Hot 100 2011 - DJ Venus, Sister Rock and DJ Lady Red

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Hot 100 2011 - DJ Venus, Sister Rock and DJ Lady Red
DJ Venus, Sister Rock and DJ Lady Red

DJ Venus

Having come to Dubai from London’s edgy music scene fours years ago, DJ Venus (aka Vanessa Mulvey) has built a name for herself in the UAE – a few of her highlights include playing for De La Soul at Chi – although she admits the music scene can be challenging. “It’s hard to find music I enjoy and represents my taste. I’ve had to adapt my style to do things I like, but also that the crowd enjoys.”

Venus finds life in the region interesting and unpredictable – “I love the people I meet and I live such a lavish life in contrast to the UK.” But the spirited Brit is unlike your stereotypical DJ – aside from music, she’s also training as medical herbalist and counts her health as one of the five most important things in life. “That along with family, friends and everything else!”

Sister Rock

This dynamic alternative DJ counts DJing for Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals as one of her career highlights. “That and being told my music is awesome!”

“There’s nothing better than seeing people have a great time when I’m on the decks,” says Sister Rock (aka Ananda Shakespeare), who has been in the UAE for six years and sees it as her longterm home. “There’s so much that can be done here from hiking, biking, boating and a myriad of other outdoor activities. True we work hard here, but you can also play hard too.”

And she’s the first to admit that living here has helped develop her style. “The culture is getting more diverse, with things like flash mobs and a bigger original music scene than there was a few years ago. There’s always new people moving here. It has so much energy.”

DJ Lady Red

As DJ and Founder of 22.10 Entertainment, the first agency for female entertainers and DJs, DJ Lady Red (aka Louise Pyne) is all about promoting women. “Six years ago I was one of the only female DJs in the UAE and I noticed there was a much-needed influx of more. Now we are steadily evening out the female to male ratio!”

Lady Red hopes to positively influence young women through music and encourage them to get involved. “There is a new approach when it comes to the next generation. Now a DJ needs to be as big as any other artist or celebrity. They need great PR and branding.”

And her advice for women getting started? “If you want to be successful, you need a good work ethic. A bit of positive energy and visualisation on your dreams also helps too!”