Queer Soca Artist
DJ Debbie (she/her/hers) is a renowned NY-based soca artiste, who is also openly lesbian. Debbie was born in Trinidad and migrated to Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York at the age of 11 with her mother and siblings. Hailing from a family of singers, DJ Debbie began "DJing" at age 14 at a family house party. From there, she began her career, exploring different genres and styles in music, including hip-hop. She has opened up for Queen Latifah, Yo-yo, Salt and Peppa among other artists.
In her mid-20s, DJ Debbie began attending Shades of Lavender, and through this organization, she grew much more comfortable in her sexuality. After attending Caribbean Pride meetings at the Audre Lorde Project, she learned to appreciate her Caribbean & Trinidadian identity simultaneously with her queer identity.
Dissatisfied with the lack of Caribbean LGBTQ DJs, DJ Debbie coordinated a weekly event “We Ting,” where she curated spaces for Caribbean LGBT people. On the Thursday before Labor Day in the late 90’s DJ Debbie received an opportunity to perform at a lesbian party named “G Spot” at the 14th Street club 2Y’s.
DJ Debbie made her name providing the intersection of Caribbean people and their cultural identities in LGBTQ spaces through her musical skills. DJ Debbie is now developing soca music under Ice Face Entertainment production company. Her first EP “DJ Debbie: Up Close and Personal” was released in 2005, and uses ragga-soca style, changing how she chants her songs through incorporating styles from reggae music. She hopes to continue her legacy of providing further visibility for the LGBT Caribbean community through her career in soca.