Q&A: DJ Black Amex

Hot Chicks with Big Brains are incredibly excited to announce that Trina Massey (DJ Black Amex) will be performing at our launch party for Issue #3! With another act announcement still to come and Brisbane’s beloved The Zoo as party venue, it’s going to be a night that you don’t want to miss. AND you can preorder your special edition or regular copy of Issue #3 for pickup at the party – just use the code “partypickupbne” at checkout to avoid a $5 postage fee!

Emma Kate Lewis: Please can you tell me a bit about who you are and what you do?

Trina Massey: My name is Trina Massey. I’m a first generation Australian who is ethnically half Filipino and half African American. I work as the program manager for QMusic and take on various roles across our signature events throughout the year, such as being the producer of the Queensland Music Awards and Artist Liaison for BIGSOUND. I’m also the programmer and producer of Little BIGSOUND. When I’m not doing all of the above I teach at JMC, and I’m a DJ on the weekend.

EKL: How did you get started within the music industry?

TM: I started because I wanted to see a bunch of bands play but no one would give them a Thursday or Friday. So I decided to put on a gig myself… And since then it’s been pretty organic. I’ve built a portfolio career, having worked as an artist’s manager, venue booker, and owned a record label in addition to my current roles.

EKL: What’s been the most challenging part of your career to date?

TM: In December 2015 I was part of a wonderful professional development program that really challenged me personally and professionally across so many facets of my life.

It prompted a lot of evaluation and critical thinking across my businesses, my relationships (personal and professional), and the direction I wanted my career to go in.

It also helped me to have honest conversations with myself about where I was lacking, and what I could work on professionally and personally. This experience has profoundly shaped where, and who, I am now.

EKL: What’s been the most rewarding?

TM: I run a ‘professional development’ program across Queensland as part of my role as Program Manager at QMusic, Even though we’re currently only in the middle of our first year, the kind of changes and progression I’m seeing with youth artists and industry is very rewarding.

EKL: What are you most looking forward to about playing at the HCwBB Issue 3 Launch Party?

TM: I love playing music and look forward to playing with some great new artists at this event!

Supporting chicks, especially in creative fields, is really important to me, and this magazine plays a huge role in highlighting achievements and leading by example.

Keen to see DJ Black Amex play? RSVP TO OUR BRISBANE LAUNCH PARTY AT THE ZOO!


Answers by Trina Massey (DJ Black Amex)
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Featured Image by Anna Apuli of Crapuli
Questions and Edits by Emma Kate Lewis

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