Experienced DJ House/ EDM / Pop / Retro
How would you describe your music style, in non-technical terms?
I like a wide range of music. I like to start out the night with a few new or obscure tracks, then hit the crowd with dance and party hits all night and keep them dancing.
How and why did you decide to become a DJ?
I am a very musical person. It is truly who I am. When I was 7 years old, I brought my portable record player to school for the class Halloween party and asked the teacher if I could play "Monster Mash." She agreed and I loved watching all the kids dance around in their costumes. It was a thrill like no other. That was my first gig!
Tell us a bit about your fans.
The folks who love the music I play love life. They go out to have fun and let loose. They are familiar with pop culture and love the latest hits, and also love the throw-backs of the 80's, 90's and up.
What are your top 3 influences? Doesn't have to musical.
1.) Andy Warhol
2.) 80's pop music
3.) Anyone who has succeeded by being themselves
Any guilty pleasure(s)?
Sing-along pop music from the 80's to today.
All-time favorite track(s)?
I never liked that question because I love so many songs and so many different types and styles there is no way to have any favorites. I've had favorite songs through-out my life at different times, depending on the mood and situation. My all time favorites are ones that get the crowd moving, that surprise me when they "feel it" the same way I do.
What is your favorite festival, why?
I am not really a festival DJ so N/A. I am sure I would enjoy them but I have never been.
Funniest/weirdest thing that ever happened during a gig?
I love spontaneity. People gathering around in a circle to dance to a certain track, or singing along all in unison. I like to get the microphone and let them sing it out if we are having that much fun.
What advice do you have for someone looking to book a DJ? Other than "book me!" ;)
A good DJ should be open to the kind of music that you want. They should take the time to talk to you prior to the event and listen. Many times I have heard of people giving a suggested playlist to a DJ before an event, and they find out the DJ maybe played 2 or 3 tracks asked for, and then just played what they wanted anyway. I would be up-front and honest if what the client is asking for is not in my library or I am not familiar with it. They also should understand I have a room full of guests to make happy, so I like to stick to songs that almost everyone can enjoy.
Anything else you'd like to share (optional)?
I decided to be a serious DJ in 2011 and life has shown me that when you follow your dream and work hard, amazing things really do happen. I have far exceeded my goals that I had when I started and played all over NYC in places I never imagined I would. A career like this can grow if you keep nurturing it and putting in the hard work. For me, I have to be passionate about something like this in order to succeed.