If you’ve tuned in to this series, then you probably have the basics of DJ-ing down pat. You might have also enjoyed catching up with our December FHM Idol, DJ Jennifer Lee. She helped you assemble your starter DJ setup, and showed you how to acquire a few vinyl records.
On top of that, we looked back on how she started in the industry—her transformation from VIVA Hot Babes member to Pioneer DJ Philippines artist—and what her life as a “professional party girl” looks like. We certainly enjoyed her girl-next-door charms during the interview and admired how she opened up about her real passion.
This time, Jennifer gives you a few more DJ-ing tips and a taste of her private life:
The Difference With Digital
DJ Jennifer says: "There’s nothing wrong if you want to start with a digital rig rather than the analog counterpart. They say that digital is more streamlined than vinyl, actually. Unlike vinyl records, music from CDs or digital tracks has the same quality throughout—even if you play them over and over again. This means you can better familiarize yourself with the music, experiment with beatmatching (without fear that you’ll strip away the quality of the sound), and be more in control with your mixes, especially with the wide range of software that will allow you to create your own music."
We say: DJ setups with vinyl can be more expensive, but getting the right equipment and storage for a digital rig can also rack up the costs. Be prepared to invest in quality hardware, top-of-the-line software, premium music, and backup devices.
Building And Organizing Your Music Library
DJ Jennifer says: "It's challenging to come up with an all-original mix—more so a whole playlist or a set for gigs. This is where your organization skills come into play. You must amass a collection of tracks; file them in such a way that it would be easy for you to find and use them at recording sessions or gigs; and master how to pair the right songs to your chosen slave beats.
There’s also the challenge of making adjustments to each song’s tempo and volumes, and making mixes that actually feed your crowd’s energy. And you have to do it all night. It may sound like a toilsome job, but if you’re truly passionate about it and if you take it seriously by diligently practicing, the whole experience will be rewarding."
We say: Here’s another reason to work hard on your mixing skills: You’ll get to meet cool and wildly sexy girls, from DJs like Jennifer to party girls enamored with your music.
It's now time for some sexy talk with our December FHM Idol:
Are you single?
I have a special someone and I am happy.
What's your idea of a good time with your guy?
We are both foodies. We like to go out and eat...a lot!
Do you go to clubs or party for fun? Doesn't your boyfriend get jealous?
[I go] once in a while to support a friend's event or attend a celebration. He gets jealous at times but he understands my work that's why we get along.
We're sure guys try to come on to you during a gig.
I think girls approach me more than guys do. I got kissed twice already.
What's the wildest gig or party you've been to?
Las Vegas! I just partied. That night was a blur.
Which one do you like better—dates at home or dates outside?
I enjoy both.
A lazy daytime hangout or a crazy night out?
My work is to party, ha ha! Definitely, a lazy daytime hangout!
Staying comfy and cozy wearing what you want or getting super dressed and dolled up for dates?
Comfy yet stylish.
Staying within the city or going out of town?
Out of town. I love going to the beach or go wakeboarding in a wakepark.
Jammies or lingerie?
Do you consider yourself crazy-fun and wild or chill and sultry?
A little bit of both! Ha ha!
Where can we see more of you?
I usually play on weekends for music festivals, corporate events, and some other major events. I study on weekdays. I'm looking forward to have more gigs when I'm done.
Now, here’s the last batch of DJ Jennifer Lee's FHM Idol photos!
Photography Ejay Leung of Midnight Bonkers Styling Debra Bernales Makeup Amanda Padilla of At East |Jed Root Hair Cats Del Rosario of At East |Jed Root