Cyberjamz Internet Radio continues to grow and this time around we are truly blessed to offer you one of Chicago’s best kept secrets Anji Stone.This show airs every Wednesday 1pm – 3pm est
Chat room – no registration needed
ANJI STONE AKA “BANG EM UP”
Anji Stone began her instruction in 1984, her mentor & her friend, Terry “Glovemaster Siz” Moore, took her under his wing and began teaching her how to “spin” records. At that time there wasn’t a huge market for female DJ’s.
Anji began her journey and began going to High Society Lounge, where J.R. Dionte, Mike Dunn, Hugo Hutchinson, and others were at on a weekly basis. Anji participated in their “open” sets, (this showcased new &aspiring DJ’s). Just about EVERY week Anji was in attendance with her records wanting to spin. She listened to WBMX & WKKC weekly, and thought to herself, “I can do what they are doing!” So Anji began going to various House parties. The Music Box (2210), the Bismarck, the McCormick Place, Medusa’s, etc… She became a “club” kid… Anji LOVED to hear good House music and admired some of the DJs. Little did she know some of those DJ’s she would later have the pleasure of sharing the decks with.
After high school in 1988, Anji went on to Job Corps, and became the DJ at their Student Center. Anji played there until she transferred to St. Paul, MN. It was then that she went on sabbatical from her “passion.” Anji returned home in the latter part of 1989 and began “improving” her skills. She hadn’t played anywhere; however, the key to a “good” DJ is “practice.” This is what she did whether she was playing out or not. She was doing “private” events more so than playing at in clubs.
From 1989 until 1998, Anji played private events and kept practicing as an inspiring DJ. She knew then that it was challenge to be a DJ and even more of a challenge to be a female DJ. Anji submitted mixes to promoters and club owners often. However, nothing came out of the submissions and Anji got discouraged, and stopped altogether. In 2000, she moved to Madison, WI, and this is where her TRUE journey came to light.
In 2003, while in Wisconsin, Anji met a DJ named John, he told her about some events he was doing and invited her to play at “Club 5”, a well-known gay bar in Madison. After she played, she knew that this is what she was born to do. John directed her to “China Café” on the North side of Madison. The China Café was known to showcase new DJs. That’s the place she would attend every Friday, not ONLY to build skills, but to build a fan base.
After some “life-changing” events, Anji moved back to Chicago in August 2004. She managed to get back in touch with her mentor “Glove Master Siz,” and played some small venues until May of 2006. They decided to part ways, and yet again she took a “break” from the scene. It wasn’t until 2010 that She spoke a social worker that later became a dear friend, Nichole “MzNicky” Morrison. She had stressed to her social worker that she wanted to DJ and MzNicky told her that she was a DJ as well. She told Anji,” I see your passion for this craft and you should pursue it.” That was all the confirmation that Anji needed and she didn’t hesitate another second to give the “DJ thing” another try. This time around Anji looked for ways to get back and stay in the game. She reconnected with her long time friend, and he saw the “fire” within her like many others. This young man took on working with her to improve her skills. It wasn’t a smooth transition to switch form Vinyl to CDJ’s. However, Anji made it work and she has been “banging it out” ever since. Hence the name BEU (Bang Em Up) came to be in existence.
The first “performance” was in June 2010 for “Phoenix Rise Productions’ birthday bash. Anji had the “honor” of playing alongside MzNicky & Brown Sugar. It was the start of something BIG. She has met & maintained very good friendships w/some of the “hottest” DJs in the industry. She wants to keep going forward, learn from the past, to keep the future bright
*One House One Love*