DJ Chela | Interview
From Brooklyn, NY, DJ Chela has been representing her values and music since 2002. In addition to DJing, she is a singer/songwriter, Reiki Master Teacher, and student at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Chela has performed on four continents, branding her name in radio, clubs, mixtapes, battles, and live shows to healing and political activism movements. Her movement is called the New Girl Order, embracing new possibilities when women’s voices have a respected presence in hip hop and society as a whole. Her live sets are a dynamic blend of hip hop, R&B, reggae, latin rhythms, rock, pop, classic funk, soul, and disco. In 2009, Chela received second place at the 2009 Winter Music Conference DJ Mix Battle, as well as second place at the 2006 “She’s My DJ!” battle. In 2010, she was the only female selected to compete in the NYC regional Red Bull Thre3Style Competition. She earned nominations for Best Female Mixtape DJ at the Justo’s Mixtape Awards two years in a row, as well as Best Underground Mixtape DJ in 2006, and was inducted into Justo’s Mixtape Allstars, the Murda Mamis, and the Universal Zulu Nation. DJ Chela hosted and mixed the weekly radio program, New Girl Order Radio, at Duke University for three years, and was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Influential College DJs by Urban Network Magazine. Chela’s mixtapes have helped her establish a unique style, socially aware themes combined with scratch production, mixing, and original blends. She has worked alongside KRS-One, Pharaohe Monch, Saigon, Mystic, Rebel Diaz, and Immortal Technique as their respective DJs.