Tara Stewart is a 2fm radio presenter, a DJ and columnist for District magazine. What began as learning how to DJ using an online guide, and a quick stop-over in Ireland turned into owning the Irish music scene.
Tigers in Dresses were delighted to be joined by Tara to discuss her favs, how she got into dj-ing and most importantly what being a girl boss in the Irish music industry is really like.
What makes you happy?
Sunshine, margaritas, good food and good music.
How did you get into the DJ-ing industry?
I am a musician and have been playing a few instruments since I was about 9 so I’ve always had a massive love for music. As I got older I realised I wanted to play tunes to make people dance and have a good night so I started DJing and asked a venue a few years ago if I could DJ at their spot without even knowing how use decks! I faked it and looked online to learn what everything did, needless to say it was not my finest set, but I played with CD’s at the time and did an 80’s anthem set, everyone was dancing so I guess it was a success. From then I learnt the craft and just kept going from there.
What started as a stop-over in Ireland turned into a big move, what are the major differences in the music industry in Ireland and the U.K?
The industry is bigger in the UK but that’s simply down to the population being bigger. Mostly everyone knows each other in Ireland which is great but also hard because the industry is smaller here so opportunities aren’t as frequent.
Is there a lot to balance in dj-ing, writing and showbiz reporting?
Yeah for sure, I HAVE TO write all my gigs, work days and writing days and even social life in a diary or I’ll forget! I take my diary everywhere and really should have a back up!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Playing music that can make a night for people.
What is your least favorite?
Sometimes the late nights!
If you could go back and have a glass of wine with young Tara, what would you tell her? Don’t put so much pressure on yourself! Chill out a bit bbz.
Do you believe that dj-ing and presenting is still a male-dominated production?
Hmmm, yes and no. Presenting no, especially where I work in radio it’s really equal male to female. Djing yes but there are so many female DJ’s coming up these days.
Do you think there’s a lot of pressure on women who are in the spot-light to act a certain way?
I think there is but I don’t let myself personally feel that pressure.
I act the way I want to and talk the way I want to.
I think people give in to the expectations that areexpected from them instead of going against the norm and doing what you want.
I eat too much cucumber
What is your favorite song of all time?
Jaysus!!!! I legit can’t answer that but right now in this moment my favourite song is At Night Shakedown
Your style is 🔥🔥🔥🔥, who are your fashion inspirations?
Missy Elliot and Teyana Taylor at the moment
What are you words to live by?
As Nike would say, Just (f*****g) Do It