Home' LOTL : MarApril16 Contents WHAT FIRST DREW YOU TO MUSIC?
The chaos – I grew up in a divorced household.
It was kind of my escape, my resolution to a lot
of fighting and craziness. I found peace and
solitude in my music.
HOW DID YOU START?
I started playing the trumpet, then the piano,
then the drums. I never really finished anything.
Then, probably when I was 16 or 17, I snuck
into a club in D.C . called Tracks, and that was
my first introduction to hearing a blend of two
records... From that moment on, it never
left my mind.
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU CAME
I was bisexual all through high school and
college, and then, after I started DJing, I fell
in love with a woman. I was 21. I wouldn’t say I
became gay, I just stopped even questioning
my sexuality then, and went with it. You know,
it was the ‘80s... I worked at a radio station that
wasn’t very accepting of sexuality, so I always
kind of thought I was bisexual simply
because of society.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST GIG LIKE?
[Laughs] My first time playing was actually in
college at one of those frat sorority parties. I
got paid $50, I lugged all my equipment and
I played a diverse musical selection; hip hop,
Information Society, all that stuff. That was the
cool stuff, back then!
HOW DID YOU GO FROM DJING IN THE
DORM TO DJING AT MADONNA’S WEDDING?
Right place at the right time! No, I don’t know – I
met someone who I’m very close with to this
very day, Ingrid Casares. She owned a club in
Miami called Liquid, in the ‘90s. She knew a lot
of celebrities and a lot of people would frequent
her club. She was the greatest creative support
and friend. I owe a lot to her. She introduced me
to Madonna, and the rest is history.
HAVE YOU FACED A LOT OF CHALLENGES
BEING A WOMAN IN A VERY
Yes. I still face those challenges, because I
don’t care what anybody says, I don’t dress half
naked. I ’m about the music and I will go in tennis
shoes and a T-shirt if that’s what I feel like.
WHAT OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES
HAVE YOU GOT, AND WHAT WOULD YOU
HAVE DONE IF THE DJ CAREER DIDN’T
Quite honestly, I don’t know. Growing up, I
wanted to be a veterinarian because I love
animals so much, however was turned off by
the amount of school necessary to become a
doctor. That said, I have always loved music and
found myself always playing instruments and
listening to the radio in my spare time. I thought
I wanted to be a radio DJ or an MTV jock, which
eventually ended up happening.
THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME AT MARDI GRAS.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?
I’ve been to Australia to DJ a handful of times,
but never had the honour of DJing for Mardi
Gras. I have to say, I ’m anxious and excited to
play such a prestigious event, and a bit nervous
at the same time!
IS THAT THE LARGEST AUDIENCE YOU’VE
EVER PLAYED TO?
Honestly, no. However, I haven’t DJ’d a party
of that magnitude in a while. It’s exciting!
I can’t wait!
ANY TIPS FOR UP AND COMING DJS?
Learn how to hear and accept the word ‘No,’
because you will hear it more than you will hear
‘ Yes.’ You have to know to keep going, and that
it is all part of the process!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU ?
Music, music and more music. I feel I’ve just
gotten started! I’m just remixing an Australian
singer, actually. Stay tuned on that! My current
single Same Love - my equality anthem - is out
now worldwide on iTunes and has just been
added to JOY FM in Australia.
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