PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University student Tina Turnbull, aka Special-T, will trade her textbooks for a turntable when she presents “The Art of Being a DJ” in a Brown Bag lecture July 21.
The discussion will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Compton Union Building, B 7-9. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a lunch.
Special-T began her music career with the violin at age 10, but by age 15 was fascinated with turntables and perfecting various skills and styles of disc jockeying.
After graduating from high school in 2000, she left Seattle and its music scene to pursue a marketing degree from WSU and eventually landed a Tuesday night gig at a Pullman nightclub, performing during the live comedy shows.
Special-T has opened for hip-hop artists ranging from Tone Loc and Sir Mix-A-Lot to DJ QBert. Traveling with various comedy shows has led to work with comedians featured on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” Def Jam and HBO.
In 2002 Special-T joined the Mugicians, a reggae/hip-hop band, which has allowed her to reach a wider audience that might not frequent the dance club scene. “Bringing the turntablist style into the live music scene throws people off guard, giving them a new outlook on DJs and shows them how versatile an instrument it really is,” she said.