Rangoon Rhythm: DJ Yu KT

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Yu Kyaw Tin, 35, has become a favorite on Yangon’s electronic music circuit, showcasing her techno, deep house and tech house mixes at the best parties. But her first attempt at DJing was only four years ago.

As a business admin student at London’s Kingston University, she would attend and promote underground techno events, which led her to try out mixing as a hobby. Then she returned to Yangon where she played at friends’ parties and had her first gig at Mojo Bar. Word soon spread about her talents and “ever since I have accidentally been on this path,” she said.

Learning from friends and YouTube tutorials on DJing, Yu Kyaw Tin, or Yu KT, consistently improved. “As a female DJ in Myanmar, there’s no competition between us at all. I think it is important to support each other, in order for us to grow in this industry,” she said.

Yu KT, whose day job is in public relations, now plays at three to six events every month. The advice she gives to aspiring DJs is “make your own unique style with your favorite genre and stick to it,” adding, “Don’t go over everything or you will lose focus.”

Arts and music festival Wonderfruit based outside Pattaya, Thailand is her top choice for a good party this year and her idol is Russian female DJ, Nina Kraviz.

Follow her and events on facebook.com/YuDJKT.

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