Today we’d like to introduce you to Rose Knows.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began djing a little under a decade ago to fill a hole in Los Angeles nightlife. I rarely saw DJs playing the music I enjoy, much fewer women DJs, and even fewer still a woman of color. Music has always been a motivator and endless source of inspiration, fascination, and education for me so I took a chance and began a journey into the unknown. Though I did meet quite a bit of resistance initially, eventually the stars aligned and I was able to get steady gigs throughout Hollywood and East LA.
Pre quarantine orders, I was djing anywhere between 3-6 nights and occasionally doing special events like weddings, art openings, and private parties. The road to becoming a working full-time DJ has been long and hard but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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?
I met a lot of adversity and to a certain extent still do. One, I’m an Iranian-American woman who gets little support from her own community and family. I left a career in the medical field to pursue my dream and this is a total no-no. Two, the nightlife is sleazy in general and you meet a lot of predatory characters – if I didn’t have a good head on my shoulders, I could have gotten into a lot of trouble. Three, your time is not valued and often times bars create unrealistic expectations for DJs to fulfill; you need to meet a certain amount of criteria: what is your social media following, how many people can you bring in, are you cute? You can get a weeknight but weekends are reserved for specific genres, etc. So as a DJ who may be starting out, unless you’re “invited in” by a seasoned DJ, it’s virtually impossible to “get in”. Four, you will always be underpaid for your time. Five, drugs, and alcohol. Six requests. Seven, misogynist attitudes towards women being able to know what the f*ck they’re doing; i.e., men constantly coming up to adjust to the mixer to “fix” the sound, etc. I could go on but I think that gives you a good idea.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am first and foremost a DJ. I specialize in djing multiple genres so I can literally work any room. I am best known for djing sub-genres namely Post-Punk but I enjoy djing good music, period. I DJ both with vinyl records as well as with a computer. Lately, due to the quarantine orders, I’ve been streaming my DJ sets via Twitch and less frequently via IG. In addition to DJing, I also host a trivia night called Cult of Trivialities – “a trivia night for the weirdos they warmed you about”. I’m in the process of starting a podcast and have been teaching meditation and pranayama via IG Live called Meditation Transmission. I believe what sets me apart from other DJs is my ability to be a chameleon and adapt to a room. There are excellent DJs with specific knowledge relating to one genre but I have a wealth of knowledge of every genre and can morph into just about any situation. I’m proud to say that as a DJ, I’ve helped others begin their careers as DJs as well as create new and interesting events throughout Los Angeles…
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Singing, dancing, and imitating Axl Rose while my brother played the guitar.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/rose.knows
- Facebook: facebook.com/djroseknows
- Twitter: twitter.com/djroseknows
- Other: twitch.tv/djroseknows
Levan TK for the photo of me DJing with the computer