SINGAPORE: Maxim magazine has named her “the sexiest DJ in the world” who has played at high profile parties all over the world including that of music superstars Beyonce, Jay-Z and P. Diddy.
Hailing from London, DJ Sassy Pandez is in Singapore to raise the temperatures at City Alive, Singapore’s biggest street party organized by the People’s Association.
Apart from an earful this deejay is an eye-ful, having graced the covers of Cosmopolitan, FHM, Elle, GQ and Vogue.
However, music comes before modeling for her.
At a tender age of seven, she began to dabble with turn-tables and record-scratching.
“My mum has one turn-table and one record. I was very into urban music as a child. I tried to scratch, but instead of moving the needle back and forth, I moved it from side to side and that completely ruined the record! (My mum) went mad!” recounts DJ Sassy of her first brush with dance music.
The bronzed-skinned beauty who made her debut at P.Diddy’s Launch Party at Caf de Paris believes that while understanding the technical aspects of the turn-table is important, having the right selection of music should not be overlooked.
“You could be the best scratcher in world, but if you don’t have the right records, no one is going to dance. So I think it’s a mixture between the two,” shares DJ Sassy who will be bringing her mixes of R&B, hip-hop and reggae to the party.
The DJ who also likes to “add a bit of rock” to give her music more “versatility” says that being able to adapt is just as important, as each crowd in different environments has different needs.
“I think a good DJ improvises on the night. I never really know what I am going to play until I am there and I get the vibe from the scene itself,” says DJ Sassy.
“It is harder to do that but it is what you have to do.”
Despite the somber economic climate, the turnout for the weekend street party is expected to be huge.
“We have received good responses, and almost all our tickets are sold out. Hopefully this platform will (be able to) raise the festive mood and get people into the groove,” says event organizer Lina Chong from PAYM Central Youth Council.
DJ Sassy is not surprised.
“I think that’s why clubs lately are doing better than before. People need a release from what is going on, they need something to make them happy,” explains DJ Sassy.
According to Chong, the whole idea behind the music street festival was to create a platform for youths to come together and “music is a universal language that all can enjoy.”
Besides the thumping rhythms and deep grooves, dance lovers would also have the opportunity to shimmy the night away with Funkamania, an annual dance championship.
Into its 14th year, Funkamania will see killer movements and gravity-defying twists and turns, all battling it out to be the coveted winner.
Other highlights include mega stilt-walkers decked out in costumes and music from Strike Force Percussion.
With a delectable spread of food and drinks as well, everyone can expect a night of good fun with the street becoming like a club, with disco lights being the only source of illumination.
“It is going to be a refreshing change to party outdoors on the streets,” says Chong.
Party revelers who will be turning City Hall into a large open-air dance platform should keep an ear and eye out for other international DJs such as DJ Sarasa from Japan and DJ KoFlow who will be spinning from the top of the Hippo-tour buses!
“I’ve never played on a bus so I am looking forward to that,” said an excited DJ Sassy.
And if what has been said still has not convinced you to head on down to dance till the wee hours of the morning, Chong has this to add.
“How often do you get to close off Saint Andrews Road for a party?”
The party will take off Saturday 31 January from 9.30pm to 3.00am.
For more details and ticket information, log on to this website http://cityalive.sg
Channel News Asia