work or own a business together?
Isaac: Try to not make your entire relationship about work. You need to keep it separate, otherwise it’s all you’ll ever think and talk about.
Jenny: It’s imperative to keep in mind that when you’re discussing business it’s not personal, so try not to take everything personally. We aspire to talk to each other like co-workers — you wouldn’t cry if a co-worker told you they didn’t like something you were doing, and you also wouldn’t curse at a co-worker!
You have a night off and you’re going out—where do you go, and what do you do?
Both: We DJ at Handy Liquor Bar on Broome Street in Soho, and the restaurant above — Chalk Point Kitchen — is one of our favorite spots to hang out. We always seem to find ourselves there whenever we need a good meal. Also: The Lucky Bee for the best Thai food in New York City, and Babu Ji for the best Indian food in New York City! Both are owned by Australians. Go figure.
You’re recently engaged—congratulations! What’re your wedding plans?
Both: We keep telling everyone we’re getting married in July of 2017 in upstate New York, but neither of us has done any planning whatsoever. We should probably get onto that.
Isaac, you write Man Repeller’s Ask A Guy column. What’s your advice for people who are single and frustrated with dating apps? Furthermore, simple advice on how to tackle dating in NYC?
I’m a big believer that the best relationships occur organically, and I don’t actually know a single person who met their significant other on a dating app. I know lots of people who went on first dates and who hooked up with randoms on dating apps, but nobody who is in an actual relationship as a result.
I also don’t really understand the NYC approach to getting into relationships, which is to date/hookup nonstop until you find someone you actually like. It’s like everybody is on a job hunt, and interviewing prospective employers (but in this case boyfriends or girlfriends) until they find The proverbial One.
So with all that in mind, I feel like everybody should relax and take some time to work on themselves and become as happy as possible alone, so that when they do eventually meet someone that they want to be with (and they will, trust me), they’ll be bringing the best version of themselves into the relationship.
Isaac, tell the fellas what they should wear on a first date.
I guess it depends on the location and the vibe, but girls always seem to think that guys look sexiest when they’re dressed simply in a white T-shirt and jeans or a white button-down and jeans. And if all of the above fit you beautifully, and you’re wearing good shoes — depending on your style, good shoes could be as simple as beaten up Chuck Taylors or Vans — then you should be good to go.
Jenny, you started modeling at 15 and have walked major shows around the world, made a cameo in the Lonely Island’s Jack Sparrow video, and are seriously kicking ass as a DJ with Isaac. Any advice when it comes to juggling multiple careers?
Be open to change! If you’re not completely fulfilled with your job, it’s important to challenge yourself with a new project. For me, that was DJing! I started about three years ago when I was in a rut with work, and now Isaac and I are very lucky to be able to make that a big part of our careers. Also, when things are going well, save your money! When you’re a freelancer like me, you can have the most amazing hot streak and then a month of tumbleweeds. Plus, if you’re careful with your money, you’ll never be tied to a job you hate because you need the paycheck.
Isaac and Jenny made us a summer solstice playlist (and it’s been on repeat at TTS HQ).
Photography by Tory Rust