When she moved to D.C. in 2003, she dove headfirst into the dance music scene at such gone-but-not-forgotten clubs as Red and D.C. Sanctuary, drawn in by the West African-inspired house music of the early 2000s. But techno would soon become part of her life again. “As I was going through things, it’s what was there to catch me,” she explains.
“It’s like rediscovering an old friend,” she says. “You find that your paths intersect again in a way that might surprise you. You pick up where you left off or spark a new facet in your relationship.”
That relationship has blossomed in the past few years. Juana connected with D.C. techno crew Sequence and became a member of Discwoman, a collective for female-identified DJs that has helped reshape the dance-music landscape. Both Sequence and Discwoman draw diverse, adventurous audiences who let Juana explore the music she loves, from techno and beyond.
“A really good set is one where I feel encouraged enough and emboldened enough to do something weird,” she laughs.
Show: Jan. 31 at 10:30 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Free.