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Viva la eves

`DJing', a new field in music entertainment, has caught the imagination of our hip youngsters. Do men rule the roost here? PRIYADARSHINI SHARMA meets Camea Hoffman, the lady DJ from Seattle, who caused a Saturday night fever at the Taj

MUsic Channel V has given India our first women band, `Viva' and ladies in the world of hardcore showbizz are here to stay. Great! Greater still to see men brave this inroad into their territory gallantly!

Camea Hoffman,The Disc Jockey from Seattle, performing at Taj Malabar, is one of the first in the field of`DJing'. As the groovy crowd jived to her rhythmic music they knew it was a rare chance to dance to music from a DJ from across the seas. As the evening wore on, the dancers and those who simply listened to her records were impressed with her rare collections. Defining her job, she says`Djing, is like being a conductor of a band. You can control all elements in music in a singular way. There are no rules which is why it is so much fun.''

``It is amazing that DJ's become glamour icons for the youngsters,'' says Ms Camea, who at 25, is herself living a dream. ''I encourage young adults to follow their dreams and believe in positive energy.


Camea Hoffman at her job.

``Indians love commercial music and Indi pop, but I give them a taste of `House' and `Trance' music'. Explaining `House' music Ms Camea adds, ''It is a new millennium version of Disco. House music has still not hit India. `Trance' she says,''is a different type of flowing music which mesmerizes you. It can be both soothing and aggressive.''

Her induction into this field of Djing was `pretty random.' ''I can't stay in a place for too long so when the offer came to play in India, I felt it would be good experience''. Though studying anthropology in college and working as a legal assistant, it is music which has been a passion for her. She played piano and clarinet for years, learning ballet simultaneously. It was the yoking of ear and body language together that led her to take to `DJing'. As of now she seriously wants to pursue it as a full time career.

According to her, a lady DJ is rare even abroad. But in Calcutta, where she played music at the Taj Bengal for three months, Camea found many girls interested in her profession and planning to take it up seriously. She was surprised that Kolkatta had a school which trained DJs and many of the students there were girls.

Kochi, she says is a calming city and Munnar is heavenly.

To a query on the strange nexus between rock music and drugs, Camea said, people with sober minds do enjoy this music. ''It is not as bad as it is made out to be,'' but this does not dispel the suspicions as a rock fan says 'you have to be blown out of your head to take such music.'

Ms Camea, of course, has her speciality as she plays no CDs but LP records. `Vinyl' is more responsive than CDs and as she signs off she says, ''I got my tongue pierced as a symbol of independence and attitude''.

Ms Camea the young DJ from Seattle is music, youth, guts fun and attitude all rolled into great entertainment, just what youths want. A hurrah for her and one for our own DJ, Sugeetha Menon, from Kollam who is a great karaoke artist and gets the crowd going, as she sings along happily....

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