Favorite Female DJ
DJ Athenz has the ultimate job for anyone who loves music and loves to get a crowd going. She is a full-time DJ and producer known in the Houston area and beyond for her ability to get the party started.
Athenz, 32, is a native Houstonian who attended the University of Houston, majoring in media production with a minor in studio art. “Not to mention, I graduated with honors,” she adds.
When she was growing up, she wanted to be an architect, a professional skater, and a rock star. Those big dreams and her big imagination paid off, although becoming a DJ certainly wasn’t at the top of her list. “I never looked twice at DJing, as I was so heavily into playing guitar.”
But when she realized during her college years that she wasn’t really the party type, she decided to be the one who played the music at all of her friends’ parties. “It went from me playing my friends’ parties to playing warehouse parties to playing small lounges and bars,” Athenz recalls. “That’s when I knew I had something solid going on, because it just flowed effortlessly.”
The award-winning DJ has worked nationally with some pretty heavy-hitting brands, including Vans, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Armani, and BMW. Locally, she’s a well-loved regular at Pearl Bar and at Pride Houston events. Listeners can enjoy her latest dance mixes on her weekly podcast Pure Stimulation. Her repertoire is known for being eclectic and appealing to a wide variety of listeners.
DJ Athenz does not take her success for granted. She considers herself extremely blessed when it comes to her career, and is truly thankful for the opportunities that have come her way.
“From being a radio DJ on Houston’s biggest stations to touring with Truth on the final Vans Warped Tour to DJing for the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams, I would say the biggest thing right now in my career is becoming the official DJ for the Houston Texans. As far as what I have coming up, I update my schedule monthly on my website to reflect where I am spinning next, as well as my latest releases,” Athenz says.
Her first club gig was in the LGBTQ community in 2013. “And it instantly felt like home.” Every year since then, she has made sure to stay in the loop with her community, “attending and performing at Pride events, clubs, and fundraisers. It gives me great joy to bring light and love through the power of music.”
Athenz’ favorite part of being a DJ is
“connecting souls through the power of music. With everything going on in the world, I feel like for that moment on the dance floor, we are all one. I believe, as a DJ and entertainer, that I have the power to raise people’s frequencies and make them feel something.”
For more info, visit athenzmedia.com.
ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE PART II
Favorite Local Band/Music Producers
Finalists: Attxla, Gndrbndr, Morena Roas, Space Kiddettes
Favorite Male DJ
Finalists: DJ Eddie E, GNDRBNDR, DJ Joe Ross, DJ Easton Santos, DJ Alex T
Favorite Female DJ
Finalists: DJ Drea, DJ Krazzy Kris, DJ Tina
Favorite Drag Queen DJ
Finalist: Lady Bunny
Favorite Nonbinary DJ
DJ Melle Mel
Finalist: Hustle Cry
Favorite Community Bar
Finalists: Eagle Houston, George, JR’s Bar & Grill, Pearl Bar, Tony’s Corner Pocket
Favorite Men’s Bar
Finalists: BUDDY’S, George, JR’s Bar & Grill, Michael’s Outpost, Tony’s Corner Pocket
Favorite Women’s Bar
Pearl Bar Houston
Finalists: Buddy’s, Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, ReBar
Favorite Straight Bar
Finalists: Belle Station, Griff’s, Max’s Wine Dive, The Flat
Favorite Place to Show Off Your Leather
Finalists: BUDDY’S, Eagle Houston
Favorite Place to Watch Male Dancers
Tony’s Corner Pocket
Finalists: Eagle Houston, Papi’s
Favorite Live-Music Venue
White Oak Music Hal
Finalists: Dan Electro’s Bar, House of Blues, Numbers Night Club, Warehouse Live
For a full list of winners, go here.
This article appears in the October 2021 edition of OutSmart magazine.