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Spinning with Female DJs
Spinning with Female DJs

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AIR DATE: December 5, 2011

DJ's can help make or break a club, and the Strip's top casinos scramble to sign up the most popular names.  Kaskade, who deejays at Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, earns a cool $200,000 per night.  But most of the DJs splashed across billboards are men.  So where are the ladies?  Who are the women who spin at night, and are creating their own beat in clubs both on and off the Strip?  What are their styles?  And what sort of challenges (or benefits) do they face as women looking to break into a male-dominated scene?

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Heather Hyte, aka DJ Ladyfingers
Tina Turnbull, aka DJ Tina T
Joy Ngaosizath, aka DJ Miss Joy
Mike Prevatt, music journalist, Las Vegas Citylife

 

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    Nagen BeheraDec 21, 2012 00:02:19 AM
    im excited to see the ladies stayin in the dj scene. get your music out there. get connected. miss joy, you rock! you guys will do great! :) Carl is right about producing great music. get your brand locked down tight.
    Music ManDec 20, 2011 04:06:51 AM
    This was a trite and superficial interview. It is clear the reporter has little knowledge of DJ culture. I'm especially disgusted by his comments about women posing in Playboy. You should get your information correct. Colleen Shannon was the 50th Anniversary Playmate and since that was such a momentous year went on to have success (as a DJ) touring under that. You stated that DJ Tatiana "posed" and had success. I have booked Tatiana many times and she was not a Playmate. 8 years ago she was featured in the music issue along with 6 other female DJ's. Most of the others went on to shoot with Playboy she did not. She built a record label, produced and separated herself from that. When I first booked her three years ago we had a very impassioned talk about it and how she did not want to do it but her manager threatened to drop her amongst other things. Her success has to do with her skill. This is the sentiment of your entire piece: misinformed and skimming the surface. I have also booked Tina and know she has more to say than what your interview offered.
    jesseDec 3, 2011 14:00:27 PM
    As a case in point of my previous comment. If you look at the guest panel none of them have ever produced a well know track.They may have developed them selves in to a novelty with some skill of course. Unfortunately That's is as far they will go in their careers. There is no disrespect to them here. Nor I am trying to be cruel. I have the extensive knowledge and experience in this field. Although they have accomplished more then most of them male counter parts in the same field. The truth is the same for any one that gets into this field.You have a nice run just only as DJ and then fade. Unless your producing hit tracks that get the notoriety. Which in turn gets the bookings.Look at PaulyD from Jersey shore. That wont last. Then look at the DJs at the international level,Teisto,Oakenfold,Morillo,Guetta.They understand that in order to stay on top for so many years, you have to keep producing music- just like an artist. Just begin able to mix tracks today wont take you far at all.Today everyone can be a DJ with a computer. Developing into an Artist is what it takes today.
    Dj CarlDec 2, 2011 11:34:35 AM
    As a former retired nightclub DJ for 15 years. I worked the circuit from NY to Miami and over seas. The problem with this discussion is that it over looks some major factors. Most Woman need to start producing the music. If women would start to produce club dance hits (like LMFAO and such) then they would be hired to do more gigs. If they are smart develop a name for them self with that momentum. Too many women try to take short cuts by selling sex and not their skills. Thus they are never taking seriously. They have to live and breath the music, then produce and be lucky to have a world wide hit. That is the only way its going to happen for any female that wants to make it in the business. Even for males the competition is very difficult. You can not just make it as a DJ regardless if you a man a or woman - just because you can mix or your good with the crowd. For that then your just no better than a mobile DJ that plays at weddings. You have to develop into a headliner by being a good "Producer". There is a couple of female DJs that are good produces and that are headliners like Sandra Collins,Baby Anne. As veteran producers they have yet to reach the international levels.
    Dj CarlDec 2, 2011 11:11:19 AM
    One problem is that the female DJ's that DO get press -I'm thinking specifically of Skye Nellor, but it's common - are trading on their looks far more than their talent. It cheapens the perception of all, sadly. In Chicago I worked for a decade with two amazingly talented DJs, Teri Briston and Psycho B*tch, who never made it big because they're not easy on the eyes. It's a double standard that has to end, but the ladies need to push on their end as well, not bowing to pressure to be pretty and just work on their skills.
    AllenDec 2, 2011 09:00:21 AM
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