DJ Miss M [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. – The female presence in hip-hop is rapidly rising, and new talents emerging. Vancouver’s own DJ Miss M is one of those talents: she’s not only being showcased internationally on radio but has been nominated for several Stylus awards and is even teaches DJ classes. We wanted to sit down with the Miss so we sent our best looking writer to talk to Vancouver’s most lovely DJ about Drama, Vysion, and being a girl.
HipHopCanada: You recently became the first female member of The Drama Squad DJs based out of New York City: how did this come about?
DJ Miss M: I basically got asked by Vyzion radio to be a part of the launch which was January 1st. It was by a DJ by the name of Eric G from New York who is really good friends with the director of the drama squad as well as Pauly D. The Drama Squad were looking to increase their roster with new talent especially female DJs, they checked out my stuff and it took about three or four weeks and a few conference calls for it all to go through.
HipHopCanada: What does this mean as far as opportunities for you in the future?
DJ Miss M: Oh definitely, we already have dates for Vegas and I’m doing a couple West Coast tours and a show in Chicago and this has just all started since I joined the Drama Squad. Even with Vyzion Radio I’ve already linked up with 63 DJs who are a part of that show and we are already talking trades and things like that, also about a month ago I ranked 4th at Podmatic.com for my weekly podcast and that was beating out over 50,000 other DJs, so that was really huge for me.
HipHopCanada: Speaking of online radio, you have been keeping up a very active presence with weekly podcasts and various shows on sites such as Vyzion. How long have you been involved in this?
DJ Miss M: Oh not very long, one of my goals for 2011 was to be doing radio, so when January hit that was my first push to be part of a whole bunch of different online sites.
HipHopCanada: How important do you feel it is for other DJs to get involved in online radio?
DJ Miss M: I think it’s opened up a lot of doors for me. I mean before you wouldn’t have the opportunity to play in Europe; right now my stuff is getting played in the UK through Global Radio One, they play my stuff every day and they have an actual radio station plus an online station. That’s huge for me because I’m able to make a name for myself over there without actually being there. I didn’t make a big deal out of it the first few weeks I was starting because everybody has online radio shows, but being a part of this group has definitely opened doors for me.
HipHopCanada: Recently you have just been added to Swurv radio out of Vegas, tell us a little about that.
DJ Miss M: Yes that’s huge, it’s been going on now for seven years, and unlike Vysion which has over 60 DJs, Swurv only has eight, so for them to be running for six, seven years now that’s a big deal for me.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about the Stylus awards this year; you’ve been nominated in a few categories?
DJ Miss M: I’m going for “Best Female DJ” and “Best Vancouver DJ.” In ’09 it was the first one that I tried out for and I got nominated for “Central DJ of the Year” and “Best Female DJ” and last year because of my move from Winnipeg to Vancouver I only got the nomination for “Best Female DJ.
HipHopCanada: You are originally from Winnipeg but have recently made your home base Vancouver, so what prompted the move here?
DJ Miss M: The weather was one, school was another. I went home at Christmas and the temperature was -36…I hadn’t been home in a year and I was freezing. In the winter in Winnipeg you can’t really do anything but here [Vancouver] you can go golfing during the day and skiing during the night, I mean where else can you do that?
HipHopCanada: What can we expect to see From DJ Miss M in 2011?
DJ Miss M: It’s been really good for me the first few months already, now that school’s done I think I’m just gonna work a lot more planning a couple of my tours like the one with Drama Squad and a lot of more out of town shows.
HipHopCanada: Recently you’ve been teaching DJ lessons?
DJ Miss M: Yes, that was more kind of a workshop that we were doing, I always get a bunch of people, especially girls, coming up to see if i ever teach so I thought I would do a workshop at U.B.C.
HipHopCanada: Do you feel that recently there has been more girls wanting to get into DJing?
DJ Miss M: Yes, from when I started three years ago till now, definitely because of the digital MP3 and laptop phase, I think there is over 200 now from….six (laughs).
HipHopCanada: Do you think idea of DJing as a boys club is changing?
DJ Miss M: Yes and no…..I think the boys get the good stuff, and girls right now – I hate to say it – are window dressings somewhat and I’d like to change that. Vysion, Drama Squad and Swurv radio are mostly boys,a nd I love being a part of that because you know that they’re all skilled,and they are known for their skills and not just known as someone who looks good.
HipHopCanada: Do you feel that being a woman you have to work harder?
DJ Miss M:: Oh I do, I feel like I work a lot harder then the boys, because it’s…natural? Even competition between the dudes and the girls, I find that the girls are a lot more cut-throat and I find that the boys are a lot more cool with each other. I’m friends with a bunch of [female] DJs and I feel that’s through all the years that you’ve known them and stuff like that, but it’s different with the ones coming up. I recently just performed at the Utopia festival and out of over 30 female DJs I didn’t know 75 percent of them, it was good to meet them.
Interview conducted by Kent Stephany for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
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