Wadjit has been a staple in Western Canadian drum and bass for well over a decade. Like many that came before her, Wadjit got her start by buying a set of turntables and spending countless hours on the decks until it clicked. In Wadjit’s case, her friends pushed her to play out early by putting her on the bill, forcing her into the spotlight quite literally. A.
It wasn’t long until Wadjit was regularly performing on drum and bass’ legendary radio station, Bassdrive, with her weekly show Rinse N Wash. Almost a decade strong, Rinse N Wash solidified Wadjit’s place on the international stage with an international crowd.
Influenced by the classics with one foot in the modern, Wadjit’s first productions came to fruition in 2020. She expects her first releases to hit the airwaves of Bassdrive (among other channels) some time in 2021.
Although well-accomplished in her music career, it isn’t accolades that keep Wadjit going. She believes her purpose as a DJ is to influence somebody’s day. Anytime a person can impact someone’s day, near or far, a connection is made. Wadjit believes without connections, no artist is anything, and if the dancefloor is empty, accolades don’t matter. And that is the beautiful thing that sums up drum and bass, and music as a whole.
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Q. What tunes are you listening to at the moment and why?
A. I’ve really been digging a few new things this year. Especially Delta9 recordings. I’ve always been keen to the darker side, and I find such texture in the dark tech side of dnb. On the off hand when not listening to dnb, I’ve been on a serious jazz and swing tip lately. With current climate changes to our economic systems, I find myself working from home with more time to fill with music. This allows for so much more variation in my musical diet that would otherwise not be possible.
Q. From your perspective, how have things changed for womxn in the drumandbass community in recent years? What would be your hopes going forward?
A. I think it has evolved and matured in a way that we are transitioning from the scene seeing us as women versus see us as credible performers with powers to be reckoned with. DNB is a male dominated sector of the industry, but the women who have come up and persevered are some of the most boss people and set such a great example for those to come. Ambitious, driven and have a clear focus on their goals. As we evolve towards a more equality status, I hope that other girls see options and are encouraged to make their own moves. Of how to be true to themselves and pursue their goals, and how to come up within the industry with integrity and humility.
Q. 2020 has been a tough year for a lot of us, has it affected your creative output in any way? Is there something that you learned or rediscovered about yourself during this time?
A. During this time, I was given the situation where I had to step away from my form of employment. This allowed me some time to, once having adjusted to the changes, try to utilize the time to my advantage and cross the bucket list of things I had to do for “when I had the time”. I’ve spent some time working through music production courses and learning the guitar. I’ve found my music is closely tied with my emotional state so I’ve also taken some time to rediscover painting to help the idle hands and the struggling heart. Mental health has been no joke during this time as well so I’ve tried to keep a good handle on it by keeping fit.