Written by: Mark Pollard
Don’t let the pretty face fool you. DJ RootsQueen is a skilled turntablist, producer, strip club DJ and radio show host based out of Atlanta, Ga. Originally from Tampa, Fl., she began spinning Drum and Bass at 17 years old which catapulted her into mastering Hip Hop, Dancehall, Dub Reggae, House, and Classic sets.
“Well I started DJing when I was a teenager in the 90’s, so it was when rave and techno were really popular, so that was where I started on vinyl back then.”
As Drum and Bass started to fade, she became obsessed with Dub Music and subsequently toured the East Coast with Reggae bands such as One Drop, Rocksteady @8, and Third World. A band member dubbed her “RootsQueen” at a show, and the name stuck ever since.
“I’m a professionally trained turntablist. My style of DJing is very multi-formatted so I can pick up and play any type of music, it really just depends on where I’m at. I can play whatever the crowd wants to hear, that’s what it’s really about, I’m not here to shove music down there ears, I’m here to make the party rock and make things fun.”
Her evolution in the art of being a DJ has, thus far, been a world wind of adventure in just the last year alone. Working alongside some of hip-hops most notable musicians from Future to Gucci Mane to Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan to name a few. DJ RootsQueen goes on to explain those experiences and also the difference in her career now than it was a year ago.
“I used to get star stuck, I remember when I first met Future I was trying so hard not to act star struck, so I pretended like I didn’t know who he was; I was like, “Hi what’s your name?” But I’m not that way anymore because now I realize that they get star struck over me. As far as the difference in my career now, I would say is definitely branding and online presence, I feel like I do a lot more work that a mass amount of people can actually see now versus my usual small circle via social media.”
As one of the hottest female DJ’s in the game today, with awards honoring female DJ’s in the music industry to best female DJ, DJ RootsQueen is definitely a force to be reckoned with. However with such popularity in a male dominated career you have to ask the question is it harder being a female DJ in the music industry?
“Its harder being a female in the game because I’ll notice that there’s a lot of attitude and shade that being a male in the industry you can show, but if you’re a girl and you were to have the same type of attitude or lets just say if you were to post something online, you’ll get a phone call to fix your attitude. Whereas a guy would pretty much get away with saying whatever he want or do whatever he want and it’ll be ok.” She continues to say, “As for me I do understand that this is a male dominated industry and I don’t fight back with them. What I do is just shine even harder, make sure my promos are better, make sure my videos are better, and make sure my contacts and contracts are better. That’s really the only way you can fight back is to not worry about that and to just shine on them.”
Executively produced by DJ RootsQueen, “Rude Girl Radio” caught the eye of celebrity super producer, Drumma Boy, who put her on the roster for “Drum Squad DJs” and made her his personal DJ for his fashion line, Fresh Phamily.
“I’m still sponsored by Fresh Phamily, but just recently by Diamond Supply and Zaytoven’s fashion brand, Wil Ginger.”
In 2015, DJ RootsQueen was signed to celebrity producer Zaytoven Beatz (Future, Young Jeezy, Juicy J) management and subsequently moved her radio show, “Rude Girl Radio”, to his radio station, Digital Dope Radio. Where she is now a resident DJ at the world famous Onyx, in Atlanta, Ga. DJ RootsQueen goes on to explain her first meeting with the hot Atlanta producer.
“I linked up with Zaytoven about two years ago through his manager Roland Williams, who’s my manager now. He’s like the best manager in the world, by the way. They needed a DJ here in Atlanta that could do the same thing that his other tour DJ that doesn’t live here does, so he could have that same push in the city and they chose me. They like to have females in the organization because he has a lot of female artists that he works with, so he’s always surrounding himself with pretty girls. It’s just a better look you know when we travel.”
Speaking of Zaytoven and Drumma Boy, she also just did a Red Bull event with the two producers in New York; she goes on to explain that experience.
“The Red Bull event in New York was amazing! We stayed at the Dream Hotel and Red Bull was super accommodating. Some people who were in attendance were Sunny Digital and Metro Boomin. Zay and myself went on after Metro and the crowd was hype and ready, so we just put on a really great show and showed New York what we do in Atlanta.”
With a sound so dynamic and eclectic as her personality, DJ RootsQueen is a party powerhouse, with an energy guaranteed to give life to any event. Also a female with a long resume and powerhouse behind her brand, she has just a couple of words for all the young female DJ’s out there that want to be the next top female DJ in the game.
“Practice practice practice, make sure that you master your craft because if not and your sloppy on the turntables people aren’t going to take you seriously on an executive level when you try to work and do other things. Also if this is really a career path you want to go into longevity wise, make sure you push forward to an executive level because at some point when you start to get older they’re not going to want to book you at these parties where there are twenty year olds, so your going to have to learn how to position yourself in this game.”
DJ RootsQueen’s next big vent will be at the v103 Car and Bike show Saturday July 16, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. Be on the lookout for that and also for more info, music, and events from this hot DJ you can check her out on social media @DJRootsQueen and her official website DJRootsQueen.Com.