Female DJ’s are essential but black female DJ’s are essentially golden. I met DJ Cam Dooley at the #NowYouKnow day party at the 2017 SXSW festival. Cam played songs to vibe to, to turn up to and everything else in between. I was so impressed and hyped because she has such a good and unique taste in music, I love music myself and I love female DJ’s. I just had to get words from her for an interview so after the party I introduced myself and she was so cool and sweet. Cam totally agreed to do a interview, find out what she had to say below…
1. How long have you been DJ’ing?
A: I’ve been dj’ing since 2015, so around 2 years now.
2. How did you start DJ’ing?
A: I’ve always really loved music, so I began putting mixes on SoundCloud just using virtual DJ. One of my best friends Chelsea “Sammy” Samuel hosted a launch party to support her brand Sammy Approved & asked me if I could DJ the event & that really catapulted my career. I have her to thank for really giving me that push I needed.
3. Is DJ’ing just a hobby of yours or is it something you see as a career in the future?
A: I love dj’ing, & would love if it became a career. Ultimately I want to grow my brand as a DJ and branch out to other ventures including owning my own creative agency.
4. What are some of your goals as a DJ?
A: All the big stuff. Fader Fort is something I’m eyeing for next year. Going overseas to tour. Showing little girls that they can do it too, no matter where they’re from or their circumstance.
5. How would you describe your style as a DJ?
A: Definitely LA Rooftop vibes like T.I.’s “Why You Wanna” mixed with Alina George & Major Lazer. I think I have a really eclectic style that focuses solely on vibes that feel good. Also trap shit. Lol
6. How was your experience DJ’ing at the #NowYouKnow day party at SXSW?
A: NowYouKnow was amazing! It really started with my best friend Madisyn and an Austin artist named Melat who really brought the vision to life. I’ve gone to SXSW for over 5 years, so to actually to be a part of the experience was really awesome & brought my life/career full circle. It was kind of my light bulb moment.
7. How was your SXSW experience as a whole?
A: Though SXSW downsized this year, I really enjoyed myself. I liked the intimacy of this years Fader Fort compared to years past. I also really enjoyed YouTube’s showcases. They really tapped into the culture.
8. Do you have any favorite female or male DJ’s?
A: Malcolm X is one of my favorite dj’s and is a very good friend of mine. He has such an eclectic style that I admire. Quite Hype from jersey/Philly is the same way. He’s made an amazing career for himself in a short amount of time. I’d definitely mark them as my favorite dj’s
9. What is it like being an African American female DJ?
A: Shit scressful bruh. Lol. But no really, it’s very challenging. You have to hold yourself to different standards so that others will hold you to those same standards. The music industry is very much a mans game, so I’ve learned to learn how to play & win the game. Overall, I love being a black woman who happens to DJ. Being black is amazing in and out itself, so having a craft & being good puts the icing on the cake.
10. What or who are some of your influences?
A: My family. I’ve always been taught to work really hard & am thankful to have been raised by very strong women.
11. How do you go about you’re music selection at certain parties or events?
A: I definitely try to gauge the crowd, but I also love experimenting & getting people out of their comfort zones.
12. What is your favorite genre of music?
A: I have a really eclectic taste in music, but hip hop will always have my heart.
13. What is the first album you’ve ever listened too?
A: Dinah Washington , this singer from the 60’s. My grandma used to play her albums for my sister & I growing up.
14. What are your top five albums of all time?
A: Every single Kanye album.
15. Since you’ve attended an HBCU, has that experience influenced your music taste?
A: It’s definitely grown and expanded since I went to school with so many different types of people.
16. What are some of the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes down to DJ’ing a party?
A: Do gauge the crowd, do try new things, do be entertainment while entertaining, & don’t take yourself so seriously! It’s a party.
17. Would you give any advice to young African American female DJ’s or female DJ’s in general?
A: Enjoy this life. Not everyone has the talent, skill set & determination to make it. Continue breaking down barriers & knocking on doors that they don’t want us to. The only person who will get you to where you want to be in yourself.
18. Where can people contact you and find you’re work?
A: I’m on twitter & Instagram @tribecalledcam & SoundCloud at CAMDOOLEY.
19. What is next for Cam Dooley?experience DJ’ing at the #NowYouKnow day party at SXSW?
A: Watch & see! 🙂