We are heading to Vancouver, Canada this week as we visit the legendary Twitch Hardstyle Queen, Violit for a catch up. Read on to find out more…
Where are you from and where are you living now?
I was born in Vancouver, Canada and have lived here all my life!
How did you come up with your DJ name?
“I thought it was a fun play on words! A combination of my favourite things and my hyped up demeanor.”
What’s your equipment list?
Controller: Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000
Microphone: Shure SM7B
Mic Arm: Gator Frameworks
Headphones: Vmoda Crossfade LP2
Audio Interface: Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD
Cameras: Sony Alpha A6400, GoPro Hero 8 Black
As well as some crappy speakers (I mix completely in my headphones), a StreamDeck and a lot of Govee lights.
Where did your musical journey begin?
I have been very musical all my life starting from a young age. As a child I used to dress up and sing and dance around the living room to my parents’ music pretending to be a Rock star. I took guitar lessons through my teenage years and played and sang in a cover band. I also sang in the choir in high school.
What made you decide to take up DJing?
During the global pandemic I found it quite depressing to be shut in at home and unable to go out to dance and enjoy my favourite music: Hardstyle – I decided to invest in an entry-level controller to try to learn how to DJ and stream the whole thing on Twitch for a hopefully fun party experience. I never expected things to blow up the way in which they have!
What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?
I’ve been an avid PC gamer my whole life and still enjoy playing Overwatch and some other games in my downtime. I also love cooking and baking, relaxing with my dog, and going on nature walks in beautiful British Columbia.
When did you start streaming on Twitch?
I’ve been streaming on Twitch for longer than I can even keep track of, I think it’s been 7+ years now. I streamed games on Twitch for MANY years before I took up DJing.
Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?
I am so inspired to keep pushing myself and keep improving as a DJ and performer. My next goal is to learn music production so that I can start making my own tracks with my own vocals. I hope to be able to create some music that others will really enjoy.
Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why?
The first one who comes to mind is Char_dj because she is the one who introduced me to Team Brisk and I will forever love her for that! (Plus, she is amazingly talented and just an awesome person). DJ_Brady too because he makes me laugh and was another one of the first Team Brisk members I met. Heyitsipo because we have met up IRL and played back to back DJ sets together and she’s so talented and sweet. Rallendj because she’s super talented and fun, and I hope to go visit her some day.
Honestly the list could go on forever because I have so many favourites. Everyone in Team Brisk is a legend!
What is your favourite genre to play? Why?
Anything Hard Dance! I’ve been listening to and loving Hardstyle for many years now and it never fails to get me pumped up and improve my mood no matter what is going on in my life. Happy Hardcore / UK Hardcore is so much fun, too!
What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?
My most recent gig was a private party consisting of mostly people who had not heard Hard Dance before. I got to play a two hour set in order to hopefully convert them and they went absolutely nuts! My laptop actually almost fell off the stand from the vibrations of everyone jumping around, what a memory.
I also recently took part in a charity stream for GamersOutreach and was able to raise over $1200 for children in hospitals which makes me extremely proud of the Twitch music community and what we can accomplish!
What does Team Brisk mean to you?
I always saw Team Brisk as quite a prestigious group of talented DJs. When I started getting more heavily into the music community on Twitch I was always impressed by any DJ who was on Team Brisk. To me it represents good vibes, supporting one another, and a genuine love for the music! I’m so honoured to be a part of it.
What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?
DJing on Twitch is my happy place! Being able to share my favourite music with people all over the world and interact with them is such a cool feeling. I feel like in some way I am finally living out my childhood dreams. I started out singing and dancing around the living room as a kid and now I’m dancing around, singing, and DJing on Twitch having the absolute time of my life. I still can’t believe how much of a positive response and support I have gotten from the Twitch music community and I’m forever grateful for that.
What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?
The biggest one would be technical difficulties. I was having a lot of problems with my cameras for a while when I was using two GoPros. After I moved to my new place I had to set everything up again and had a lot of issues getting the sound quality to where I wanted it to be. There’s a lot of stuff to manage that goes on behind the scenes!
Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?
I’ve got a number of tracks that I’m collaborating on with different producers that I have met through Twitch. I’m a vocalist and lyricist as well and always look forward to creating things with others! There’s also some other things in the works that I can’t disclose quite yet but stay tuned for more hype!
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?
Like I mentioned earlier I’m so thankful to Char and Brady for initiating me to Team Brisk. Also thanks to the man Brisk himself for accepting me to be a part of this awesome team! And of course, a HUGE thank you to all the supporters and people who hang out in my stream and have gotten me to where I am now. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you guys <3
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