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“Music has always been a part of my life, I don’t think I’ve ever not been involved in music in some form or another,” DJ CHIA says. “Since coming back from London in 1998, it’s been all about records and DJing.” Trained as a classical pianist since age 6, CHIA, real name Monica Chen, brought her passion for melody and performance to the turntables. Her wide-ranging musical tastes tend towards the organic grooves of NuJazz, Brazilian, Funk and Soul music, , and nothing makes her happier than a roomful of people shaking their ass. CHIA blends jazzy, funky and tropical-flavored rhythms with contagious beats, for a potent cocktail that infuses club audiences with invigoratingly soulful sounds. CHIA’s favorite artists and labels range from names like Schema records, Irma records and Tru Thoughts Records to list a few, with favorite artists such as Bebel Gilberto, Bjork, Thievery Corporation, and Masters at Work.. DSC03339.JPG Naturally somewhat shy and reserved, the 5’0” CHIA seems to grow behind the tables, bouncing around, high on the tracks she is throwing down. She is in demand for both early evening, mood-establishing sets and late night dancefloor-intensive sessions. CHIA, both with and without her Sisters in Sound, has shared the bill with artists such as DJ Quartz (Breakbeat Science, NYC); Miguel Migs & Lisa Shaw (Naked Music, SF); Mark Farina (Om Records) and #1 female DJ and groundbreaker Sandra Collins. With previous monthly residencies at ISIS and ESCAPE, CHIA continues to enchant Honolulu audiences with her current monthly residency at SWEET! CHIA also often showcases her newest collaboration as part of the Freeform Sound Collective. Future plans include growing taller and traveling the galaxy in search of extraterrestrial musical treats. To contact DJ Chia for bookings, email her at mchen813 @ hotmail.com.