divaDanielle rocks the dance floor from Los Angeles to New York with her funky style of House and Electro! Branded The Diva in college because of her sassy look and attitude, her DJ performances are filled with infectious energy and bootie-shakin' grooves. In 2007, divaD joined up with LA's infamous Hipgenesis crew, known for their elaborate underground events and packed dance floors. As part of their Sonic Assault Team (a.k.a. superstar DJs), Diva spins at everything from clubs and bars to festivals and warehouses.
Her life as a DJ began one fateful evening 5 years ago at The Ivar in Hollywood. Darren Emerson (of Underworld fame) spun with Tim Deluxe at the grand opening of the club Stereo, hosted by KCRW’s Jason Bentley. In the middle of his set, Mr. Emerson tossed a record into the crowd, Grant Nelson “Free & Switch,” which Danielle excitedly caught. It was at this moment she felt the universe telling her…
"Get off the dance floor and get behind the decks!”
A film and video editor by day, DJ by night, Danielle started organizing clubs around town in 2004. She and a group of girls eager to spin created Girls Spun Wild (GSW), featuring female DJs from all genres. Over the years, they brought their act to Vine Bar, Fais Do Do, Nocturnal and The Moutain Bar. Last year, GSW appeared in the LA Times as part of their feature on the rise of female DJs in LA.
For the last 4 years, she has spun at her favorite place in the universe, Black Rock City, Nevada a.k.a. Burning Man. She has also performed at LA and NYC's Burning Man Decompression Street Fairs (or DECOM for short). Other recent bookings include Spundae, The Mor Bar, The Standard, The King King and Cre8tivity, playing with local faves such as John Kelley, Kazell, DJ Wolfie and Jason Bentley. Residencies have included The Mountain Bar, Vine Bar, Moonshadows and, beginning this Spring, Circus. She can also be found filling dance floors in San Francisco, Seattle and Miami.
In 2007, divaDanielle won DJ Nic Alvarado's DJ Mix Contest for the month of June, competing against DJs from all over the world, for her Spoiled Kitty Mix. This same mix was also featured on Spineshaker.com as their "Friday Martini Mix" winner. Spineshaker commented, "We fell head over heals for her smooth glitchy sound. We adore her style of mixing, and the fact she frequents Burning Man. DJ divaDanielle wins this weeks' Friday's Martini Mix, but should really win every week! Next time your party crashes, call Danielle for Tech Support!" She has also been guest DJ on the internet radio shows Disciples of House, here in LA, and on The Shejay Session in the UK.
Her deep love for the music she plays shines through in Danielle’s performances. A friend once told her, “You remind me of a little girl singing in front of her mirror when you DJ!” Her energy is a highlight in her sets. She sings along, wears costumes and dances, all the while keeping the crowd bumping with her funky song selections. “What I like is that you always look like you love what you are playing and having such a great time!” a reveler from the crowd commented after a show.
“I sing and dance at home when I’m playing. I sing and dance when I’m on stage. I can’t help it. It just comes out of me,” Danielle remarks of her on- stage antics.
“They don’t call me The Diva for nothing!”