“There is only one thing worse than someone who doesn’t like to get down… Someone who only likes to get down to one type of music!”
Commanding Thursday nights at the Rooftop Bar at the trendy Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles where she spins it all – from hip-hop to soul classics, house, dancehall, reggaeton y poco salsa, Valida “not only has the skillz to pay the bills, but the looks to back it up.” (Jointz mag.) In June 2005, LA.com has named her one of the “Hottest Nightlife Personalities” in Los Angeles.
Originally from Sarajevo, Valida emigrated to the United States to pursue higher education. Completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Arts and Cultures (UCLA), and a Master of Arts degree in Dance Ethnography and Video Production (UCLA), Valida has always been in pursuit of expressing her love for music, dance, and visual arts.
In late 2001, after the release of Concentric Beats, her feature documentary “love-letter to the drum’n’bass scene” (URB mag) Valida co-founded what XLR8R Magazine aptly described as “one of the most righteous weekly club spots in town” Proper* at Hollywood’s Star Shoes. For three years, Proper promoted a diverse mix of music, both classic and new and featured local DJ resident heroes: Coleman, Rashida, Azul, Paris, Phers1, and MCs Kemst, Ghost, Zaz, and singer Mia Victoria.
From guest appearances at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Budoir in Dubai, Nuphoria event in Tokyo, Candela Party in Puerto Rico, Mexico’s Organic Party, and her native Bosnia, Valida has shared decks all across the globe with the likes of Madlib, PBW, J-Rocc, DJ Mitsu, Yam Who?, Domu, Quantic, Seiji, Afronaught, Osunlade, Vikter Duplaix, Dixon, Jurgen (Jazzanova), Dj Language, John Beltran, John Arnold, Mark Ronson, Paris’ DJ Yellow… etc…
Having already graced the pages of URB, Fader, XLR8R, BPM, Lucky Magazine, Lemonade, Music Connection to name a few, Valida was featured on Los Angeles’ own 89.9 KCRW as part of Chocolate City’s “Unsung Heroes” program hosted by Garth Trinidad that aired live on December 1, 2003. http://www.kcrw.org/archive.html