She was only 16 years old when she first
stepped behind the decks, spinning at
bar mitzvahs and school dances in her
home town of Detroit. It wasn't long before
her style and energetic personality (and
her mix cassette) landed her a radio mix
show gig on Power 96. She worked along
side techno pioneers such as Kevin Sauderson,
Juan Atkins and Richie Hawtin until the
draw of New York City's clubbing heyday
in the early 90's pulled her away. Jackie
set her sights on the hottest tickets
in town: Frankie Bones let her copy her
mix tapes at his place and then hired
her to DJ at the Storm Raves as she worked
her way through residencies at the infamous
Limelight nightclub, NASA at The Shelter,
Tunnel, Life, and even a featured spot
at the Studio 54. The exposure catapulted
her career into another dimension, as
she became the resident DJ and host on
MTV's The Grind. The list of places she's
spun and spins goes on and on!
We spun around with Jackie for a little
bit and got her to type us back some answers
for this Raves.com interview!
Jen: How would you describe the kind
of music you DJ?
DJ Jackie Christie: Well that
would depend... I like to tailor my sound
for the audience, the moment, the event,
the room, it all matters! Music to make
your body groove, tickle yours ears, and
elevate your mind through music to a higher
level. It's all about the right elements!
My sound can be part of interaction
with an audience, but not necessarily.
A DJ should do their best to transmit
tunes and vibe to bring a room up, not
let the lack of quality from bad sound
or people that are nay sayer's to affect
them. To be able to get decent sound out
of nothing takes skill and knowledge gained
through experience and communicating with
other sound professionals.
My sound is Based on Musik'ism, from
my roots of Detroit's many sounds. Detroit
Techno: "Rhythim is Rhythim" by Derrick
May, "Big Fun" Inner City the vibe and
sound of The Music Institute, The Electrofying
Mojo, Motown. Chicago House: Legends like
DJ Frankie "Godfather Of House" Knuckles
spinning at The Warehouse to Lil Louis
"French Kiss," You Use to Hold Me" by
Ralphie Rasario. NYC: The Garage with
DJ Legend Larry Levan , The Peach Boys
"Don't Make Me Wait," labels like Strictly
Rhythm Records, "We Love Dancing" Roger
Sanchez, Masters at Work, India "Earth
People," Grand Master Flash on and
on the beats play in my mind... The UK
Sound: Baby Ford, A Guy Called Gerald,
Coldcut, NY Rave, "Go" Moby, NASA at The
Shelter. Club Anthems: "Love That Man"
Whitney Houston (current) to "Dream Drums"
Lectroluv. Past and present: electro,
breaks, hip hop, rave, pop Soul, R & B,
ambient, rock, punk, new wave, reggae,
dub, Latin, African, so vast I try to
consider it all and respect!
I live & love to create a feeling through
music for people! In my home, to small
parties to large clubs and events. Deep
pulsing House Music, Tribal Beats, thick
basslines, old to New cutting Edge. "I
LOVE MUSIC!" I like to play Big Clubs
as much as in my living room. I enjoy
the reaction and the idea that people
are feelin' good! I like to play hard
boomin' beats to sweet medleys, to an
old... I mean old... like 'son of a preacher
man' Dusty Spring field, "Safety Dance."
Of course if you are playing progressive
dance music you must have the trust of
your audience, you can't do this unless
you have the flow, too! It must make sense!
I play Hard House and Techno to Pumpin'
House to Sweet vocal house to Hip Hop,
I like to have a beginning a middle and
an end! There are No Rules and yet there
is form, it is a feeling. I like to tell
stories with music. It's a way to capture
the times. The art of music is complex
and the more I listen the more I learn!
How's that for the short answer? :)
What made you become a DJ?
The Music made me do it!
When and why did you move to NYC?
After a couple of visits to NYC in the
late 80's early 90's, and experiencing
the underground scenes of NYC, The Red
Zone w/ David Morales, The World, Robot's,
DJ's like Tony Humphries, Junior Vasquez,
Timmy Rigesford, Red Alert...
What's your favorite record of all
Ok that's a tough one! I have a gizilloin
records! I like so many I keep them on
shelves, some are alphabetized, others
by era, some are era and alphabetical,
some are of the moment, which blows the
whole alphabetical thing! But I often
mention Donna Summer album "On The Radio"
produced by Georgio Moroder. I was under
the spell as it transcended from one song
to the next.... it had flow! "Sunset People...
Doin' It Right Night After Night" so cool
and techno before tec. Check it out! 4
How did you end up as the featured
DJ/hosting MTV's Grind in 1997?
I was a member of "For The Record" an
amazing community of DJ's/ producers,
managed by Judy Weinstein of Def Mix and
David Morales. They noticed my DJ ability
and took interest, which lead to the proposal
of me DJing on MTV.
Where are some of the wildest/your
favourite places that you've spun?
Italy stands out the people love house
music! Japan, NYC, everytime I spin it's
from my heart!
How have you seen the scene change
since when you first started?
Sure I've seen the changes, we all have,
but change is good and hopefully for the
Have you or the events you play been
effected by the crackdown on clubs in
The NY scene has had a tough time with
all that is going on, but maybe it will
bring a new mo'better party for the peeps.
It's starting to make sense I see people
going for the music not that other stuff.
Who has influenced your career the
Refer to my sound question above, and
include Blondie, Coldcush, Malcom McLearn,
Afrika Bambatta, Aretha Franklin, Marshell
Jefferson, Prince. "D.M.S.R.," Chaka Khan,
Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder, Steve
Miller and much more...
How did you make your first promo
CD and who did you give it to?
It was cassettes and at that time I was
in Detroit and it was around 87 when a
big club heard of me came and listened
to me at the gig I had and hired me to
DJ 3-4 times a week, then a radio show
was offered to me all I had to do was
make the tape. When I moved to NYC Frankie
Bones was cool enough to let me make tapes
at his place. He also hired me to play
What were some of the tracks on it?
One I can remember is "Bang On," a happy
song about goin out all night love it!
How did you decide which records
to include in your new mix CD "Hot & Tasty
I wanted a feel-good vibe in the beginning,
so people could start a mood in their
home or cars. Then build to an intensity,
which is usually the main part of a night.
Then drop it down and say goodbye....
What makes it different from the
other mix CDs out there?
I wanted to translate 6-hours into the
CD. To set a mood and not just pound out
hard beats, to move through different
sounds by having a beginning a middle
and an end. I also told a story through
Do you get hit on when you DJ?
What would be a pickup line that
might make you interested?
WOW........ That's a tough one. I like
people, their vibe... BaBy! I"m no push
over and I like being picky! Here's a
hint, dance to my music try to hear what
I'm saying in my groove and you get more
appealing by the beat.
Can people hear any of your music or mixes online? If so, where?
Most likely. Do a quick Google search
for me DJ Jackie Christie and stuff will
show up. Or the Nervous Records site www.nervousnyc.com
(note: www.djjackiechristie.com is coming
What is your goal as a DJ?
I live for the music , I'm devoted to
the search 4 perfect beat! The devotion,
the love of music & people drive my DJ
heart. Making people FEEL sooooo GOOD
is Mucho important!!
What would you be doing right now
if you weren't making music?
I have a gypsy spirit. I feel I would
be very transient, working with people
is very rewarding for me. I would be a
teacher, maybe the peace core. My fantasies
are of music! Maybe a band, a dancer,
If you weren't DJing, where would
we find you at a club: standing as close
as possible to the DJ, in the middle of
the dance floor, at the bar... or somewhere
Ooh this is an easy question, me, all
over! I love to shake my booty to an infectious
house groove, step, trot, boogie up &
down! Hangin with a fellow house head
taklin' beats, cocktails are so nice,
too! And when I go out I'm a wild card
ie; you never know where I'll show-up!
"I love The Night Life I've Got to Boogie!"
What's the best & worst part about
being interviewed by email?
UHMMMMMM, not sure, I suppose the best
is that I can do it whenever I want. The
worst I have to type. LOL!!! ;-)
Anything else you'd like to say?
The world needs more love, help your friends
and those you don't know, celebrate their
success, and let the light shine!
Thank you so much Jackie!!
-- written by Jennifer Warner
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