An internationally known DJ, Miss Joy debuted in 2002 at the world-famous Rain Nightclub at Palms Hotel & Casino. City Life Magazine introduced her as Las Vegas' #1 Female DJ. Miss Joy gained national exposure when she performed in a Pepsi Commercial with the world-renowned hip-hop group "The Black-Eyed Peas." There was no doubt about her talents as a DJ and her ability to hold her own in the competitive club scene of Las Vegas after she took 1st place in an all Female DJ Competition and 1st Place in one of the largest DJ competitions in Las Vegas - the $10,000 National Lampoon Tours DJ Battle at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
Where can we find you right now and what are you up to?
Thank you so much for having me featured on Indiefferential, it's an honor to be included. You can find me Djing currently at these venues in Las Vegas, Tao, Hakkasan, Beauty & Essex, Kassi Beach House, Superfrico, STK, Dash Radio Fusion, Artifice, and The Griffin. My website has my updated show dates and all of my links at www.djmissjoy.com.
Tell us a bit about your influences.
My biggest influence is my family and culture. I identify as a 2nd generation Lao-American. I'm the first person to be born to refugee parents in the United States. My work ethics are strong as my passion for music runs deep. My musical influences are the genre style of Tech House and my moniker "killjoy" music production style is Breakbeats. You can find me Djing all over Vegas doing a mix of Tech House, Open Format, and Breakbeats.
How did you start?
I started Djing with vinyl and Technics back in 1999. My first love was dance, and I wanted to make people feel the way I do when I am dancing, which is happy, carefree, and full of positive energy. So that was my motive and intention, to bring that vibe to people.
How will artists be influenced by the rapid change in technology in the future in your opinion? What will change?
We as artists are transient beings woven into our creative expressions. Rapid change and influence go hand in hand in the art of musical expression. Technology is a gateway to more tools and ways of writing music, I am all for it! What will change in technology is not as important to me as what will stay the same, the level of intention and energy expressed through music and community will continue to flourish. Those organic human interactions through music and dance are nostalgia that will never grow old.
What obstacles does an emerging artist have to face in our time?
The obstacles are nonexistent to me. In your lifetime, you have choices and beliefs that will lead you through your artistic journey, all of it is relevant. The difficulties, the highs, and the lows are all part of life's plan. Success is never linear, just go towards your music dream each day.
In what way, in your opinion, could someone get real fans?
I am still learning about this subject. It depends on what you consider a fan. To me, a fan is someone who is a fan of your "being-ness", not just your "brand" or your "art". Those fans who love, appreciate, and respect your "being-ness" become lifetime friends, peers, and sometimes mentors.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?
My goal is to become the highest-paid Electronic Music female producer in the industry in 5 years. In 5 years I wish to open schools all over the world to teach at-risk youth how to pursue their passions and monetize their dreams into a relevant business model.
What is your favorite movie? What would you suggest to our readers?
My favorite movie is an independent film that came out in 2019 called "This Little Land of Mines". The synopsis: "This Little Land of Mines is an independent feature documentary about the resilience of the Lao people as they live among and work to clear 80 million unexploded bombs from when the United States secretly bombed Laos more heavily than any country on earth." I would suggest to your readers to learn more about "The Secret War" in Laos by going to www.LegaciesOfWar.org
Tell us about your latest or upcoming release.
My 1st release is called "Feel It" on Nightmoves Label. You can find it streaming on Spotify under my artist name, Miss Joy. You can also purchase it on Beatport or DM me for your free copy if you're a DJ. I have more music coming, just follow me on my social media for updates.