DJ Roxanne

DJ Roxanne



Ask yourself this: how many times have you gone out to see a DJ and saw a female behind the decks, much less one known as much for her skill as her looks? Roxanne Dawn feels your pain. The daughter of a singer and student of music, the “Turntable Temptress” has deejayed alongside such legends as DJ Skribble, DJ Rap, Dave Navarro and Tommy Lee at everywhere from Chicago’s Crobar to the Playboy Mansion in Cali. Don’t get it twisted. There’s a reason why Playboy asked her to be in their Natural Beauties, Exotic Beauties and Cyber Girl features. But for Roxanne, and the countless fans that dance to her sets, music comes first, second and third. In fact, Roxanne is far from a stranger in the music world. After years of piano, violin and vocal lessons in her hometown of Chicago, she was signed to Polygram at 18 under the name Katrina, giving her debut performance at France’s Midem festival, the world’s largest music festival. Her tenacity was honed during this period, as the singer would call the label personally to set up her own auditions for the chance to get signed. After performing in stadiums around the world, Roxanne would always sneak off to the club for post-show festivities. Once there, you could usually find her near the DJ booth studying their movements and skills and eventually teaching herself how to mix, blend and fade. As the practice intensified, so too did demand for her services. Being a woman is tough in a male-dominated industry, but that has only made Roxanne work harder. Sure, every once in a while, you’ll get some jackass who glares at her skeptically and disapprovingly, wondering if “this hot girl” even knows what a turntable is. That’s when she starts spinning and disgraces the naysayers. For some former artists, the only time you hear them resurface is when their mug shot gets forwarded to you. For Roxanne, though, who is a long-time volunteer with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, her face—and hands—are gaining increasing exposure with clubs around the country. To bastardize an already cheesy quote: It's always darkest before the Dawn.

Set List

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