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by Evan James Ceretti

(photo: Evan James Ceretti)Crystal Kennedy is a minority in the Charlottetown music scene. She’s one of the very few—maybe the only—female DJ’s on PEI. “I would love for there to be more of us. I kind of stand alone.” From a young age, her interest in electronic music slowly developed while listening to hip hop. “I was fortunate that my parents didn’t really limit what I listened to. They trusted me with music.”

Her career as a DJ was sparked in late 2011 when she and some friends caught a dubstep show at The Alibi Lounge. The DJs were playing music Kennedy and the crowd had never really heard before. “For PEI especially, that type of music was just unheard of and it really caught my attention.”

Kennedy’s transition from listener to DJ happened quickly after that show. She found a program to start making electronic music and started putting out original tracks. “My friends said, ‘you’re going to DJ now, right?’” Kennedy then adopted the moniker Ruby Booms. “My style was very heavy with sub bass so Booms was the handle that came along with it. Ruby Booms just had a ring to it and it stuck.” She played several of her first gigs in Halifax with basically a crash course in how to DJ. “It went from there and I fell in love and it’s been part of my life ever since.”

Her sound comes from mostly bass-heavy genres. She started off with dubstep, moved to trap, and now focuses on juke, footwork, jungle, and drum and bass. The latter genres allow for more variations, and are fast and energetic which really get people going, she said. “I enjoy being unconventional and don’t like to follow trends.”

DJing helps Kennedy cope with anxiety. “I use music production therapeutically as well. I find it’s a great way to express your thoughts and emotions and share that with other people. When I’m producing, it gives me something to focus on and it does ease my anxiety.”

Kennedy is working to make people aware that there is a growing electronic scene in Charlottetown. “There’s definitely an ebb and flow. Right now, there are some newer DJs that are coming out. Like any other scene, it goes through cycles.”For Kennedy, part of being a DJ is connecting with her audience. “You’re kind of catering to the room. You feel what other people feel and give them what they respond best to. Music really is one of those primal things that can bring people together whether they’re aware of it or not.”

Kennedy is preparing for the summer festival season in the Maritimes; concentrating on expanding as an artist and reaching into different methods of production. soundcloud.com/rubybooms

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