Mixtress BB is a well known name in the DJ community and a very talented curator of music, living all over the world will do that to you. Being born in New Jersey and living in Las Vegas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Japan, Italy and Germany, she’s had the opportunity to hear music of several different cultures and broaden her taste and music knowledge. A self proclaimed military brat, she’s had to move around the world and is now settled down here with us in Houston, TX
How long have you been djing?
A little over 3 years.
What were you doing before DJing and what got you interested in this artform?
Well… it all started when I was just a raver a few years ago. I really loved the music and events and one day I decided to start my own production company. Some of the DJs that I regularly booked taught me some DJing just for fun, but I didn’t get into it until much later. I also wanted to turn my production company into a record label but unfortunately I had to stop everything due to reasons beyond my control. So now in order to stay involved and connected with the music, I decided to become a DJ and become better perfecting my craft to make my friends and teachers proud.
Do you produce?
No, but I know a few producers and currently manage local ones who teach me some of it just for fun. Who knows, maybe history will repeat itself and I’ll become a producer myself one day
Name some women that inspire you and tell us why?
I will (of course) have to start with my mom: you have to be strong as a military spouse, dealing with constantly moving, your husband/wife being gone for months at a time, all while raising kids to be productive humans in society and she is that and a wonderful person. Secondly, Oprah because she has been through so much in her life and ended up being a successful and well-respected billionaire. Lastly (but not least), Kit Likwid because she is an awesome local DJ who is doing great things for this state through her love for the music and using it to unify people in the industry.
Why do you think women are not such a big presence as far as DJing & Producing go and what steps do you think we can take to change that?
This industry has been extremely male-dominated because of the difference between the group sizes. In the beginning, there were so many men and they supported each other. There is strength in numbers and now that more of the ladies are getting involved, the inclusion has definitely increased. Women are pushing to be accepted as equals in both society and the industry. With more time and effort we’ll get to where we should be for people to notice that we are not, a “small” presence anymore. This Women Strong event is a major step in that direction.”
Tell us about a show or experience in the industry that changed your life?
The one thing that has changed my life was when i lost my production company, it was the most crushing experience of failure but at the same time it taught me so much. Persistence and resilience is so important and quitting is what truly makes you fail. I want others to know that no matter how badly you are beaten down, you have to get back up and keep going. Don’t be afraid of what will get thrown at you because once you stop, you won’t get anywhere. Women now wouldn’t be where we are today if the ones before us gave up on their cause.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself spinning at the 5th Annual Women Strong show that and hopefully touring with an artist as their manager
You can check out Mixtress BB. and all the other amazing ladies on October 15th at the Woman Strong Charity event going on at Avant Garden Houston! There’s plenty of other things you can do to empower women in the music industry as well! Support female producers and DJ’s! Support female photographers and managers, artists relations reps and talent buyers!
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