DALLAS — In a profession that has been dominated by men, one DJ is causing a full court press. Ivy Awino, better known as DJ Poizon Ivy, just became the first female DJ to work with the Dallas Mavericks.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I mean, I’ve been a Mavs fan my whole life, a die hard Mavs fan,” she said. “Goodness, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
Born in Kenya, DJ Poizon Ivy moved to Dallas at the age of nine, and shortly after, was introduced to the world of music when her grandmother brought her a grand piano for Christmas.
But it was when Ivy discovered a set of turntables that she knew she had a slam dunk.
“My fraternity brothers, at the time, were some of the biggest most popular DJ’s in Milwaukee. So, I asked them you know, to show me the ways. And I really didn’t think that he would,” she said. “But the next day he literally showed up with turntables.”
Since then, she has gone from learning the basics to sharing the stage with music royals such as Nas, Wiz Khalifa and Lupe Fiasco.
For Ivy, music and basketball have gone hand in hand her entire life. So, landing the gig at the AAC performing in front of thousands on a regular basis was just a matter of time.
He advice — “Hone in on that goal, and don’t let go.”