Lead DJ and Emcee Alyssa Watson not only juggles multiple gigs – she’s also a professional juggler!
“I have experience juggling balls, rings, pins and doing Diablo, devil sticks and poi as well!” the Wisconsin native says.
Watson is comfortable both in and out of the spotlight as she can slide effortlessly from performing a juggling routine to mixing tunes behind the DJ booth. She started in the business about 11 years ago and has been DJing consistently for about six years now.
“I would see so many guys behind the board just making so many people dance and break through their shells, and I wanted to be that person!” she says. “I also wanted to help diversify the industry by being a younger female behind the board!”
Being a woman in a male-dominated industry hasn’t stopped Watson from rocking the mic. She says she is a jack of all trades – capable of playing any style or genre and killing it!
“My specialty is 2010-2017 mainstream and hip hop, but I also specialize in classic rock (70s-90s) and enjoy country and many other styles of music!” she says. “As far as personality, I’m super bubbly, just that fun, upbeat, always-dancing DJ!”
Watson says her favorite part of the job is seeing the smiles at the end of the night and getting hugs and high-fives thanking her for making a memorable night. And she absolutely loves a couples’ first dance.
“Seeing the love, and commitment and being honored to introduce them for the first time dancing as husband and wife is honestly a beautiful moment,” she says.
When Watson isn’t DJing (or juggling) she works as an operations manager and teaches dance. She also cleans aviaries and fish tanks at local nursing homes (we told you she was busy!)
However, her favorite job is being a mom to her 2-year-old.
“I don’t have much free time, but when I do, I spend it with my family!” she says. “I love going places and spending time with my fiancé and my little boy! My son inspires me to be the best version of myself. He loves music and dancing, and I love being able to offer him happiness in both areas!
Q&A With Alyssa Watson
What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple?
Communication! Communication! Communication! Always be a team and always work together and you can accomplish anything!
What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?
- “Home Sweet” – Russell Dickerson
- “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home)” – Elle King and Miranda Lambert
- “Invisible Touch” – Genesis
What is your favorite Christmas song?
“Up on the Housetop” by Pentatonix! Really anything Christmas by Pentatonix.
What are you favorite TV shows and movies?
TV: Criminal Minds, The 100, Doctor Who
Movies: Anything Disney, The Greatest Showman, Passengers
Where is your favorite place to hangout in Cleveland?
What would your celebrity DJ name be?