We chat with a local DJ to see how she turned a passion for music into a booming business. Read on for all the toe-tappin' details!
Cincy Chic: Who is DJ Lisa Blayde?
Alisa Loeblein, DJ Lisa Blayde: I am a wife to my caring and patient husband Shawn, a mom to my beautiful 11 month old daughter Annika, and an animal lover with my two retired racing greyhounds and a varying number of rescued guinea pigs. I am a native Minnesotan that cheers probably a little too enthusiastically for my hometown sports teams, especially the Vikings, Wild, and Gophers. I love to laugh at almost everything, especially myself, and enjoy helping others laugh too. I change my hair, both cut and color -a lot! I am a weather geek that once dreamed of a career chasing tornadoes. I played college hockey and have laced up the skates now and then here in Cincinnati. I’ve worked as a surgical tech in Minnesota and Maine, studied history and political science at Western Michigan University while living in Kalamazoo, and moved to Cincinnati in 2009 after my husband began work as an engineer with a pharmaceutical company in the West Chester area.
Cincy Chic: What inspired you to get involved in the music industry?
Loeblein: I used to dig through my parent’s vinyl collection before I could walk, so the love for music has always been there. From 4th through 12th grade I played violin in the school orchestra, learning to read music of course and studying the classical history of music. Over the years I wanted to be the one in charge of the soundtrack for pretty much everything, from a long ride in the car, to parties in college, sporting events, background music in the operating rooms during surgeries…you name it. After working for Catholic Health Partners/Mercy Health for a number of years in Cincinnati, I found a couple of different opportunities to work as a DJ and decided to take the chance that I could actually make a career at it. One of those opportunities was with a company called Party Pleasers, that taught me the ins and outs of the wedding industry. That experience, along with all of the other various careers I’ve tried, has led me to where I am today -as a customer service-oriented, female business owner who loves to use music as a vessel to make other people happy!
Cincy Chic: What types of events do you DJ for?
Loeblein: Corporate events, weddings, private parties…if it needs a soundtrack to help enhance a venue and the experience to go with it, I am there!
Cincy Chic: What makes you unique from other DJs in the area?
Loeblein: I guess the most obvious thing is, there aren’t many female DJs around. There are a small number of us in the area though, and we most definitely rock -I root for my DJ sisters all day, every day! Other ways I might be unique, include getting my start as an actual DJ in a hockey arena, hence the name ‘DJ Blayde’. I am as comfortable on turntables as I am a digital controller, and love to mix music from all genres -but my favorites include Hip Hop, 80s Pop, and House Music. I would love to get back to mixing at hockey games though, from the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Columbus Blue Jackets someday!
Cincy Chic: What has been your most memorable event thus far in your career?
Loeblein: In July of 2016, I was the DJ for the wedding of Charles Johnson at Drees Pavilion in N. Kentucky, who was a Minnesota Vikings wide receiver at the time. I tried to contain my excitement during the event, but I think that I may have let out my inner fangirl at the very end…just a little though! More recently I was on the main stage at Fountain Square along with my mega-talented group of fellow local DJs, the ‘Deckwreckerz’ for Jamboree 18. That was amazing. I will be back to do that again on August 3rd and I can’t wait!