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‘It’s been hard to earn men’s respect’

Being a female DJ hasn’t come easy, says one of the top ten DJs in the UK, Ministry of Sound’s DJ Eve Carry who’s performing in Mumbai.

music Updated: May 15, 2010 13:02 IST
Karishma Iyer

It’s not very often that you find female DJs and it’s even less often that you find a successful one. Eve Carey, from the Ministry of Sound, London, who is rated as one of the top ten DJs in the UK, is one of the rare people who are in the latter group.

“You have to work extra hard to prove to men that you are just as good as them,” says the performer, who has 16 years of professional experience, playing at some of the world’s best clubs including Pacha, Hedkendi and at events like Angels of Funk, toured with the Underdog Project, and given a smash hit, Summer jam.

Carrey has also given DJ lessons in her hometown Birmingham.

Career highlight
But that has not stopped DJ Eve’s career from taking off in a big way. She shot to fame in 2008, when Charly’s Angelz (comprising Eve and Miss Behavin) performed at Damascus, and hence became the first international DJs to be asked to play in Syria.

One particular incident that Eve can never forget is when she participated in a competition where she was the only female participant. “They told me that I had won the competition. But they couldn’t give me the prize because people would think it was fixed,” says the DJ, rolling her eyes.

Competing with men
“When I started 16 years back, it was hard to earn respect from men. But the situation has improved a lot these days. But then, even today, men don’t like me stealing the limelight,” Eve admits.

“I have heard some Indian music like Bhangra and Bollywood. I especially like Bollywood music; it’s energetic and fun,” says Eve, who describes her style as her own mix of house, electro and driving beats.