We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ Chaney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In my previous life, as a student-athlete at Rice University, I had to find balance with a rigorous schedule that included studies, training and djing . I feel that gave me the tools to be a DJ that runs a schedule opposite of the norm 9 to 5. Work life balance is very important to me, especially working in night life. Finding time for myself, family and friends is very difficult when your workday ends at 2am. Currently, covid has changed the amount of days I would perform per week. I am grateful for the time I have had to enjoy hanging with my friends at a decent hour. One way I have maintained my sanity and mental health is by staying active by running and lifting weights. I also value a healthy diet and sleep. Things I enjoy on my time off are spending time at the park at the Menil, hanging out in coffeeshops and/or dinners at friends’ houses – I am lucky I have several friends that are wonderful cooks!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel as if my job is to create happiness for my audiences. I am where I am at today by following my heart doing what I truly love. The road has been difficult and discouraging, but making it happen has completely made it worth it. I try to surround myself with positive inspiring humans. Number one lesson I have learned, as cheesy as it may sound, is believing in yourself. What sets me a part from other DJs is my crazy red hair, Scooby Doo van and choice of clothing (lack thereof at times). Not only do I create my own music to perform, but I’m also known for my fun and quirky videos.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my bestie rolled into town, I would start off by taking them to Alabama Ice House for beers and tacos from Tierra Caliente and probably end the evening at Rudyards and/or 6s and 7s. Through out the week, I would have a picnic at the Menil Park, take them to MFAH and CAM, Nippon, Govindas, BLT, Anvil, Poison Girl, Chinatown, Hillstone formerly known as Houstons, High and Dry, and The Flat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say my Mom and Dad, they are truly amazing and supportive. Coming from a small town and having parents that are professionals (knowing they would want me to have a “regular” job), they believe in me as much as I believe in myself. I am truly grateful for them every day.
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