Dubplate Divas

The infamous DJ Lady Tribe and hella-fine DJ Miss Lisa set the decks ablaze at the Brickhouse

"What do you think you learned from graffiti that's helped your success on the decks?" I inquire.

"Just that whole street mentality," she answers, as someone signals to her that it's time to sign some autographs. "If you don't have that, you're gonna be a sucker. You've got to get respect, show your skills, be from the right crew, and get your name out there. I also learned not to be scared. I learned a lot."

Back in the building, Jett's playing patty-cake with some lingerie models, so I stop by the big square bar in the middle of the building and conversate a bit with the Brickhouse Theater's current proprietor Roger Belfiore, who's taking a break from supervising the sound system. He relates that the Brickhouse now doubles as a restaurant called The Chop Shop, with a kitchen that serves lunch and dinner 'til closing. I compliment him on adding the grub, and in general on the spacious, almost East Coast feel of the 100-year-old, red-bricked structure.

"We're hopefully setting the standard for downtown's vibe," he states. "We want people to feel like they can come here and get a taste of different genres and different cultures that they don't normally experience."

"Yeah, you guys really switch things up," I comment. "Like, I see tomorrow night on your MySpace page that you've got some hardcore event going on, and then what's this deal with midget wrestling in April?"

"That's April 2, Rock 'n' Rumble Midget Wrestling," he tells me. "It's like midget wrestling meets Jackass. They staple things to each other's heads and throw trash cans at each other. Adult-film star Tera Heart will be hosting, and this L.A. band Cage 9 will be playing as well as some other local bands. Heineken's gonna be a sponsor, and they've given us tickets to Coachella to give away."

"Sweet," I intone, as the J-Unit approaches, having finished grinding on some squalie. "Did you hear, Jett -- midget wrestling?"

"Keep it in your pants, Kreme, I ain't touchin' your Tiny Tim," she spits. "And anyway, we don't have time. DJ Miss Lisa is off the decks. We should yap at her before she bounces."

We catch Miss Lisa outside for a brief confabulation, and I think the Jettster's about to trip on her tongue, she's so in awe of the San Diego-based siren. She wouldn't be the first. Aside from being world-renowned, having played in Asia, Africa, Latin America, you name it, DJ Miss Lisa is also an International Playboy Playmate, having appeared nude in an eight-page spread in the May 2005 international version of the venerable skin mag. I should also mention that the statuesque blonde, who is a registered nurse by day, has a new mix-tape CD coming out at the end of March called Guilty Pleasure, which you'll be able to cop at www.djmisslisa.com.

"So why International Playboy instead of the U.S. version?" I have to ask.

"The offer came up to do U.S. Playboy two years ago," she confesses. "I almost did it, but chickened out at the last minute. It would've been kinda weird for my nursing career. All the doctors and the paramedics would see it. But then the offer came through for the international version. I still get to be a Playmate, but if I have to hide it from anyone, like my dad, for example, it's a little easier."

"What was the sh-sh-shoot like?" sputters the Jettster, the wheels spinnin' in her noggin.

"It was an awesome experience," she enthuses. "It was in Mexico City, at this club called Hindu. So the theme was Hindu, with henna tattoos, bindi dots, and Buddhas. It was very artistic. But I was so nervous, I was doing tequila shots to calm me down."

"Kreme, we have to go on eBay and see if we can buy that!" demands Jett, grabbing my arm.

"Let's finish the interview first, shorty," I grumble at her, then turn back to Miss Lisa. "Obviously, you've had mad success in the DJ game, but you know there are people out there who don't think DJing is on a par with being a musician at all. What's your response to that?"

"It's like learning to play any instrument, like the guitar or the piano," asserts the effervescent shejay, crackin' a grin. "I guess some people have never tried it. It's not as easy as it looks. Once you get it down, it's super fun. But I suggest they try it first, then make an opinion."

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