DJ Squidnee, a 25-year-old who knows just how to get down and dirty with her beats. Squidnee originates from North Carolina and spent a few years in Kansas; she now resides in Savannah, Georgia, with her boyfriend. She’s recently played (safely, wearing her mask) in Myrtle Beach at a show called Unicorns VS. Pirates and had also played a show on February 13th in Atlanta. Her music perpetuates that great underground tone, and she shows strength in her style, a force that is unrecognizable and unlike any I’ve heard in a long time! I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with her and catch up on her take on shows, her music, and so much more!
Who inspires you?
“My inspiration would have to be my aunt. She was the one who got me into music in the first place. She started me out by singing, and then eventually, I got into guitar playing. She’s my inspiration for my musical talents.”
How do you feel playing amid a pandemic?
“Playing in this pandemic is a little different. If we want to have shows during this pandemic, we need to take Covid-19 more seriously. I think we do need to start taking temperatures at the gates when they host events.”
What is your creative process like?
“I’m actually in the lab right now with my friend Brandon (a.k.a. Xenotype). It’s our first collaboration and my first produced song. I mostly am a mixing DJ right now, learning how to produce.”
What inspired you to become a DJ?
“To be honest, I got arrested a while back, and I was depressed for a while after. One of my best friends (Derek Loftus) came over a week later and brought his decks over to play some tunes. I was very interested in how he did it, so I watched him for a while that night and eventually got on there. It was challenging at first, but I got the hang of it within a couple of weeks.”
Who do you look up to?
“I look up to myself because I’ll remember all the bad things that happened in my past and be like, “Damn. I’m still here. I survived long enough to live this amazing life.” And boy, am I happy I made it to 2021.”
Any advice for upcoming DJs?
“Don’t give up! No matter if you think a song sounds bad or you’re still new to mixing and/or producing. Hard work pays off eventually.”
Do you play any other instruments?
“Other than decks, I play guitar, piano, mouth harp, and I sing.”
How do you describe the music you make?
“Well, I just mix right now, and the mixing style I have is downtempo bass music/Dubstep.”
What musician would you like to collaborate with?
“I would like to collaborate with shwiLLy (if you haven’t heard of him, I would recommend him very much!) And Vibe Emissions.”
What’s your favorite piece of music you’ve created and why?
“As I said, I’m in the process of producing my first collaboration with my homie, and I’m pretty excited to be releasing it to you all very soon!”
Peep her Soundcloud here!