For Tezrah, DJing grew out of one thing leading to another, as they say.
She grew up playing piano and other instruments. In college, the Farifax, Va., native started learning music production software and decided to turn her hobby into a profession after graduating.
“With a bit of luck, hard work and help from my friends, my DJ career snowballed from there,” the 27-year-old says.
Tezrah (real name Diana Weigel) spins top 40, EDM, hip-hop and throwbacks at gigs all over the region and also Virginia Beach, Baltimore and New York. Once she found out someone had nominated her for Best DJ in this year’s Best of Gay D.C. awards, she posted it on her social media and then was “totally surprised and elated” when she found out she won.
“It’s really cool to be recognized, especially when other DJs who had been nominated are seriously talented,” Tezrah, who DJs full time, says. Find her online at tezrah.com.
Tezrah and her girlfriend Courtney Lee live together in Capitol Hill. Tezrah enjoys soccer, Netflix, hiking, biking, playing piano and Candy Crush in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I was out to close friends when I was 21, and I was out to my parents at 23. It was the most difficult to tell my mother.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Kate McKinnon, the only woman recorded to make out with Wonder Woman.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
My favorite nightspot is Town, because I can dance the night away to great music, the bathrooms are pretty clean and there is pizza next door.
Describe your dream wedding.
I’ve never thought about “my dream wedding” because I could never picture myself in a traditional white flowing dress or even a tuxedo. The rest of the details don’t seem to matter until I pick out what I am going to wear and perhaps the person I am marrying.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
People’s Magazine issue of July 1999 when the U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup.
What historical outcome would you change?
The non-existence of a time-traveling machine.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
One of my favorite moments was when Channing Tatum performed Beyonce’s “Run the World” on “Lip Sync Battle.”
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“DJing two gay weddings this week! Heck YES!!”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Being a DJ Isn’t THAT Cool”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Make everyone gay for a day.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Obviously they have achieved more than I have at this point, so they probably shouldn’t take my advice. But if they need a DJ, I know someone.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
The angry lesbian
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Paris is Burning”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Shaving — if it flow, let it grow.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Anything that includes me winning a massage.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Too many things to list, but mainly that flare pants were just a fad.
Housing affordability — just kidding. I grew up around this city. I love the art, music and even political scene. It’s diverse yet small enough that I might run into someone I know on the street or at a venue. It is cleaner than New York and the dogs are pretty cute.