Best known for her quirky style, DJ Venus has made a name for herself throughout Northern Ireland by catering for an alternative audience.
In 2006, with the help of the Prince’s Trust, she set up in business as DJ VenusRollerGirl and moved to Belfast to pursue a career in DJing.
Nearly 10 years on she hasn’t looked back.
“I was always into music, radio production and live radio. At college we were taught how to produce short radio packages on a portable tape cassette recorder and edit on a reel to reel revox” explained Venus.
“In 2001 whilst at university in Sunderland a friend from Norway had a set of turntables, mixer and records and she taught me the basics. With lots and lots of practice I was hooked.
“I changed my name to Venus at university, at the time I wanted to produce documentaries and thought you should have a catchy name. Rollergirl came from being on my rollerblades skating at house parties.”
Venus began making a name for herself throughout the pubs and clubs around the city. Performing at residencies and one off events.
The following years would see her taking a journey through a wide range of electronic music styles including jungle, dubstep, reggae, bassline, oldskool hardcore, DNB and breakcore among others.
However, in 2014 she rebranded from DJ VenusRollerGirl to DJ Venus and began to carve a unique style of her own through experimentation.
She said: “I secured a residency in the Black Box were I would experiment and mash-up 1920’s-1950’s old swing jazz, gypsy jazz, Balkan, world, electro swing, Ska, funk, soul and chilled electronica.
“This gave me immense practise to develop skills on playing awesome background music, keeping the noise level down so people can enjoy a conversation with excellent music from around the world and through the ages.”
Now firmly established on the scene as a wedding and events DJ as well as an artist who has already played some of the biggest local festivals such as Sunflower, Cathedral Quarter Arts and Culture Night, Venus is bringing her eclectic music collection to Stormont.
She is one of the many women lined up to take part in this year’s TEDx events at Stormont Castle on Friday May 29.
Taking place from 2-7pm, TEDX Stomont Women will have a variety of live speakers and videos streams from TEDWomen in Monterey, California.
Venus said: “I will be spinning records at the drinks and networking reception from 5.30 – 7.30pm, in the Stormont Castle.”
For more information and schedule log onto tedxstormont.com