Just two years into the game and DJ Midori is closing in on the apex of her career. Last month, the spinstress floored spectators at Mai Tai Bar’s Hot Island DJ Spin-Off by placing third amongst members of a talented, eager field. Since the auspicious showing, local DJs and industry mainstays have taken notice.
The days of preparing her sets in advance are long gone. It’s all about originality and feeling it, she says, dropping a song at the right moment. The unpretentious newcomer insists her hobby has fully transformed into a passion.
“I pay attention to programming,” Midori says. “Making people dance to popular songs is important but it [makes it] difficult to show your style. As DJs, we have to find other ways to get the crowd excited.”
Midori, who moved to Oahu in 2010 from Kanagawa, Japan, credits her pal DJ Bozu and the DJ culture that surrounds her for improving her intuition behind the decks. Landing gigs for Guess and Spiral Girl are a direct reflection of her “get to, got to” attitude. “I always play for the audience and my friends who support me,” she says. “I’m still learning.”