DJ Name: DJ BackSide
Hometown: East Oakland Baby!
Trademark saying or philosophy toward your music/your life:
Hip Hop, it's not just music...It's a lifestyle.
What kind of music do you spin? Hip Hop and R&B. Commercial
Where do you spin regularly? Zazoos,
At 17th, Club Hide, Velvet Lounge, Chi Chi Lounge, Club Q, Palermos.
And on the radio: "The Hot Spot" on 106
KMEL Friday Late Nights from 2am-4am.
Most influential record in your life? Kanye West's
When did you first DJ? I first DJ'd outside
of an independent music Store in Oakland called, Moses Music
in the summer of 2002
Do you play CDs as well as vinyl? Mostly vinyl, but starting
to get into CD's a little more.
All Time Top Five Records: I wanna be Down Remix--Brandy
ft. MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo
All Falls Down--Kanye West
I Just Wanna Love You (Give It To Me)--Jay Z
Da Rockwilder--Redman and Method Man
I got 5 on it Remix--Luniz ft. The Bay Allstars
What made you want to be a DJ? I just started messing
around on turntables and got into it! The mixing of the music
drew me into it. Making stuff blend. Making people smile. Making
peole dance and have fun. I loved it!
Has it been an easy path getting to where you are now in your
career? No it hasn't. I've had to hustle my ass off, but I
am also lucky to have supportive people around me, whether it's
family, or my DJ crew, The Untouchable DJ's, or friends.
That's what really helps me keep my head above water.
Who in your opinion is the Bay Area's Top DJ? Rick Lee
Top 3 most ridiculously memorable things that you have experienced
DJing in clubs:
1) Someone had a heart attack in the middle of my DJ'ing.
2.) I stole a beer from behind the bar and got kicked out!
3.) And too many fights to count!
What advantages or disadvantages (if any) does being on KMEL
radio give you compared with DJs who only DJ in clubs? Advantages:
Free Records! Hearing new music FIRST! The opportunity to meet
so many different people in the music industry whether it's artists,
promoters, CEO's, whatever! And of course Exposure!!! At any given
time... Millions could be listening to my voice! *smile* Disadvantages:
You get pigeion-holed into a certain category of DJ's that only
know top 40 music.
Do you feel that, being a woman DJ, you are treated 100%
equally or does your sex sometimes play a role in how people relate
to you? I would like to think that being a woman in the game
doesn't effect the way people look @ me, but of course it does!
Sometimes promoters only hire me because it is a "female-oriented"
event. Sometimes people don't think that I can do a good job just
because I'm a woman. All of this makes me feel as though I have
to prove myself to people to get over this misconception. But
it's all good...because the advantages are even better. As a female
DJ, you are a needle in a haystack....and u get all of the advantages
that come with that. If u don't get it...think about getting a
diamond...now think about getting the hope diamond! Exactly!!!
That rare...so we female DJ's are special. So people want us because
of that! People want to see what a female can do on the 1's and
2's, and if we are as good as the guys. But it's really the rarity
of it- that's the catch and what ultimately brings on all the
advantages over guys!
Best website and/or email for folks to find out more about
you: www.djbackside.com and email@example.com