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DJ Hercules fills three drive-time weekday radio slots on South Florida's hip-hop staple 99 Jamz.
DJ Hercules fills three drive-time weekday radio slots on South Florida's hip-hop staple 99 Jamz.
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Five South Florida Female DJs You Should Know About

DJs hold a lot of responsibility, from keeping the bar full and the dance floor packed, to making your girl's ass shake all night long. Ultimately, they hold the keys to the whole party vibe.

For these five South Florida ladies, working the turntables comes easily. They know exactly how to keep the party going, flowing seamlessly from hip-hop to electronic to soca. The only thing they ask is that we never make a request.

We've picked out our five favorite local female selectors, many of whom are skilled producers as well, for you to keep up with — and get down to. 

5. DJ Hercules
She-J Hercules is easily one of our favorite DJs, killing it with her Ultimate Midday Mix on 99 Jamz every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She proved her self-proclaimed title of the “Queen of the Streets" by breaking numerous records on the radio while mixing in crowd favorites. Her DJing career started at 15 years old at small family functions on her virtual DJ program, and from there, she moved to the turntables at Florida Atlantic Universty Owl Radio. Her favorite music to spin is hip-hop and soca, reflecting her Caribbean and South American descent, so be prepared for a quick whine session during her mix.

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Nala

4. Nala
Many people accuse Nala of “not actually DJing” or “faking it,” but trust us, we’ve seen her in action. She was born in Los Angeles but went to college at FIU, where she picked up DJing about a year and a half ago. “I've always been really into seeking out new music and sharing it with people. I was the type of person to make mixtapes for close friends and they would always end up contacting me every few months for a new mixtape. It was just a matter of time before sharing new music with everyone turned into DJing. Once I started, I couldn't stop,” she says.

Nala practiced hard to learn the formulas and structures of how music is made. Since practice has made her near-perfect, Nala has landed gigs at Miami's III Points Music Festival, Bardot, Electric Pickle, and Sidebar. She’s a professional at spinning your favorite hip-hop and trap songs, but also mixes in house music, afro-funk, and soul to create a good groove.

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Sel6
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3. Sel6
Sel6 is not your average DJ. She doesn’t quickly spin Future and Young Thug bangers she knows everyone will like, but mixes in every genre for the perfect night. “I try to tie in all different genres and blend shit together that you wouldn’t expect to be blended,” she says. With being original on her mind, she picked up mixing, DJing, and producing in a year. “Nothing specific really inspired me to become a DJ. I’ve just always had a spiritual connection with music and wanted to find my way in the industry somehow,” she says. Sel6 quickly turned her hobby of manipulating sounds into a DJ career, and you can catch the Broward Country native spinning at Wet Bar Miami, Lou La Vie, and Fusse Studios regularly.

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DJ Yazmine
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2. DJ Yazmine
Being sexualized as a female and not getting taken seriously behind the booth does not stop Yazmine from dropping the beat on a Sunday night at Sidebar. At 17 years old, she knows DJing is exactly what she wants to do with her life and will go after every opportunity to spin. "I started DJing at 13 years old and I knew it was something I always wanted to do. I loved music since I was little and figured out how I can incorporate my love for it in this industry, since I’m not much of a singer,” says Yazmine.

Yazmine has grown her fan base through mixes online and gigs at Norma Now’s weekly party, SUNDAZE, at Sidebar and Dwntwn Miami, where she mixes underground rap music and deep house effortlessly, setting the perfect vibe all night.

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Djane
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1. Djane
Miami Beach native Djane has been spinning for almost 10 years and isn’t too fond of your requests — or guys getting touchy-feely with her behind the booth. While spinning your favorite hip-hop tracks, she mixes in a bit of electronic, as it’s one of her favorite sounds. “People see me as only a hip-hop DJ, so I don’t really get the chance to play the stuff I want to play," she says. "Love Below is a party I love to play at because I get the chance to play different music,” she adds, referring to the Tuesday night weekly party at Miami's Electric Pickle.

In her years of DJing, Djane's racked up gigs at Mana Wynwood during Rolling Loud, Brickhouse, Basement, and the Corner, allowing all music lovers to vibe with her. But it all started with her massive collection of CDs. “I used to spend all my after-school job money on CDs, so I had a pretty big music collection. I think that's kind of what gave me the motivation to start," she says. After years of practice, her only true challenge is DJing with vinyl. "You have to figure it all out to do it all with your ears. There's no help from technology when you play with vinyl, so I think that's something that's helped me. I always get excited when I get to play all vinyl at the Corner, because it’s a fun challenge for me," she says. 

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