My love of music is definitely influenced by my mom and dad because they are both big music fans and collectors. There was very rarely a moment when music wasn't playing in our home. My dad has a background in electronics (among many other things), so he was often tinkering and fixing equipment. He also owned his own DJ business for a few years. When I was a teenager, my best friend and I would attend Hip Hop battles, which exposed me to the four main elements of Hip Hop culture: DJing, MCing, Breaking, and Graffiti.  Throughout my time in high school and post-secondary I focused my energy on my academic studies and dance. It wasn't until 2017, did I decide to join a DJing for Women and Non-Binary Folks course with Mamacutsworth, one of my local DJ idols. Since then I've been a practicing and working as an open-genre DJ who enjoys playing soul, funk, jazz, disco, rock, r&b, rap, house, dancehall, afro-beat, latin, pop, and filipino classics.

 

I have a diverse range of DJ experience that includes playing in front of small intimate parties, clubs, dance battles, virtual gatherings, in-person and virtual large festivals. As a trained dancer and music collector, my taste reflects my love of arts, culture, and history. A few of my favourite DJs include DJ Jazzy Jeff, EasyMoBee, Scratch Bastid, DJ Koco, DJ Shortee, and DJ Kuttin Kandi. Some of my favourite producers and musical artists include; Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, J. Dilla, Queen Latifah, Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, QuestLove, Missy Elliot, Timberland, Pharell, RZA, Notorious B.I.G., MF DOOM, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Common, Daft Punk, Beyonce, Kaytranada, H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, Ruby Ibarra, and Kimmortal. I strive to bring my personal touch wherever I am DJing, with an intentional focus on highlighting the excellence of IBPOC, female, and 2SLGBTQIA+ musicians, by blending classic hits and contemporary bops with turntablism techniques. My main goal as a DJ is to create a musical atmosphere that is welcoming and reflects the theme of the event.

 

I am currently taking bookings for COVID-safe in-person gigs, pre-recorded virtual sets, live virtual sets, private virtual tutoring sessions, panels and keynotes. For booking inquiries, please message me through my contact form.

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Bi-Weekly, Sundays 5:00 - 6:30 PM CT 

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Next Episode: Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Listen to Kilusan Mixes and live DJ sets on Mixcloud!

Video by: Jayson Mariano | Audio By: Whatsupnet

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DJ Work Experience

Organizer

  • Sunday Sessions with Kilusan, (Oct 2020 - Present)

  • Street Culture Jam with Winnipeg Trails (September 2019)

2021

2020

  • Goodwill Social Club, Winnipeg

  • ArtsJunktion Fundraiser, Live IG DJ Set,

  • Lavender Menace, The Forks, Winnipeg

  • Digital Pride Festival, Pre-Recorded DJ Set

  • University of Winnipeg Digital Roll Call Party, Live Zoom DJ Set

  • The Beer Can with Fourth Quarter Records at BBS, Live 

  • Big Summer Fest, Big Picture Learning, Virtual DJ Set

  • Q.P.O.C. Winnipeg for Ladies Night at Club 200 Resident DJ Jan 2018-Feb 2020

  • Young Lungs Dance Virtual Dance Party

  • Graffiti Art Programming Virtual Launch

  • Anthony OKS EP Release Party, Tallest Poppy

  • Synonym Art Consultation: First Friday

  • Who’s The Illest, The Park Theatre

  • Amy and Tyson’s Wedding, Manitoba Club

  • Sexual Du Voyaguer, Goodwill Social Club

  • FridayKnights, Soft Opening Party

  • CKUW, Q2 Met Gala, The Metropolitan

  • Bar I Fridays with Mike B., Bar Italia

  • NOWHERE New Years Eve 2020 Celebration

 

2019

  • Malcolm Jay’s EP Release Party, Goodwill Social Club

  • Young Lungs, Fundraiser Party, 90 Annabella

  • Queenfidence, Product Launch Party, Cloakroom Wellness

  • HairBruu Opening Party, Chaise Corydon

  • Funktion Fridays at Chaise Corydon

  • ModeShift Conference Afterparty with Winnipeg Trails

  • Bastid’s BBQ with Skratch Bastid and DJ Maseo

  • Synonym Art Consultation’s “Wall-to-Wall Festival

  • B.O.S.S. Dance Team Battle at Canada Day at the Forks

  • RBC Youth Pride Dance Party

  • Synonym Art Consultation Wall-to-Wall Fundraiser

  • Graffiti Art Programming Downtown Moves 7-to-Smoke

  • Queer People of Colour Winnipeg Underworld Ball

  • Synonym Art Consultation First Fridays

  • Rising Strong, International Women’s Day

  • UMSU x RSAC x RPM’s fundraiser with Monique Heart, U of M

  • Women in Architecture and Design, Théâtre Cercle Molière

  • NOWHERE New Years Eve 2019 Celebration

2018

  • Gabrielle’s Funk’s Women Bad Bad Good Opening, Graffiti Gallery

  • Synonym Art Consultation “Wall-to-Wall Festival 2018,”

  • Casual Friday, Legion Osborne, Winnipeg, MB

  • Graduate of Sarah “Mamacutsworth” Michaelson, “DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folk”

Video by: Feathertalia (Sunshine House)