It’s that time again! This time we’re celebrating our four-month mark by profiling three very hip Detroit DJs, K-Hand, Punisher, and JenXerri.
Not only were these three Detroit girls about town moved by Detroit Techno, but they’ll be moving you when they take the stage at Movement 2010. With the popularity of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson, techno is easily mistaken for a boys club. Thankfully that didn’t stop K-Hand, Punisher, and JenXerri. All three continue to break boundaries and continue to define Detroit Techno.
First up is K-Hand…
Name: K-HAND aka Kelli Hand
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Occupation: Music Producer, Remixer, DJ
What’s an average day in Detroit like for you: Cup of coffee or tea first thing, then onto working in the studio, as well as frequent dog walking.
How did you get into House music: I got in to House music by frequenting the infamous late Paradise Garage in New York – what couldn’t have been a better place to first start hearing house music first? Then, I would buy the records, play them at home, make mixes, and then make my own music. As the first release “Etat Solide/K-HAND Think About it” was produced, UK001 matrix number.
What does it feel like behind the turntables: It feels like I’m in control and the floor is mine to DJ what people what to hear and dance to. I love it!
What are you currently listening to: The Monks, to keep my head straight from hearing some of the bad music out here.
Who are you excited to see perform in the festival: I would like to see Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman show and other artists who haven’t performed yet that are from Detroit. There are a couple european artists I want to check out, but we’ll see.
How do you stand out from the boys in Detroit techno: I stand out because I am the only girl worldwide that has the most produced electronic music. Also, I have a sort of animated personality that people like, and I’m cute… hahahah. A little shameless self promotion here.
What advice would you give to girls looking to become a DJ: Well, now it’s so easy! My advice is to learn the original way – starting with 1200 Technics and using all vinyl. This is the only way one will know for sure if you have REAL DJ skills. Some DJ Software products that use mp3s only are OK for pro djs, but when starting out new, I don’t believe this gives the audience a sense that the person who is Djing is REALLY A DJ, just beatmatching. And there are too many of those Djs out here now. But with vinyl and two turntables, set of good headphones to start, this will tell the tale.
What is your DJ beauty routine: Wearing earrings that don’t fall off from jiggling my headsets while performing!
Any Movement survival tips: For the girls: wear heels, and stomp the ground you stand on! For the guys, wear platform shoes to match the scenery and dance. Other tips, energize yourself with Red Bull!
What must you do in the city every time you’re here: I must make music.
What are you itching to do next in Detroit: Djng House music at Movement Festival May 30th 5:30 pm-7:30 pm @ the Detroit Stage.
What would you like to tell Detroit girls: Stay strong, keep your head, and confidence high. You can do what you want to do in life – the sky is the limit!
More info & bookings: www.AcaciaRecordsDetroit.com