Tyra Talisa

What do you enjoy most about being a DJ?

There are many things I enjoy about being a DJ. It’s amazing to see people enjoying the music and their evening. It gives me a lot of energy. Furthermore, I really like that I end up in so many different places and meet new people.

How do you get the audience moving?

I’m always scanning. What does the audience look like? Are there more women or men, for example? I adjust my set accordingly. If I notice that a particular song is hitting the mark, I’ll continue in that direction. If the dancing starts to slow down, I try something new.

What are the challenges for you as a DJ?

Sometimes it’s difficult to juggle everything, especially when you’re managing your own bookings and business as a DJ. On one hand, you’re very focused on the business side, while also wanting to be creative. The challenge here is finding the right balance and making enough time for both.

Which song holds a special meaning for you and why?

“Dilemma” by Nelly & Kelly. My mom used to have this on repeat, so it’s kind of become the soundtrack of my childhood.

Favorite place you’d like to play or have played?

Last summer, I got to play with Mama Africa at Lowlands, and at a really great time slot too. That was definitely the highlight so far.

Best track at the moment?

My favorite song changes daily, so I really don’t have an answer for this.



Where or from whom do you draw your inspiration?

To be completely honest, when I started out, it was simply because I always found it interesting at parties, and from there, I started trying it out at home myself. It’s not really that I drew my inspiration from anyone in particular.

How do you distinguish yourself from other DJs?

I think the songs I play during my sets are not the ones you always hear in a club, especially the Afrobeats I play varies a lot.

What is it like to work in the nights and weekends?

I personally enjoy it; it’s very different from a regular 9 to 5 job or something similar.

Which track do you typically play in your set?

Omah Lay – “Soso”

Which song have you listened to the most in the past year?

Franglish – Trop parler

Festival or Club and why?

Festivals have given me a completely different vibe compared to clubs so far, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy clubs. If I have to choose, it’s going to be festivals.


MC ley

What makes your profession so enjoyable?

Standing on stage and seeing people enjoy a great evening is what makes it enjoyable for me. If I can add an extra boost to that, it’s fantastic.

What challenges do you face as an MC?

Every party is different. It’s always about observing how the audience reacts and playing along with that. The vibe is different everywhere, so I often have to adapt.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

My first time at the “Afrofusion” festival in Rotterdam. From that moment on, many doors opened for me.

Where would you still like to perform and why?

At big festivals or events. It doesn’t even matter where. I can find myself fitting in anywhere.

Club or festival and why?

Festivals are always more enjoyable with the beautiful weather, but standing in a club also has its charms.


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