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MAY 27, 2005
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
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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
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
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!
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