Always play for the crowd,
no matter what.
DJ Stacye J had quite an exciting year this year. The Highland Park Native had a very successful year of being a booked and busy DJ... who Just so happened to be pregnant. Now before we get into this, let's set the tone. The DJ is one of the most important people to know in the music industry. Who else going to play or break your music? Take time to get to know your DJs and treat them well.
DJ Stacye J is a self taught, self made DJ who started scratching at 17. Using what I call a "Starter Kit" which is just a controller, a laptop and of course music, she began to really hone in on her craft and what is now her brand. As she got more into her love for the turntables, she sought out Detroit's own DJ, DJ Trixter for mentorship on how to feel the crowd in a party or club. Once she started to really get a feel for that, she also had mentorship from Detroit DJs, DJ Los and DJ Sicari.
Using her skills and philanthropy, she has done a lot for the Detroit Hip-Hop and R&B community. Some of her first residencies were at the 5E Gallery booked by Piper Carter and The Cigar Bar in Downtown Detroit. Her brand, Liquid Flow, also brought us T.A.S.T.E which showcased a lot of great talent such as Zeus Irons and Detroit Che who are now well off into their music careers. I asked Stacye J how exactly does she pick the songs she adds to her playlist and she said, "It depends on the crowd...Just like anybody else finds music. It's not as exclusive finding music like it used to be where there were DJ pools to where you could sometimes get the songs earlier..."
With all of that being said, sometimes, a pregnancy can slow the down the momentum for a person who is involved in music entertainment. That was not the case here. Of course, anyone would have their hesitations about pregnancy complications. Being around loud music and heavy vibration or not being booked are very valid reasons to post-pone a planned pregnancy. To their surprise, people were actually more interested in booking DJ Stacye J not only because she's a dope DJ, because of her pregnancy. The only real complication was standing up for long periods of time which was an easy fix with a stool or a chair. So there was really no excuse to not continue to do what she loves. You can also check out the beat she made from baby Harper's heartbeat from her first ultra-sound.
Currently, DJ Stacye J is the official DJ for both Detroit Che and Bev Love. In 2019, DJ Stacye J will be touring with festivals both nationally and internationally as well as continuing to be a traveling DJ.
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