Lesbian DJ Tracy Young set to light up the floor at Purple Party’s “‘Amethyst’
One of the most requested female DJs, Miami-based spinner Tracy Young boasts a calendar that would be the envy of any jet-setting superstar. A current fave on both the circuit and celebrity party scenes, the D.C.-bred DJ has performed at private gigs for the likes of Ricky Martin, Lenny Kravitz and Cher. Young also has another high-profile fan in dance-loving partygoer Madonna.
After catching one of Young’s sets in South Beach, Madge was reportedly so smitten with Young that she personally requested the turntable mistress for a slew of private shindigs, including all the after-parties for her 2006 “Confessions” tour.
As a remixer, Young has had an equally eclectic career, reworking everything from Verdi to Smashing Pumpkins to Paris Hilton’s single “Stars Are Blind.”
Recording for her own Ferosh label, Young recently released the mix disc “Danceculture 2.” A veritable night at the club, the CD features a potent bled of house and Latin rhythms over a mix of club favorites and power-packed vocal tracks.
With a sound that’s made to please and a celebrity cache that grows bigger each weekend, Young seems a natural pick to headline the seventh annual Dallas Purple Party. As she prepared to helm the decks for the highlight “Amethyst” event of this year’s weekend-long party, Young was able to take some time to correspond with us via e-mail about her takes on the life as a DJ, the art of working a crowd and the future of dance culture.
Your shows are almost exclusively late-night affairs. Are you a vampire? Believe it or not, I wake up pretty early. Usually around 8 or 9 a.m. to feed my dogs.
Who throws a better party, Madonna or Puffy? They both throw pretty fun parties.
What was the first record you owned? “Kiss You All Over” by Exile.
What’s the strangest or funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the dance floor during one of your sets? I once saw a girl masturbating in front of the DJ booth. It wasn’t exactly funny more like shocking.
How do you know when it’s time to pick up the mix at one of your sets? I generally can feel the energy in the room and build the night around the crowd. That’s usually when I kick it into high gear.
You had a front-row seat to the rise of hip-hop in the ’90s. What was the impact on dance music like? I actually started as a hip-hop DJ. I worked for a radio station in Washington, D.C. That being said, hip-hop affected the underground club scene dramatically. More clubs and radio stations play only hip-hop, which has affected dance music tremendously. But I believe that everything comes full circle. Dance and club music will make a comeback.
How has the scene changed since you first started out, and where do you see it going? It’s definitely a lot younger, and the music is more electronic. People produce tracks in their houses and put them on the Internet to be shared. When I started, you had to go to the record store, listen to music for hours, and dig for that one big song. That was the whole fun of it. Now, everything is done by a computer. It feels more like a chore than something I look forward to doing.
Purple Party headliner Tracy Young spins at “Amethyst” held at West End Marketplace, 603 Munger Ave. April 28 at 10 p.m. $60, $70 at door (if available). 214-749-7827.
Over the past six years, the Purple Party organization has raised more than $110,000 for its beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiary is AIDS Services of Dallas.
For a full schedule of this year’s events host party, after-hours party and T-dance visit DallasPurpleParty.org
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 27, 2007.