Jen Deveroux Talks Björk, '80s Music, Wye Oak, and the Challenges of Becoming a DJ
In recent months, however, Deveroux's made the jump from promoting to performing and stepped behind the mixers to take a stab at selecting. Sometimes its alongside her longtime squeeze Tricky T, like at Red Revolver or the Firehouse in Scottsdale, who's helped school her in the art of DJing. Other times, like tomorrow night at the Rogue for the Shake! seven year anniversary, she's holding it down on her own.
Up on the Sun recently spoke with Deveroux about why she got into the DJ game, the challenges involved, and what she digs spinning.
Name: Jen Deveroux
Where have you performed? I've been at Sticky Fingers and Party Foul. I've also DJ'd with Tommie [Laurie, a.k.a. DJ Tricky T] at Firehouse, Revolver, and Dirty Pretty. And I'll be at the Shake! anniversary on Saturday.
What do you primarily spin? I love the 80s. Anything obscure 80s, indie rock -- of course -- and a lot of electronica.
How long have you been DJing? Around eight months, I'd say.
Why did you to get into DJing? Because I have great fucking taste in music (laughs). You can quote me on that too.
How did you get started? It started like seven years ago when I asked William [Reed], "I want you to teach me how to DJ" and he totally blew me off and said he wanted me to help him promote instead. And since then I kept bothering Tommie to teach me and this past year he finally did. He's helped a lot and taught me how to mix songs and build a set.
So, was there a desire to prove to William that he was wrong? No, not at all (laughs). He just thought I'd be a better promoter at the time. He's letting me play at his nights now and called me up and said, "Jen, we really need a girl in this lineup for Shake!"