Miss Lady D
In 2008, Miss Lady D set a precedent in Tijuana by creating Club Purple to get the 18-and-up locals out their homes and dancing.
Although loving the ruidosón music movement that was starting, she stuck to mixing and sampling records. Her raunchy, make-your-body-move nu-disco mixes injected with an '80s house vibe was like a vitamin to Tijuana's nightlife. The 30-year-old even got San Diego locals to braving the border again to hit Club Purple. And her party didn't stop in Tijuana – she painted the coast purple from San Diego all the way north into San Francisco.
Miss Lady D's ability to move the crowd has even caught the eye of the Rocky Horror Show-esque performance artist DJ, Peaches. She will open up for Peaches' extravagnaza show on Sept. 29 at Tijuana's Black Box.
Let's get purpled out with Miss Lady D:
Dita Quiñones: You're quite the bordertown mujer, huh?
Miss Lady D: I was born in San Diego, but lived in Tijuana since I was two years old up to 18. So, basically all my schooling was in T.J. When I graduated high school from T.J., I moved to San Diego to go to college. And now I live here. I did move back to Tijuana in March of 2010 for a year – that's when the whole Reader cover story happened.
DQ: What's different about your DJ style? I noticed there's a message of sexual freedom?
MLD: I think what makes me different is that I never hold myself back. If I feel a song, album, artist in my bones – I will make sure I shove it in your face. Sexuality is something that I personally like in music, being an advocate of dancing. Getting lost in a song, letting the rhythm take you away, is something I aim for when I'm DJ'ing.
DQ: How would you describe your latest mixtape, Saxamantra?
MLD: Eclectic, ballsy, forward.
DQ: Is that who you are?
MLD: I wanted to bring to the table a taste of what I do. I am very eclectic when it comes to my sets but in this particular one I tried to capture my personality as much as possible.
DQ: You wear a Lucha Libre mask during your DJ sets?
MLD: That mask has a history. I made it for a Peaches show in 2006 and ended up dancing on stage with her like a maniac. I keep that mask like a crown, and here and there I will wear it when I DJ.
Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.