Daniyah S. – aka DJ Angle – entered my world when I noticed her spinning her magic at several events put on by Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace Entertainment. I have a thing about DJ’s. Most don’t seem to have the touch of reading the event or the crowd, thinking that blasting the music as loud as possible is the best way to create energy. I’ve been seen many times with my fingers in my ears and watched as others headed for the door without anyone noticing.
That never seemed to happen when DJ Angle was working her magic. She seemed to innately know when to turn it up to party level for dancing and when to keep it at a kinder pitch so that event guests could mingle, talk and actually hear each other. Then there’s her warm friendly smile and obvious enthusiasm. It wasn’t long before I introduced myself to her and starting greeting her with a hug as I entered and before I left. Pictures were taken.
Over time time I began to see her more serious side showcased through her passionate posts on social media highlighting serious issues from politics to appropriation to sexuality.She had a way of getting to the core of the matter simply and clearly, with supporting material easy to access. When I launched my book in February, there wasn’t another DJ I would have trusted to take the helm and she rocked the night just right – lots of energy, but at the perfect sound level. I will forever be grateful.
8Q Spotlight Daniyah S. aka DJ Angle
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
Right now, I work as an assistant in the real estate industry for my 9-5 job with a really fun company that has an innovative business model. It really impressed me how the founder of this company carved out a niche business and is doing so well for herself. My main passion is to DJ and produce events:
I DJ around town and am currently working on a project to develop a women’s events co-op. We call ourselves FAME Nights. We feature female talent and are working to build an events-based network that not only changes the way we do business in this industry but also builds a community to connect us in Vancouver and other parts of the country. A lot of our friends come from out of town and are working on similar projects, I feel like it’s really beneficial to have a place where we can all connect.
Well I’d say it’s this journey in itself that has been interesting. My life has been really hard. I never believed that something could inspire me so greatly and was surprised to realize that I didn’t think I deserved it actually! I had a business idea that I wanted to go hard on and as soon as I experienced the first Female Arts and Music Exhibition – which is what the FAME in FAME Nights stands for – I just knew that I’d stumbled upon the spark that would light this inferno.
And then I met my business partner, who had her tent RIGHT NEXT TO MINE at FAME. All the pieces were right there, I just had to put them all together. It’s been challenging and also very rewarding. We almost went broke in our first year. Sometimes it’s really frustrating when ideas don’t succeed, but this entire journey has been a great learning experience. I’m really learning that a project like this does not develop quickly and this could well be the thing that I do for the rest of my life, no matter what else I do or where I go.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I’m super chatty. I love to meet new people and have deep conversations with them. People are fascinating!
- I love to read and share thoughts about what is important to me. I mean, just take a look at my news feed. I feel like it’s more of a place to store my thoughts more than share them, but there’s so much information out there that needs to be heard. It’s really critical now to be on top of what’s going on in the world and take action where you can. It breaks my heart to read about the destruction and pain around us and it makes me so happy to see people working together to bring about change.
- I have a lot of wonderful qualities and have it pretty good in the world, but I’m not always this way and neither is it the only part of me. Sometimes life is really hard and everything is just a means of survival. So I work hard to play hard and make no excuses to hide that it’s been a rough road to have gotten to where I am. I can be super intense and difficult to get along with – with my strong opinions and personality – but I feel like authenticity is a greater virtue than just a positive attitude, so I aim to always be true.
Highest moment so far?
I was invited to the Workless Party PARTY: Spring Carnival this year. This was a radical new idea with five local venues and a party bus connecting them all. FAME Nights was asked to host a venue late into the night. My DJ tag-team partner wasn’t able to make it at the last minute, so I ended up with an extended set right in the middle of the night. The place was PACKED and it was easily the best set I’ve played in a long time. It felt really good to be a part of the production, the organizing was tight as hell and we also had our harm reduction friends from Karmik out to promote safe partying. It was a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to work with the Workless Party and the support we received at their Spring Carnival reinforced everything we do at FAME Nights.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
Growing into my role at my real estate job and constantly picking up new gigs – more creative ones now that the weather is changing and people need more reason to go out than just sunshine. I recently played the Art Attack event at Arthur Erickson’s Waterfall Building and, in 6 months, we will be having out 2-year party for FAME Nights.
Who and/or what inspires you?
You certainly inspire me Marilyn! I really admire your analysis on life and the wisdom you share with your peers and community. I love how you connect people through their stories and have the ability to nurture words into brilliance. Did you know that you have this subtle way of holding a room? I appreciate that you recognize the same in how I play at events. It was an honour to play at your book launch and the other performers were just amazing, I look forward to the next one.
Another role model of mine is Caroline McGillivray of Beauty Night Society. BNS was the charity of choice for proceeds of FAME, one of the founders was a volunteer and it was through Caroline’s referral that I even had the opportunity to play. I will always be grateful for that. I’ve also DJ’d a few fundraisers for BNS through LuvnGrace which was where I originally met Caroline. She is such a wonderful person and her vision is so strong, I hope to continue to support BNS through FAME Nights and, Caroline, I swear we’ll have that Tom-Kha Gai one day!
But, honestly, my biggest inspiration is my community. It was only recently that I recognized what community meant to me and who was in it. Feels really good to belong somewhere. I’ve met so many amazing individuals in my life journey, just seeing them succeed and contributing to their happiness is enough to inspire me to go after my dreams too.
How do you personally define success?
By the amount of myself that I invest into it. Very little in life was ever handed to me. I’ve had to struggle a lot to bring myself up so when I go for something, I give it my all. And even if I fail, at least I can say that my heart was in it till the end.
Advice for someone wanting to embrace this career?
Be prepared to be broken – be willing to break. Living your purpose is supposed to change you. Let it.
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