September, 2014 / Author:

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DJ Tracy Young had the music under control at Madonna’s wedding. You may have heard her remixes of P!nk, Cher and Lady Gaga songs on the radio. She no longer bats an eye at being asked to take the DJ booth at huge celeb parties. Her name is well known with the A-list crowd and she’s been flown around the world to perform for the biggest names.

We’re lucky to steal her from the likes of Katy Perry, Beyonce and Britney Spears for one fabulous night.

But her favourite place to be is Canada. In fact, Young plans to fly into Winnipeg a few days before she’s booked to perform for the OutWords 20th anniversary party on Sept. 12 at Fame Nightclub. The star plans to wander the city, searching for our hidden gems. Although to her, what’s great about Winnipeg is right out in the open—she was touched by the warm and friendly bar-goers who crowded into Fame for her performance a few months ago. While she had a ball inside the bar, she loved checking out the scenery at street level. “Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking,” said Young. Yes, about Winnipeg.

And we’re lucky to steal her from the likes of Katy Perry, Beyonce and Britney Spears for one fabulous night. But why is she so popular with these celebs? “I often ask myself the same thing,” Young said with a laugh. Her passion for music started at a young age and has only grown. This love for beats and rhythm is something she shares with huge pop stars. “When you share a passion, people notice it.”

It’s also this passion that’s allowed her to make it so far. While Young didn’t expect to get this popular, she’s always been driven, so it isn’t much of a surprise. Even today, with her remixes playing in clubs across North America, she continues to bust her ass to pump out better tunes. In fact, a few years ago, Young stepped back from her clothing line, Ferosh, to work more on her music. “The music is pretty solid at the moment,” Young happily announced. So, expect to see more pieces added to Ferosh in the next few months as she rededicates herself to the project.

Despite her dedication and hard work, it is still impressive that Young has made it this huge in such a male-dominated industry. Her advice for young women? In anything you do in life, you’re going to hear “no” a lot more than you ever hear “yes,” said Young. She certainly has. She said you need to be able to brush that off and keep going. Accept the letdowns. If you do this, no one will stop you. No one has stopped Young.

Find DJ Tracy Young at Fame Nightclub Sept. 12 for OutWords’ 20th birthday party. Before Young takes over with her tunes, you’ll get to hear stories of our magazine’s history and indulge in some birthday cake at 9:00 p.m. And since you can’t give birthday gifts to a magazine, we’re giving gifts to you! Show up before midnight for your chance to get a thank- you present, including movies from Reel Pride, passes to the the Winnipeg Art Gallery, gift certificates to Lava Suntan Studios and zines from Cockroach.

– Meg Crane is the senior online editor of OutWords magazine and editor-in-chief of Cockroach.

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