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Music is her life. Drum and Bass is her passion. Erica Munday, A.K.A. DJ Strife, has had
a love for music for as long as she can remember. It’s that feeling that when you close
your eyes and simply listen…the whole world disappears.
Strife’s involvement in the U.S. underground music scene started back in 1994 when she
was only 14 and attended her first rave. After this one night she knew right then that this
music was something that truly touched her soul and would be a part of her life forever.
She soon thereafter was going to every event on the east coast that she could, which
eventually lead her to her next natural step…promoting. She started promoting for one of
the largest event companies on the east coast, Park Rave Maddness. And by the time she
was 16 she had made enough contacts in the scene and wanted to continue going forward
by learning how to DJ – to be that person that controlled the crowd’s inner feelings by
taking you on a journey with the music they wove together. At first by playing fast-
paced Hard Trance and Hard Acid music that got the crowd going, but eventually at 19
while in college in New York for Audio Recording, switched to her growing love for
Drum and Bass.
2003 brought the way of House DJ, Fame and his Simply Bangin’ Productions which
merged Strife and Fame together for combined efforts in weekly events in NYC. By
joining a night of House and Drum and Bass music this allowed them to bring both
styles of music together in one place. Also in 2003 Strife got linked up with all female
crew Sister NYC (the NYC chapter of successful San Francisco group). Right away this
combination of all genre woman DJ’s and MC’s connected with her, and knew together
they could really make a dent in furthering woman and their place in Electronic music.
Being interviewed for Los Angeles collective Technotreff’s nationally distributed “Girls
of Techno” DVD also gave her a chance to speak her mind on the empowerment on being
a female DJ. Hosting and playing at events all the way from New York to Miami to
Brazil to Germany, Italy Australia to London and back again, Strife continues to push the
Drum and Bass sound that she strives for everyone to hear and feel.
2009 saw Strife release her first official worldwide mix CD on 16 Chapel Records
entitled “Sweet 16 – A Drum & Bass mix”. The release received featured placements
on front page iTunes US & UK Dance, Napster Electronic Staff Pick, Zune Electronic/
Dance top banner, Amazon Dance, Liquid Audio/Walmart Dance & Thinkindie Dance,
as well as featured interviews in esteemed UK Drum & Bass Knowledge Magazine
& Dogs On Acid website. The release also reached as high as #123 on the iTunes US
Strife’s flow of Liquid Drum and Bass sounds infused with Brazilian flavor and vocal
tunes make her track selection stream together with each blended mix. As well as being
endorsed by keyboard company Korg, Strife has performed all over nationally and
internationally at such events as: Sun & Bass Festival (Sardinia, Italy) 2008, 2009,
2011 & 2012 (She was also the first American DJ to be asked to play at this festival),
DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) 2002, Respect (LA) 2012, at renowned UK
monthlies “Therapy Sessions” 2003, “Metric” 2005, “Intrigue” 2007/2008, “Momentum”
2007, “Accoustixx” 2008 & “Subfactory” 2008. Strife has toured in Brazil 2005,
Germany 2006, & UK 2003-2009 & Australia 2011 alongside heavyweights such as
Fabio, High Contrast, Klute, Mickey Finn, Bad Company, Randall, Dylan, Loxy, Patife,
Andy, Drumagick, The Insiders, Lomax, TC1 & Cern. In addition, she has taken part at
conventions in Nashville, TN for the NAMM trade show, at Madison Square Garden in
her residence of NY for product demos, SXSW (South by Southwest) 2010 & 2012and in
Miami for the WMC, (Winter Music Conference).