DJ Dazy inside the House Head!
by Sonar Map 9/96
1. How long have you been involved in the rave scene?
Since 1992, I was living in SLC and started going to a club called” The Vortex”. It was the first time I heard “techno” music so to speak. I met some really cool people at this club who ended up being the first people to put “raves” on in SLC. A few months after, I took a road trip down to San Diego and heard “house” music for the first time. After that, I was hooked!
2. How and when did you get into DeeJaying?
Well, there were only 2 other people in SLC who were djing at the time. I used to just make tapes for myself and would hate the pauses between songs so I would always try to overlap them together. I started watching these dj’s and saw they used special equipment (cd player and a mixer). I picked up a dj magazine and saw an ad for a sound a light company in LA. So, I mail ordered 2 turntables and bought my mixer from Radio Shack.
3. What was the toughest thing to learn about being a DJ?
Beat matching. It took me so long to figure it out! No one in SLC really knew what they were doing back then, so I didn’t have anyone to show me. I was playing out far before I could “technically” beat match, so the programming was already there and after I learned to “match” it all just stuck together.
4. What kind of stuff do you like to spin most?
Deep house is my favorite music to play. It has a lot of “soul”. It’s a very moving type of music.
5. Who are your favorite techno artists/engineers?
Well I don’t particularly like or listen to techno, but as far as house is concerned names like Deep Dish, Chez Damier, Little Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Idjit Boys, and Gusto pop into my head.
6. The rave scene, like any of the more prevalent music and youth culture scenes whether it be punk rock, hip hop, or the avante garde seems to be dominated or at least controlled, for the most part, by guys. Do you think that some men in the scene have a vision for the role of rave girls that doesn’t include DeeJaying?
I really don’t have anything to say about that.
7. I’ve heard from other female DJs that the guys often just stare and wait for them to mess up…What have your experiences been like?
Unfortunately because of how are society is organized, all woman are judged a little harder then men, no matter what role they take. I don’t think that we (female dj’s) are judged as hard anymore. There are more of us out there now and people have adjusted to seeing women behind the tables
8. What are your thoughts on the corporate music industry?
Its unfortunate, but if I make money playing, then the people making the records should make money as well, we all have to eat.
9. In your view, what are the biggest challenges facing the rave scene in America?
I think that “rave” has gotten to commercial! It’s who’s got the biggest flyer’s or the “biggest” line up that usually draws the most people. Its really too bad. I miss the underground parties where it wasn’t so cliquey and people didn’t care who you were, you where just there to “dance”.
10. Do you think there’s potential for independent ravers to get with DIYers and indies from other scenes like the punk, hip-hop, and experimental music scenes to work on joint projects, events, etc? or do you think these groups are just fundamentally too opposed to each other?
I mean as far as events are concerned, several in the past, had different stages with different varieties of music on each and gone very well. Cross culture musical cooperation applied to the making of music has existed forever. R&B singers working with house producers. Jazz players with rappers. Disco producers working with lawyers so they don’t sued for sampling anything of that cooperative nature will work as long as it’s organized properly.
11. What are your thoughts about genres?
I can listen to and appreciate most all music, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I enjoy all genres of electronic based music. Jungle for instance is pretty enjoyable for me to listen to. I really can’t groove to it and I find it even in all an ambient was wonder to be really abrasive. Techno is something that I used to like back in the day when the producers new what they were doing. Now it just gives me a headache. I guess my bottom line is that I’m a house head.
12. In your leisure, what do u listens to besides techno/house?
I like down beat music, acid jazz, and artist like Sade, Sarah MacLauchlan.
13. What are your plans for the future?
I hope to travel more than I already am and get in the studio and start putting out a record. I have all these ideas for tracks and it would be nice to finally put them down on wax.
14. What do you think about old school disco?
I like it a lot! A great deal of the records I like, own, or play are sample derived from disco cuts of the past.