DJ Shor-T is spinning for this Friday’s Art Party with Women’s Center for Advancement at House of Loom (9pm-2am, see below for details). She shares with LFF about making mix tapes since she was a kid, her favorite kind of music, taking potentially degrading song lyrics lightly and more…
I am from Omaha, been DJing in clubs since 2001. I lived in Denver for 3 years, but came back a year and a half ago.
How’d you get into music/DJing?
I’ve always been really into music. Been making mix tapes and in charge of music at parties since I was a kid. I worked at a CD store in high school, and started radio in college. After college is when I really started DJing though. I took the slow nights for very little pay and learned how to read and work a crowd. When I met all the other DJs at Hot 107.7/97.3 back in 2003, I would watch, listen, and learn from them everyday. They had been doing it a lot longer than me. I took every DJ gig that came my way, and sometimes worked 5 or 6 nights a week. I get better everyday, I’ll never stop trying to improve myself as a DJ.
Tell me about your style/what inspires you?
Although I feel like I am very versatile, and with preparation I could DJ almost any genre, I know and love hip-hop more than any other genre. Especially old school. Mostly 90s. I feel like that’s when hip-hop was at it’s best, and to see people’s reactions to those songs is so fun and addicting. It’s like I’m bringing back good memories. I love hip-hop. Not just the music, but the entire culture. I’ve been in love with hip-hop since I heard the Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill back in 1986. My style of DJing is very smooth, I like to mix and blend songs into each other as smooth as possible.
Does feminism play a role in your work?
I don’t really get offended by much, I know that hip-hop can be very degrading to women at times, but I honestly never felt like those lyrics applied to me. I figured, yeah, there probably really are some women that don’t act right…men too. Maybe that isn’t the right way to look at it, but I don’t take those songs too seriously. I’m more into music for the way it sounds. If it makes me feel good, I’m going to want to play it.
Any hints on what you’ll be playing Feb. 1?
I’ll most likely spin some old school hip-hop mixed with r&b, and throw in a few jams from today. I’ll be sure to include some of my favorite female emcees, such as Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott & Lil Kim.
See DJ Shor-T spin Friday, Feb. 1, 9p.m.-2a.m., House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., fo: House of Loom X Brooke Masek X Les Femmes Folles host
An Omaha First Friday Art Party Fundraiser for
The Women’s Center for Advancement. $5 minimum door donation / 21+ / 9pm - 2am; details here.
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V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls inspired by Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues. With a variety of city-wide events leading up to V-Day on Feb. 14th, we’re starting things off early by hosting an art party fundraiser for Omaha’s local charity, Women’s Center for Advancement.
The night will include …
▷ Les Femmes Folles Open Art Show
▷ Live performance from Mallory Finch & Company
▷ Live visual art
▷ Dance party w/DJ Shor-T
▷ Representatives with info from WCA
▷ Debut of the #DecencyCampaign: House of Loom announces the launch of its new campaign to promote respect and decency toward all individuals, regardless of gender, orientation, politics, or race. Come prepared to answer the question: What does decency mean to you? What tips can you give to be a better person to other persons?