The music industry, is like a country club of men that won’t allow you entry unless you have some luggage between your legs. On the outskirts of patriarchy lies a group of dope women doing dope things. There’s nothing sexier than women in control of their art. One member of this league of extraordinary women, is DJ Aura. I came across this sister while wasting away my free time social networking and I became an instant fan. She has an ear for flava underground joints and her spirit is genuine. Time for you to get familiar with DJ Aura.
DJS: When did you decide that you wanted to become a DJ? What experiences led up to that decision?
DJA: Being a dj is something that I’ve always wanted to do I just never had a chance to learn how to dj. I can remember seeing the movie Juice for the first time. I’ve always loved music and been very obsessive over my collection. So a few years ago I happen to find myself at a “djing for girls” workshop. Once I learned the basics, the rest was history.
DJS: There are different types of djs: night club dj, radio dj, mixtape dj, ipod dj…. what type of dj are you and what challenges have you come across trying to express your art your way?
DJA: I’m guess I’m pretty old school. I dj w/ 1200’s. I will dj any where for $$, bat mizvahs ba mi LOL. Well I’ve dj’ed several radio shows, and I have my own radio show. I’ve spun at poetry ciphers, sneakers shows, art shows, and I have a monthly party. I post mixes & make podcasts. I guess I’m pretty versatile.
DJS: How do you feel about gender specific words such as “femcee” and “she-j”?
DJA: hmmmm She-J. I don’t think I like that term. What makes a female dj different from a male dj? Doesn’t art transcend gender? I’m not one for labels.
DJS: Let’s play a game of word association. Say the first thing that comes to your mind:SL1200 – Antique or an artifact that should be preserved Social Networks – NECESSARY!!! The 90s – Golden Era/ Cross Colors Shoes – 54.11’s Soft – Bunny Rabits Nerds – Sexy Natural – K.O.S. Knowledge of Self Honesty – Authentic Crush – Groove Influence – Global/International
DJS: What influences you artistically?
DJA: Everything influences me artistically life, polictics, people
DJS: If you could open for any DJ who would it be?
DJA: If I could open for any dj in the world I would open for Kid Capri
DJS: What are your top 5 records to spin and why?DJA: 1. Ascension by Maxwell – I’ve loved this song since the 1st time I heard. I think this song welcomes people to the dancefloor 2. You Give Me Something by Jamiroquai – essential to any dance party 3. Golden Lady by Stevie Wonder – I’ve always imagined myself dancing to this song at my wedding 4. Jump by K-os – kinda pacifies the house heads 5. Shakatak by Night Birds – I feel this song lets people know they should be dancing together. This song transforms singles into couples.
DJS: Being a dj allows you to travel the world, meet all kinds of people and even open up other avenues never once fathomed. What would you like to accomplish with our craft?
DJA: It’s so interesting how music unites people. Everyone no matter what race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation dances. Music is essential to life in my opinion. I would like to see communities unify and people take ownership of what happens in their community. I would like my music to incite social change.
DJS: What kind of advice could you offer to young girls who want to embark in a career that is male dominated?
DJA: I would tell any young woman who aspires to become a dj to define her sound. Only spin the music that inspires you. Don’t be driven by money; however, make sure you know your worth. Lastly, NEVER COMPROMISE!
DJS: You just released the mixtape “Taste of Power vol.1”. What was the motivation behind that project?
DJA: I think independent female artists need more platforms to showcase their work. And I thought what other way to help this cause than by making a mixtape.