This week was a return to the normal insanity of my routine. I went out to play, took meetings, and continued to get back on track after a holiday season that seems like months ago mentally, but only yesterday physically. My DJ gig at the opening of the Outlaw Group Art Show at White Box Gallery got severly raided by NYPD who must of thought there were real outlaws in there instead of the art and downtown-chic set. I was entertaining them with old and new-school swill while they were enjoying the visuals, when the boys in blue took exception to the good time. They did have some reasons to be un-cheerful as it was a little crowded and there were hundreds of people clamoring to get inside, but they seemed a little heavy-handed. Well, the art is still up, and there's all sorts of new things going on over there everyday so check it out.
My friend DJ Teal
is enjoying yet another 15 minutes of fame being the DJ in the booth when 5-year-old "Toddlers and Tiaras" sensation Isabella Barrett got up and sang
LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" over at Libation
the other night. All sorts of news organizations, ranging from CNN through Huffington and down to TMZ, jumped all over this scandalous story. Some feel it inappropriate that a 5-year-old was at a club singing a sexy song. Isabella made the news recently
when she called out fellow "Toddlers" star Paisley Dickey for dressing "like a hooker." I usually don't pay attention to this stuff, but since it took place at an NYC club and my DJ friend Ms. Teal has been all over the news, I asked her about it. I figured some of you might want to know what the "H" was going on. I'm cleaning up my language in case Isabella is reading her own "F-ing" press.
So you woke up this morning and you are famous. What happened?
What do you mean? I have been famous for years! The question is: what am I famous for THIS time (wink). When I am not DJing for the public, I do a lot of high-profile events, I also volunteer to DJ/promote for non-profits I believe in, especially for kids or animals. Sometimes my dog even DJs with his nose at animal charity events! This week, I did a huge celebrity fundraiser for an animal non-profit. Isabella Barrett from "Toddlers and Tiaras" was there with her mom, taking pictures and enjoying the party; they are big dog supporters. While we were on the red carpet, I asked her if she wanted to come hang with me in the DJ Booth & learn to DJ (kids always love that). She was psyched! I put my headphones on her and gave her my mic. The song "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO was playing at the time, she said it was one of her faves, and was singing in the mic with me. She didn’t know all the words, and we switched to Rihanna’s "We Found Love." Somebody at the party sent a clip to TMZ of the two of us in the DJ booth, just a clip of us singing LMFAO. That sparked the fire! It was shown all over the news and internet: CNN, GMA, Fox, The Daily News, Huffington Post. The video, pictures, and stories are as far away as The Nigerian Daily News! The world was talking about it. The press inaccurately reported the story; some people were outraged, some thought it was cute -- TMZ thought both. They questioned, “What mom would bring her child to perform at a late-night club?” (Hello? she was NOT booked to perform, she was there as a guest, not forced, and it was an early PRIVATE even... by the way, have you SEEN Willow Smith perform
?) And they also questioned, “How could she let her daughter sing and know about SEXY?” (Hello? this is not gangster rap, she didn’t know what it is…I listened to "Sex Machine," "You Sexy Thing," "Do you think I’m Sexy?," and "I'm Too Sexy" when I was young...is my mom a bad mom?) In addition, they reported that in the video, the "mom" was actually dancing and having a great time "wiggling it" in the DJ booth with her child. I am flattered; she IS cute....and I DO see the resemblance...and we DO like the same music, love dogs, and think we are FABULOUS! However, This was not the mother of the child, this was DJ TEAL CAMNER!
Do you think this is blown way out of proportion?
INSANE. I have had trillions of calls by friends and fans seeing me all over the TV and internet and they were so excited! But the controversy got out of control; people were so angry, stemming from reality TV and “Toddlers and Tiaras."These are the same people watching every episode! Sad but, I think that society, although they hate these shows, have become so bored with their own lives that they can’t stop watching them! And everyone wants to be a star these days -- not to mention, a DJ!
What did CNN refer to you as? A "celebrity DJ?" That’s for sure true now.
Yeah, thanks for the press…hahaha. Jane-Velez Mitchell showed the video on Issues/CNN
and said “Wow, look at the mom in the video shakin’ it and havin’ a good time in the DJ booth with her daughter!” Afterward, the mother of Isabella Barrett got interviewed by Jane and corrected her by saying, "Clearly, that is not me, that is celebrity DJ Teal." Woo hoo!
Will you raise your rates or lower them?
It’s a lot of work sometimes, but I love it. I have been in the music biz for years, so I love that I am getting paid for my extreme knowledge, experience, and my fun personality! Ok, maybe it’s a also a little bit of cleavage sometimes too, LOL. I love to give back, and I will still donate my time to charities. That’s the payoff.
So where do you work and what’s your set like?
I work all over the city and Europe. I am known for not being afraid to throw in those songs you haven’t heard in a while, or the ones that will get the crowd to say, "OMG, I love this song!" I love to get people either screaming, singing, or dancing. I have worked in the past with artists ranging from Blur, to Brian Setzer, to The Cure, to Diddy, to the Gipsy Kings. And also tons of dance, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, and world artists. I love them all.
What do you have to say to your ... judges?
Any sort of judging in life stinks. We all are guilty of judging without knowing a person and being too quick to judge. I have long blond hair, blue eyes, boobs, love to drink whiskey, wear dresses and red lipstick. BUT…I graduated college with a double major by the time I turned 19. I am a firm believer that you really can never judge or know anyone’s situation unless you are in that person's shoes. For me, they just happen to be some thigh-high, 5-inch heel boots!