[Writer: Brittany Chisem]
Meet Erin “DJ Rue,” the gorgeous and wise DJ, who’s a multi-talented artist from Detroit, MI. This musically inclined beauty is an Alumna of Wayne State University where she was introduced to many different forms of art: fashion, music and dance. This broaden her perspective of art as a form of expression and connectivity.
She is passionately pushing to the top of the Detroit party scene with ambition to move into her artistry, production and radio. DJing was a natural way for Rue to remain intimate with music. Let’s take a look into the story of a passionate female, who is multi-faceted!
As a multi-talented artist from Detroit, MI tell me about your upbringing and how would you describe yourself growing up?
I was very blessed growing up! My upbringing was very strict. I had a two parent home and went to predominantly Caucasian schools. My father worked in corporate America and my mother was a singer, who traveled with renowned artist until she decided to work in corporate America as well!
When did you fall in love with music and being a DJ?
I was literally born into music. I was blessed to grow up in the church where I was able to learn and watch some of the best musicians, producers and singers in Gospel. I fell in love with all of the sounds, tempos and notes music had to offer!
Growing up, who were you inspired by and is there anyone that inspired you currently?
I was truly inspired by Kiss the DJ, Storm the DJ and Jam Master. I’m inspired by any Black woman that’s doing something creative in the form of art and more importantly anything that’s powerful for our community!
Do you remember the first CD you ever brought or the first concert you went to that made you fall in love with music even more?
Yes! The first concert I ever witnessed was NSYNC! Those men hit every cue and note throughout their entire performance. I was so intrigued, I thought to myself, this is what I want to do! I have to be a part of music.
Brandy’s first CD enthused me so much! In my mind, I’m like, “She’s so dope and young! Anything is possible.”
Also, I was a part of my uncle’s business who specialized in artist development, which opened my eyes and increased my love for music and art!
In three words how would you describe yourself?
Wow! I would say I’m unique, passionate which can be mistaken for temper but it’s not that I’m upset, I’m just truly passionate and in love with my craft and lastly eccentric!!!
Who is your dream person to work with and why?
Without a doubt, it’d be P. Diddy! This man knows so much about the business, so why not work with him while learning!
What do you want to be remembered for?
To be remembered by my energy and spirit! I want for any audience I DJed for to be like, “Do you remember when DJ Rue dropped such and such record and the crowd went crazy?!”
Was there a person in your college career who made a difference?
I decided to stay home and attend school within my state. I commuted back and forth to school while working because I enjoyed it better that way, plus school was never my choice but I went because my parents were very adamant about me attending school and getting a degree. However, my circle of friends made a huge difference in my college career. We stuck together and pushed each other to do better. Plus, my son really made the difference because I had someone looking up to me and that’s why I walked across that stage and got my degree!
What keeps you motivated?
I’m hungry! Not necessarily to be known but hungry to be remembered! Also, my son! He is more of the reason to never give up.
What is your favorite genre of music?
Literally everything! As a DJ it’s so important to be diverse and immerse yourself in your craft. You never want to put yourself in a box.
How do you get the creative process flowing when working on new ideas for your mixes?
I wing it! I know that’s bad and I’m working on creating a new method that works for me but I just go with the flow! I had a tough one at a wedding recently when the bride asked me to play Folk music! I hadn’t done Folk music in a whole but I was able to create a great playlist they loved and enjoyed!
How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
One thing Mr. Rue taught me was to never accept no as an answer. Remember, there is always another way to get through the door!
What advice would you give to those aspiring to be a part of this industry?
DO IT! Honestly, just do it! Sometimes a small self-pep talk is needed and in that pep talk, you tell yourself to try and you will never fail as long as you did it or tried! Never be afraid of what others have to say and never underestimate yourself.
If there is anything in your life you could change about your journey, would you? If so why or why not?
Of course! If I could change somethings, delete and rewrite it and create the right time to make it happen I would but then again I wouldn’t have learned what I needed to learn in order to become the person I am today.
Get social with DJ Rue! Social Media: @iamdjrue on Instagram, Facebook and Mixcloud!