A rising sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School, Beauty and the Beatz does teenage stuff. Her favorite subject is Art. She does homework. Eats family dinners. Enjoys basketball and watching magic tutorials on YouTube. Oh, and you can also hire her to DJ your corporate Christmas party, a job for which she has almost 10 years of experience.
We all know the first big thing people want to talk about is how young you are – [15!] – but what is one other thing people should know about you right away?
I think the other biggest thing would be my creativity when it comes my music selection. I like to be diverse when it comes to music. Hip hop, electronic, reggae, all different types of music. I like to be a diverse DJ.
Which genre is your favorite to play?
If it was totally my call I think I would still go through the genres, but I like hip-hop and electronic trap music. I like to mix them together. It brings a whole different life to the music when you mash it up.
What can people expect from you at any one of your gigs?
They can definitely expect to hear music they’ve never heard before.
How old were you when you started?
6. My parents are into music; my dad was a radio personality, mom was an interior designer. I went to events in Vegas, and plenty of rappers, poets, and DJs would come on stage and perform, and for some reason the DJ always caught my attention. I would stand behind them and pay attention to what they were doing. Then I started asking for equipment.
When did you first realize “Oh wow, I’m pretty good. I can make a career out of this”?
When I played my first couple of gigs – my first gig was at my elementary school when I was 8. At that event people were coming up to me telling me I was doing a great job. I was DJing for two years by then; it was a great feeling having so many people coming up congratulating me, the feeling of making people dance. I wanted to keep [DJing.]
What is your favorite thing to see looking out over the crowd?
People having fun, getting along. Celebrating whatever we’re here for. If it’s a party, I want people to celebrate whatever is going on. Listening to great music, having a great time, never thinking about the negative things.
When you aren’t DJing, what are you doing?
I love to play basketball. I love to do challenging things – I taught myself to solve a Rubik’s cube. [Her current record is 2 minutes.] I like to solve brain games, do certain things that other people can’t do. I taught myself to juggle, spin a basketball on my fingers. I do things just to figure them out.
[Speaking of the Rubik’s cube,] the reason I solved it was because my sister was able to do one side of the cube, and she was gloating about it. So, I said “I’m done,” and then I had to do the whole thing.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure music?
I like all different types of genres. When I play music in the shower I go on Pandora. Every once in a while – I don’t really listen to country that much – but there’s one song that I like to play, when I’m by myself and no one else is around, “Boys ‘Round Here” [by Blake Shelton.]
Top songs on your playlist right now?
“Desiigner” – Panda
“Higher Ground” – TNGHT
“Gage” – Throat
“Children’s Story” – Slick Rick
Who have you worked with before?
There are plenty of DJs I like to link up with. Trayze, I also work with producer DJs, Martin Garrix, Skrillex, Coldplay. I’m young so I like to work with younger DJs.I’m a big fan of a lot of people that I’m close to – I see their work ethic is strong. The people who are super dedicated to what they do, I look up to them.
I DJ’d the Annie movie premiere, I met Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, plenty of people at that event. I DJ’d at the White House. I met a lot of artists there for the Easter egg roll [in 2014,] including Big Sean.
If you weren’t a DJ, what would you want to be?
Before I was DJing I was into all different kinds of instruments. I started with acoustic guitar, then I got into drums – African drums – then electric guitar. I always wanted to be a musician.
Fun fact: I also wanted to be a magician! I think it’s so amazing. The magic happens right in front of my eyes, and I never notice it. Plenty of times I’ve looked up YouTube videos on how to do it, and now it’s not as magical.
What was one of your favorite gigs?
My favorite gig was when I DJ’d at the White House. [The Obamas] are pretty awesome. Michelle Obama told me she was proud of me, and President Obama told me ‘Good job.’
Any funny stories?
Before I play at any event we ask [the organizer] what type of music they want me to play. For this one event the lady who emailed my mom said it was a 90s party, so I got some 90s songs ready to go. I get to the show, and once everyone comes in the building I realize she meant the guests were in their 90s. They were asking for songs and singers I had never heard of. I had to do lots of research on the fly.
Anything else event pros should know about you and experience?
They can follow me on IG and Twitter: @theflyestlildj. I do a mini series on IG “Things DJs Hate.” [We’ve watched, and it’s funny!]
I also [speak to students] at schools, I do master classes anytime people book me for certain events where they want me to teach the kids how to DJ. We have all the equipment for that. I do it all.
She really does.
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