“…Funk Queen Dayhota (a.k.a. Shannon Ialongo), who energetically works the crowd as she spins, looking as if she’d rather be on the dance floor than stuck in the dj booth.-david prince(spin magazine)
David Prince of Spin Magazine gives Shannon Ialongo the title of “Funk Queen”, but the world of house music knows her as the infectious DJ Dayhota. Her trademark cutting-edge style combined with her high-energy filled DJ sets put DJ Dayhota into the upper echelon of the underground industry.
Spring 2006 marks the release of DJ Dayhota's first mixed CD Catch Me on RE-INVENT MUSIC followed by Stomp This on STOMPY.COM. Catch Me is an aural journey of unique tracks and top-shelf mixing. In the summer of 2005 Dayhota collaborated with fellow SuperJaner Lady D to work on a remix for Showtime's critically acclaimed series The "L" Word. Tommy Boy Records picked up the remix and plans to release it on an upcoming CD compilation.
A Chicago veteran of house-music, Dayhota has entertained at clubs worldwide: Centro-Fly and The Limelight in NYC, Motor in Detroit, Rain and Ice in Las Vegas, Sno-Drift and Ruby Sky in San Francisco and Level and Nikki Beach in South Beach (Miami). Her sound has graced the international speakers at top-flight venues like The Guvernment and The Docks in Toronto, Batofar in Paris, Zapata and The Lab in Germany, Macarena in Barcelona, Seven in Melbourne and The Underground Café in Sydney to name a few. In an industry dominated by male influence, Dayhota and fellow DJs Heather, Colette, and Lady D paved the way for future female DJs, shaping DJ culture by forming the all female DJ collective SuperJane. In 2000 SuperJane went on its first national tour and in 2002 its first international tour.
In 2002 Mixer Magazine nominated DJ Dayhota as one of the Top 100 DJs, while URB Magazine nominated her in 2004. Not only is DJ Dayhota a feature talent of the underground world, but she rapidly gains mainstream recognition with featured stories on the pages of Billboard, XLR8R, Spin, Jane, Nylon, and Velocity. With her energy, unique style and undisputable talent she is becoming the conduit between the underground world of house and mainstream America.
What’s in store for miss DJ Dayhota? Keep your eyes peeled for this media darling in the making as she takes off this spring on a worldwide tour to promote the release of her mix CD Catch Me (sponsored already by MAC Cosmetics and Big Shot magazine). Dayhota also has more remix projects in the works for Tommy Boy as well as original production to be released on independent labels. This DJ is the kind that groups ambition with talent and she will continue to make her mark. Look out for DJ Dayhota!!