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It actually took me awhile to remember just where and when I had actually met DJ Spidersilk, but I've had the distinct pleasure of actually getting to know her for more than just a face up in the DJ booth. Raw, honest, and as true to the sound as she is to herself, I quickly discovered that there can be only one Spidersilk. As unique as her name, and just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, how could she be anything other than a one of a kind.
Q. what was the first program you ever used?
A. "Well I don't actually use software to DJ. I still use physical CDs, which is just old-fashioned enough not to be cool with the laptop crowd, but not old school enough to get the respect of vinyl"
Furhtermore she went on to say:
"I like using CDs because I have never had my CD binder fall off the table and stop the music I never have to worry about my hard drive crashing, and the crowd doesn't look at me like I'm checking my facebook for two hours.
Q. Are there any other un-forseen advantages to using CDs?
A. "They're lighter than vinyl and I can carry more music to a gig than I could if it was all records, and CDJs are the industry standard club equipment setup these days as opposed to vinyl turntables. So I'm pretty sure they'll have equipment that I can work with. I feel CDs are just more reliable that way."
Q. Are there any disadvantages to using CDs??
A. "The downside is, I don't have auto-beatmatching like a lot of software does, and I can't perform as many crazy audio tricks, and I'm having to put more thought into what I'm doing as opposed to being augmented with a software "brain". I'm still old school enough to take some professional pride in the fact I'm working hard and there is room for human error, but there's a school of thought where... there are modern DJs who use software and they feel using the "sync" button isn't cheating, that it actually frees up their brain to embellish other aspects of their performance. I can't say they're wrong. At the end of the day, a DJ is there to entertain, and entertainment is entertainment, however you get it done. But it's just not my style... yet. Hahaha who knows, I may eventually make the switch, nothing's impossible."
To which she added:
"And yes, I was taught to DJ with CDs because at the time I began learning, vinyl was on its way out of common usage, but laptops had not yet become so ubiquitous. CDs were the current format of choice when I started so that's what I've stuck with; they've proved a stable medium over time. What got me into it... "
Q. So, how did you get into spinning?
A. " I used to manage a bar in college where the owner brought in live turntablists several times a week, and they really impressed me. I developed an admiration for DJs but still didn't think of becoming one myself. I moved to Vegas for an entry level corporate job, but it stifled my soul and I was looking for a creative outlet. I knew I had to find a way to get music back in my life. I played piano growing up, but had gone without one for years in college, and I didn't know if I could fit one in my tiny apartment, and didn't know how long I was staying in Vegas. I figured DJing always looked fun, and the equipment would be more smaller & more portable than a piano. It turns out my timing was good; I started frequenting a local club, Sanctuary at Krave lounge, where a friend of mine introduced me to the DJ crew, Nepenthe Industries West, who were looking for new trainees at the time. They offered to teach me for free. I was new here and didn't have many friends yet, so I started hanging out with all of them and they had a series of "DJ Bootcamp" sessions all summer and on through the fall. In December 2007, they decided I was ready to play out, and they booked me for my first public gig. "
Q. You play such a diversified range of music, and I don't think I want to be the one to ask what genre of music you personally like best, but there has to be a favorite place you've played or currently play, and or is there a place you aspire to play?
A. "my first electronic music love is Trance. I find something good to love about any genre, really- I love good Techno, House, and even Dubstep, but I really bliss out to trance. If I could ever play an extended trance set at the Circuit Grounds at EDC I think I would die happy, but I also have a small pipe dream to play at awesome electronic festivals around the world- Tomorrowland in Belgium, Electronic Family in Amsterdam, etc. But I feel like there's a gap of... unknown... between playing underground clubs in Vegas and winding up on a stage somewhere out there. There's no clear instruction manual for getting from here to there. So I'mma just keep doing my thing, and in 2013 my intent is to focus on creating more content for my fans to enjoy- more mixes and more original productions- and maybe eventually someone will notice."
Q. Finally, Is there any one piece of solid advice you would give anyone who might be feeling the stirrings of an inspiration to do what it is that you do?
A. "Well- there are so many paths to take that it's hard to give one peice of very good-yet-general advice. But one of my biggest inspirations, composer/DJ/technologist BT, recently said, "Find Your Awesome." I love that. Just... whatever it is that you're passionate about and makes you feel amazing, DO that. If it's music, great. If it's something else, great. Find your awesome. I would add, keep a positive attitude and work hard in spite of rejection. Most success stories I've read included a lot of rejection, but the key always seems to be they never gave up. Eventually, the world will start identifying you with your Awesome."
Interviewed by Symphony SorrowsFade 1-30-2013
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