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The DJU Interview with leading female D.J (Another pint on the slate!) and forum agony aunt Karen (Kazzachi)

 

How long have you been DJ'ing?

 

About thirteen years!

 

What inspired you to become a DJ?

 

I think it was more "desperation" rather than "inspiration"! I had left my first husband - leaving him the house and all my wordly goods - and was as poor as a church mouse! I knew I had to do something if I was going to be able to feed and keep a roof over my daughters head so a good friend of mine (who also happened to have just left her hubby albeit she kept the house and contents!) had a head to head about what we could do to earn a few pennies. Her brother had just bought a really naff second hand disco system and we decided to approach him to see if he would let us borrow his gear as we decided that we could do "disco parties" for children! The rest as they say, is history!

 

What type of "Do" was your first gig?

 

A childrens party for a group of ten year olds! What a way to start - great being an amateur!

 

 

How much did you charge (Mikeee please convert this from Shilings and pence to decimal when its your go..)

 

For childrens parties I charge £150 for a 2 hour set and prices for adult functions start at £250 til twelve and fifty pound per hour or part thereof thereafter.

 

What equipment did you have to begin with?

 

My first purchase was a citronic Hawaii IV deck, formula 400 amp, clubman 15 speakers, two light screens (that'll please spin), a set of 4x4 traffic lights, two abstract twisters and wait for it..... a rope light!!

 

Whats the worst/most embarassing thing you've done in front of an audience?

 

Due to the fact that we have some minors on this forum I better not tell you the first worst/embarrassing thing... but I think the worst thing I ever did (apart from the first worst thing!) is to accept glass after glass of champagne during a gig and fall into my record boxes - I hasten to add that this was when I first started out and make a point in NOT drinking at any function!

 

 

What is your favourite type of function now? EG: Wedding, 18th Birthday party, funeral wake..

 

I still love kids parties - you realise how great they are when you are walking down the aisles in tescos and kids come running up screaming your name and giving you a big cuddle! Apart from that I dont have any favourite TYPE of gig - I love doing virtually all of them - the day I dont enjoy them is the day I quit!

 

Is there anything that you include in your show now, that you wish you'd done/known when you started? (Not equipment, but in human/performer terms)

 

Experience!

 

What do you feel you offer your public, that makes you a better DJ than "the next guy/girl"?

 

I would not say that any professional DJ is better than the next - we all tend to play the same stuff and have the same attitude but for my part, I always make sure that I give it 110% and NEVER give up trying. I may have a couple of assets that make me stand out from the rest but I think that is a woman kinda thing!

 

Have you ever bought something for your show that you wish you hadnt? and why?

 

YES! I bought a smoke machine off a bloke for £50 and showed it off to an owner of a disco shop who promtly took it off me saying that it had been nicked from his shop! Whoops - I wont do that again!

 

Whats your next DJ purchase likely to be?

 

A moving display as long as Crispy can give me a good discount!

 

If you could get someone to invent a new piece of disco equipment for your show, what would it be?

 

Probably something that would set itself up and pack itself down!

 

What do you think is the best thing about DJ'ing.

 

Proving people wrong - I still get sniggers and little comments from people at the beginning of a gig who reckon I am just a novelty - and I love to prove them wrong!

 

What do you think is the worst thing about DJ'ing.

 

Having no social life at the weekend!

 

What would make you stop DJ'ing (if anything).

 

When I start hating going out and stop enjoying it.

 

How do you think DJ'ing will change, in the next 5 years?

 

Apart from technical advances, I dont think that DJing will change dramatically. A good DJ is vital and no amount of equipment or effects will replace him/her

 

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Due to the fact that we have some minors on this forum I better not tell you the first worst/embarrassing thing

 

Why, its not stopped you previously in the Chat! and besides the minors on here are worse than the adults! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/rolleyes.gif - Feel free to describe the party trick with coins again! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/tongue.gif

 

 

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I still love kids parties

 

And good luck to you!, I haven't got the patience with the little brats anymore...must be entering my misreble bad tempered old man phase. I Just wish you were close enough to pass on the enquries I still get, the one thing we are short of around here is a decent D.J for kids parties

 

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you realise how great they are when you are walking down the aisles in tescos and kids come running up screaming your name and giving you a big cuddle!

 

I'm not knocking Karens skill as a D.J or in fact D.J's of either sex, but I think that female D.J's have a more "safer" attitude towards them when it comes to parents booking their childrens entertainment If that happened to a Male D.J in Tescos no doubt he'd be arrested!.

 

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A moving display as long as Crispy can give me a good discount!

 

Whats it worth! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/wub.gif http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/wub.gif

 

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Proving people wrong - I still get sniggers and little comments from people at the beginning of a gig who reckon I am just a novelty - and I love to prove them wrong!

 

And don't woman just love to prove people wrong!!!! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/smile.gif - Don't worry Karen, we don't think that you are a novelty on this forum....Focal point maybe, but not a novelty!.

 

Thanks Karen, don't forget that you get to choose the next interviewee!

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Good on ya Karen, now I see why you are the agony aunt as well http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif

 

You've also confirmed a theory of mine that 'Tescos' gets a mention almost everywhere (most news stories about products seem to be in their stores and most sitcoms & dramas that require a shopping trip end up there). Soon they will control everything - you have been warned!!

 

Who's next then?

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My complete and total respect for you Kazz,and lets hope your daughter has the same courage and pride in her work that her mother so very obviously has http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/042.gif

I will try anything,once!

 

The Cornish will arise again !

Manager of the Andy Harris Fan Club.

Keep pasties Cornish

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niceee

 

BUT

 

where are the answers to MY quesitons? huh? http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/mad.gif

 

but good nonethless (can't spell) http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif

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Nice one Kazza, you get to chose the next subject, can't beme or Chris though http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/tongue.gif

 

I'll have to start travelling up the A303 and M3 at those prices, do you get to your gig by chauffeurand limo ? http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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Didint you know all us lot over here have helicopters

 

You are not dating Noel Edmunds are you Paula???? http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/tongue.gif

 

If they ever make a new serious of treasure hunt, Perhaps Paula could be the new Anneka Rice?? - What colour Jump Suit would you like?? - Pink??

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Noel Edmunds (who lives just up the road from me !!) is back on the radio- Radio 2 drive

.....but what do I know ?

 

 

 

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fine dont' answer me.... http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/014.gif

 

who's next after kazz?

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Aw Fanks yew lot! Now, all I have to do is choose the next victim.... oooo this is really hard!!! In reverse order..... NO - I would really like to hear from a veteran..... someone who started dj-ing before the gramaphone was replaced....... ummmm........ I know..... SINdoctor.....! It would be good to hear from someone who started out when lots of us were in nappies!!!! Over to you then sin! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/thumbup.gif

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sorry crooksey.. what WAS your question?

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OH S:cense:te did I just get nominated????? ............. and I thought you loved me Kazz?? http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/014.gif

 

Now how can I give a resume when I have so many things hidden away in my past!

 

Sin

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http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/wub.gif Its because I love you that I nominated you Sin.... better you make your revelations to us rather than we all read them in the news of the world!!

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I had you short-listed for the next one but picked Kazzachi so that we could get the info before her computer goes on the blink again. Maybe next time Spin eh?

 

Oh the power of suggestion!!! http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/laugh.gif

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whoops... a little correction to my interview here... when I started I didnt charge 150/2 hours kids party 250/adults... thats what I charge now for the basic stuff.... I actually remember charging £50 for a 2 hour kids and only £95 for an adult function back then! Sorry if I misled anyone..... I certainly would have had the cojonnes del buro if I had charged then what I charge now!

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My questions were like

 

Name

Age

D.O.B.

Location

education

jobs

etc....

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No thats the other forum you want.... the marry me mate one!!

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exactly! i said u just put n/a or no comment! but its just of curiosity http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/014.gif

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http://www.dj-forum.co.uk/html/emoticons/042.gif crooksey... I dont have a problem with supplying this info... but think most of it is in our profiles - but just for the record:

Age: A lady never divulges - she just lies by 10 years on her profile!

Location: Holbury, Hampshire

Sex: - should put the obvious answer but wont! F

 

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