RS: It is amazing how much the looks of a DJ affect how he or she is perceived. I am surprised about how you feel more comfortable playing for guys than girls, which is kind of counterintuitive.
Kimberly S: Yes, lesbians tend to make me feel uncomfortable in the booth. They come up and say when are you going to play more hihop? or do you have a girlfriend? Im so much more open to guys because they dont talk to me that way. If you're talking to a guy DJ, he may say the guys come up and try to pick him up and do the same thing, I dont know. I think that girls are scared to death of me because, Im not as open, and I think Im wide open for the boys and I think that thats whats made me more acceptable as a DJ. Also, Im really low maintenance and dont require a lot. If things dont go right in the booth with the equipment and stuff, I work with whatever it is. I try to make it as easy as I can on the promoter and that kind of thing, which I think helps. I dont play diva.
RS: That puts you probably thirty-five steps ahead of Sandra Collins
Kimberly S: I dont play diva, thats just not my style. Im not always super confident and every single time I play I find something I could have done different and I should have done different even when other people who are honest with me say that I was off the hook. I can say this mix was this way and Im always going to be critical on certain areas and I think that thats what keeps me going. Thats what made me succeed in the martial arts and become my masters protégé, I looked at things that I did and thought how I could do them better. Being a woman in a male dominated field such as DJing, we are sexist in certain ways and I know that we all feel it. Its hard to explain exactly what it is because it happens on different levels and I think a lot of it is just having to get out there and prove myself. Yes, Im the queen of the tea dances, but I can fucking play my ass off and play harder but I just wont play dark. I love it, DJing is fun and the boys are great!
RS: So tell me about what it was like being on the TV show Charmed.
Kimberly S: Theyve run that episode a thousand times and Ive only seen it once on video tape, its funny. I would never want to be an actress, Im not an actor type. I spent thirteen hours on that set and it was a great experience. It was really great PR and Charmed is a huge gay show and the producers and directors of Charmed didnt even know it. A fan of mine actually works in the special effects department and when he heard they wanted a female DJ, he said that I would be perfect. I auditioned and thats how I got the gig. Alyssa Milano is really super sweet and down to earth. They play that episode a lot and I am recognized from it everywhere.
RS: Talking about being everywhere, your websites pretty hot? How much input do you have with your website? Do you design and update it yourself?
Kimberly S: I designed the site with a graphic artist who did the templates. The photos are from a John-Paul Mitchell photo shoot that I did as a DJ celebrity spokesperson with a couple of other DJs, Kio Kio and Collette. I worked with the webmaster choosing the pages and throwing ideas back and forth. He updates and I tell what I want. Im going to add a spoken word and poetry page soon. I want people who visit the site to see what my worlds about and thats why I include personal pictures like my animals as well.