DJ OHSO: Women in the Music Industry Aren’t Threats… We’re Here to Stay Jennie Rhee January 28, 2016 Boston, Music, Opinion It was a cold February night, but it was my first PVRPLE party, so I went out even though I hate the cold. I got downstairs, and I saw DJ OHSO. I lit up because the moment I got downstairs, the party was bumpin’. People were twerking and genuinely having a good time. Then I look over to the DJ booth and saw that it was DJ OHSO. It was the first time I had seen a woman — a young black woman at that — behind the booth. She radiated such confidence and good vibes that it was hard not to twerk. The mixture of sounds from Miami, Atlanta, and wherever else she’s visited and travelled to made her sound distinct and unique. Follow her on: Soundcloud Twitter Instagram JR: What is your zodiac sign? (I’m obsessed, I gotta know.) O: I’m apparently a Cancer. JR: I was listening to your Sway in the Morning interview, and you mentioned your Ethiopian parents and how strict they were. How were you able to convince them about wanting to pursue a career in DJ-ing/being an entertainer? Or was it something that you went for regardless of what they said? O: It was a really hard sell. They wanted me to go to school and I refused to spend the money going to a university when I didn’t actually have a specific career in mind. I’d wanted to DJ as a kid but I never imagined it becoming a career choice. Despite their disapproval, I began to pursue this path and my parents have since started to warm up to the idea. I feel they’ve begun to see how serious I’ve been taking it and how hard I’ve been working towards my goals that they admire my decision and support me a lot more now. JR: What is it like being in a male-dominated industry and breaking the token title of a “female DJ” and being taken seriously as someone with talent. O: We’re always in a constant battle to have to prove ourselves to people, especially being in a male dominated industry, but as long as you stay strong, driven and keep striving to be better, the work will speak for itself. JR: How do you handle receiving unwanted sexual advances? Or disrespect in general. How do you go about correcting them? O: I’m really passive about things like that. I hadn’t really gotten a crazy amount of attention growing up, but when it was unsolicited I would politely express that I wasn’t interested or I’d just ignore it. I get a lot more advances now since I’ve become a DJ but I handle it the same just to avoid confrontation. I can handle how I react to things but I’m not in control of how anyone else might, so it works better that way for me. If someone is blatantly being disrespectful, I would address it though. JR: What kind of equipment do you recommend to new DJ’s? It is overwhelming for any beginner. O: I always suggest learning on turntables first because everything else after that is easy to use. You want to be able to be versatile and play on whatever equipment a venue has available. Learning anything new is overwhelming, so you just need to practice often so it becomes second nature. JR: Assuming it is possible to be in a relationship and a young entertainer, how do you balance it? O: Discipline, self control and an understanding that you’re both growing as individuals. I think relationships in entertainment are completely possible as long as both people are strong in those departments. I have no issue with dating someone as long as we’re able to balance time for ourselves, time with each other and to always respect/honor the relationship. JR: Some people consider female DJ’s getting hired as “trend.” What would you like to say to them? How can we continue to keep this momentum going for women? O: I think it’s only being perceived as a trend because more women are coming into the industry and maybe that makes people feel threatened. If a woman wants to genuinely learn how to DJ and is willing to work hard enough to hold her own then I’m all for it. We just need to be there to encourage one another. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.