Today I get to talk about two things that excite me more than Pikachu and Abel Tesfaye. The first is a non-profit that I work with and is so very close to my heart, PeekABoo PrettyGirl. I have the pleasure of assisting an organization whose abridged mission is to uplift and inspire young girls and women through many different avenues. Of course I’ll share more information on how to reach us at the end of this post!
Second, I want to rant and rave about the art of DJing. I’ll start with my new favorite SheJay. In addition to helping plan the event and mingle with our guest, I introduced myself to the Carolina SheJay, DJ TO. She had the party JUMPIN’. From beginning to end the place had the tunes. Throughout the night she played everything: Future, Wayne Wonder, Uncle Luke, D.R.A.M….just to name a few. I don’t know if she saw me but when she dropped Cha Cha I gave her the biggest nod of approval. I was having so much fun I didn’t even realize the transition from old school to new school to reggae all in the span of one night.
DJing is not an easy task. It’s not something to you can just pick up and do. Not everyone can be a DJ (I’m talking to YOU, people with extensive iTunes libraries and streaming services with sound systems). DJing takes actual skill, knowledge, and love for music. You have to know what the audience wants to hear and how to keep the crowd engaged and moving. If you don’t know what you’re doing you could end up with a weak ass party. No one wants that. DJing is also one of those jobs that come with a double standard.
“Girls can’t be DJs. They don’t know music.”
This statement is obviously false. As you can tell by reading my posts I know music and I know DIFFERENT types of music. Having the privilege to be a part of TO’s set made me so happy and proud. She did her thing and showed everyone in attendance that she knows her music and can spin it, male or female.
I could go on and on about the night and how I’m in love with DJ TO but I won’t. I just want to remind you to appreciate your DJs and don’t ever question the amount of money required for their services. If they’re doing it for free, chances are they’re doing it wrong (or you have a REALLY good friend).