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November 9th, 2014 · 16 Comments

it’s coming up on two years ago that I agreed to let a(nother) friend take advantage of my “connections” to try to generate revenue. while it is something i will usually say yes to if it’s for a close friend or a good cause this one could have been the biggest game changer in my life period.

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it’s something that taught me (finally) (in my FCKING thirties) to not care what people think.

you can say you don’t care but you always do a little. nope. not anymore. it truly doesn’t matter at a certain point and that is the point where you see the most success. you realize you are exactly where you want to be – and if someone doesn’t like the fact that you are there, it could be because they want what you have but are too lazy to get there themselves. i grew up feeling this jealousy too of course. but it’s only now that i see this from a different perspective and truly do. not. give. a. shit.

djing has changed my life. it occupied areas of my brain that were not being exercised thus causing quite a bit of much-needed stress relief and happiness. it dug deep in to areas of my past that had since been almost completely forgotten (which now that i think about it is so weird since it was such a HUGE part of my life). it challenged me physically, emotionally, socially. it still does. every single gig is its own whole new experience.

there are too many years where i spent 100% of my free time working my ass off for everyone else. making someone else famous. making someone else money. just about all of that work has left me feeling empty and unappreciated. i don’t regret it at all, but see a lot clearer now that i’m doing something for myself. something that i enjoy. nobody can take it away from me. i don’t disrespect anyone that has been smart enough to see what they can get out of me and use that for their own benefit. it’s my own fault for letting it happen. these past two years i’ve channeled that energy into something that benefits me. it’s taken away a lot of cynicism that was building up. i have a feeling it saved my life.

what i want to say now is – thank you. to everyone i have met in the past two years; to the fan base i managed to grow in this small town; to everyone who believed in me especially everyone who booked me and especially to Jami. i know it was probably more for your benefit than for mine when you offered to teach me how to play and booked me for that thursday night in december at M. thinking outside the box. do something different. it would either be a trainwreck or at least bring in some people on a non-weekend night. hell, i would have probably tried to do something like that myself if i thought of it first. bravo. i wonder if you had any idea what that would turn in to for me. for my own well being and for my career.

i had no idea how amazing it was and definitely had no plan to ever make that a reality in my own life. i learned very quickly who my true friends were – and how few i actually had. i learned how cut-throat the performance industry could be yet didn’t see anyone really working to try to change it. if they were then how would it be possible for a beginner like me to keep getting gigs?

unless perhaps maybe the music i was presenting was speaking to people. i can actually rephrase that because i know the truth: it did, even a little bit. THAT is the best feeling but one i never really shared. i was the only person there when people came up to me after gigs to ask me my name, my website. i was the only person people would text and say they can’t stop listening to the cd i gave them, or how much they loved a set. these were not people i knew already. there were a few friends but more strangers. THAT is the most epic feeling.

there’s so many times i couldn’t even give away a gig. the calls i do make when i need to book someone or give away a gig are to the handful of djs that understand the game is about being supportive. the ones that can’t wait to give you new music, that come early or stay late to hear your set, or offer guidance where they think you could use it.

my first public official dj gig was at M in december of 2013. from that gig i got booked for two more gigs. from those gigs i got a few more, until i had residencies at rumfire and nextdoor, and added to the roster at the safehouse/republik. M invited me back and addiction added me to their monthly roster and there has been some amazing special events that still to this day give me chicken skin. this might not have been something i spent the decades that my colleagues have learning and mastering, and i would never put myself in their bracket. i have three jobs and a charity to run there’s no time to teach myself how to get tricky and master turntablism.

unfortunately i had to turn down the Iron DJ invite. i am in a unique position in this town – i have the capability of booking the djs (judges) and also work for the title sponsor. it’s just too much of a conflict to participate.

but also? that’s just not my thing. and i’m not sorry. my job is to build this nightlife, make it successful, keep it thriving, and help people that are making it happen. i love music, it’s my passion, i love what it does to people, how we can connect through it, how fragile it can be to control the vibe of a room, cater to the spenders, cater to the intellects, cater to yourself, breaking tracks, knowing the hits, all that.

i love how ross tried to explain that it’s years and years of digging that truly makes a “real” dj, and when tracy told me that there’s “quite a few people out there” against me, referring to it as a “celebrity dj” phenomenon. i could only listen to about a third of what she had to say before walking away. there is no argument that makes sense to me. i give away more dj gigs than i actually can play. yes i’ve spent a decade building my network in this city which is why i’m the first call for a lot of ppl when they need someone. that’s from working hard, building trust, and most importantly producing results. it’s hard work. that’s something that i’m sure anyone who just writes me off would have no idea how to do – OR THEY WOULD BE DOING IT.

to anyone that thinks they have the right to tell another person what they should or shouldn’t be doing or what they are “allowed” to be passionate about… i guess just see how far that gets you in life.

to anyone that immediately dismisses me because i am female or to any female that thinks they have to push their sexuality to become successful just stay very far away from me. i do not vouch.

i’m making this work the way i do it and it’s what makes me happy. i have a lot to learn and i love that about it. i will support anyone and will definitely be looking out for any up and comers that are willing to work hard and stay positive. i will also be looking out for myself and my interests.

see you guys at the Iron DJ. i can’t wait to hear your sets.

#BacardiIronDJ starts Tuesday November 18th at The Republik

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jlieu // Nov 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    love this sister! <3 DJ on!

  • 2 Christa // Nov 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    aw thank you jennnnnnn…. it’s been a really good couple of years that’s for sure.

  • 3 JJ // Nov 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    WHAT CAN’T MZ CW DO

  • 4 Christa // Nov 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    ha jayson the list goes on. coming friday?!?!

  • 5 JG // Nov 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Keep rockin’ CW!

  • 6 Anonymous // Nov 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Ya Wack….U far from a DJ

  • 7 DavidH // Nov 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Isn’t it “Hey Ms. DJ” Love my CD.

  • 8 Andreas // Nov 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I knew you had it from day one. LOVE <3 U cw

  • 9 Kevim Vasconcellos // Nov 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Christa! Havent been back home in the past few years, so still haven’t caught you DJing, but you always put together the best talent in the past! Till I get back home, do you have any of your sets uploaded here? Mahalo!

  • 10 Christa // Nov 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    hi kevin! here –> https://soundcloud.com/supercw

    live sets coming too i keep forgetting to hit record :)

  • 11 Christa // Nov 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    lol at the anonymous ur actually right on both counts i’m very far fm a dj and super wack.
    however cowardly troll comments get zero fcks given. <3

  • 12 mrbrown // Nov 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    you always did truly love the music, and you damn hella work hard and deserve it! go get it!

  • 13 Morgan // Nov 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I am so proud of you for this that I can hardly stand it. You are one of the hardest workers that I know and better yet, you are positive and kind. In the long run friend – that is why you are a success. Oh and yea – you kick some DJ a** & I look forward to hiring you LOTS more!

  • 14 DJ Red Lobster // Nov 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Music is terrible nowadays…The Radio actually killed music…

  • 15 Christa // Nov 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    too many comments fm same ip u gotta get a grip. either send me ur contact so u can take some gigs n show us how it’s done or find another outlet for ur issues, troll. radio didn’t kill music i hear disclosure n mr probz 24/7 radio is radio it always will be.

  • 16 Ateeya // Nov 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Christa,

    Loved you from the moment we met at The Safehouse. Love you now, will love you as your star continues to shine and one day when you pass on the torch to someone new (hopefully decades from now).

    I learnt a little about HNL nightlife. Too much energy spent tearing each other down instead of raising each other up.

    For those who haven’t worked with you:
    You never said boo about anyone, also positive, always hustling, always supportive. You played packed houses and empty rooms (through no fault of your own) with the same level of professionalism and enthusiasm. No lame repeat set lists. Always fresh, new and evolving. Amazing ability to read a crowd. Hiring you was always an easy decision.

    You are spot on, nightlife in the HNL is cut throat, however, you are a bright light and that will draw in the good and the bad. Keep your chin up and keep doing what you’re doing. Glad you know who you are and can filter. Never stop.

    As they say: Dear Haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at. Just be patient.

    You are pure, undeniable talent. Love you!!

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