The Dallas Mavericks have a new in-arena DJ. Ivy Awino, AKA Poizon Ivy the DJ, will be spinning the ones and twos at the American Airlines Center during Mavs home games this season. She’ll be the first woman DJ in the Mavericks’ tenure, and only the second in the NBA.
Originally hailing from Nairobi, Kenya, Awino moved to the Dallas area before her tenth birthday and attended the Hockaday School. From there she went to Marquette, where she first learned to DJ.
After returning to Dallas, she reached out to the Dallas Wings and inquired about being their DJ. She quickly landed the job. Now, she’s making the jump from the WNBA to the NBA.
Awino is essentially filling the void left by DJ Whiz T. Whiz T, who had been the Mavericks’ DJ for eight years, passed away in early 2015. Last season, the Mavs put Dallas Stars DJ Michael Gruber in charge of the in-game music. His tenure had mixed results and frankly, no one wants to hear Metallica at an NBA game in 2016. Awino should be a nice addition to the arena’s in-game entertainment.
I’m looking forward to Awino’s debut on October 3 when the Mavs host the Charlotte Hornets in the preseason. However, I still support by my suggestion from last year that DJ Sober be in the team’s official DJ. Maybe in a couple years?
Nonetheless, best of luck to you, Ivy. Play some Dipset for me. No, seriously.