DJ Wendicakes is one of DefTal DJ’s longest-tenured female DJ’s. With drop-dead gorgeous looks and DJ skills to match, Wendicakes has managed to become one of the hottest female DJ’s in Las Vegas and abroad! When she’s not dropping the latest bangers, she’s making appearances in music videos for acts like Far East Movement, and a featured dancer at some of the hottest clubs.
1. What’s your earliest memory of how you got into DJ’ing and what inspired you?
My earliest memory is of a good friend and I sitting in my car, driving around town. My girlfriend brought it to my attention. “You should DJ! You would be very marketable, plus you love music!” and it went from there.
2. After all you’ve been through, do you think you’ve reached, surpassed, or have not yet reached where you think you’d be up until now? Is there anything you’d change?
I definitely have accomplished so much in such a short time of my DJ career. I was signed to a major label record, Stampede Management, in my first year of DJ’ing. I have been fortunate to go on tour twice in the Far East, once with Far East Movement and the other alone with just a tour manager, not to mention my residencies in Vegas. I don’t think anyone can really feel like they’ve surpassed their goals. There is so much history to be made in the music industry.
3. You now have two beautiful daughters. Are you planning on teaching them what you’ve learned or are you hoping they take their own path?
I am definitely showing them the ropes. I would love to actually have them DJ as a DUO, with me as their manager, but I will support and INVEST in any dream they both have.
4. What do you listen to on a regular basis when you’re not spinning?
When I’m not spinning, sometimes I just listen to silence. In all seriousness, sometimes I need a break from all the mainstream things I have to play and not even turn on the radio or my playlists. If I am in the mood to listen to something on my time off it’s usually stuff I can’t normally play like R&B, oldies, sometimes even rock and country….sometimes!
5. What’s your favorite part of DJ’ing?
My favorite part of DJ’ing is people watching. I love watching people dance especially when it’s because of what I’M playing.
Jeff Jens aka DJ Deniro is a Vegas local by way of Seattle, making his mark as one of DefTal’s most active DJ’s on the roster, whether in front of or behind the turntables. You can find Deniro at various residencies around Las Vegas, and when he’s not working, he’s busy programming and keeping you entertained on DefTal Radio. His journey to the uncharted waters of Vegas was a long and rewarding one and he’s set his sights on taking the mountain top.
How’d you get started?
I knew I wanted to learn about the DJ game and get into it seriously from the time I was 14. I was also really into basketball and track all year round so it ended up just something in the back of my mind. Then college came around and balancing basketball, a full load of classes and an internship at Clear Channel Seattle became unrealistic so I had to choose one. After finishing my degree I decided to focus on radio full-time and went to back to Bellevue College and took all the radio classes they had to offer.
What made you make the big move to Vegas?
While working at Kube 93.3fm I went to every event and club night that our on-air mixers would play at to watch them perform. I soon after bought my own equipment and began practicing and submitting mixes to our Music Director and Program Director. Shortly after that I began to pick up club gigs around the Seattle Tacoma area. Then going back to School attending the Art Institute of Seattle for Sound Design I began working in the imaging department producing commercials for iHeart Radio. Las Vegas was just that natural progression from where I was at the time.
Who are your influences?
My major influences would have to be the guys I learned from early on DJ Scene, Supasam, and B-Mello for the technical aspects. Then guys outside of Seattle Vice, AM (r.i.p.) in the clubs and I would watch Funk Master Flex, DJ Clue, Khaled, Felli Fell on the radio and marketing side of the game. When On-line streaming came around that was a game changer for me, being able to hear mix shows in other markets. Seeing how different styles and programming was in other parts of the country was huge.
What’s playing in your car currently?
Currently playing in my car would be mostly Radio in other markets I stream from my phone a lot. I like to check in on mix shows in LA, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Miami to see what’s big around the country. Then of course Sirius XM, Dash radio and Local radio here in Las Vegas.
You have the night off and you want to hang out with friends. Where do you go?
I usually make the rounds myself to sneak in and see what other dj’s are playing. I’ll hit casinos on and off the strip as well as local lounges and underground spots.
Name one of the weirdest things that has happened to you while you were in the middle of DJ’ing.
The weirdest thing that has ever happened to me while I was in the middle of Dj’ing would have to be, (and I don’t want to say it was weird) but it’s the craziest thing that I would say doesn’t happen all the time, happened not too long ago. There was a huge fight on New Year’s Eve a couple years back. It came down to the group that started it but the security could not take them down so it just kept getting worse and worse. The crowd including staff and management left, everyone was scared. The guys waved their guns around but never shot, thank god. My girlfriend and I ended up locking our selves in the closet for almost an hour until medics came and the cops cleared the club.
Catch DJ Deniro at his residencies at EyeCandy at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur Pools, and also at Centra in Luxor!
DJ Corona is one of DefTal’s hardest working DJ’s. Within the year and a half that she’s been in Las Vegas (after moving from her hometown of Denver, Colorado), she’s gone from a footnote to one of the most sought-after female DJ’s on the Las Vegas Strip!
What got you started in the first place?
I started at a young age, learning the ropes from my dad doing weddings, parties, and school dances, which started my interest in providing music for crowds. After going to my first club and my first rave, I knew at that moment I wanted more. I started doing my research and homework through YouTube, internet resources, and learning more from other DJ’s. I was also interested in Turntablism and the art of Hip-Hop, which was introduced to me by Dj Tanastadi, who then also added Video DJ’ing to my arsenal.
Is there one point in time, an experience, a concert, etc. that made you think, “this is what I want to do!”
It was definitely my first sighting of a female DJ, Miss Lisa! At the time I was doing a lot of the small mobile DJ stuff. It was at that moment that I told myself that I wanted more and that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to have a bigger audience and I wanted to create my own style.
Who are your inspirations?
Many people are inspired by the big names out there like Jazzy Jeff, A Trak, and Diplo to name a few (which are also a few of my favorites), but to me it remains a lot of the local DJ’s . It’s one thing to go see the big names (sure they hit you with some inspiration during their sets with the amazing vibes and their skill), but there is nothing like being able to chat with the up and coming local talent. That’s where I get my inspiration – just because you’re a small fish doesn’t mean you can’t grow.
What do you love about being a Vegas DJ?
I definitely love the fact that you’re allowed to be you and make your own style out of the music you choose. Back home if it’s not played on the local radio many people stand around looking like “what’s this?” Out here in Vegas, everyone is open to having a great time and just dancing. You definitely get a chance to discover who you are and what you want to sound like.
What do you see yourself doing in the next 5 years?
Within the next 5 years I definitely see myself expanding. Every day is a day to increase your skill. I still have a lot of learning to do. I definitely want to master the art of scratching and maybe joining the boys on the battlegrounds. I also want to learn production. I see myself at bigger venues and traveling and sharing my passion with everyone!
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring DJ’s?
The biggest advice I could give anyone, just like I was given as an aspiring DJ, is to never give up. There will be times when you get frustrated and just want to throw it all away but always remember that someone you are inspired by also started where you are.
Since the ripe old age of 14, DJ Tanastadi has been performing for audiences around. Coming from a family of musicians he was taught how to play the guitar, drum and piano which allowed him to understand the musical basics needed for becoming a good DJ. Starting out as a turntablist for his friends and family, he enjoyed mixing music and entertaining others. His inspiration as a child was DJ Chonz from KQKS 107.5 in his home town in Denver, Colorado. He would visit the radio station events and would tell himself that he was going to do that too someday.
In 2004, DJ Tanastadi’s career began to take hold when more music was readily available to mix with and “Scratch Live” was made. At this point he had all the tools available to start his professional career. He began to play in his local clubs and was then accepted as one of the radio DJs for KQKS 107.5, in which he still performs for today. Being a Radio DJ has taught him to read his audience and how to be creative for each and every performance.
To be stagnant is not a trait that describes DJ Tanastadi. He spends over 6 hours a day studying his music and practicing new techniques to create different styles of mixing to popular music. He believes when you stop creating and researching, you get stuck. His inspiration is to have that element of surprise when performing. To revamp his skills and teaching abilities he teaches DJ classes at BLEND, where he stresses the importance of practice and research.
When he moved to Las Vegas he knew he would have to entertain people from all walks of life. Since 2011, DJ Tanastadi has enjoyed performing with DEFTAL DJS at Eyecandy Lounge in Mandalay Bay has given him the experience to play to with all kinds of different visitors who come to enjoy Las Vegas nightlife. To be able to read your audience and captivate them is a skill he doesn’t take lightly. By always asking the question “How can I make it different?” he has been able to grow as a DJ. Here at DEFTAL we are proud to have him on our team and to someday escort him on his way to excellence and achievement. DJ Tanastadi is an inspiring DJ with goals and ambitions to play alongside DJs A Trak, Jazzy Jeff, and DJ Scene.
Be ready for the launch of DefTal Radio!!!
DefTal is gearing up to have an awesome 2014, with our DJ’s occupying pools, new venues, and awesome new events!!! Stay tuned, as we’ll have more details ready for you once they come in.
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