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.