Ever wondered how people make the
step from DJing in backwater pubs to Europe's Superclubs? The
PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association) Show's Gemini
Extreme V DJ Competition, has launched several scratchers and mixers
on the road to becoming Superstar DJs over the years.
Last year, DJ Miss Behavin',
alias Niki Potterton, 23, from Brighton, trudged the streets of Ibiza
pleading with promoters to give her a set, while unbeknown to her,
her father entered one of her demo tapes in the PLASA Gemini V DJ
competition. Far from being annoyed with her father's secret
initiative she was delighted when she received an invitation to take
part in the finals.
Her career got off the ground
through similar ingenuity five years earlier when a DJ friend dropped
her in at the deep end by taking a 'toilet break' mid set. She
says, "He told me to put a few tunes on. I thought he was
joking but he just left me in the DJ box and the tune he had put on
was getting shorter and shorter."
This was just the catalyst that
Niki needed. She had no time to be nervous. "I just got on
"I will always remember that
moment when I dropped my first record, it was the best buzz in the
world. If I hadn't been forced into it like that I don't think I'd
ever have had the guts to play out", she recalls.
Last year, despite her five years
experience, Niki was almost thwarted again by nerves. However, at
PLASA 2000, she battled and overcame the butterflies in her stomach
to bash out a set crammed with skills and quick, always uplifting, mixes.
Niki so impressed the judging
panel that the DJ Competition sponsors at PLASA, Gemini Sound
Products, offered her a sponsorship deal immediately after the competition.
Following her PLASA performance,
she has secured bookings at Ibiza Superclubs and has many more
bookings throughout Europe and the UK. On top of that, she has
also secured residencies for Insomnia at Camden Palace and Ascension
at Ibiza's Es Paradis.
"This year, DJing has really
taken off for me. During the day, I'm either in the studio
working on my own tracks or in the office where I run my own female
DJ agency, Flipside DJs."
She'll definitely be returning to
PLASA this September: "Technology changes so fast - it's good to
keep up with what's going on and to see what new products are on the
market. PLASA is definitely the place to view all the leading
DJ and Studio products under one roof."
Niki will be joined by many of
last year's 12,996 visitors, and hopes to see more groundbreaking DJs
emerge at the Extreme V, Gemini DJ competition, "Even if you
don't win, it's good experience. DJs should enter as many
competitions as possible because you never know who might be watching you!"
Miss Behavin' has a few words of
wisdom for this year's entrants - "Just don't let nerves get the
better of you!", she says.