We had the good fortune of connecting with Krista Mac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krista, what matters most to you?
The value that matters most to me is community. I began creating events in order to be more involved in the community and to share my art and passion with other like minded folks.
When I first started djing I wasn’t sure the best way to show other event promoters that I was available as a DJ. I decided that if I created an event and had myself perform during part of it then I could establish myself as a queer artist in the community. What I didn’t realize was the impact of throwing events would have on myself and for the community. There aren’t many spaces where queer people feel safe and welcomed. If there is a space, it’s usually a single bar or nightclub or it only exists as a monthly event. The first event I organized, I remember someone came up to me and told me that this was their first event as a Trans woman. What a beautiful thing to be able to participate in, supporting space for someone to be their full authentic self. Since then it’s been important for me to continue creating events by bringing groups together and offering an outlet from the day to day. I’ve learnt so much from other event organizers in the city and want to inspire younger folks to continue in the events space.
When you don’t have values or guiding principles in the work that you do, it shows. Queer people spend a lot of their lives in situations where their values don’t align with the people in their families or at their place of work. Going out to a queer party needs to be a safe release for them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a DJ is actually a side hustle for me, I work as a Producer for an online furniture company and coordinate photo and video shoots. I have been able to apply the same event promotion skills to coordinating photoshoot sets. For me it’s about making meaningful connections with the people you are working with and always striving towards opportunities of improvement. I try not to focus on negative words like ‘mistakes’ because everything in life can be an opportunity for growth if you let it. I love that I’m able to switch between two separate passions, but continue to bring elements of creativity and organization to both. In the years since I started in the video world I’ve learnt that if you have the mental and emotional space to take on extra work, then do it! There are so many things I did that were outside my role that allowed me to get to the next level in producing, unfortunately I find that a lot of companies want to see that you can do the work first before promoting you. Seems a bit cart before the horse, but I chose not to fight it and to go with the flow. Not every direction is going to level you up, but I have seen time and time again those instances come back and support me years down the road.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I travel a lot for work, but am currently based in Vancouver, Canada. There are so many amazing things to do in Vancouver it’s hard to start. Some of the best areas to check out or stay in are Yaletown, Mount Pleasant, Commercial Drive and Kitsilano. Vancouver is surrounded by water, so there is usually a beach near by, this also makes our food scene amazing. We have an awesome selection of Indian, Asian and fusion foods thanks to our diverse city. Sushi is a must for Vancouverites every week. In terms of restaurants, you’d have to check out Jam for brunch (be prepared for a line), Miku for lunch (sushi!) and Cardero’s for dinner, they have great seafood and they’re located right on the water.
For activities, there is a Sea Wall that surrounds Stanley Park that is beautiful any time of year. People tend to run, bike and walk along it and since we don’t get harsh winters like the rest of Canada, Vancouver is fairly accessible all year round. Summer time elicits hikers in the nearby mountains as well as trips to the local islands for weekend getaways.
Since I’ve also spent some time in Phoenix here are some of my top food picks! If you’re checking out Phoenix, you have to head to Palma for drinks, located right downtown, Valentine for dinner and of course, The Churchill for dessert featuring Melt ice cream that they put in a cute Chinese take away box.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many experiences have led me to be the person and performer I am today, but I would have to say a friendship with DJ Miss M has really opened my eyes to what is possible. She challenged me to apply for the DJ competition at Dinah Shore and gave me someone to look up to in terms of performance style. The way she mixes genres and is able to read rooms based on the demographics is amazing. I will alter my plans based on where I know certain DJs are performing and DJ Miss M is one of those people that’s worth a change of plans.
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