The Fab Awards: DJ Heat Becomes First Female ‘DJ of the Year’

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When asked if she prefers to be called by her birth name Nicole Mosley or DJ Heat, Heat says it doesn’t matter. Still, for those who listen to The Pablo Morning Show on WPGC 95.5 FM, she’s DJ Heat, the positive certified disc jockey from “the area.”

DJ Heat not only is the first female to win DJ of the Year in The Fab Awards, she’s also a mainstay in D.C. music culture. Heat has long been the go-to resource on who’s who in local music thanks to her award-winning blog, DCMumboSauce.com. Along with being a member of the Core DJs, Heat regularly spins at events, including The Fab Empire’s anniversary parties.

Find out how Heat got her start, just how early she wakes up and who’s the next music star to come out of Washington:

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DC Fab!: What was the first party you ever deejayed?
DJ Heat: The first party I ever deejayed was in December of 1997 or 1998, I believe. It was my job’s holiday party. I worked at the movie theater in Union Station as a concession supervisor. I used turntables and a dual tape deck. The tape deck was needed to play Go-Go PA tapes. You can’t have a party in D.C. without Go-Go music, and back then not a lot of Go-Go songs were on vinyl, and this was before mixing with CDs came into play. So here I am at this party with crates of records and stacks of cassette tapes. Everyone said they had a good time though.

What time do you usually arrive to work? I mean you must have to get up at the butt crack of dawn…
I get to work at 5 a.m. A lot of people ask how do I manage to get up so early, but you get used to it quickly. My favorite part of being on the morning show is that I get to entertain the people of my hometown. Not many morning shows have hosts that are actually from the city that they broadcast in, and I’m happy to say that I am.

Who are your favorite D.C. artists?
Oh, wow. You’re trying to get me attacked by struggle rappers. (Laughs) This is hard for me to say because  I deal with so many artists in the area and give them a platform through the blog I run. …So instead of naming my three favorite artists, I will name my three favorite albums from D.C. artists that I listened to the most last year: Carolyn Malachi‘s Gold, Visto‘s Before Euphoria, and Ihsan Bilal‘s Teal.

What was the last album you purchased?
I feel like I should give a “cooler” or “more eclectic” answer since I’m a deejay, but the last album I purchased was Beyonce‘s current project, which is weird to me because I had not purchased a Beyonce album since her debut, Dangerously In Love (BeyHive, please don’t sting me!).  But the “magic” of her dropping this project unannounced, and with videos, lured me in to make the purchase.

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Which artist do you hope to leave in 2013?
The artist I would probably leave behind in 2013 is Miley Cyrus. It’s not that she’s not a good artist, but you hear more about her “antics” more than you hear about the music. Everything gets blown out of proportion with her. So let’s just leave her behind in 2013 and save us from all of the drama. (Laughs)

What’s one thing DC Fab! readers would be surprised to learn about you?<
People will be surprised to know that I gave up a full Army ROTC scholarship in order to pursue my dreams of working in radio. So here’s the story: I’m a proud graduate of Morgan State University. While in college, I joined Army ROTC and earned a full scholarship that covered my tuition, room and board, books, and it even gave me a stipend on the first and the fifteenth. The conditions of the scholarship is that you had to serve in the Army for 3-4 years as a Second Lieutenant. As I progressed in college, I realized that I didn’t want to go into the military. My passion is music and radio and that is really what I want to pursue more than anything. So during the school year right before I was supposed to go away to Fort Lewis for Basic Training, I decided to drop out of the Army ROTC program and give up my scholarship. But let me tell you how God works though: the summer I would’ve been in Basic Training is the same Summer that I got my internship at WPGC, and was hired by them immediately after. So if I had never given up that scholarship and ended up going to Fort Lewis, I probably would’ve never landed in the grand position that I am now at WPGC. The Army is making me pay dearly because I have to pay back every penny they gave me during those three scholarship years, but to me it’s a small cost in order to live my dream.

If you had to give an acceptance speech, what would you say?
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Photo Credit: Gary Williams for The Fab Empire