What or who inspired you to start making music?
Society and my surroundings. I attended a private middle school and participated in many theatre plays for singing roles and characters. I’ve also been singing in my church choir since age 13. As I entered high school, the radio station was the “popular thing” to stay updated with. After being exposed to the music, I was fascinated at how big of a fanbase Hop Hop was dominating. It was something I wanted to look deeper into and eventually became an artist myself. It started out as rap battles against my classmates and live performances. A few emcees I studied were Cassidy, Jin and Eminem. I recorded my first rap song at age 15. Music got serious after that.
Style: (mixtape/radio/club, etc) (what types of music do you usually spin)
I’ve done anything from rocking a Hip Hop crowd to a Top 40’s club. Something I don’t do is categorize myself in one specific genre. I have a broad taste in music and at the end of the day, what matters most is making sure that the people who tuned in your gig enjoyed themselves.
What’s your movement about?
Self-empowerment and dignity. The DJ industry is a male dominated business where it can be difficult for a woman to step in, yet so easy at the same time. I want to inspire people in knowing that it takes a strong person to be in a position like myself. It takes a woman who knows her craft and is capable of portraying herself correctly in order to be approached with homage.
Tell how you feel about Hip Hop right now:
Commercial Hip Hop is doing ok. As far as my background, there are a ton of underground emcees that are ridiculously lyrical and will probably never get the fame they deserve due to label desires. Otherwise, we have our newly radio hit artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J Cole who are contributing a different vibe to keeping Hip Hop alive.
You actually started out as a rapper as well, tell me about your latest project:
I released my most recent music video to my single “Take It Down” in October 2012. The record is a sensual classic to portray affection of a woman in a classy perception and represent the ladies. Lately, I’ve taken some time off from making my own music records to push my DJ abilities and turn a different route. Eventually, these two will collide and come to play. Will be a great show once I have the performance formatted out.
Tell me your experience as a female DJ:
As an Asian female DJ, it is so easy yet so hard to establish. Due to our physical differences, females are automatically underrated — something I don’t blame. A lot of female DJs are in the game for the wrong purpose, yet beneficial reasons to the entertainment. I enjoy spinning records and meeting new faces. Up to this day, I can play any genre of music and not afraid or care what anyone has to say because my character allows me to. I’ve worked hard for my business and have now gained the respect.
Any advice for young musicians/artist/DJ’s on the come up?
Stay humble and be good at what you do. Recognition and respect comes to those who work hard and love their job.