Anna Hollis AKA Nyx and formerly Stiletto is not your typical DJ. One who hears how she guides you during her sets can attest to her profound ability to give the listener, the dancer and music enthusiast exactly what they didn’t know they needed to hear - at the exact right moment. The catalyst for Anna’s aspiration of spinning records began right at 18, when she went to her first underground rave. Her original thought was to be a house DJ, but the trifecta mentors that took Anna under their wings were Drum & Bass vinyl turntablists: Suicide King, Kid Collage and Jason Nix. She would learn, dance and spin records from their collection. Her debut solo DJ set was at an all female DJ lineup event called “Spin Cycle" at The Full Moon Club in Memphis, TN. By this point, Stiletto built up an eclectic array of vinyl. She proved her versatility by showing the party that a multi-genre set can be done by herself, and pulled it off with support from her mentors, friends and strangers alike. Anna assures, "…when it comes down to it, my star struck moment wasn’t about me. It was about the crowd and our relationship we created for that moment. I didn’t know half those people, but it felt like we had been long time friends experiencing a journey together. I am so glad I learned to DJ before the electronic scene blew up because I feel DJing has become such an egotistical act with the way it is portrayed in the media. It’s not about you. It is a call and response relationship and you are just a navigator."
The purist art of turntablism mixed with Anna’s pure intentions gave her many opportunities as a DJ during her reign as Stiletto. She moved from Memphis to Portland and during this time also switched from vinyl analog to Serato digital format encoded vinyl. She refused to lose the touch, the feel and overall connection she has with mixing on turntables, but knew it was certainly time to make some advancements to keep up with her competition. The metamorphosis became complete when she decided to change her DJ name in memory of the late Jason Nix, one of her mentors, her friend, and most importantly: her confidant. Stiletto transformed into the current Nyx. Since living in Portland she has played shows for Proper Movement, Pulsar Productions and West Coast Connections.
If you decide to go to an event with Nyx on the bill, the journey you experience guided by her, will transform what you think you can expect from a petite sized DJ. She may not look like she can move you from one side of the dance floor, clear to the other, but looks can be deceiving! Nyx never holds back. Every performance she brings to the turntables is guaranteed to turn heads, create sparks of smiles around the room, and get the audience to groove in unison. You cannot wait to hear her, can you? For now, you can marinate on her soundcloud page with posted sets in the studio and live.
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