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I’m Marisha and I go by Lotus Queen. 

I’m from Calgary, Alberta and I was the first woman to start spinning drum n bass here. I have held down my radio show Remote Emissions at CJSW for 20 years. I am currently affiliated with DNB Girls, Girls On Decks, Tigerstyle Saturdays, Studio Social and CJSW 90.9FM Radio.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

I usually select music intuitively based on a mood or vibe I want to convey. Sometimes a story unfolds. My intention was to create a journey to lose oneself in and forget about problems for an hour and maybe feel some emotions you’ve been keeping in or remember a special time. I love music for that so much.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

I make house mixes for my fitness classes and that inspires me as I can pay homage to the songs I grew up listening to like Madonna, Black Box, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, and more… and just have fun and be creative. Playing hip hop also keeps me inspired. The younger people in the scene who are making things happen, creating, learning always inspire me. I love seeing them learn and create and most of them are catching on way sooner than I did. LOL. But it keeps me on my toes.

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

I am more choosy with the shows I play and I stick to a level that is comfortable for me so I don’t burn out. My tolerance for unprofessional behaviour has gone way down yet my patience has gone way up. If someone is nervous and makes a mistake while playing on my show, it’s not a big deal as pretty much any fuck up has been done already. I am much more relaxed and can finally have fun with it like I didn’t used to be able to. That’s a great feeling and I am excited to dive even deeper into Serato, sampling and maybe one day production.

Any advice for up and comers who want to contribute to their community?

Do it because you love it. You aren’t always going to get paid, things can feel thankless at times, you learn a lot about how people are, but the DJ scene is a microcosm of our larger society so enacting positive change at that level can only radiate out further. Build something, bringing people together, and positively impacting even just one person with music is something special. The friends I have made because of the music community constantly remind me that joining CJSW Radio and deciding to DJ was the best choice I ever made. Knowing that just by playing music I have positively impacted someone’s life is something that is so sacred to me and makes it all worthwhile.

- Lotus Queen

Tracklist:

Random Movement - Lake Escape [Driven AM Recordings
]Light Monday - Beat Drum Like This [Kos.Mos.Music]
Nfunk - Black Heart (Radicall Remix) [DNBB Recordings]
The Vanguard Project - Want U Back [Spearhead Records]
BlastikZ - By Your Side [Soul Deep Digital]
Monika - Dusk Till Dawn [Ingredients Records]
D Bridge - Since We've Been Apart [Shogun Audio]
Rowpieces - Life Can Be So Beautiful [Celcius Recordings]
Silence Groove - Why Don't You [Soul Deep Exclusives]
Ike - Always There (Radicall Remix) [Nightworks]
Kytami - Sirens [East Van Digital]
Walkr - Bedouin [Celcius Recordings]
QZB - Run From It [Critical Music]
Ivy Lab & Hydro feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika - Make It Clear [Metalheadz]
Radicall - Trajectories [Nightworks]
BlastikZ - Bricks [Soul Deep Digital]
Flame - Let Me Feel [Celcius Recordings]
BlastikZ - Purple Heart [Soul Deep Digital]
Adam F - Circles [EMI]
AwakeFM & Mizeyesis - Memories of a Distant Planet [Omni Music]
Atlantic Connection feat. Kevin King - Backlog (Submorphics Remix) [Westbay Music]
1.8.7 - We Are Not Alone [Unsigned]
Blu Mar Ten - Overwhelm (Seba Remix) [Blu Mar Ten Music]
HumaNature, Surplus, Subdivision feat. Hannah Eve - Free [Fokuz Recordings]
Forthcoming - Love You [Fokuz Recordings]
Electrosoul System - Do It All Night Long [Kos.Mos.Music]
L-Side - Thought Love [V Recordings]
Walkr - Funky Lady [Celcius Recordings]
Midnight Request - Jazzy [Influenza Media]
Flame, NClear - Intermezzo (nClear VIP) [Lush Stuff]
The Vanguard Project feat. Jemimah Read (Original Mix) - Stitches [Spearhead Records]
Serum, Paul T & Edward Oberon - In Too Deep [V Recordings]
D.Kay - Devotion [Soul:r]
Crix - Secrets [Absys Records]
Dan Guidance, Greekboy - Be With Me [Liquid Drops]
6IX - Liquid Statez [Intaface Recordings]
Dushi - Summertime [Formation Recordings]
Rowpieces - Love Confession [Celcius Recordings]
QZB - Unity [Critical Music]
Sinerise - Beams [East Van Digital]
Silent Dust - 1959 (Calibre Remix) [None 60]
The Vanguard Project feat. David Boomah - Freedom Fighters [Spearhead Recordings]
Sully - 368ft High & Rising [Rua Sound/Foxy Jangle]
MSDOS, Greekboy - Sunshine Reggae [Liquid Drops]