Progressive house DJ Kelly Trance is an Oklahoma native who has been spinning vibes around the US for years. She’s played raves, clubs, art shows. fashion shows and even has her own ring! Don’t forget to YouTube her name and watch her in action. Check out this fantastic interview!
Citynet Magazine: Where are you from/live now?
Kelly Trance: Currently I live in Oklahoma City. I’ve got plans to move to L.A. but at the moment I’m still here because I feel like OK doesn’t get enough credit. There are so many talented people here and I feel like we get looked over because it’s not some big city. I want to represent where I’m from.
What was life like growing up?
I grew up in a very small town and lived on a farm with lots of different animals. I rode horses and played a lot of sports including basketball, softball, golf and track. I was also in band and a total nerd. So I guess you could say I was pretty active.
How did you get into DJing?
When I was 15 I had a boyfriend who loved electronic music. I couldn’t stand the music at first but after a few months I was stealing all his cheesy cds and becoming rather addicted to it. Then I started going to “raves” and would almost always end up by the dj booth just watching what they were doing. I realized I wanted to have that same connection with a crowd so I started saving money to buy equipment and records. While I was saving cash for the equipment, I’d play my records on my dad’s really old turntable and jam out in the living room. When I finally got my decks, I didn’t really know any djs so I taught myself.
What club is your favorite place to DJ?
Right now I’d have to say my favorite club to dj at is my residency Posh. It’s a gorgeous club with top of the line dj equipment, sound, lighting and delicious drinks. We have three video screens as well (we do video mixing). I also couldn’t ask for a better DJing partner (DJ Smiley). The people are there for the music, not to attempt getting laid so it’s a great environment.
Favorite event to DJ?
I really enjoy DJing the “Fire Parties” put on by Wet Grooves’ (they do events across the United States as well as the “Groove Cruise”). They always bring in the top acts and djs from all over the planet.
All the places I go and all the people I meet. The ability to have flexibility in my life and not work a boring 8 to 5 job. I get to have a lot of fun and at the same time give folks an opportunity to enjoy themselves and dance. Also I’ve met a lot of phenomenal top notch djs (some huge names, some local).
In general it would be dealing with cheap promoters or stupid promoters who shouldn’t be throwing events in the first place. Also, I hate djs who have forgotten what dance music is all about. DJs that would rather talk trash on each other than have a good time and only go to events that they play at.
Here’s a specific example of a “stupid promoter:” This is a good one: I was headlining a show in Missouri that was also a “Fetish Ball.” During the middle of my set they were going to have a fashion show. The promoter was much more concerned with the fashion show rather than the djs so we were missing the monitor (small speaker that allows you to hear the music playing to the crowd), the equipment was horrible and hooked up incorrectly. I started playing, attempting to deal with the situation, when I realized that one of the cd players wasn’t plugged in. Also, after a few minutes I couldn’t hear anything in my headphones. Then some random person from the crowd started unplugging and plugging things back in, just making the situation worse, shortly after this horrible squeaking starting coming from the speakers. At this point, I went to find the promoter while my friend and dj covered for me. I finally found her downstairs and explained the situation to her. She didn’t appear to care or understand so at this point our conversation started to “escalate.” Soon we were screaming at each other. I was so unbelievably angry, I couldn’t control myself and threw my drink on her! She then tried to push me down the stairs and as a reaction I put my hands out to grab onto something, well I grabbed her dress and broke the straps, revealing all her bra and panties!! (Let’s just say it wasn’t a pretty sight.) Needless to say I got kicked out of the show and didn’t get paid!
Favorite music to DJ?
I love to play all sorts of music. However, my true love is progressive house. It has the ability to be so beautiful but at the same time driving. It’s flexible and can go from the extremes of soft and flowing to dirty and pumping. It’s just amazing music!
Have you been recognized outside of DJing?
From time to time I do get someone who recognizes me. People will come up to me and say “I saw you at a certain club/event,” or they saw my website or an interview I did. I also get plenty of free drinks and don’t have to stand in line at the club hehehe.
What’s the most common question that people ask you?
“How long have you been DJing?” or “Can you play fill in the blank?” or “Are you really a dj?”
What do you do in your downtime?
When I’m not DJing, I work a lot on original material, I guess I can’t really consider that downtime however it is a lot of fun. I also enjoy working out and playing with my two cats.
One big pet peeve I have is insecurity masked by an inflated unjustified ego. People who put others down to make themselves feel better. Djs who think they deserve more than the rest because they’ve been spinning longer (even though they’ve put in half the work and have no motivation). My pet peeves in day to day life include people who don’t use their blinkers and gossips!
Describe your wildest experiences.
I love to party. I’ve had some pretty crazy stuff happen, but for the most part my experiences are pretty mild. I’m rarely in bed before the sun comes up. One time I flew out to Chicago for a show. When I got there the guy who picked me up didn’t quite know where the hotel was. We got pretty lost and I had to rush to get ready. We went to the venue, I played my set and after that got totally trashed. I was then driven to the after party where I practically fell out of the car because I’d had so much to drink. However, I played an awesome set and then continued to the “After After Party.” At some point I passed out and missed my flight home lol!
Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet/hang out with/get to know.
I’d like to meet my all time favorite producers Gabriel & Dresden. I feel like I could learn so much from these guys and it would be phenomenal to watch them work.
What’s the greatest risk you have ever taken?
I’d say making DJing a profession. It’s the same with any musician or artist, it’s not exactly a stable profession with a steady income. Especially when you are first getting yourself out there. For every opportunity you get, there are twice as many you don’t. I’m putting off my master’s degree right now to pursue full time DJing and production. There’s always that scary thought in the back of your head that you won’t make it and you’ll have to start your life all over on another path.
Favorite upcoming projects?
Well over the next six months I’ll be travelling to a lot of new places for shows. Also, I am working with my production partner Johnny Flux to make a full length album of original work out towards the end of the year. I’ll also be doing my own radio show “XO Radio.”
I’m working with a contemporary jewelry designer, www.yourmood.net. They make custom interchangeable mood rings. It’s very stylish stuff. I rep them and they give me really awesome jewelry. Right now I have my own “Kelly Trance” ring. It’s definitely a site worth checking out.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to still be DJing and making music. I’d like to be out on the west coast and go back for my Master’s Degree in Animal Behavior.