Fresh Friday’s Featured Artist This Week Is DJ-Z!

It’s Friday and that can only mean two things, One, the weekend is almost here and two, it’s Fresh Friday!! Fresh Friday’s feature different indie artists, bands and musicians each week. We are mixing things up here at Skatronixxx Music and this week for the first time Fresh Friday’s Featured Artist is DJ-Z

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DJ-Z is a female DJ from Guam and is a DJ for JR Productions based in Utah. DJ-Z has been spinning for JR Productions for 5 years, you can also find her spinning at Fahrenheit Lounge in Layton, UT. DJ-Z was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to do a Q & A with me this week, check it out below.

DJ-Z Fresh Friday Q&A

 

Presh: When did you start DJing – and what or who were your  early passions and influences?

DJ-Z: My father started a production company that specialises in mobile DJ services about  5 years ago and I have been in his circuit since. My family introduced me to music at a very young age. Both sides of my family (Mom & Dad) are musically inclined so it’s been inherent in me. My father and uncle were in a band and I used to sit in and listen to them rehearse all the time. My mom would be listening to the latest music; playing VH1 and MTV in the background. When I visit my grandparents, my uncles would be outside tricking their trucks to old school hip hop, 80’s funk and island reggae. That being said, my family plays a strong influence on why I’m a DJ today. On a personal level, music has always been my way of escape and expanding my imagination.

P: Where do you usually spin?

DJ-Z: I currently spin at Fahrenheit Lounge in Layton, UT; it’s about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City. It’s super chic with a great vibe! I also spin for private events as well.

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P: What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, production your own music, which makes it interesting for you?

DJ-Z: My current challenge is building my mixing skills. I’m in the process of attending seminars to hone the craft down. I love performing and try to utilise that enthusiasm to get the crowd going. I see myself as the driver taking the audience for a ride. Kind of like a storyteller. That’s why crowd reading skills are important, however, my primary objective is to satisfy my sound and the rest follows.

P: What  do you usually start with when preparing for a set?

DJ-Z: I start  out with easy listening music, anything chill with a groovy tempo. I feel that starts any event out well. I also see what’s hot in today’s music and do my research in some underground/indie tracks. I love spreading the love and finding a hot track that isn’t mainstream. There is so much great music out there that needs to get exposed, and of course, I love remixes!

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P: When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it’s becoming increasingly hard to know what constitutes an original and a remake anymore. what’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?

DJ-Z: It’s definitely tough to differentiate what’s original and what is not. I believe we all pay tribute to roots and traditions as we spin or compose. Putting your original spin on a classic beat and seeing where it goes is great. However, other artists most especially the greats work so hard at putting their own original work together, therefore, respect is crucial; alway credit the source.

P: What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?

DJ-Z: I always have a set prepared specifically to the nature of the event. No matter the event, I ensure my tracks are fresh and have a great beat. I feel a lack of beats can kill your set. In my opinion, a DJ has to feel his/her music. Anything I can move to and excites me, the crowd will feed off of. Yet based on experience; sticking to your set 100% doesn’t work all the time. If there is a track in my set that’s not exciting my crowd, I improvise and crowd-read.

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Check out DJ-Z’s mini interview to promote her Facebook page below:


If you are in the Layton, UT,  be sure you check out DJ-Z at Fahrenheit Lounge.

Links

DJ-Z Facebook Page

 JR Productions Facebook Page

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If you are an Indie artist, band, musician or DJ and would like to feature in Skatronixxx.com’s Fresh Friday’s please feel free to contact me via email.

EmailPresh.Skatronixxx@gmail.com

You can also find me on:

Twitter: @Presh81 or Facebook: Presh Gordon

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