BOOM catches up with DJ Miss Jade as she prepares to celebrate Boujis’ second anniversary behind the decks. We talk limitations as a female DJ, the importance of image, and essential tracks of the week.
When did you decide to become a DJ?
Graduating college a few years ago was a really exciting time because out of all the possibilities I chose to pursue what I reeeeally loved.
What brings you to Hong Kong?
I’m so excited to play at Boujis’ second anniversary party! It’s a beautiful venue. I always try to mix up work and play. So I have friends here that I get to catch up with while I’m out here. Dinner, shopping, drinks… Plus I secretly want to move here, but don’t tell that to anyone back in NYC!
Have you played in Asia before? If so, how do you think the scene here compares with New York?
I’ve played in many cities – Hong Kong and Seoul included – I mean there are small differences like the way people dress, their musical tastes, what they smoke and drink in the club, how late they party. But seriously if you put great music, plenty of bottles, and well dressed people in one room thats an instant party wherever you are in the world. Nightlife is nightlife, wherever you go. Also the great thing about dance music is that a good beat will move you no matter where you’re from.
How easy has it been to penetrate the New York DJ scene as a female?
New York nightlife holds a pretty high standard for their DJs. I think it applies to everyone, male or female.
You were on the cover of Stuff Magazine’s “Boston’s Sexiest” issue – do you ever find people overlook your DJ talent because of your looks?
What makes a person sexy is a passion and dedication for what they do. When I get great feedback from a dance floor I hope they’re digging what I’m doing and because they can see how much I’m digging it too! Oh and my favorite is when people go “oh my god it was a girl DJing the whole time??!!” and they are so surprised, in the best way.
How important do you think image is in the music scene nowadays?
As with any performance related work I think image is very important. My approach is to be different and have a unique style. I hate to blend in! l used to get in a lot of trouble for this when I was younger but now as a DJ I get to have fun with my image!
What’s your favourite track of the week?
I just love this one so much! It has the classic house sound of the 80’s and 90’s – when house music was all about love and letting loose.
What’s your favourite genre to mix?
I get easily bored so I like mixing diverse genres into a set because it allows me to get creative, think outside the box. It’s a fun challenge to figure out how to make a smooth transition from two very different genres, like from hip hop to electro for instance.
How long does it take you to mix a track?
When I’m feeling really inspired and in the moment I’ll do live mashups and bootlegs on the fly! That being said I also spend a lot of time preparing remixes for my sets.
What’s the track you’re most proud of? Just listened to the ‘Latch’ Bootleg – loved it!
I take pride in making every set I play a unique experience by making tons of bootlegs and remixes. I’ve been working on original music so stay tuned for it early next year!
What’s the best party you’ve ever DJd at and why?
It’s definitely a head rush to play for 1000+ people, but ironically it’s the smaller parties that are really gratifying to play for. There was this tiny nightclub in New York I used to play at every Monday where I was just inches away from the dance floor. It’s really intimate when you can share your music face to face like that.
You’ve taken the clubs in New York by storm, but is there another city whose nightlife you’d like to dominate at some point in the future?
I would love to play in Europe sometime soon, maybe London, Moscow, and Paris. Any of those cities would be a unique playground to stretch my skills in. I’m the type of person who will pack up everything and move to another city just because I want a new challenge.
Does the DJ lifestyle ever stress you out? How do you relax?
Balance is key. I’m an avid yoga fan. The peacefulness of yoga during the day balances out the craziness of nightlife. Traveling a lot can be tiring so I try to keep it simple, eating healthy and surrounding myself with good people.
For the ladies who read our magazine – what’s the best way for girls to feel confident when walking into a club?
Wear your highest high heels and your most fabulous smile! Those a girl’s best friends
If you hadn’t become a DJ, what would you like to be doing instead?
Oh jesus that’s an interesting question! I have sooo many interests! Definitely something artistic – maybe an art dealer or a chef. I plan to open a vegan restaurant and lounge one day. With live DJs of course!
Top 10 tracks you like at the moment?
I have such a huge appetite for music so questions like this are really hard! Off the top of my head here are some tracks I won’t leave home without lately.
Cazzette – Sleepless (A-Trak Remix)
Cash Cash – Surrender
Armin Van Buuren – Hystereo
Clean Bandits ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be (go to my soundcloud to grab my version!)
Afrojack & Martin Garrix – Turn Up the Speakers
Calvin Harris – Blame (Calvo Remix)
Yellow Claw – DKNY
Kiesza – Hideaway (Dzeko & Torres Remix)
RUFUS DU SOL – Imaginary Air
10. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never (Mark Knight Remix)