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Pride Sets the Hearts of All on Fire… – Dante The Inferno
It’s not often a DJ throws out a line from Dante to capture the essence of her vibe, but Yvette Fernandez, a.k.a. DJ Pride, has always resisted pigeonholes. This club chameleon is equally at home spinning to packed dance floors at House of Blues, State or The Roxy, as she is working a steaming after-hours, sultry intimate lounge or saturating the air with her own blend of global sounds, percussion and up-lifting house on a Sunday afternoon.
But, make no mistake, every time Pride steps behind the turntables, she’s placing her own indelible stamp on the music, drawing from both the international and US music scenes and incorporating her love of percussion into the mix. Her chosen professional moniker actually says more about her than people might think — the New Jersey native happens to be a Leo, bringing more than a lion’s share of strength and ferocity to every gig she plays.
Pride’s passion for dance music dates back to her colorful childhood illuminated by the final glow of Studio 54 and the heyday of legendary nightclubs such as Limelight, Sound Factory and The Tunnel. She learned to spin in high school
- a hobby that quickly became a way of life by the time she reached college. In the mid’90s, a series of successful private events in NYC propelled her to the next level, including local residencies and guest spots at landmark New York venues, including Irving Plaza, Cheetah and The Tunnel. Appearances at Limelight and China Club soon followed
In the spring of 2001, Pride cranked up the heat on her career another notch with a move to South Florida. Her technical prowess and upbeat grooves made an instant impact: Salvation, Crobar, House of Blues, Blue, Level, and Billboard Live joined her rapidly expanding resume alongside NYC appearances at the Hammerstein Ballroom, THE ROXY, Aria and the Sullivan Room.
The fall of 2003 brought critically acclaimed appearances at Space34, Nikki Beach, Mark Baker’s Gay Days Pool Party and White Party 2003. Most Recently Dj Pride has been honored with the distinction of becoming a National Billboard Reporter, joining the ranks of a select group of djs whose participation and feedback creates the Billboard Dance music chart. When she is not traveling, Pride can be found spinning at some of Miamis premiere Nightclub and Lounges currently including: STATE, Oxygen Lounge and Score among others. On the horizon: White Party 2004 and the release of her first track as a producer.
The inferno is only beginning