On The Record: DJ Baby G
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
As one half of of the turn up tandem Gwizz, newcomer Gloria Lee pulls no punches about life in the nightclub limelight.
From her unjaded perspective in the DJ booth at The Fix, Silk Ultra Lounge and the Que, contributing to the dance cravings of Honolulu residents couldn’t be more rewarding. Still in the mist of paying her dues with scene mainstay and partner DJ Dee Wizzard, play time is always game time.
“People expect you to be a pretty face, (but) I use real turntables and I’m serious,” said the 24-year-old Hawaii Kai resident originally from Compton, Calif. “I was into raves, but I also had gangster rap like Eazy-E in my iTunes library, so I used that to help make me a better DJ.”
According to Wizzard, the idea to become a duo was a mutual decision. The concept of introducing something fresh and trying to create a whole new energy in Honolulu clubs has been his mantra ever since.
“She is her and I am me,” he said. “A veteran DJ with a good looking female who has actual skills can only be a win-win. They love to see a small Korean American girl and a tall African American guy having fun and making the crowd turn up.”
Being a new face paired with a notable name may give her a leg up on new DJs who rock solo as far as opportunities, but the situation also comes with a certain level of pressure and expectation.
While the learning curve is no joke, low expectations make the chance to surprise and amaze that much more rewarding. With her tag team partner in her corner, any pressure to perform is instantly put at ease, she said.
“Dee is known to turn up,” said Lee. “He let’s me be me. He lets me do my own thing and helps me with my fundamentals.
“We are two different styles but the same ear for music. We both like all music and we love to rock crowds. We have style, swag and class.”
Gwizz’ breakout gig was playing for a crowd of about 5,000 people at the 2013 Hawaii Teen Muzik Fest. The moment will be trumped next month when Gwizz make their debut at the 2014 Love Festival.
“We can cover more gigs and more shows because its a male-female duo, plus we have a great music collection between us,” Wizzard said.
“As long as we continue to work with each other, learn the craft and be humble we will shine,” Lee added.