Diana Hawkes is a beautiful ambitious go getter who is turning heads all around the country. Captivating ears with her musical blends is just one reason all eyes and ears are staying tuned to her every move. Dirty Di isn’t your average DJ; the Hampton, VA native has a drive that is unmatched and is dead serious about building her empire. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-on and gets dirty with this unique DJ to learn the keys to her success.
VLBJ: What inspired you to become a DJ?
DJ Dirty Di: My dad and brother inspired me to be a DJ; they both used to DJ. I would attend the events with them and perform dance moves while they were on stage.
VLBJ: You are in an industry that is male dominated. You being a lady DJ and a successful one at that is pretty unique; how did you overcome any obstacles you may have faced on your journey?
DJ Dirty Di: Well a lot of the males in the DJ industry have helped me become the DJ I am today. The only obstacle I’ve faced so far is guys trying to mix business with pleasure, but that’s it.
VLBJ: If someone wanted to become a DJ, what advice would you offer them?
DJ Dirty Di: I would say learn about the craft and all of the equipment you would need first. Then watch DJ tutorials on YouTube, if you don’t know any DJ that can teach you some techniques.
VLBJ: I’m a huge Nas fan probably the biggest one you’ll ever meet. Who’s your favorite Hip Hop artist?
DJ Dirty Di: My favorite Hip Hop artist is Nas. I’ve been a fan since 93′, so I don’t if you’re the biggest fan or not, lol.
VLBJ: What other music genres are you interested in?
DJ Dirty DI: I love all music but my favs are R & B and Hip Hop. I also like Pop, Go-Go, Reggae and Country music.
VLBJ: They call you DJ Dirty Di? How did you get the name Dirty?
DJ Dirty Di: I got the name Dirty from the Michael Jackson song “Dirty Diana“. My real name is Diana; I was named after Diana Ross, the same person MJ wrote the song about lol. Once that song came out it was a wrap because everyone called me Dirty after that. I’m nothing like the song though, lol.
VLBJ: If you could be anything in the world what would you be?
DJ Dirty Di: I would be exactly what I am, A DJ!
VLBJ: If you could work with or have a conversation with anybody past, present, or in the future, who would they be?
DJ Dirty Di: I would love to work with Nas, Angie Martinez, Taraji P. Henson, Big Tigger, Beyonce, Karen Civil, and Rihanna.
VLBJ: What kind of books do you like to read?
DJ Dirty Di: I love to read anything about the Hip-Hop Culture, Urban Fiction, and Astrology.
VLBJ: What’s the last book you read?
DJ Dirty Di: The last book I read was The 48 Laws of Power.
VLBJ: I have a few of your mixtapes; have to tell you I love them. What is your method to putting together a successful mixtape?
DJ Dirty Di: Thank you so much for downloading my mixtape. I really appreciate it. My method to putting together a mixtape is coming up with a name for the mixtape and then finding songs that can relate to the title.
VLBJ: Where can our followers find your mixtapes?
DJ Dirty Di: All of my mixtapes can be found on my website www.DJDIRTYDI.com. They can also be found on Mixcloud, AudioMack, and a couple are on Datpiff; just search DJ DIRTY DI.
VLBJ: Where can we hear you DJ?
DJ Dirty Di: You can hear me DJ on CheeseTownRadio.com every Sunday from 1pm-3pm by downloading the CheeseTown Radio app or listening on www.CheeseTownRadio.com. I spin at various locations and they are all posted on my Instagram page @DJDIRTYDI
VLBJ: Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?
DJ Dirty Di: The next upcoming event I have will be the 4th Annual Heartbeat Gala at Half Moone in Norfolk,VA, on Friday, February 3, 2017. I’m dropping my calendar and my Love Below vol. 2 mixtape in February. My new TV show “Dirty’s Den” comes out in March on VAMTV.com.
VLBJ: What are goals do you have for the New Year?
DJ Dirty Di: My goals for the New Year are to drop a mixtape every month, launch my new TV show, and work on my brand.
VLBJ: Where can your fans follow you? Do you have a website and any social media profiles?
DJ Dirty Di: Yes, fans can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat by following DJ Dirty Di. My Facebook name is Diana “DJ Dirty Di’ Nicole and can like my DJ Dirty Di page. My website is www.DJDIRTYDI.com
VLBJ: What message do you want to leave anyone reading this interview with?
DJ Dirty Di: You can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone discourage you from your plan and NEVER give up.
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