DJ Naz knows her worth
When you hear the infamous 'Girl Power, World Power' intro at any event, get ready to be transported to a new level of party high as DJ Naz takes control of the consoles. Do not be fooled by her diminutive figure as she epitomises what it means to be 'likkle but tallawah'.
As one of very few females in the selecting profession, DJ Naz goes hard at all times, but make no mistakes, she is not about to compete with her male counterparts to prove her worth. She knows what she brings to the table and seeks no validation for that talent.
"Me nuh really business wid people. Me nah try gain a next man respect when him a do di same thing me a do. If somebody naturally rate yuh, dem just naturally rate yuh," she said.
"My music and being a selector nuh have nothing fi do wid nobody, a just supmn weh inna me, a my thing and me love it. Nobody can't come and compare me to dem because Naz a Naz and dem a dem. Me nuh really worry bout competition, dat a nuh my thing. The fans dem love me and das all me really need right now."
Having made such an indelible mark on the music industry, it is hard to believe that Naz only started seriously selecting in 2009. Before her entrance into music as a selector, Naz wanted to be an engineer.
"I started out wanting to be a studio engineer. I am from a family of music. My mother is Joy White, she did the song First Cut and my father was a producer for Bob Marley, so music was always around me. I wanted to make beats and vibe. That was the world to me but the studio part just never did a work out. Di man dem can't just think wid dem brain and make a likkle female just live in peace," she said, pointing out that sexual advances by men were plenty and she was not about that life.
"My advice to ladies venturing into music, don't deh wid yuh co-worker dem and just keep things pan a level. Every man a guh look yuh and nothing nuh wrong if you say no. Some a guh vex and some who would a can help yuh nah go bother help, but nuh feel nuh way because if yuh did go sleep wid dem, dem still nah go help yuh because das all dem did want."
"Better yuh lose dat buss dan lose yuhself wid it," she continued. "None a dem no hold the gate, a God alone hold dat."
With that said, Naz told THE STAR that it is her strength that sets her apart from all her colleagues. She says as a female, she's had to overcome twice as many obstacles but would not have had things any other way. She says her struggles have made her a rock, and she will remain unmoved in the business for years to come.
"A lot of people always say, 'Naz, me like how yuh do yuh things. Yuh strong, yuh hold out and yuh keep up.' Nuff times some things come across when yah try get your thing pan a level and yuh just can't reach weh yah guh. Some people would a give up long time if dem did inna my shoes," she said.
"I never gave up and now a lot of females look up to me and say a me make dem wah do dis because dem see how me deal wid me thing. I aspire to inspire."