Picture below: DJ Vanessa spinning at Absolution at Limelight
DJ Vanessa (aka DJ Fraulein Vanessa Misama) is one of the pioneers of NYC’s underground goth scene. DJ Vanessa produced and DJed, the alternative night, Damnation, with DJ Craig Curiosity in 1989. This caught the attention of DJ Reese (of Limelight‘s famed Communion) who teamed up with them to do a night called Purgatory at the space which was to become Mother. In 1991, DJ Vanessa went to The Pyramid with Producer/DJ Reese to form the long running weekly party, Stigmata Fridays. In 1992, DJ Father Jeff started doing his Ward 6 Saturdays Alternative event at The Bank. DJ Father Jeff hired DJ Vanessa to spin an all Gothic Rock format weekly. DJ Vanessa was the first all Goth DJ to spin at The Bank for Saturdays and the first to spin the downstairs basement level. Not only was she well known for her time spinning at Ward 6 Saturdays and Stigmata Fridays, she personally promoted and DJed many good live concerts at Tilt and elsewhere with the Producer, Neville Wells and DJ/Producer Tony Fletcher (both also of Limelight’s Communion). She was long active through the busiest and best time periods of NYC’s scene.
A long time supporter and participant of Absolution, she is currently promoting and DJing parties in London England with her husband, Derek.