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Houston Voice, May 27, 2005 - File 013. 2005-05-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1945/show/1932.

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Title Houston Voice, May 27, 2005
Contributor
  • Fisher, Binnie
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date May 27, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE www.houstonvoice.com In Ellen's hands had her hands all over two named Emmy last weekend, s had nothing to dish about. | Page 18 MAY 27, 2005 tracy talks LESBIAN DJ SUPERSTAR TRACY YOUNG DISHES ON PARTY DRUGS, DARK MUSIC AND BEING A CELEBRITY By ANDY ZEFFER HHETHER PLAYING MUSIC AT Madonna's wedding in Scotland, shaking things up for Sean "PDiddy" Combs on the deck of his yacht, or providing the sounds at an Anna Sui fashion show, DJ Tracy Young plies her trade among the rich and famous. But the lesbian DJ is also a favorite among gay crowds. This month, the Virginia native and Miami resident will release her album, "Dance Culture," while embarking on a 15-city tour. The Voice took some time out to speak about DJ life with Young. Houston Voice: You played your sounds in the DC scene for years before coming to Miami. What prompted your decision to go south? Tracy Young: I was hired by Interscope Records as the southeast promotions manager. I needed a change from D.C. as I wasn't growing in my career or my personal life. I always thought I would end up in Miami. I love it, and the city is growing faster than ever. Voice: Would you call being a woman in the DJ field an advantage or a disadvantage? Young: Truthfully being a female DJ has worked for me in some situations and against me in others. Every situation is different but overall, I guess it has helped me to stand out Voice: You have done work with a lot of greats. And the list of celebrities you have spun for is endless. What moment or event would you call your first big break? Young: I don't believe I could call one moment or event my big break. It was several little things that led to where I am now. But if you asked others, I'm sure they would say my big break was working with Madonna Voice: There are a lot of competing parties and events, almost too many to keep track of. What is your opinion on over-saturation of parties? Young: The party scene is over-saturated, but I suppose it's because everybody has different tastes. The ft MORE INFO TRACY YOUNG "Dance Culture' CD Ferosh Records www.djtracyyoung.com Miami club impresario Ingrid Casares caught the sounds of DJ Tracy Young and arranged for her to play at a private party for the band 'Smashing Pumpkins,' propelling Young's career. (Photo by Dale Stine) good thing about the over-saturation is that we have more choices. The bad thing is that when supply increases, demand decreases and the parties ultimately suffer. Now I'm sounding like an economics professor! Voice: So many circuit events get a bad rap for the rampant drug use. This year's Winter Party seemed to exemplify that. There were so many tweaked out attendees with their trademark lollipops. What do you think of the drug use, and do you think anything can be done about it? Young: I think people are realizing the dangers of drug use and how it has affected all aspects of the gay community I have noticed more people drug-free. But on the other hand, I have watched crystal destroy people's lives and the club scene so quickly. We have to continue to educate others and make people aware of what they are putting in their bodies and doing to their minds, and how drugs affect relationships and daily lives. Voice: There are often complaints that ticket prices for events are out of control. Do you agree with that? Young: They are. People are not so willing to pay $1000 for a party weekend these days. But it does cost a lot to throw these parties. The venues, sound, lights, security, staff, etc., are all very expensive. Voice: You've said that dark and heavy post-9/11 beats have dominated the scene for too long. Can you elaborate? Young: I think the music got to be too heavy. I always like a good strong vocal record. People love that, but with the excessive drug use, the music changed. It became bleaker. I'm happy that it appears we're now heading back to slower tempo music and more vocal records. Voice: Has the scene changed in terms of in-fighting between DJs and promoters? Young: I think it has. I certainly don't fight with promoters and other DJs. I think there is plenty of room for all of us and there are certainly plenty of parties. Voice: What do you think of the phenomenon of the DJ reaching celebrity status, and do you think of yourself in terms of a celebrity? Young: I don't look at myself as a celebrity, but I'm flattered if other people do. I think it's great that DJ's have reached an amazing amount of success and are being recognized for their talents. In the late 80's and early 90's,the DJ was important but never got respect. I believe music is the most important aspect of a party. Voice: Tell us about your new CD, "Dance Culture." What is special about it, and what are some of your favorite tracks? Young: I can't wait to complete it and get it out This album is very vocal and uplifting. I wanted to make it a "feelgood" type of journey I have three exclusive remixes that I have done: "Easy Ride" by Madonna, "Walk On By" by Cyndi Lauper, and "I Believe" by Chaka Kahn. I also haw completed an original track titled "Dance culture" by Alan T Voice: You have a lot of upcoming appearances. Are you looking forward to them? Young: This is going to be a big summer for me! I have "Dance Culture" coming out, and I'm already booked in a lot of different cities. I'm playing Gay Disney on June 4, with Chaka Kahn performing. I'm also headlining New York's Gay Pride with Junior Vasquez. Voice: Finally, are you in a relationship right now? And if so, how does that work with your schedule? Young: I'm sorry, I gotta' keep some things in my life personal. Now I'm sounding like a celebrity! NEW REALITY: Summer's TV lineup features offerings BALLS AND PARTIES: Nightlife this weekend should with gay appeal, including new reality shows. Page 15 focus on the White Party and the Military Ball. Page 17
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