From writing the cheques to spinning the decks, DJ Kayty Banks has climbed the ranks of the hospitality industry and now she’s ready to take over the music world.
Starting off her career as the door girl before moving into bottle service and then management, Banks said she never felt like she really hit her stride, eventually swapping a headset for headphones.
“My longevity in nightclubs, which is what I love, would be so much longer as a DJ than it would be in management,” she told Perth Now.
“I realised that I get paid half as much to work like 60 plus hours a week and I would see the DJs come in on the weekends and live their best lives. I felt like I need to work smarter, not harder.”
But there’s more to the craft than just pressing play. Banks explained that as a DJ, you’re not just playing for the crowd but also for the venue’s staff.
“You don’t just play bangers from open to close, there’s a real rhythm of the night . . . you gotta appeal to everyone,” she said.
Banks has been a full-time DJ for the past three years.
This weekend, she will ticket an item off her bucket list.
Banks will hit the stage alongside renowned Australian DJ Havana Brown, who has toured with Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls, at “The Roey” in Broome.
The DJ, who plays five days a week, said Brown was an idol whose career she hoped to mimic in the future.
“I saw her five years ago now . . . I remember seeing her and I was so starstruck. She’s such an icon, especially for female DJs and Australia in general. She’s made such a mark. I would never have dreamt of meeting her let alone playing alongside her,” she said.
“It’s such an honour . . . she’s everything a female DJ aspires to be. She’s so lovely and so kind, and she’s ahead of the game, she’s so switched on. It’s so much more meaningful to be able to support someone like her.”
Banks hopes to one day get into the music scene and produce songs, just as Brown has done.
“I think that’s every DJ’s dream,” she said.
“I think it’s everyone’s endgame . . . I hope to one day do an Australian tour and play overseas.”