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SF Weekly: Hey DJ LadyRyan

We chatted with LadyRyan about her vocal career, East Bay hangouts, and the importance of all-inclusive vibes.

As one of the busiest DJs around the Bay this summer, DJ and vocalist LadyRyanhas played close to twenty events in just this past month alone. Recently entering her tenth-year as a full-time DJ, her self-described “well-rounded in musical genres” and “blended beats, paced storytelling” style fittingly won her East Bay Express’ Best DJ Who Dabbles in Every Scene 2016 accolade. She’s is also a founding member of Soulovely, a daytime monthly in Oakland that empowers and celebrates the QPOC community with rhythms representing all cultures and orientations.

SF Weekly: First of all, how’s your summer going?

LadyRyan: I am having a pure blast this summer. I shifted my focus away from traveling and working, and staying put in the Bay has definitely been rewarding. I’ve been honored to guest at well-attended, once-a-year, curated events like SolHouse, Fam Bam at Lake Merritt, San Francisco Pride: Soul of Pride Stage, and Sade vs. Badu.

SFW: When did you realize that DJing is something you’re passionate about?

LR: When I realized how hard it is to learn how to mix, and, despite my frustration, was determined to get it. I feel sorry for anyone in the household of an aspiring DJ [laughs].

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