DJ Miss Yellow is not only a renowned media personality in her native Hong Kong but also one of Asia’s most in-demand female DJs. With her love for music steadily growing, she made her first footsteps behind two turntables in 2006, won fame as a DJ shortly after. With her flawless technical skills, her deep musical knowledge, smart selection, unique style and magnetic charisma, Miss Yellow is able to read and captivate every crowd. Her musical style ranges from electro, house and tech-house to hip hop, dubstep and everything in between. We sit and chat with Miss Yellow about her time as an actress, the current music scene, and what lies ahead. Read below for the full interview…
2012 brought upon a new direction of music style for you. What sparked this new path and what kind of different sounds can we expect to hear?
DJMY: I travelled many times in Europe for the last couple years, and it opened my ears and eyes. So when I signed with new bookings & management company (DualCompass) at the beginning of this year, we decided to explore new directions, a blend between house, disco and electro.
How would you describe the Hong Kong music scene, and what does it need to do in order to reach a bigger audience?
DJMY: Hong Kong music scene is pretty commercial as everyone knows, and its also late compare with some other major cities in the world like New York, Paris or London. Music culture is weak. Music channels disappeared on TV and radio. The media talks about gossip more than music. Hong Kong people don’t really know what is going on about the music in the world. In order to reach a bigger audience, I guess those TV, radio station and media should start to show a bit of interest and try to educate people instead of just making money. So the clubs can bring some good DJs instead of big commercial names. Government also should be more supportive and open when organizers try to do music events.
Was touring Europe a complete culture shock?
DJMY: My earlier music style was influences by many djs I played along with, and they are mostly from America and Europe. When I was touring in Europe, I didn’t feel any culture shock music wise but I found myself a bit too aggressive when playing smaller venues, maybe because I grew up in such busy city, everything is fast and extreme, people get high when I play something heavy. In Europe, lifestyle is more chill and laid-back compare to Hong Kong. That’s why when I came back; I turn down my music quite a bit.
Before getting into music, you were an actress and were quite vocal on why you shifted directions in your career. What factors contributed to your frustration in not being able to choose your roles?
DJMY: I was in the TV industry for about 10 years, the atmosphere at work was pretty bad, no one cares about the quality of the production, everyone just want to finish their works asap then go home. And you know actors spent more time on waiting than actually acting. I didn’t feel like I was doing something meaningful, scripts are always focusing on the main actors. I kept getting bad characters, and in the real life, people really think I was that bad. Like I would steal other people’s boyfriend or husband… And yes, I couldn’t really choose my roles because then people would think you are arrogant. I was quite sad at the time when I just wanted to be myself. There was a chance to learn DJ-ing and I found myself again with music. Now I can play what I want, I can finally choose!
Do you ever see yourself going back to this profession full time?
DJMY: Nahhhhh…. Part time maybe. Too much pressure!!
There are two giant sides of the fence when it comes to music. Vinyl versus the digital. Many claim vinyl provides more continuity in the music, while digital veils the music. What is your stance on this issue?
DJMY: True but why don’t we put vinyl and the digital together peacefully? They both have benefits and down sides, and it just depends how we use them. I know there are many awesome djs playing vinyl and of course it gives the best quality of sound but digital is really practical and as a DJ I’m always looking for new music, new artists and most of the time I wouldn’t be able to find this on vinyl. Just use both in a clever way.
How were you introduced to dubstep and what were your thoughts when you first heard it?
DJMY: There is an underground DnB dubstep party in Hong Kong called Heavy, I first heard dubstep here few years ago. It was new and cool to me and I couldn’t stop dancing. I became friends with the Heavy guys quickly and they showed me more when we hang out. I still remembered that I fall in love with dubstep immediately when I heard the tune Digidesign by Joker, still one of my favourite.
Tell us about your creative process when compiling a new mix? What kind of emotions do you try to capture within the playlist?
DJMY: I like to create a new mix after travelling, becauses I experience new things, I listen to new music, see different people, discover new art, eat different kind of food and even smell different places. Anything could happen in those trips so I can express those feelings through my music. I try to capture the moment I love, excited or memorable and the music that influences me. For example one of my mix “One Night In Amsterdam”, was made after a trip in Europe and Amsterdam gave me a strong feeling, I went to a weird club, their lighting was completely old school, the atmosphere in the red light district was mystery and I tried to put all of that in this mix.
What are some of your favorite Asian films or Anime?
DJMY: In The Mood For Love, 2046, Happy Together, Hero, House Of Flying Daggers, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance are some of my favourite Asian films. All of them are very artistic and the direction is great. I can’t stop watching them and I think they are classic. Memories, Ghost In The Shell and Paprika are my favourite Anime. Their stories are extremely creative and I like the craziness of the drawings as well.
Lastly, what kind of project(s) can we expect to hear from you for the duration of the year? Any new tour dates?
DJMY: Planning to do a monthly music podcast, I learned so much for the last couple years and I think is time for me to share it to all do something usefull for the Hong Kong music scene. Its really challenging for me, I got some ideas in my mind and I hope I could do something great. Watch out for new website and first podcast in the next few months. I also play every Friday at the W hotel in Hong Kong from 11pm to 1am if you want to hear some nu disco and house music.
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