DJ, producer, vocalist...
you'll go into orbit after you spend some time with
Suzy Solar! Her mix CDs The Perfect Trance and The
Perfect Trance 2.0 topped Billboard's Electronica
charts, and her weekly internet radio shows are heating
up speakers worldwide. T minus 3, 2, 1...
Here's our interview with Suzy Solar, and her full
Raves.com: Who is Suzy Solar?
Tell us about yourself?
Suzy Solar: I'm a DJ, vocalist,
writer, and producer from Florida, USA. I'm a former
television producer and host, and was in a punk/death
metal band before that. I love to travel and meet
new people and my goal in life is to bring happiness
to people's lives.
I understand that you have a track on the latest
Oakenfold CD? What the story behind it and what can
"Ocean of Love" is my first track, co-produced with Miss Shiva and Steve Kay
from Germany. My good friend, Daniel Wanrooy and his producing partner Robin
Van Der Wiel, made the "Odyssee Breakbeat Remix" that's featured on
Oakenfold's CD. Odyssee also made a trance remix and Steve Kay and I are
working on other remixes. We are expecting a 12" single released in the near
future. This track had been sitting around for a while and I had a hunch to
go to Oakenfold's show and give it to him personally. A couple of months
later, I got a call from his office about licensing it for his "Creamfields"
It seems that female DJ's are hot right now....especially
the ones that can actually play records. How has being
a woman impacted your career in a world full of girls
with no skills who spin naked?
Being female in any male dominated profession comes with more scrutiny.
It's imperitave that females stay 110% on top of our game in order to make
it in this world. My talent, business skills, and love for music and people
has a much bigger impact on my career than just my gender alone. Image is
also important, so being female has proven to be a nice bonus.
Who are YOUR favorite Female DJ's?
DJ Keri, Sandra Collins, Jackie Christie, DJ Rap,
I saw you at The DJ Expo in Atlantic City with
DJ Keri, and Jackie Christie. Tell us about the show.
That was a blast! I spoke on two seminar panels at the International DJ
Expo, one of which was with DJ Keri, Jackie Christie, and Lysa D.
Afterwards, the four of us played at the "Women on Wax" party at Deja Vu. I
love playing shows with other females because the common ground we have
creates a bond. We played different styles so the night varied in sound and
there was something for everyone.
Describe your style, your sound.
My sound is basically proper trance and progressive, with a touch of
breakbeat, techno, and/or house, depending on what the vibe is at the
moment. My mixing style is equalized smoothly into long, deep layers. I like
taking listeners on a unique, emotional journey, while keeping the energy
pumped up between 135 and 145BPM. When I play live, I prefer being on a
stage rather than a booth because I need to connect with my audience and
play from the heart.
Where can we hear you now and what's up for
the coming year?
Tune in to www.ets-global.org every Wednesday 2 - 4pm EST to hear my live
show "Solar Power Sessions." I also broadcast live on www.tranceairwaves.com
every third thursday of the month. For those of you with XM or Worldspace
Satellite Radio, catch me on "Future Progession." Digital cable television
owners, catch me on "Resident Nation" on Music Choice and DirecTV on the
Dance Channel. I play every two months on both shows. You can also expect to
see me on my next international tour very soon. I just signed with The
Joint/Media Services NYC so they will be adding new venues to the ones my
long-time partner had been getting me.
Now the tools. What are your tools of the trade?
(Shameless plugs ok!)
For DJing, I have 4 Technics turntables, Pioneer 500 and 600 mixers,
Pioneer CMX 3000 CD mixers, Pioneer EFX 500 effects box, and 3 Mackie Sr450
What gear do you use in the studio?
I have a small studio that includes an Audio Technica AT4050 studio mic,
PreSonusVXP pre amp, Access Virus Indigo, M-Audio Ozone midi keyboard,
Reason 2.5, and Genelec studio monitors. When I produce tracks, I have
producing partners who have full studios with everything we need.
What records make your day?
Anything that moves me emotionally and physically.
Do you have anyone sponsoring you right now?
I just signed a contract for SLAPPA Pro DJ Cases.
Fast facts questions: Favorite place to spin,
favorite genre, weirdest party, place to avoid at
all costs, thing that almost made you quit.
Fave place: Max Bell Arena for Apollo Productions' yearly Canada Day
parties in Calgary, Canada.
Fave Genre: Trance.
Weirdest party I've played at: The Amphitheater's "Tantra" party in Tampa,
Florida. Everyone had to show up in lingerie and bedwear in order to get in.
The theme was sex and sexy music so I played a variety of sensual sounds.
Then I got to judge the lingerie contest. Watching sexy, drunk, half naked
girls dance was very entertaining for me, I loved it. The madness didn't
stop there - the night ended with a contestant throwing punches at the
Place to avoid: Marriott hotel South Beach. The food service attendant stole
Thing that almost made me quit: There has never
been a time when quitting popped into my head. I feel
deep down that DJing and producing is what I'm supposed
to be doing in life.
For more info and booking visit http://www.mediaservicesnyc.com
SUZY SOLAR BIOGRAPHY
Suzy Solar is an internationally known and highly
respected female DJ/producer with hit records under
her belt. Suzy's premier mix CDs The Perfect Trance
and The Perfect Trance 2.0 on Neurodisc/Capitol
Records has topped Billboard's U.S. Electronica charts,
and have made noise globally. Although Trance is her
main love, she is versatile enough to move dance floors
worldwide taking her listeners on a unique musical
journey with her cross over blend of sensual epic
Trance, hard Trance, hard House, Progressive House,
Techno, and the occasional Progressive Breaks. Known
for her energy, emotion, and tight mixing skills,
Suzy has taken her ability to rock a crowd to headlining
massive shows around the world. She has headlined
tours with diverse crowds in such cities and countries
that include El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Germany,
Holland, Panama, Canada, and all around the USA and
In addition to Suzy's varied list of talents, she
is a highly skilled vocalist and lyricist, which only
enhances her overall marketability. Her first track
"Ocean Of Love" is co-produced with Miss Shiva and
is featured on the Austrian compilation "Shiva-Colors".
Suzy's multi-faceted resume includes television appearances
on The Playboy Channel's "Sorority Girls" 1997 (played
a campus dj), "DJ Throwdown" 1999 (co-hosted with
Vanilla Ice), and "The Morbid Underground" 1992-94,
a Tampa based music video show she produced and hosted,
where she interviewed top metal acts that include
Pantera and White Zombie. Suzy's mixes have been aired
on many prestigious dance channels, including Music
Choice on digital cable television (in 34,000,000
homes across the US), Sirius Satellite Radio, Digitally
Imported Radio, and "The System" on XM Satellite Radio,
which is syndicated worldwide through Worldspace.
You can catch Suzy Solar on her weekly internet show
and her monthly show on www.tranceairwaves.com.
Suzy continues to be one of the most sought after
female DJ's in the business. With her relentless schedule,
you are sure to hear much more from this multi-talented
artist for years to come.