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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
I am a hip-hop/EDM DJ based out of Milwaukee, WI. My primary focus is to connect with others via music. I'm pretty anti-social, so music has always been my way out. I get to hide behind the DJ booth and say anything I want to say without speaking. I love representing for queer women and making my mark on the boy's club that DJing is. I want to stand out, create positive change, and build a movement. The craft of DJing and turntablism is extremely important to me as well. I love mixing the old with the new.. scratching over crazy trap drops and playing remixed favorites from the 90s that make them feel fresh all over again.
How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?
I've always been heavily interested in music all my life. I have a very diverse taste in genres, which I think really helps me connect with a lot more people at my shows. I love hip hop, funk, rock, pop, and twerk. Anything you throw in front of me, I can usually rock with. When I first started DJing, I was really getting into dubstep/underground hip hop. That was pretty popular at the time, but in Milwaukee, people are very set on top 40. I had to find ways to blend the two together and keep both myself and the crowd interested. Lately, I've been really interested in Soulection-type producers. I love a lot of chill, future bass/house tracks that you can just vibe out to. My current favorite playlist consists of some Kaytranada, Flume, and a heavy amount of Mr. Carmack. I think my taste will be ever-changing because there is always a new sound out there. I want to hear it all.
What´s new right now?
I have so much coming up right now! I'm currently finishing up my "Fall Feels Part 2" mix, which is an ode to my debut mix that I dropped back in 2015. I'm in the running for the Milwaukee A-List's "Best DJ", and last I checked, I was in second place. Voting for that closes the 5th, so fingers crossed! I'm also preparing for a DJ battle against 4 other local female DJ's on November 17th. The winner gets to perform at the Milwaukee Pride dance pavilion, which has been a dream of mine since I started performing. There are a few more things I'm excited about, but I don't want to be overwhelming. I keep it all on my Facebook artist page if you're interested in hearing more!
What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?
I took on gigs that I was way under-qualified for. As a female DJ, options were thrown my way left and right. I wanted them all and bombed quite a few. It's taken me a while to rebuild my name.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
My biggest challenge currently is building a loyal fan base. I have a lot of fans on social media, however, Milwaukee is a difficult city. People do not want to pay cover charges and go wherever the $1 bombs are. I want my music to stand out so much that it makes coming out worth it.
How do you personally discover new music?
Word of mouth, mixes, youtube
Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?
"I put them in my sets and my own mixes
We meet again in one year. What has changed?
A year from now, I will hopefully have a beat tape or at least a remix pack of my own.