HHW: You are doing it big and getting your shine on in the DJ world. The Global Spin Awards, which honor the world’s most talented DJs, awarded you with the title of “Female DJ of the Year” in 2012. How does it feel to have had that category sewed up?
Dimpiece: I still can’t even describe it. It is still surreal to me because I was not only nominated but was amongst female DJ greats like Diamond Kuts, who DJs for Nick Minaj, and DJ Kiss, one of the top female DJs in New York- Then there was lil’ old me from the Midwest. So just to be nominated made me feel like a winner so it was even more exciting to actually win the award. I couldn’t believe it. When they announced me as the winner they had to be like, ‘Dimepiece go up there, they just called your name,” I wasn’t even expecting it. It was a great feeling and a great honor to have the title GSA “Female DJ of the Year” for 2012. I’m humbled.
HHW: It always seems that women have to fight twice as hard to get recognition. Is it frustrating being told you are the best “female” instead of being the best at something against the fellas?
Dimepiece: It’s something that I think will never go away or something you don’t get used to but it is something that, I won’t say you have to accept but it is what it is. The DJ world, even the music industry alone is a male dominated. Now female DJS are actually dominating in this field. It is a good thing they are even acknowledging because there were days when they didn’t even acknowledge females. It would be even better just to be like, ‘Hey I’m a great DJ, and I am a female.’ I kinda get it because it is male dominated and there are only a handful of us so we stand out. It doesn’t get annoying- it just comes with the territory.
HHW: You have a very sexy persona and are called the “Mixin’ Vixen.” How do you think it helps your craft?
Dimpiece: They say sex sells. Of course it helps in that way. I’m not saying I am totally exposed and out there, because I am not that type of DJ. Although there is a lot out there that have that image and much respect to them because they are doing well. With me, I am a female so whether I was a DJ or not, every chick wants to be sexy- i want to be sexy. I am a woman first. I’m not gonna be butched out or tom boyish- no disrespect to those who are. I like to feel sexy, and be sexy when I’m DJing or doing my appearances. That is my personality. Therefore I have the name Dimepiece and the “Mixin’ Vixen.” I am a vixen, a lady, a woman with class, style, and mixes. I think I have sex appeal and skill and that helps me.
HHW: DJs have been present in music for many years but not always as recognized. Can you tell us the importance of DJs in 2013?
Dimepiece: I still believe and support the idea that DJs are the cornerstone of not just Hip Hop but music period. They are who get the music out- Whether it is on the radio station, in the club, with mixtapes, or just getting the word out on the record. It starts with the DJ. People listen to and respect the DJ. It is a very popular and respected craft and everyone wants to DJ now. Something like the GSAs is so big because we don’t get many DJ awards. I love that they are giving us this platform to be recognized.