It's hard to categorize DJ Spider's style – when she does dance, it's high energy electro, house and techno. When it's retro, it can be 80s and 90s pop, rock, dance and alternative. When it's darkwave, expect goth, synthpop and industrial. And for burlesque, toss her the theme and she'll run with it. Chances are, though, you'll probably get a little something you just didn't expect at one of her gigs.
She began her journey to club life in college, with college radio during the “120 Minutes” era of music. After graduation, she returned to her home in the Virgin Islands, where she continued to work with radio as the host of the only live alternative rock show in the Caribbean. Her work with WIVI-FM was highlighted with celebrity interviews, entertaining troops on deployment, and raising money for a number of charities. Spider’s show, Devolution, was bootlegged as far away as Denmark, and ran for over 3 years.
Club work began accidentally as she filled in for vacationing DJs. Eventually she was offered a full-time position with the Greenhouse, a very successful bar and restaurant which maintained several of the hottest nights on the island. Everything from party pop, techno, retro, reggae, latin and happy hour classics became part of her repertoire, and she was able to create and promote a number of successful events with the USO, the Temptations, Hawaiian Tropic, and the Sinbad Soul Music Festival.
Finally deciding that there was more to the world than the Caribbean could offer, Spider moved to Atlanta, where she rediscovered her love of the darker, harder side of music. She returned to the decks in 2001, and it has been non-stop ever since. Now based in Charlotte, NC, her reputation as a both a DJ and an entertainer has been highly rated, as is her commitment to maintaining a Drama-Free Zone.
She has opened for the Cruxshadows, the Last Dance, Voltaire, Anders Manga, Covenant, and the Crystal Method. Past tours have had her appearing across the country, including recurring appearances in the Midwest, the Eccentrik Festival in Raleigh, Convergence 14 in Tampa, Spellbound and Freaks United in DC, Skin Two in Atlanta, and Dracula’s Ball in Philadelphia.
She is no stranger to conventions either, having appeared at Chattanooga’s ConNooga, Minneapolis’ CONvergence, and her beloved DragonCon in Atlanta. Current and past residencies in Charlotte include the fetish event Purgatory, Retroactive Reunion, Bats II: Electric Boogaloo, Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque, Sprockets and djing for the Charlotte Roller Girls. She is ridiculously honored to have been voted “Charlotte’s Best Party DJ” for 7 years (2006-2011, 2013) by the readers of Creative Loafing. Regardless of the size, Spider’s goal is always to make any night the best experience possible for everyone there.
In her free time, Spider can be found pretending to sleep, crafting costumes, indulging in various geekery and maintaining a number of pets. And, yes, she really is that tall.