DJ Injustice got interested in playing with DJ stuffs, mostly on Virtual DJ, when she was in high school. It was during college that she took DJ’ing seriously with the help of Morris Affinity who taught her a few things and her first experience as DJ was using pioneer which was during CD days and from thereon, she just kept on going and getting gigs. The first big gig that she had was the Color Festival and it was scary because she was the first DJ to play but the moment she started to play her music, she felt the energy of the crowd responding to her music which made her feel more excited. DJ Injustice works during the day as an IT and with regards to her projects in DJ’ing, she is currently working on starting a podcast and an event with Morris. One big secret reveals for DJ Injustice is her name was derived from a line of comic book Injustice which she loves so much especially the aspect of Superman becoming the antagonist. So when she decided for a name, her love for Injustice is the first title that came to her mind. She also wears a mask whenever she presents because she wants to add an element of mystery and it also looks cool. The genres that she likes to play are dance hall, EDM’s, and hip hop; but for hip hop, she prefers the 90’s. DJ Injustice believes that your reason for DJ’ing should be your love for music. Because that reason alone will keep you pushing forward until you achieve your goal.
High school was the moment when DJ Nickiee decided that she wanted to take the route of DJ’ing. She would collect tapes and CD’s and she’s an avid fan of genres such as hip hop and R&B. Her first touch of the decks was on the Year 1999 when her grandparents bought her a pair of Stanton belt-driven turntables and she would also collect pieces of vinyl, but she believes that listening to music on CD and radio help shaped her knowledge in DJ’ing because after all, DJ’ing is knowing your music. Fast forward, she is now a supermom and a DJ and she does gigs on Friday and Saturday nights. It is a total learning experience for her daughter when she lets her come during her gigs, from setting up the equipment to pressing the buttons. For DJ Nickiee, being a MOM DJ is a privilege because being one makes you more accountable and you have better time management skills, depending on the music that you are going to play, it may take 4 hours for some to mix music, but for mom DJ’s, 2 hours will do.
For newcomers on the DJ’ing industry, one of DJ Nickiee’s best advice is to just love the music that you’re playing, and then when you love the music that you’re playing, you’re going to want to mix it well. Apart from being a DJ, she also owns a PR company together with her team: a graphic designer, bookkeeper, web designer, and publicist. The opportunity does not stop there for DJ Nickiee because right now, she is a radio DJ in South Africa that has almost a million listeners. It wasn’t really planned out but just like her PR gig, she just went with the flow and was fortunate enough to be offered with something that she loves doing.
As simple as it may sound, DJ RJ the DJ’s moment of enlightenment in becoming a DJ was when a DJ came to her 13th birthday, and that was all it takes for her to decide she will also be taking that route. Shortly after that moment, she started taking classes and after finishing her studies, she became a radio DJ. She had two mentors in her career, one was Robin who was more in teaching her about equipment, reading decks, and getting accustomed to controllers while for Kenny Clips it was about matching her tempos with beats, fade in and out and some other tricks. She can play any kind of genre but her favorite is African House Electro Dance. DJ RJ the DJ has mostly done gigs in clubs but right now, she is most interested in corporate events because it is more chill and she gets to network and festivals because that’s where she gets to have fun and see a lot of people. In the place where she is from, entertainment is an afterthought, which why sometimes you don’t get what you demand because the budget left for the event is what you can only get which is tricky. If you are interested in becoming a DJ, you just have to start now and everything will follow. Meet people, create a network as it will help you establish a presence in the industry and you might also be able to collaborate with other companies and brands. For RJ the DJ, she does not care whether she stands out or not as long as she gets the job done.
DJ’ing has been her full-time job for almost seven years now and she does mostly mobile events but also has some local residence in San Diego. Her interest in DJ’ing started when she used to date a DJ guy who only plays Spanish music so she told him to set up the gears and let her play the music and from there on, she went to DJ school. She took private lessons with DJ Hapa from the Scratch Academy, and also at Global BPM in San Diego. DJ Staci has also been in a lot of conferences and expo and she believes that these events can help your career in some ways because of the information you can get from other DJs from mixing techniques to the latest trends in the industry. Two of the important aspects of these events are networking, meeting other DJ’s and the performance and sometimes she would also be invited to perform which she really loves. She works as a writer for 5 years before she became a DJ and so she was able to utilize her talent in writing through blogging and that became one of her sources in marketing her DJ business.
DJ Staci has already been invited as a speaker on some events and her advice for those who will be doing the same is, make sure to practice and rehearse especially in getting your relaying the right information without compromising your time. As a DJ, you may be used to getting a loud reaction from the crowd when they are connecting with you, but in speaking, it is the complete opposite because when your audience is quite, it means that they are taking notes and they are listening to you which is a good thing.
Hailing from Nova Scotia Canada, here we have DJ Breezy! She is a sound tech and went to school for it for 9 months and what makes her more amazing is that she sings, plays the guitar, organizes events, and she’s an event promoter. Since then, DJ Breezy has already been inclined to the sound of music as she had been a member of the choir for 10 years and in high school, she took a guitar lesson together with her friends until they formed a band and did a concert every month for half a year. They went on to their own ways after graduation but DJ Breezy decided that she really wanted to pursue music and so she went to Divinity College in Halifax and there, she learned a lot of things from sound production to making portfolios. Her first post-graduation career was as an online radio DJ. It was an amazing experience being a radio DJ but personally, she feels like her potential is being limited because you only play music which is on the top of the playlist and she believes that she can do more than that. She has already played on bars, festivals. The biggest challenge that she faced being a mom DJ is having to look for her child and transportation.
Through volunteering, she was able to create connections with different people in the industry which helped her in getting gigs. After seeing a female DJ playing in Halifax, DJ Breezy felt motivated to work even harder and take DJ’ing seriously knowing that her hometown Nova Scotia is a male-dominated environment. DJ Breezy believes that latching onto her passion for music helped her more than just finding a job, it also gave her a sense of purpose to inspire people in her community knowing that their town is small which puts stress to the people leading to drugs and alcoholism. She is also thankful to have people who supported her along the way because the support system is very important especially when you are an artist. For DJ Breezy, the because thing that you are going to overcome when you stumble or mess-up because this phase is inevitable and this will also help you to become better.
DJ ReRe was pushed to become a DJ by her girls who had nothing to do with DJ’ing, which she didn’t aspire to be at that time, during college and all she wanted to do at that time was to create music, be on the radio, and produce. She would have house parties and people loved the music that she plays and her sister would say that it was she who created it. For 6 months, she learned DJ’ing through Youtube, it wasn’t easy, but it helped her to become the DJ that she is now. It was the year 2007 that she started to DJ but it was during 2009 where she really got her pace and she does DJ’ing as a side job while working at a full-time job. She worked for a homeless shelter, program director, for the state, but she turned her back on these secured jobs including its benefits because for her DJ’ing was her thing and now she’s an independent business.
DJ ReRe said that it was scary to quit her full time for something that is unsure or vague but there was one guy who pushed her and saw something in her that she didn’t see and when she went for it, everything was worth it. She was just a neophyte when she entered Miami but she took the opportunity to be interviewed by DJ Irie who was the head of Carnival Cruise DJ’s, she proved herself and they loved her. DJ ReRe has this movement that says everybody can be cute and it’s not just about looking cute, it’s the whole attitude which makes you cute!
DJ Kristin Wilson owns an all-female multi-app which is based in Orlando. They do almost any kind of events such as weddings, corporate events, and trade show parties. She has been in this business for 12 years and the person that sparked her into this career is her ex-boyfriend and his boss became her mentor which he trained her on how to have a personality and lead a room so that people will have a great time and up to this day, he’s still her mentor. Before she started her business, she does marketing at a hotel full time while DJ’ing on the side and doing both helps pay the bills. But then she realizes that if she can create markets that are good for the hotel’s revenue, then building her own DJ’ing company is possible and so she started establishing networks and now the business is 9 nine years in and still running. One of the things that she envisions for her business is for women to look and say that they love what they are doing and they can still make good money out of it. The best tool to market yourself is through social media.
What’s really important in being a DJ is to create a brand for yourself, find a niche or specialty that people will remember you for doing it. Stand out in the crowd. DJ Kristin wears sparkly pink shoes every time she DJ’s and it might sound unusual or unnecessary, but that little detail can pique people’s interest in you. Start building a huge network because you never know these people could be your potential clients, could lead you somewhere amazing, or could support you whenever you need help.
Dj Stephanie Stardust started as a Karaoke singer with a regular job at a hotel. She juggles both these jobs along with her child and with the support of her fiancé and his family — now that’s one kickass mom! After she got cut-off from her regular job, she immediately resorted to DJ’ing considering her experience and love for music. It was not an easy path but 10 years later, she got both her passion and business right at her fingertips. For growing businesses, her best advice is to expand your network and make sure to give an incredible performance, because, in that way, word of mouth marketing is easy. Connect with your audience in every performance you do, see if they are grooving with your music. She also said that DJ’ing is a bit different from Karaoke hosting because when you DJ, you just have to stay in your lane, but with karaoke hosting, you have to show a whole lot of personality and you have to think that it’s not about you, it’s about them.
DJ Stephanie Stardust is a Karaoke host and DJ and she’s the owner of the Royal Beats DJ Services.
Despite being an owner of her own business, she still sings, host, and DJ!
She always puts a spin of her personality in every event that she is in and that’s what makes her special and in demand in the industry.
DJ Sabrina’s started working at a local newspaper after college and did not have any single knowledge about DJ’ing. She was invited by someone, whom she didn’t know owns a DJ company which has been operating for 30 years, to be a part of his team and he said that they would love to train her since she has a good set of music and he likes her personality as well. She started working for the company by January at that time and she did 90 weddings that year. Currently, she is a wedding DJ; she hosts karaoke nights and single events; she also DJ’s depending on the event. She may now have her own company but she still works at the company who jumpstarted her DJ career. DJ Sabrina said to erase the notion that just because you are female you can’t be an amazing DJ; keep learning, ask questions, and love what you do. Talk to a lot of people so you can build connections, this will help you become more successful in this industry.
DJ Sabrina continues to upgrade her equipment all over the years and according to her, the possibilities are endless in learning new things. There are times when she was turned down because some gigs required male but thanks to her amazing support system, she was able to break out of her head and gradually gained more confidence in being a female DJ. DJ Sabrina’s advise to someone who wants to take this path is to never stop learning and always keep your passion for this craft burning.
At a very young age, DJ Sep has always loved music but before her career blossomed into the world of DJ’ing, she was encouraged by a mutual friend to DJ at a radio station but then declined the offer because she used to hate the sound of her voice. But through volunteering, she got into a show and so her introduction to the world of music began through college radio. There was a time in her career where she felt lost but she would always come back to her love for music. Being a mom was never easy but DJ Sep was a force to be reckoned with. She is a fierce woman who will do anything for her family and despite the challenges that she faced in her life, her passion for music and DJ’ing was unstoppable.
One of DJ Sep’s wise words was to be smart in every decision that you take and to put your energy into something that you truly love. DJ Sep is a supermom in many ways, she was able to balance her time with her family while blasting music and running parties. Despite the variety of music she plays during her shows, DJ Sep’s always comes back to her love for reggae and supported its community.
Dj Nikki Z’s success doesn’t only rely on her musical abilities, she is also a total personality as a radio DJ on QueenZ. She emphasized that the core of being a radio host is how you present yourself to your audience, in other words, they should know you through the heart of your personality. Although she plays different genres depending on the client’s request, her spirit speaks for the reggae nation because it holds cultural value to where she came from. Her piece of advice in promoting your product is that, remember to always believe in it, bring it everywhere you go until a special person or a celebrity gets a hold of it and that’s free marketing you got there.
For a Radio DJ to be successful, you must first establish an identity and the key is personality!
DJ Nikki believes that her mission is to stay true to the music she loves and keep presenting it out there and that is the Reggae music.
You have to believe in your craft, think of it as it is your life and it is your quest to share it to the world!
DJ RunDat is Presenting at Mobile Beat Las Vegas 24!!!! I am thrilled to be hitting the stage as a presenter this March 2020 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas for Mobile Beat 24!! Wow, I can’t even handle the excitement and yes a few nerves! I’m looking forward to 4 days of the best networking with industry top leaders and shopping. YES shopping, according to the amazing DJ Rachel conventions are a great place to shop. I will be checking out the latest gear and adding more equipment to my growing business. Check out their website and get your tickets now before the price goes up next month! https://www.mobilebeatlasvegas.com/
DJ Cherish The Luv started when she met an accident while skating on the top of the hill, hearing an intuition voice and got pushed aside. No treatment was working to clarify her memories but not until she heard Paul Anka Lonely Boy on the radio where she was brought back to some moment in her childhood of her uncle. She dove into music like crazy just to get the rush of memories coming back. Music helped her in a way that it would spark her brain, feeling like It was functioning again and she used it to figure out who she was. She started learning, rediscovering about music, took classes, threw Penny parties, and took whatever paid since it helped her in her therapy too. DJ Cherished believed that the best way to win your client’s heart is to play the music that they missed because it brings them back to the old happy memories that they cherished.
Dj Cherish was told that women shouldn’t DJ but that gave her a fuel to ignite more passion and dedication to improve her skills.
Take classes to improve your knowledge and skills about the equipment and always ask the opinions of others about your craft because this way, it will help you correct what you needed to change and improve what you needed to improve.
Always have a redundancy backup plan because DJ’ing is business and part of being professional is to deal with technicalities ahead of time.
DJ Lipgloss’ DJ’ing career happened to be sweet serendipity when she was laid off from her work. She knows that she can work anything so she tried to be a comedian at a live stage which didn’t go so well because of her lack of confidence causing her to freeze on stage. She kept using the moniker Lipgloss, which was suggested by a guy she used to date, after leaving the comedy scene and she decided that she wants to DJ. She was off from work and she decided to go out to the club and play as a socialite; she’d take pictures of her and post it on social media and people would ask her if she was a real DJ. After that, she bought some equipment and she started reaching out to these DJ’s which eventually helped her by giving her tips. Her career started after her friend asked her if she wants to DJ to a club and it wasn’t easy but she mastered it. Her tip on people who wants to DJ is to go for it and be serious about doing it because it is not going to be easy especially the equipment which can be costly. Also, she said the only thing that separates a person who loves music and a DJ is the longevity, a person who loves music can be over from playing songs in maybe in 30 minutes but a DJ can withstand hours and hours without disrupting the vibe.
DJ Lipgloss went from a hotel employee to a comedian and finally a successful DJ through perseverance and willingness and to learn.
She struggled with self-confidence a very long time but she was fortunate to have supportive people who are close to her and she emphasized that in the end, it will always be about how you trust and see yourself that you can do it.
If you want something, then you just have to go for it!
Happy Monday! I’m just having fun over here thinking about all the logistics of this week. What are the priorities and what details do I need to finalize?
💃🕺👯♂️Friday we are putting on a back to school community dance at the Redwood Playhouse 8o year celebration of the Past , Present, &, Future!
I will be hosting my first Karaoke Contest! I’m collecting donations for the event, beer, wine, kombucha, raffle prizes!! DJ RunDat will be slaying the 80’s music! Should be a great time!🔈🔈
💏🌴Saturday I have a beautiful Shelter Cove, California wedding!
🔥Sunday morning catch me at the Funk ‘N’ Reggae Music Festival w/ Michael Franti & Don Carlos in Blue Lake, California DJ RunDat will be on from 10:15 am – 11:00 am!
👸🤵Sunday afternoon another beautiful wedding in Eureka. 🎉
Welcome to the Queens on Deck show with your host DJ RunDat where I interview female DJs from around the world!
A part-time DJ from Zambia, Ms. Selfie got her start in the DJ circuit in July 2018. With a specialization in the Afro House genre, she plays events and shares the stage with artists, musicians, and all types of creatives. Ms. Selfie talks about how music is her escape and strives to influence others to discover a creative outlet. DJ RunDat and DJ Ms. Selfie agree that having a support system full of like-minded people is what helps them thrive in the industry.
Ms. Selfie is a part of the Zambian Female DJ Rocks program which she describes as a family. She meets with mentor DJs and other females looking to learn to DJ.
Dabbling in production, DJ Ms. Selfie is expanding her knowledge of music.
Welcome to the Queens on Decks online show with your host DJ RunDat! Episode #1 featuring DJ Dayna!
Before her booming 15-year DJ career, DJ Dayna does DJ’ing as a hobby when she was in high school. But as her interest in this field continues to ignite, she made this hobby into a cash funding activity up until college and post-college (despite working in an 8-9 shift). Through perseverance and hard work, she got offered to work on cruise lines, weddings, astounding corporate events, and fashion shows, and she has also expanded her career by hosting. DJ Dayna firmly believes that in order to succeed in this business, you have to surround yourself with people that have the same passion as you; and do not be afraid to dive into the beyond because it is the only way that you’ll learn and become better with your craft.
DJ Dayna has continued to flourish in this industry for 15 years with her ability to DJ and host/entertain.
Her versatility in utilizing a variety of music genres on different occasions makes her an in-demand DJ.
Aside from hosting, she has also tapped the entrepreneurial side of DJ’ing.
What a joy to connect with another Boss Mama DJ! DJ Sep shares her story on becoming a DJ and the longest running reggae party in San Francisco! Sep is the founder, promoter, and main resident at Dub Mission.
For 22 years, Sep was also on Bay Area radio: first on the highly-influential college station, KUSF and later at Berkeley’s public radio station, KPFA.
Sep is the co-compiler of Babylon Is Ours: The USA in Dub, a collection of all-exclusive American dub tracks (on Select Cuts) and co-producer (with Jason Short) of “Get Your Dub Wet” remixes (Daly City Records).
Sep has won a Goldie Award (Bay Guardian) and been nominated for Best DJ (SF Weekly Music Awards).