COZY had the chance to catch up with one of New York’s most wanted female Dj's, Quiana Parks, who has built quite a career for herself Djing at several events and venues. Now, she decided to share her story so far with us...
CozyMag: You’re best known as a DJ but you’re a lot more than that. You’re a creative force. How does your art define you? How would you describe your art?
Quiana Parks: My art is me. I put it all out there on that canvas. I love what I do. My art is my everything.
CM: What motivated you launching Dj For A Cure and what is it exactly?
QP: I wanted to tell my story about being a Cancer survivor. But I felt no need to do so unless I somehow used my own story of surviving cancer to help others who are going through what went through. I put together a group of DJs to help me raise awareness about blood cancer. So far we've put together art shows, parties and even a game night. We work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its so fun!
CM: If you could pick a theme song for your life what would it be?
QP: That's a hard one. There are a couple of songs that come to mind.
1. Grace Kelly- Mika
2. If 6 was 9 - Jimi Hendrix
3. Golden - Jill Scott
4. Zoom - Commodores.
I used to think "All Falls Down" by Kanye West but I'm past those days.
CM: Do you think it is hard to be a female Dj in a male dominated industry?
QP: No. A year ago I did, but that was when I only DJing for a few months. I eventually realized it wasn't difficult because I am a girl, it was difficult because I was new and I kinda sucked. But now... No it's not hard especially when you work hard and become just as good if not better than some of the guys.
CM: What was your favorite gig you have ever done?
QP: DJing at the Museum of Modern Art. That was a surreal experience.
CM: Who do you look up to? Who or what keeps you inspired and gets you going on a daily basis?
QP: I look up to my family. They keep me going they're all such amazing people. They all inspire me in different ways. Especially my Mother and sister Qyera.
CM: What music do you have on repeat currently?
QP: Faded by Zhu
CM: Can you share some tips for people just starting their Dj career?
QP: Practice Practice Practice and have fun.
CM: Where can we find you?
QP: @quianaparks on IG and Twitter :)
Listen to Quiana’s latest mixes on SoundCloud:
Images from Quiana Parks’ Facebook.
-- Words by Barbara (@ByBarb_)