Who is Oprah’s DJ And Why Is She So Popular?
By Robert Sitt
She has been the official DJ for Neiman Marcus in Atlanta for almost a decade, she has toured internationally with the Outlawz, Goodie Mob, and The Dream, she is the sole female member of the DJ coalition Hoodrich, she’s a mixer for Hot 107.9, and she was asked to join Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Life You Want Tour’ last year while spinning several NYC-based O Magazine events.
That’s quite a resume. Can you name her? Spinning out of Atlanta, Georgia, the accolades belong to DJ Princess Cut. Of herself, she says, “I’m a club, radio, mixtape, corporate and celebrity DJ, and I love all kinds of music from hip hop to house. I’m really happy to spread my love for music and for the art and culture of DJing. I love to travel the world and to be able to influence people, especially young girls, while I’m on my musical path.”
Princess Cut got her start through some random DJing at a bar about 11 years ago. She started hanging out with the DJs and picking their brains. Eventually, they let her touch the vinyl. Later, they told her there was going to be a party at the club and wanted to know if she would be interested in being the DJ. “They didn’t express any pay or compensation for the party, however, they said, ‘Can you come rock out?’ and [I] was like, ‘Sure, I can come rock out,’ and I had a great time.” She ended up getting paid $100 and her career was born.
Princess Cut feels that Atlanta is the “mecca of music” and is glad she lives there. In her early years, she hung out at Earwax Records, which is no longer there. It was the store where all the major DJs would come and hang out. She would get introduced and the gigs started coming.
As a female DJ, she felt she really had to prove herself. She says that DJing is a very male-dominated industry and promoters are wary of picking up somebody they are not comfortable with. She said there is no shortcut, you simply have to establish your credibility.
To those who would follow her path, Princess Cut says, “study the culture, study the art, study, study, study, and pay attention to those that came before. I know there’s a lot of new technology to make it easier to be a DJ, but it’s not about it being easy it’s about continuing to spread the real foundation and the real art of where it came from.”
She notes that most people don’t have access to really good DJs, but they can check them out on the internet.