About D.J. Pam
Like the art of emceeing, the artistry of the DJ has long been hailed as a patriarchal craft, with few immediately recognizable female DJ’s at the forefront. However, during her diverse career, as a member of the Oakland, CA based politically conscious recording group The Coup, Pam The Funkstress solidified herself as a reputable turntablist and recording artist, capable of holding her own ground in a male dominated industry.
After their debut album in 1993, Kill My Landlord, The Coup went on to release several albums, including the critically acclaimed Genocide and Juice in 1994. The Funkstress utilized the opportunity from the notoriety of the project to catapult her mission to illuminate issues of social injustice and to influence the practice of self-reliance upon young women.
Pam has also been featured in various notable publications, including Wired, Rap Pages, 4080 Hip-Hop Magazine, and the internationally renowned Rolling Stones Magazine. Additionally, she was at the center of controversial CNN discussion forums addressing the album cover for The Coup’s 2001 release, Party Music, on which the initial artwork depicted the destruction of New York’s Twin Towers, several months prior to the historic event.
As Pam’s fan-base expanded, so did her desire to reach other audiences, ultimately prompting her to experiment with musical genres outside her traditional comfort zone. To the Funkstresses’ contentment, this gamble proved to be successful, leading to marketing campaigns with SoBe Beverages, Sony Entertainment, a residency at San Francisco-based radio station, KBLX, as well as gracing the stage with Hip-Hop elites, such as KRS-One, Grandmaster Flash, and Sean “P-Diddy” Combs.
In 2016, during what would ultimately be Prince’s final tour – A Piano & A Microphone - Pam the Funkstress served as DJ at the official afterparty. Prince himself was so impressed by the enchanting skills of The Funkstress, that he later contacted her personally requesting that she join him on tour – an opportunity she could not turn down. After being dubbed “Purple Pam” by “The Purple One” himself, Pam toured with Prince until his untimely demise. Thereafter, Pam has pressed forward adding notable performances to her credits, including playing at comedy circuit tours with comedy greats such as Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, and Sommore.
In 2017, The Turntable Queen looks forward to the forthcoming success with her newest venture, the launch of her online radio show, www.femalefunkradio.com, which will feature Pam spinning various genres of music including Rap, R&B, and also EDM – a genus of music Pam’s longtime followers may not be accustomed to, but promises to garner an additional fan base. With numerous accolades to her name, it is with great anticipation that Pam the Funkstress will continue to leave speakers smokin’ throughout the US, ultimately expanding her brand abroad.
For additional information on Pam The Funkstress and upcoming projects, visit www.pamthefunkstress.com.