BLOCKDYMEZ: First I’d like to welcome you to BLOCKDYMEZ.COM, how did you hear about the site?
DJ Queen of Spades : Hello, and thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I was actually sent something by Block Dymez over twitter. Then, I went to visit the site and that’s when I saw that they catered to female DJ’s. I then expressed my interest on being featured on the site and here we are…..lol
BLOCKDYMEZ: How long have you been a DJ and what made u want to be a DJ?
DJ Queen of Spades : I began DJ’ing back in 1996, but it was more of a hobby at that time. A good friend, at the time was spinning and I used to go to the record store with her every week. I started buying records and practicing at her house. Shortly after, I got my own set of turntables, began teaching myself how to mix and I guess it’s history from there…..lol I didn’t stick with it the entire time, but now i’d say i have been doing it professionally for about 8-10 years. I never saw myself being a DJ, but now I could not see myself doing anything else.
BLOCKDYMEZ: What DJ’s have influenced you?
DJ Queen of Spades : I definitely have been influenced by; Spinderella from Salt ‘n’ Pepa, DJ Scratch from EPMD, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri and DJ Scratching From Scratch. I can name so many that I have followed and looked up to over the years, but those are the biggest that I can say have been instrumental throughout my career and even prior.
BLOCKDYMEZ: How would you describe your style as a DJ?
DJ Queen of Spades : Wow!! I just love music and have a strong passion for what I do and that comes out when I am DJ’ing. It really depends on my mood or the spot that I am rocking. You can get many different styles and sides of DJ Queen of Spades on any given night, but you will always get my best!
BLOCKDYMEZ: I see you are from Toronto. What flavor does being from there bring to your mixes.
DJ Queen of Spades : Toronto, is such a mixed and diverse city, so I have been blessed to be exposed to so many genres of music. So, most definitely the ability to play everything from; hip hop to r’n’b to soca to house to reggae to pop to rock in parties and still get an amazing crowd reaction sets our city apart from others I’ve been to.
BLOCKDYMEZ: Is there a big diffrence between the Canadian and US club scenes? If so please explain.
DJ Queen of Spades : Oh for sure, like I stated above Toronto is extremely diverse and so with that you can bring all types of styles of music into one party. Being in NYC, i’ve noticed you either have to go to an “urban” party or go to a “caribbean” party or “house” party. Very rarely are you getting that all in one spot. And, in the US the DJ’s are there own hype person. I think that’s amazing. As, in Canada we have MC’s that rock the parties and the DJ’s spin the music.
BLOCKDYMEZ: If you could only have 10 records in your collection what would they be?
DJ Queen of Spades : Oh boy, this is a tough one! If I could only choose 10…..hmmmmm They would have to be albums, because I would never survive with just 10 songs……lol
Prince – Purple Rain
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Mary J. Blige – What’s The 411
Janet Jackson – Control
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Debarge – The Best of Debarge
Notorious BIG – Ready To Die
Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Prince – Erotic City ( just the song )
BLOCKDYMEZ: Do you have any new projects that you want to tell us about.
DJ Queen of Spades : I recently became a Famous Monster DJ. For all who don’t know, Monster is the company that makes Beats By Dre headphones! So, I am extremely happy about that. I’m working on a new mixed CD in my series All The Hail The Queen as well. I also have a couple of projects with artists that are in the works and a few more projects underway, but don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet…..lol
BLOCKDYMEZ: What was the hardest obstacle you had to overcome as a female DJ?
DJ Queen of Spades : I think being a DJ has its obstacles period. There are the ups and downs of this industry. The biggest obstacle being a female DJ is sometimes you are found trying to “prove” yourself and that you have just as much, if not more talent to stand up to the male DJ’s. Basically, I just go to the party, get on the 1’s and 2’s and show them what I’m about. Let my talent speak for itself.
BLOCKDYMEZ: How are you received by your male counterparts?
DJ Queen of Spades : Even prior to DJ’ing, I have been heavily involved the entertainment industry, so I have been lucky enough to have been around a lot of male DJ’s I now spin alongside for many years. They are actually responsible in a big way for me taking my DJ career to the next level. They saw my love and passion and skill and really motivated me to take it further. Even now, with newer DJ’s and people I meet. They see that I hustle and really have my heart into this, so they take me serious. I’m not gonna say its always like this…..lol but for the most part I have been very well received by my male counterparts.
BLOCKDYMEZ: What advice would you give to any up and coming female DJ’s trying to get to that next level?
DJ Queen of Spades : Do not let the stereo typing discourage anything you do! If you have enough talent, love, passion, dedication, and determination, you will succeed no matter what. Put your heart and mind into it and do the do! And, brand yourself accordingly. Branding, is probably one of the most important things you will have to do. And, of course network.
BLOCKDYMEZ: We are at the end of this interview…..thanks for taking the time to let BLOCKDYMEZ and BLOCKWORKZ get to know you….any last words????
DJ Queen of Spades : Thank you for taking the time out to talk with me. I greatly appreciate the support. I think it’s amazing that you are supporting female DJ’s.
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