On The Record: DJ Dirty Secret
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
With plans of moving to Las Vegas in her near future, Christina “DJ Dirty Secret” Kwon is counting down the days to the next exciting adventure in her life while savoring the epic moments that helped shape her DJ aspirations in the first place.
Kwon’s days playing at the most coveted dance music events on the island may be numbered, but the scene’s premiere progressive house and electro house starlet has been preparing for this moment from the time her secret dream of becoming a DJ was first realized. A favorite among both the casual and hardcore EDM enthusiast, Kwon will play for the final time at Livewire Beach Party 4 at Vice Nightclub on March 29.
A desire to live on the mainland and hunger for more opportunities are the major reasons for her move, she said.
Over the past 12 months, opening for top artists like Paul Van Dyk, Nervo and Tommy Trash have validated her decision to throw her name into the super competitive, cutthroat Las Vegas DJ market.
“I’d like to start at afterhours spots and open for EDM DJs,” Kwon said. “I’m also going to work hard to get picked up by a talent agency. Im looking forward to DJing in California again and (playing) in new states as well.
“Hawaii has been really good to me and has allowed me to DJ almost every weekend for the past two and a half years. Hawaii’s continual support of my sets and music has definitely given me motivation and confidence to grow and move forward with achieving my goals.”
As important as success and opportunity have been at building her up for life in Sin City, discovering that not every compliment thrown her way is a sincere one has played an integral role in her maturation process.
“(Criticism) can sting at the time,” she said. “I’ve learned to use it as motivation to keep my mind focused on success and to not give up. I refuse to let any fears cloud my mind and I choose to only focus on success.
“I’m doing what I love and what makes me happy, and I’ve really learned the value of that while being in Hawaii.”
As her experience and skill level has evolved, so too has her sound, substance, style and showmanship. To put her career in perspective, all Kwon needs to do is reflect on the times when a career as a DJ was nothing but a dream.
“There was a period of time in California when I was trying to get my first gig and I started to become doubtful of this path,” she said. “My friends and supporters stuck by my side and continued to believe in me until I got my first gig in San Jose. Through the past three years they have continued to support and help me to realize my potential whenever I become doubtful. I am very blessed to have support from them. I feel really special.”
Attending San Diego State was the last time Kwon moved away from Hawaii for an extended period of time. While she returned with a bachelor’s degree in biology in her back pocket, taking her DJ career to the next level was her desired career path.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have fans tell me how much they loved my set and how they can see me DJing on the mainland again,” she said. “When I may doubt my potential, remembering those moments keeps me focused.
“I’ve had my DJ dreams for (more than) seven years and feel in my heart now is the right time to chase them.”
Kalani Wilhelm covers nightlife and music for the Pulse. Contact him via email or follow him on Twitter.