Miss Nine—interesting handle. What’s the story behind it?
It’s actually very simple. My nickname is Nine and I was born on March 9. And yes, nine is my lucky number so I decided to do something with that.
Just how lucky is the number for you?
That number follows me everywhere I go. No matter where I am, the number nine always comes up. Sometimes my room number would be nine, or I’ll be seated in row nine, seat number nine. On other occasions I put certain numbers together and it turns out to be a nine. Stuff like that.
You’re a DJ, so what kind of music do you usually spin or play for your audience?
It’s house music. It’s a little bit progressive. You can say it’s progressive house with many influences: a little bit electro, minimal tech house. The music I play gets the crowd in a grooving kind of mood. You can definitely hear vocal spec. Some sexy vocals are always nice.
Is this also the kind of music you listen to in your spare time?
I listen to different kinds of music. From chill to Coldplay to sometimes something a little bit more rock ‘n’ roll. I listen to everything because I also get my inspiration from that. It’s definitely not only house music.
How has the Filipino crowd been since you’ve been here?
It’s actually my first time here in the Philippines, but I have heard some nice things about your country, Cebu and Manila in particular, from other DJs who have been here. They love it here and they say the crowd here really goes crazy and the energy is intense. I’d been looking forward to playing here.
Have you heard or listened to any Filipino musicians?
No, not really. But I heard about that little girl, the one who was on Oprah (referring to Charice). People are talking about her a lot now.
We hear you’re pretty big in Amsterdam. Everyone knows what people say about Amsterdam. Do you think people need to get high to listen to your music?
You actually don’t need to get high to listen to my music. My music puts a big smile on your face, it’ll make you move up and down, and it’ll make you put your feet in the air. When I play I always like to build up the set and take the crowd somewhere, hopefully on a journey. Play with the crowd and you can’t lose.
So what got you into spinning in the first place?
What got me into spinning was actually my boyfriend. He got the idea and told me to give it a try. So that was when I started and it helped that he had the equipment setup at home and many, many records—I took some of his records. The first one was Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” I am in love with that one. From that point on, I started to buy my own records and practice six to eight hours a day. It took me only three months to learn, and then he arranged a gig for me in Amsterdam. More gigs followed and then in 2005, Deep Dish (the American DJ duo) saw me playing and they fell in love with the sound. They asked me to join their agency and also asked me to join their world tour. That was how I got introduced to different parts of the world. From there on I did everything else on my own. I haven’t stopped traveling since
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