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8 Women DJs You Need to Know

DJ Javin runs her radio spots the same way she runs her live shows: like a true master.
DJ Javin runs her radio spots the same way she runs her live shows: like a true master. Courtesy of BRAVO! Entertainment

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click to enlarge DJ Jen Jones spinning Lil Wayne in the VIP tent. - ASH PONDERS
DJ Jen Jones spinning Lil Wayne in the VIP tent.
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DJ Jen Jones

DJ Jen Jones lives in Arizona, but she originally hails from a land down under. The Aussie-born DJ and producer has been making waves both here and abroad for years now. In addition to playing residencies at Talking Stick Resort and Maya Day & Nightclub, Jones frequently gigs out of state. She’s played the Soundwave Festival, spun shows for Skylar Grey, and rocked houses in Shanghai. Her mixes are hit-heavy and high-energy — perfect for a night out when you’re partying with adrenaline junkies with champagne tastes.

Where you can hear her play: Degree270 Nightclub in Scottsdale.

click to enlarge Briannin Gross flexing with some Bikini Lounge luchadores. - COURTESY OF MUTINY PHOENIX
Briannin Gross flexing with some Bikini Lounge luchadores.
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Briannin Gross

The beauty of nightlife is how permeable the barrier is between consumer and creator. One minute you're dancing at an '80s night; the next, you're running the '80s night. Briannin Gross knows all too well. She got her start DJing and party-promoting when she and some friends got frustrated that the Phoenix dance nights they loved weren't happening in Tempe. Working as part of collectives Mutiny Phoenix and Bloody Basin, Gross put on parties at places like Yucca Tap. Now, she's focusing on goth, dark wave, and her new favorite genre: witch house.

Where you can hear her play: Spellbound at The Bikini Lounge.

If dance nights like Cupcake! are candy apples, Betty Blackheart is the razor blade tucked inside them. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
If dance nights like Cupcake! are candy apples, Betty Blackheart is the razor blade tucked inside them.
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Betty Blackheart

If Ol’ Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Dirt McGirt, a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus) was the king of name-changing, then Betty Blackheart is the queen. Specializing in all things darkwave, industrial, and techno, she’s been known over the years by other aliases, including Suzy Homewrecker and Defense.Mekanizm. A tireless show producer and promoter, she’s put on monthly dance nights like Fallout.Shelter and the fetish-friendly Cupcake! parties. Her events are a lot like her mixes: unpredictable, alluring, and not to be missed.

Where you can hear her play: Cupcake! at The Rogue Bar.

click to enlarge Mix master and author MISS DJ MJ throwing up signs with Yelawolf. - COURTESY OF MISS DJ MJ
Mix master and author MISS DJ MJ throwing up signs with Yelawolf.
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Miss DJ MJ

Miss DJ MJ wrote the book on radio success — literally. In addition to working as a financial advisor and booking frequent gigs as a DJ on-air and in clubs across the country, the Phoenix-based mix master also wrote a book called Ammunition for Radio Submission about how to get your jams played on the air. Spinning at events and celebrity performances alongside big names like Ludacris and Taylor Swift, Miss DJ MJ is the real deal.

Where you can hear her play: Keep your eye on Miss DJ MJ’s website for more info about her upcoming gigs and radio appearances.
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