Zida Gray (AKA Tiffany) is the life of the party and is no stranger to the stage. Seems legit, given Zida has been a dancer most of her life. After graduating university with a double degree, the 9-5 left Zida unfulfilled. Her love for catchy bass lines and dropping it low found her attending international festivals like Tomorrowland and EDC. Peace, love, and unity, bringing people together from all over the globe to one place, for their passion for music, is what sparked her interest in DJing. Zida quickly found her way into the Brisbane club scene, earning multiple residencies. Zida’s sets involve copious amounts of dancing, Gene Simmons' like tongues and peace signs. Having traveled interstate to DJ for Monster Energy at the Clipsal 500 and outside of Brisbane, Zida’s sets exude a festival like a vibe with a range of RnB, party anthems and deep, vibey house bangers.
So let's start this off, can you tell us a little bit about who you are, how you got started in DJing? Hi! My name is Zida Gray and it is such a pleasure to be featured with Dailey Blend! Without boring you too much 😛 I have been a dancer for 20 + years of my life. My passion was in hip hop dancing where I have competed at a state, national and world level. With this said, I have always loved dancing, performing and being out on the town.
Fast forward to finishing school, I went straight into University where I completed a double degree in Human Services and Criminology. I worked in that area for 5 years and wanted to try something else. After attending EDC Vegas in 2016 I was in love with the thought of being a DJ and being back in centre of attention and performing on stage. I am a firm believer of chasing a dream and not settling for anything less, no matter how hard it may seem.
My partner Ben used to DJ back before we met and he had some old Traktor decks laying around. He taught me the basics and I started putting some mixes together. I decided to go all in on DJing in December 2016 and resigned from my career in Human Services. From there it was all about networking and getting myself out there. April 1 is exactly 1 year since my first club gig and it has been such an incredible experience since then. I am so grateful to everyone I have met, learned from and I am so excited for what the future holds.
Describe your personal sound?I haven’t really honed in on my personal sound yet. All of my gigs are so different. I play in venues that appeal to completely different crowds from throwbacks, to rob, to party to bangers. I also play for different events and also gyms which all require different styles of music. But, the festival vibes are my favourite. DJ’s who take you on a ride with various genres throughout their set. I like to try incorporate that in my sets and mixes.
Can you talk about your upcoming mixes or projects?I am about to start a monthly live stream with a brand called LKI here in Australia. I have another collaborative mixtape I am working on which will also be monthly (can’t say too much now). I am learning production so will continue with that.
Can you tell us what to expect from your live show? Hopefully heaps of dancing and singing along. I love when you drop a new track you hear the crowd say “AHHHH”.
Where is your favorite place to play and why?My favourite gig so far would have to be my first headliner set at GPO in Brisbane. Such an amazing experience and the crowd was insane.
What are your thoughts on Australia and how the city is different than any other place in the world?Australia is beautiful… I am not sure how I would compare it with other places all over the world. We love a drink of 10 here in Australia.
How do you think DJ’s should leverage social media? Has it helped your or is it just one more thing to deal with?100% DJ’s should be using social media to their advantage. Social media is like a DJ’s visual resume. Social media is the new form of marketing and we need to embrace it. One of the projects I mentioned before is along these lines shhhhh.
What trip do you have planned next?I am heading back over to America in August. Have only paid for return tickets to LA so everything else is a mystery. Very excited though. Thinking we might go to Chicago Lollapalooza for a couple of days, Vegas, San Diego and LA. Might pop into Phoenix and some other places as well.
What else can we expect from you this year?Many more fun gigs, a bigger social media presence and hopefully some music! Major goals to get an international gig also. You can never aim too high.
Quick Strike types Questions:
- Beer or Brats? I don’t drink beer so Brats (I don’t know what this is LOL)
- Rain or snow? Never been to the snow so rain for now
- Whiskey or Wine? Wineeee, Fav is a nice merlot
- Serato, Traktor, or CDJ - CDJ's