Tell us about your history with music! How did you come to start DJing? What were the first records you fell in love with? The first party you played?
“After going to the world-renowned Music Institute and seeing Derrick May play years ago, I was turned all the way on. I wanted in immediately! Watching him in the DJ Booth one day, he challenged me to become a DJ. I couldn’t let him or myself down, so I began practicing immediately.”
“The first party I played was at a spot called The Loft in Detroit. Bruce Bailey found out I was DJing – in my house, turntables and a mixer on the floor – and asked me to spin records with him that night. I’d been practicing/spinning for several months, and he gave me a chance to shine. It went over very well. I loved tracks like, ‘100% Dissing’, ‘All for Lisa’, ‘Jesus Loves the Acid’, ‘Big Fun’, ‘The Chase’. Lots of Detroit tracks.”
The world of dance music was very different when you started Women On Wax. What was the response to there being a collective/label supporting female DJs/producers at the time? What were some of the biggest success stories that came out of the label’s early years?
“There was a lot of support for the collective, although some people doubted it would grow. Venues were reluctant to give me space to have events, but it didn’t slow me down. I kept pushing to get exposure for all the girls in my crew. The label came later (2002). Moodymann was the reason I started Women On Wax Recordings. He supported me by helping me start the label and with ideas for releases.
“I produced my second EP and Ricardo Villalobos purchased it. He played ‘A Walk In the Park’ at a party in Europe and Richie Hawtin heard it. He said he ran over to see what it was and saw my label logo.‘That’s my girl from Detroit!’
“His agent called me to set up a meeting with him and Rich after a performance in Toronto. We talked over coffee about how he liked my work and wanted to help me get more exposure. Thus, the Minus release of ‘A Walk In the Park’ with Ricardo Villalobus, Magda, Matthew Dear and Josh Wink. Awesome how it all came together.”
With players like DJ Holographic and others rising through the ranks out of Detroit now, it must be heartening to see so many young DJs doing well nowadays. Who are some of your favorite emerging DJs from Detroit?
“Rebecca Goldberg and Gigi are making some serious noise. I love those two!”
Tell us about this mix!
“My signature sound is felt throughout. It kicks off with a smooth start and closes with a bumping ending. Enjoy!”
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