It's incredibly hard to depict parties and raving well on camera. A lot of it comes off fake and cheesy, and it's always a disappointment when these scenes come off so ingenuine. So it's quite a challenge for an entire series to be based around the partying and raving world, but somehow D.W. Waterson has managed to bring life, raw honesty, and an invigorating storyline to create That's My DJ, a story that follows Meagan, who starts being a promoter on her own terms.
Waterson, who's a DJ herself, sat down with us to talk more about her fantastic web series!
Hey D.W., thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You've been working hard on That's My DJ. For those that haven't had a chance to snag a look quite yet, how would you describe the show, and what would you want people to know about it?
Hey! Yes, been hustling hard. The series is an unapologetic look inside the party/rave scene. It is 100% based on experiences i’ve had or witnessed being a DJ in Toronto. In Season 2 we follow Meagan a promoter who decides to stop working for the big clubs and start throwing her own brand of events. Everything is coming up Milhouse until she meets Hannah, a powerhouse DJ babe who completely derails her with their intoxicating lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry.
What prompted you to use your experiences as a DJ to lay down the foundation for this series? How do you continue to motivate yourself when being in music or entertainment as a whole can feel like hitting a wall?
As someone who feels every experience so hard, it’s difficult for me not to use it in my work, lol. I haven’t seen this story or these characters in anything I've watched on TV, web or film. This absolutely pushed me harder to create That’s My DJ and create this voice. There have been many walls along the way, but it has truly been my team, my collaborators and the fans who inspire me to keep hustling.
Who are your biggest influences in music and in directing?
Musically Annie Mac has been the BIGGEST influence, she is power house that has shaped the electronic music scene and has been for years. Phil Collins and Girl Talk have also been great inspirations; high energy + drums = hey! dw (my DJ alter-ego).
From a filmmaking standpoint Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways), Elizabeth Warren (White Girl), Gaspar Noé (Love, Enter The Void) & Jean-Marc Vallée (Café de Flore) + all the EPIC music video of the 90s have truly shaped me as a story teller and Director.
What have been the biggest challenges and biggest achievements throughout this entire process?
I think the most challenging part of this process was raising the funds, we've self-financed every season of That’s My DJ so we could take artistic liberty. Biggest achievement has definitely been winning Best Director at the New York Television Festival on top of receiving personal messages from fans about how much the show has touched and inspired them.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one advice, what would it be?
You are powerful, you are loved, you are worthy… keep doing what your doing ;)