Qiana Coachman-Strickland also known as “DJ Q-Boogie”
There are trends and then there are classics; DJ Q-Boogie is the latter. A dynamic entertainer,
she has a gift, equal parts performance art, intuition, creativity and raw talent. Audiences delight
in dancing to her Sets, fusions of Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, House, and Reggae. Her passion for
music, curating an experience, and creating a vibe have solidified her as one of the most sought
after in the industry.
In 2009, Qiana Coachman-Strickland started her musical career by producing and organizing,
The Ultimate DJ Showcase, (an event bringing DJ’s together to network and perform). In
promoting and hosting these events, she interacted with hundreds of Artists, built relationships,
and became a surrogate manager for a lot of talent by booking gigs for them. Before long she
pooled her resources and began focusing on her dreams to motivate and inspire the world
through music more personally. During this journey she also created The Art of DJ'ing Youth
Enrichement Program teaching elementary and middle school students the basics of DJ'ing,
bringing this art form to inner city schools. Her affinity for the industry, in combination with her
passion for the art of DJ’ing, gave birth to “DJ Q-Boogie”.
In the ultimate leap of faith Qiana eventually left the security of her salaried position in Insurance to
bet on herself. The performances that she had been contracted to DJ, various women’s
empowerment events, poetry slams, annual galas, corporate gatherings, and legendary
Hip-Hop shows featuring Das EFX, K-Solo and Brand Nubian were no longer relegated as side-hustles.
In June of 2019 Qiana was named the 1st Runner Up in the DJ Category for the Best Of Hartford Magazine and in 2020 was announced the Winner in the same category. She was also recognized as one of the 100 Women of Color in 2020, featured in The Hartford Courant, in addition to Innovation Destination Hartford for her work as a DJ and entrepreneur.
Her use of digital platforms to bridge the gap between reality and fantasy blesses hundreds of thousands of listeners weekly. The increased exposure has garnered a growing fan base and clientele world wide. As the official DJ for Girls for Technology and The National African American Insurance Association she looks forward to exceeding expectations wherever she performs.