A Sit Down With DJ Tenashar
J Tenashar, shot to fame being the only female-Asian to feature on DJ Mags Top 100 DJs list. Debbie Valerie Long, better known by her moniker DJ Tenashar, is the insanely talented DJ cum model powerhouse that you must get acquainted with right now! The now popular DJhad her earliest stint with performing at a really young age.
"I love you love you love you, each and every one of you, it is my driving force in life to make music that will brighten your days and lift your spirits."
You are from Singapore right? But based on the info you have blood of Spanish descent and you are an exotic face too!
Yes, I am of Spanish and Chinese descent. I have a mixed face, not very similar to mom or dad. I am in the middle.
How did you get your start in DJing?
I started learning to DJ two years ago on vinyl, and at the end of last year, I started learning to use CDJ and vinyl emulation software Serato. Two years back, a headphone company approached me and asked me if I was a DJ, because all the big-boobed girls are now DJs. I said: "Okay, I have big boobs; I fit that category, if this is what you want, sponsor me and I'll do it". It was just the one time, but I started DJing again about three months ago.
What genre of music you play?
Only quality electronic dance music, for example, im sure you know Swedish House Mafia, big edm tracks always getting the crowd crazy and jumping!
Do you feel you have to flaunt your assets to get DJ gigs?
No, but you get paid so much better, without having to be a top DJ in the world. I earn a comfortable five-figure sum each month. There's always a Lady Gaga or someone really popular in the world that is paid the most, but not many people can be such an icon; 99.9 per cent are just trying to make it like the top 0.01 per cent. I fall into that category. We just try to work and pay the rent.
So you don't let the negative criticism get to you?
I get mad, I cry, but I don't smash my stuff because I'd need to pay and buy them back again and I'm not that dumb. It gets to me and I go crazy, that's why I'm a crazy person.
What do you think about people who say you are a fake DJ?
I like that, because they have such low expectations of me ... at least I dont slot in a pre-recorded CD. The joke is that Im a bimbo or that I look like a stupid DJ but people hire me and the crowds havent complained ... yet. Im not the best but I wont be the worst. Ive been playing piano since I was five, so I have a classical music background, I wont go out of beat.
Mention 5 things people do not know about you?
First, I can ride a horse. The second relates to my loyality. I like, snowboarding motocross. I eat a lot. I love oxtail soup! I'm very energetic. Maybe people will not think it, but I'm very hyperactive on stage. I can jump here and there. And the last one that people need to know, I stopped wearing high heels during the show. Once I used stilletto during the show, and I jumped in the audience, and I landed at the foot of one of the visitors and hurt it.
How would you describe your music in just a few words and what tracks, remixes or mix sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
Banging. Big. Huge. I'd recommend my latest mashup C.U.B.A Warriors.
What was the best and the worst gig you ever played and what was the funniest thing ever occurred during any of your performances?
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