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Diva Latina!
Angelina Talks About the Challenge of Balancing Her Singing Career and Getting Her College Degree a the Same Time!
Interview by Paul Arturo Cabral, Jr.

AngelinaSinger Angelina is Latina (Mexican-American), 21 years old, just graduated this year from Santa Clara University in the Bay Area with a degree in both psychology and biology. She has her own album, has had several hit dance records, helps write her music, is constantly performing, and wants to be a teacher. Did I mention she's only 21 years old?

How did you get started in the music industry? There was an audition at Upstairs Records in San Jose. The song "Release Me" was written. They were looking for a female vocalist and I went to the audition. The next day, they called me and about one week or so later, it was already on the air. Everything just went really rapidly after that.

How difficult was it attending a university, in addition, to singing, performing, and recording? April 5th was my two-year anniversary. I've been performing every single weekend for two years now without a free weekend. (Bantering) That wasn't fair, but it meant that I've been successful for two years. Everywhere I went-in my limos, everywhere-I was with my books. It was a miserable existence because I never rested. I never had free time. It's over, though, and that's my consolation. It was all worth it.

What do you plan to do with your degree now that you've graduated? I would love to sing forever, but I know that the music industry is fairly fickle. If something happens, then I will always have my degree to fall back on and I know this is what I've always wanted to do-to teach and to inspire the youth.

Did you ever foresee yourself in the position you're in now? You know, my family was dirt poor. We had to stand in line at the Salvation Army for the "big peanut butter and big cheese." I had to suffer a lot. Now, I can buy the clothes I want. I can buy my school books and not have to borrow them from the library. Right now, I'm able to give my family money. They're not struggling as much. It makes me happy to be able to give my parents money and to make them proud.

I saw you perform at San Francisco's Futura nightclub on New Year's Eve about two years ago. Was that your first QV audience? It might have been. In QV crowds, there's a lot more energy. I can always count on a QV crowd to always be energetic. QV crowds like to have a good time. They don't care about restrictions. They know who they are. They're not scared to express themselves. It's definitely a pleasure.

Growing up, who were your favorite singers? Gloria Estefan. It's really funny because I never realized why I was drawn to her so much. As I got older, I realized that she was, basically, the only popular Latina out there in the United States.

Who are your favorite singers right now? I don't listen to music at all. Before, I was always studying. I don't watch TV. I don't go to movies or go have fun. But when I'm in the office, I do listen to Spanish Fly.

What plans do you currently have in position? Well, I'm on tour every single weekend and we're going to start my new album. It will probably be out at the end of this year.

Working Dat Ass!!!
Popular Los Angeles spinmaster, DJ Enrie, works it with a new music video and a new double CD!
Interview by qvStaff Roldán

DJ Enrie Spinnin' DJ Enrie is one of the most popular deejays in Los Angeles. For more than four years, he has been the man "Workin' dat ass!" on the "Power Workout," a noontime mix show on LA radio station, Power 106. He's put out several mix CDs and is about to release a new two-CD set-the first of its kind to include one disc of all music and a second disc of multimedia material for the computer. DJ Enrie is on the cutting edge and on the brink of superstardom with this new set. He's also going to be spotlighted as one of the featured deejays in a new pilot TV series called "Club VIP." qvMagazine caught up with Enrie at the Power station and spoke with him about his new ventures and the club music scene in general.

When and how did you first start deejaying? I started deejaying back in 1984 when I was in high school. I used to go to a friend's house who had some equipment, and I thought, "Wow, this is pretty cool!" I saved up some money from a summer job and bought my own stuff. I just started practicing everyday in my basement in New York. I made some tapes for some friends and myself. Eventually, my friends started becoming promoters, and we would do what they called "jams" on the East Coast-basically "jams" are like parties. I didn't do any clubs back there.

What or who inspired you? There was a station out there, Hot 103-which is now Hot 97-in New York. There used to be a mixer on there by the name of Scott Blackwell and I used to listen to him religiously on weekends. I dreamed that one day I would be doing what he was doing-be on the radio mixing and hopefully making people listen to and like what I was doing.

You play all types of music when you deejay-Hip-Hop, House, Freestyle, Disco. Which genre is the most fun for you to play? I like playing House because of the energy. The energy level when you play House in the clubs-you can't compare it to anything. I mean, even if you play Hip-Hop in a club, you can't compare that energy to House.

What's your take on the club music that's out right now? I think we need to change because the thing that killed House music on the radio, like here at Power 106, was a lack of songs. There weren't any Robin S. songs-anymore. Everyone was putting out tracks like "Dooky Booty." You can't really take that music seriously. (House music) was huge, but now it's slowed down and it's gone underground. It's up to producers to put some vocals back into the tracks and make people sing along to something. It's all about songs on the radio. Power 106 was the one that was bumpin' the House and now they've dropped it. It's going to take songs (with lyrics) for radio to get back on House like it used to be.

You shot your first music video. How was that? Whew! That was hell! It took over 15 hours. But I knew it would take a long time to do. I'm excited about it. I can't wait for everyone to see it.

Tell me about your new mix CD. It's a double CD. I haven't had a CD out since last August (1997). I was waiting because I needed to plan it out right. One CD has one side all Hard House and the other side has funk tracks, "disco-ey" tracks, some vocals, and some speed garage on it. I took the second half to a different side that needed to be exposed. Hopefully, it will open up people's minds that there are other types of House music out there. The other CD is a multimedia CD-ROM that is straight for the computer. It's got the video on it and an actual mixer where even someone's mom can make a track with it. There's an interview and I think we're going to have the making of the video on there.

What made you decide to put a whole CD of multimedia things in this package? I've had a website for over a year now (http://www.djenrie.com). The internet and the computer is big. I mean, everyone has a computer now. I just needed to take the CD to the next level. I was like, "Let's make a CD just for the computer." The thing I like about the multimedia is that they get to know me better. It's not just the music. They get to see me doing things, and no one's ever done that before.

You seem to be a very busy man. I read that you have been asked to be in a pilot TV program. We shot a pilot a couple of months ago. It's called "Club VIP." What they do is go to different cities and they highlight a different deejay from each city. The first city they did was LA, and everyone said, "We gotta get Enrie!" When we shot it, they basically followed me. They were at my house in the morning and they followed me to the station, we went to a record store, and we went to my internet thing. A couple of weeks later, we shot at a club as I deejayed for a crowd. It's like a documentary.

What is your favorite place to deejay? Lately, I think the best place for me to deejay is anyplace out of town. People (in LA) thought I wasn't playing House anymore once I stopped playing it on the "Workout," but I've been playing House since I started deejaying back in '84. When I go to different cities, they don't hear what I'm playing on the radio. They know me as a deejay from LA that plays House music so they get all excited. These release parties I got coming up for the CD, everyone's all amp'ed about it. I'm excited about that.

Have you ever deejayed at a QV nightclub? Not predominantly. I've done mixed clubs. Actually, I have done some of those street fairs that they have on Santa Monica Blvd. and it was dope. They're so open to the music and I think that's great. On a breakdown they lose their minds. With the average crowd out there, you play a breakdown and the crowd is like (whistles). They're like "let's get a drink or something." QVs are very open to music and I've always acknowledged that. I know deejays that play at QV clubs and I know they're rockin' it over there. They're playing good stuff.

What would you tell aspiring young deejays? Practice. You've got to practice and get your own style. If you sound like someone else, no one's going to acknowledge you because there's no uniqueness about you. It's cool to incorporate different styles and make it your own. But if you're just straight biting somebody, you're not going to get anywhere. You definitely have to be original and creative.

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