Women from all over the world have begun their Dinah countdown, anxiously waiting for an entire weekend of day drinking by the pool and dancing the night away at one of the many parties. No matter what time of day (or night), there is one thing you can always count on, and that is great music. This year, Club Skirts The Dinah has a great lineup of performers, including Madonna’s resident disc jockey, DJ Mary Mac, who will be spinning the Friday night White Party.
Mary Mac grew up in Rosedale, Queens, where she would watch her brother practice DJing in the basement of their childhood home. It was when she was old enough to start visiting nightclubs that she felt like being a DJ was what she wanted to do with her life.
“I would take my sister’s fake ID and go to 18-year-old clubs when I was like, 13 or 14,” Mary said. “And it was just listening to the DJ—this was after listening to my brother when I was in the single digit ages—but I would always want to know why the DJ was playing a certain song or why they were doing this or that.” Once Mary got to college, she started DJing herself and things started to click.
Now seasoned on the decks, Mary has spun at parties for celebrities like Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Queen Pen. She has spun alongside some of the greatest deejays such as Funkmaster Flex, Spinderella, Jazzy Joyce and more. Throughout all of her successes, one of her greatest feats is the one she is currently experiencing.
“Right now I am on tour with Madonna and one of the things I definitely wanted to do in my career before I kick the bucket was to play in front of tens of thousands of people,” Mary said, “And I’m doing it.”
While some people may think playing music is essentially the essence of being a great DJ, a lot more goes into it than simply picking a song.
“I have to feel the room,” Mary says. “I just kind of vibe it out. I am looking at who is dancing, who’s not dancing, who is laughing, who it looking at me. I can’t just play something without looking around. You might not think I am looking at everybody, but my eyes are hitting everyone in that room.”
Although most people are ready to dance the night away when they enter a club, Mary says she hopes to provide a welcome distraction for those who may be less prepared for a good time.
“You just get some people that are walking in already upset about something,” Mary said. “So I am watching them and trying to get them to loosen up.”
This will be Mary Mac’s second year spinning at the Dinah, and she says performing for a crowd of queer women isn’t any different from other dancefloors or stadium arenas.
“I’m just focused on making everybody dance,” Mary said, “And we are gonna have some fun.”