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Who is DJ Citizen Jane? I recently had
the pleasure to talk with and find out
some of what makes this talented,
down to earth disc jockey/musician/artist tick.
After many years of hard work in the LGBT
community the Miami native’s determination
has paid off and she has now gone global
and will headline some of the largest and
respected parties around the country and the
world. There will be plenty of opportunity at a
variety of events to hear her live considering
her impressive and growing
resume. Citizen Jane is the girl
on fire — an artist on the rise.
When did you begin to
I began in the late 90’s.
You started with Vinyl?
I started spinning with
Vinyl before the whole digital
invasion. I still have my
turntables and do it at home
Do you prefer digital to
vinyl as a DJ?
It’s two totally different
things. I can work with both
equally and have fun with either one because at
the end of the day it’s not about the equipment
but about the music.
Where did your love for music come
My love for music comes from growing up in
a musical home. Everyone from my Dad’s side
of the family and my brother are musicians.
Aside from DJing I am a musician, singer and
songwriter. There was always music playing in
my home at all hours of the day. I carry it in
You like to play all different genres of
I love playing just about everything. To me
it’s all about those on the dance floor. I play for
the people not for myself.
What is your favorite?
I love playing House Music!
How has the scene
changed since you started?
The scene has changed a
lot. It has evolved in the sense
that people are more open and
accepting therefore there are
a lot more choices of where to
go to as opposed to just going
to the gay bars and clubs. Also
there are a lot more circuit and
Is there a difference with
the music you play when
DJing for a mostly all girl
party as opposed to a gay
circuit event or club?
Every party is always different. All girl
parties are mostly into open format music. Boy
party’s are mostly into House Music and Gay
Circuit Events are a mixture of House Music &
some remixed top 40 dance songs. When I play
at straight nightclubs / venues I play a mixture
of open format and EDM.
Do you prefer a large party or a smaller
I love large parties! I’m a people person and
I feed off of seeing a large crowd dancing to my
What made you want to be a DJ?
My love for music and just being able to see
people forgetting about their problems while
dancing to my beats is so rewarding. If I can do
that and make them smile and dance their ass
off I have succeeded.
Where do you buy your music?
I purchase music from iTunes and remix
the songs. I also download music from various
I think your DJ name is really great. I see it
as you are trying to imply that you are a DJ
of the people for the people when it comes
to music. In a way it goes back to what you
were saying about how you play music for
the crowd instead of yourself.
My DJ name actually is my childhood
nickname given to me by my grade school best
friend that stuck throughout my whole life. It
came about because the boys would take our
toys away on the playground at school and I
was the one who would go and get them back
for the girls. One day my best friend said “you
are our superhero your name now is Citizen
To elaborate on being a DJ of the people it
is great that you ask that question because I
actually have been told that before on several
occasions that “I am a DJ of the People.” I
am one of the few DJ’s who actually can play
across the board easily and have the crowd
going on the dance floor for the girls, boys
and mainstream no matter in what part of the
country or internationally that I am playing.
Not many DJ’s are accepted by such different
audiences and I am so grateful that I have
been. It comes down to I play for the people, I
read the crowds, I know what I have to deliver
for each event to make them happy. I put all
my love for music into it for my crowd — it’s
always for them.
My gratification is seeing the joy of them
having a great time on the dance floor.
Who are some of your musical heroes?
Madonna - She has evolved through all the
different eras of music since coming out on the
scene, she is innovative, always reinventing
herself. I love that she takes risks. Peter
Rauhofer is my biggest DJ influence.
What are some upcoming gigs you are
going to be a part of?
I will be headlining Austin, Texas Pride,
Calgary Pride, Gay Days (Exclusively for the
boys), Key West, Womenfest, Fort Lauderdale
Pride (Main Stage), then Atlanta Pride for my
second year at Piedmont Park Main Stage just
to name a few.
Do you have a favorite?
My favorite one I must say was Headlining
Atlanta Pride last year on the Main Stage at
Piedmont Park. It was the first time Atlanta
Pride had a DJ Headline the Pride Festival on
the Main Stage in their 44 Years of being a Pride
Festival where attendance is over 200,000. I
had the honor of being the first DJ ever. The
other is spinning in Madison Square Garden
(the most famous arena in the world) during
this past NYC Pride weekend, seeing my name
up on the screen and spinning in that arena
is beyond thrilling that words can not even
describe the feeling.
giRL on fiRe
After many years of
hard work in the LGBT
community, DJ Citizen
Jane has now gone
music bata’s beats
DJ Spotlight –
in my home
at all hours
of the day. I
carry it in my
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