Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com.
For the most part, we've avoided adding DJs to the Artist of the Week army. It's not because they aren't talented - because a lot of them are - it's just that the situation can be a bit tricky.
Like, it's easy to tell when a DJ is good at what he/she does; your protons just feel extra positive. But it's hard to tell when a DJ isn't good at what they do, because a lot of the times they're just their playing fun, fun, fun songs that other musicians made and warning people that if they park in the parking lot across the street at the Chinese restaurant they're going to get towed.
DJ Supastar makes your protons feel good. That's why she's becoming the first female DJ in the history of this here column. And if that weren't enough, she's created a DJ Summer Camp for young girls who are interested in working out their own spot in what is generally a boys club. Golden high-five for that.
Interview ahead, sucka MCs.
Rocks Off: First, tell everyone everything they need to know about DJ Supastar in exactly six words.
DJ Supastar: Determined, dream chaser, loyal, honest, fun and laid back.
RO: So tell everyone a little about this DJ Summer Camp that you have going on?
DJ: This will be a nine-week camp for young ladies who are interested in pursuing DJing. We will cover the fundamentals of DJing, Equipment Setup, Beat Counting and Basic Mixing and - get this - with vinyl records. If they find that this is something that they would like to pursue further, I will also have advanced classes available in which other DJs will be incorporated.
RO: Why, please tell, is this only for girls? What about the aspiring young male DJs? You hate those kids? We guess we hate them too then. Yeah, that settles it. We hate 'em. Down with teenage male DJs. You and us, we're starting the revolution right now.
DJS [laughs]: Well, when I first took interest in DJing, I reached out to several male DJs and some showed tough love, and at the time I didn't know of any other female DJs in the city. So it was placed on my heart years ago to create a platform for other young ladies interested in the field. If I had this opportunity at the age of 13-17, then who knows where I would be?
RO: DJ GT was one of the first dudes that helped you get on, right? He's a slick guy, right? We have a very strong liking for his beard. It's mystical, almost.
DJS: I thought you knew his beard had magical powers! DJ GT is who I credit for allowing me to stand there and observe his talents, but I also credit DJ Aggravated, GoodGrief and DJ BLove. And I had the chance to meet one of my idols, DJ Eque, who is also a female DJ from Houston.
RO: What materials will girls need if they want to attend?
DJ: Their hands and an open mind. All equipment will be provided.
RO: Does it cost money to register?
DJS: Yes, the registration fee is $20 for those who sign-up and attend the informational seminar this Saturday, May 21st from noon to 3 p.m. at Lucky Strike Lanes located at the Houston Pavilions in Downtown. It's $30 afterwards.
I'm offering a special introductory rate of $75 per week for summer classes. This includes one hour of instruction for three days per week, with an additional and separate option to come in for lab or private sessions. Parents can register their girl online at: www.dj-supastar.com.
RO: How long does it last?
DJS: DJ Summer Camp will be from June 20 to Aug 20, but I am anticipating having the classes run all year long.
RO: Is there a job placement program for graduates? Like, will you help them get signed to spin at Build-a-Bear or where ever it is that teenage girls like to hang out?
DJS: Build-a-Bear is not a bad idea [laughs]. But yes, believe it or not, I get a lot of phone calls for Sweet Sixteen parties, middle school and high school events. So why not pass them on to my lil "minis"?
RO: Lastly, for any girls that want to enroll in this program but, for whatever reasons, will be unable to, what is one piece of advice you'd like to bestow upon them?
DJS: I would say to continue to chase your dreams and to stay focused on the end result.
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