Today we’d like to introduce you to Alonia Walton.
Alonia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in small-town Beaumont, CA. I’ve been DJing for over seven years now. I used to coach the dance team at my old high school after graduating in 2006. I wanted to be a professional backup dancer or do choreography, but I never pursued it. I ended up coaching my old high school dance team until 2008 and worked in a trauma hospital facility until 2011. My last year at that job was the start of DJ LaLa LAND. I was introduced to SCRATCH DJ Academy in LA when my uncle (DJ Balance) was a student there back at the beginning of 2006.
He, unfortunately, passed away in November of that year. This was his dream, so you can say I do this in honor of him. I attended an open house class at SCRATCH was having in 2011. The moment I touched a record and juggled it, so to speak, I fell in love with the “scratch” sound. Something about being in control of the record did something to my soul. After that, I signed up for a 6-week class to learn the basics, then attended four more classes after that. The connections I made with fellow DJ’s at the school is how I started spinning in different places (bars, clubs, private events, etc.). I’ve been blessed with great opportunities.
2 years ago, I became pregnant with my first child, but due to complications, I had to deliver early. I had a baby girl who didn’t survive. After that experience, I fell into a deep depression slowing down on my career and nearly giving up on everything. It took a lot of faith and soul searching to pick myself back up and get back to the turntables. Music is my peace. Looking at life with fresh eyes, I’ve been able to pick back up and spin for some amazing people and events this year.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In this industry, and especially in a male dominant career, it’s definitely had its down points. As a female DJ, I’ve had to prove that I can hang with the guys on the tables.
There have been times I didn’t get paid for events. Male DJ’s get paid more when doing the same event. It’s no different from any other workplace. It’s definitely a struggle constantly proving that behind the appearance, there’s a lot of skill!
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a professional disc jockey aka a party starter. I play music using two turntables and a mixer. Most of my fellow DJs always compliment my beat matching. I’d say that’s what I’m most known for. My music style and my blending skills I feel set me apart from others aside from being a woman. I tell stories through the songs I choose when playing at any event.
A lot of DJ’s don’t blend their songs together (beat match in DJ terms) anymore. That’s my specialty. I pay attention to detail. I prepare weeks in advance, and I don’t focus on playing new music just to say I played it first. I’m creative with my craft. It’s all about creating an experience for your audience.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My most proud moments were DJing at LA Pride and Microsoft Theater for R&B artist Lil’ Mo.
- Website: www.mixcloud.com/djlalaland4
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