I've been struggling to find a DJ name. I've had about 4 incarnations and variations and I keep getting the feeling that DJ names are silly. "They are supposed to represent your style" But, I just find it silly. With my regular name, I have a wide range of styles and attitudes, which feels quite the opposite to a Dj name.
I also think about what names mean in entertainment. Most actors change their names to signify a simplicity and melting pot accessibility. DJs have used their own names, to completely abstracted names, to multiple monikers to hide behind a wall of letters. I am a big fan of MF DOOM and his approach as he takes on aliases (Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, etc) in juxtaposition to where the rest of Rap goes.
I also think of Techno, where it was a lonely and poor scene, so Derrick May would throw you a bunch of aliases to play up the scene... to show numbers, which feel led to the growth in attention and eventual popularity.
I like these ideas that your name is connected to the cultural context of what you are coming from. In what I do, a transnational cross-pollination of soundsystem music with a focus on that Tropical and Global boom boom... I don't know where to go. I'm a big fan of names like Geko Jones, Batida, Gato Preto, and Sabo. They are on some other place.. and you have to go to them to get it.
I've been going by "selecta" but that name seems boring. It's played out. So, here are a list of names I'm going to use... feel free to share and enjoy. My approach is that we cling too much on the name, and my moods change from a techy-sinister vibe, to Tropical, to Transnational, to Hip Hop... I'm a LatinGringo with no home... so there really shouldn't be a static name.
Nasty Structure (probably my production name)
DJ Sucio (but I'm sure that someone in the DMV has that)
hijo del sol