Steelo Magazine cover DJ D - feature in 3D world streetpress 2005

Article Title:D Funk
Written by: Jack Tregoning
Location of Publication: Australia
Year: 2005

DJ D is a true musical multiasker - producer, vocalist, sound eengineer, designer and, of course, turntablist. Having spun in some unlikely locales, not least the Middle East, the RnB/hip-hop head has a remarkable resume. 3D discovers D is for determination.

What posters were on your wall as a youngser?
NWA, Ice Cube, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince and Shaquille O'neal

What effect do you feel your 1200 Degrees radio radio program had on the growth of the local hip-hop scene?
During the time that it was aired, 1200 Degrees spread the work of local talen toa worldwide scale. Going back to out motto, it helped 'keep than hip-hop vibe alive'. We had a longer run on Channel 31's AMCTV and although this was local television, the impact through there was a lot more evident.

Being the silent DJ or the woman on the mic seem such different sidciplines. Which came first and how did you adapt to the other?
The are of DJing and MCing have always been seen as two strong component of hip-hop, so for me to be, combining them in a performance is something I've alwasy wanted to do. Although I do not consider myself an MC (you'll never see me breaking out a freestyle!), I've had enough experience as a vocalist to have a good idea of what works and what doesn't/ There came a point, however, where I had to make the decision to choose pursuing a career as a vocalist, or a DJ. It was impossible to maintain a full-time teaching job, run a design business, DJ and develop my vocals. I found my niche as a female turntablist and the vocals took a back seat.

To DJing... you've played some impressive international dates. Did any of these gigs defy your expectations?

I would have to say the most memorable would be my trip to the Middle East to play a New Year's Eve party at Albustan Palace in 2004/05. Apart from being a wolrd away, I had been putting off playing in Oman for safety reasons. In the end, I managed to take DJ Solz along with me to play a four-deck set and to alleviate my fears of travelling alone. We weren't expecting much, but the gig turned out to be unbelievable. We 'live it up', playing in a ballroom with the world's largest crystal chanedeliers, drank Moet from crystal glasses and played RnB/hip-hop to a room full of sheiks and royalty (there were apparently some prince and princesses there). Ther crowd went wild. I'll never forget it for the rest of my life. I was told that I helped change some people's perspective on women by being the first female to ever play in that country, pushing the boundaries by wearing a skirt and backless top.

DJing itself is male-dominated, not to mention DJing int he hip-hop scene. Is it all a big boy's club? Or is your being a female a non-issue?
The female factor has pretty much alwaysa played a role in my DJ career - I feel in some cases it had had a positive influence, and in others a negative one. In the early days it was perhaps more of a negative influence, as promoters were sceptical of hiring a female DJ. They saw it as a potential risk. Firstly, they weren't sure how a crowd would react to a female RnR/hip-hop DJ, and secondly they seemed to doubt the skills a female could possess. These days, thankfully, perceptions have changes for the better, with more females doing their thing within the hip-hop/RnB circuit.

More so than other styles, technical ability is central to a hip-hop set. How do you measure turntable trickery with just letting tracks play out?
It is very rare that I will let a track play out. I try to make my sets continuous, energetic, fast-paced and up-tempo, sneaking in turntablist tricks here and there. With my usual four-five hour sets at Vbar every Saturday, it surely is a workout. But this, and hopping on the mic whilst playing, is my way of keeping the crowd hyped, excited and having a good time.

Finally, what five tracks refuse to leave your box?
Although I don't get to play these at all events, these tracks are still travelling with me after all these years.
House of Pain - Jump Around
Snoop Dogg - What's My Name
Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt - Ain't No Fun
Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back

DJ D plays Suede at Vbar every Saturday night. She also appears at Seven, Melbourne, on Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 October and rnbQuest, Gold Coast, on Thursday 10 November. Further gig dates and info can be found at DJD.net.au.




Selected articles of DJ D in the Media {click to view}
DJ D feature in Howl and Echoes 2016DJ D feature in Steelo Mag 2015Soul Central Magazine 2015
DJ D feature in Ms Hennessey Speaks blog 2013DJ D feature in soul central magazine 2013DJ D feature in the TSLOA 2013
DJ D feature in Urban Hitz 2005DJ D feature in inthemix 2005DJ D feature in Blues & Soul Magazine 2005
DJ D feature in 3d world 2005DJ D feature in MTV Screen 2005DJ D feature in club flavas, 3D world  2005
DJ D feature in Inpress 2005DJ D featured in The Week 2004DJ D feature in 3D world 2003
DJ D feature in muma 2003DJ D feature in Groove On 2002DJ D feature in BMA 2002
DJ D feature in Hot Ashes 2001