Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: DJ Soul Sister

New Orleans disc jockey and radio host DJ Soul Sister speaks with Billy O'Connell (09/24/2012).

About DJ Soul Sister

Known worldwide as the “Queen of Rare Groove,” DJ Soul Sister (Melissa Weber) has hosted her "Soul Power" show on WWOZ FM and "right on party situations" for nearly two decades in her native New Orleans. One of the longest-running live DJ artists in New Orleans, the veteran radio programmer and host of the longest-running rare groove radio show in the United States is highly regarded and respected not only in her hometown, but around the globe.

The vinyl collector, crate digger, party promoter, and tastemaker was the first DJ to receive a Big Easy Entertainment Award and OffBeat magazine's Best of the Beat Award. Offering a seamlessly blended mix of funk, soul, rare groove, discotheque, jazz fusion, and true school hip hop, Soul Sister works only with vinyl, and has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and BUKU Music + Art Project. Not only can she be heard during her long-running "Hustle Saturdays" residency at the Hi-Ho Lounge, she can be heard at performances around the world. Soul Sister has opened for internationally-famous acts, including George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Questlove, Chaka Khan, and Afrika Bambaata, as well as New Orleans legends such as the funky Meters, and DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu).

A recognized authority on funk, soul, disco, hip hop, and rare groove music and artists, Soul Sister has interviewed George Clinton, the Ohio Players, and Chuck Brown, and has been featured on Vh1 and in Nelson George's 2013 documentary Finding the Funk. She has been highlighted in nationally-circulated music magazines including URB, Spin, and Wax Poetics.