If you know me, then you know that I really love DJ Kidd Madonny, and have been a fan of his for-a while. Then comes along someone with a completely different style and approach to music. DJ Whitney Day is a DJ and event producer based in New York City. Her work can be heard throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her focus is about bringing high caliber events to the lesbian and LGBTQ communities.
It was in college that she discovered a different side of music and her interest changed to music production, recording and technology. After college, she began to work in the film industry, it was now in her life that learned mixing, composing music and sound design for both TV and film.
Before she was 21 she would spend time checking out clubs and raves in the city and Brooklyn. It would be her fascination of the DJ that she would be inspired with the concept of remixing a song and blending different parts together, it would be her ability to re-imagine a song that would carry her through her career, even today she strives to perfect her vision of music and sound. While she considers herself a DJ, she has also expanded to include event production. She continues to search for venues always hiring the best in the industry and those coming up the ranks.
For Whitney, this is not a black and white subject. There are factors that determine what she will play, and how it’s played. For her every venue is different, the crowd, location and of course her mood. Throughout the years she has learned to be flexible and maintain a somewhat “open format”. DJ’ing is about learning how to spin for any crowd, this would include funk, soul, hip-hop and pop. For her this would be the basis for learning the art of DJ’ing. The importance of experimenting with mixing genres, and overtime cultivating and developing your own sound. This is to move the audience, but to expose them to new songs, artist and genres. Whitney states “These days I play very little pop and hip hop, but have grown into my own taste which tends to be dominated by soul inflected house music – sometimes with a disco thing, sometimes more percussive and other night with a deeper more electronic sound. It’s all organic and spontaneous”.
But it’s her ability personalize her music choicest that makes her unique and widely in demand. Whitney states “Giving them something that’s creatively more than what they’re used to and hopefully memorable and exciting”. To balance what the audience likes and wants to hear and remain true to my music is a complicated process at first. She appears to have mastered that and delivers music that is fresh and new. I get the feeling that for her it’s not just about winning over a crowd, but really giving them something to dance to, to remember, and want to hear again. That she wants to expose people to different styles of music and to show energy.
I asked her about the role of women in the DJ industry, and she stated that “it is unbalanced, and yes there is a glass ceiling”. With that said she strives to focus on events that celebrate women in music, as well as queer artist.
Whiney proved to be an interesting induvial to interview, thoughtful of her abilities, a firm understanding of the LGBTQ community, and mostly importantly her love and drive to be the best DJ without compromising herself.
This Southern Decadence Whitney will be at The Bourbon Pub and Parade, it would be worth the effort to hear her spin. For more information visit : bourbonpub.com
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