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DJ Kaas Article – Steelo Magazine

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When did you start djing – and what or who were your early influences and passions?

– I started djing roughly 3/4 years ago but played live my first time at Motive’s Events 420 Festival in 2014. Music as always been a huge part of my life. I was always so fascinated with how each melody, lyric and beat can change someone’s perspective. How someone’s mood can go from upset to happy in an instant. I want to make people feel the way Tiesto makes me feel. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

– It has been really hard to make these kind of decisions especially when I’ve became so close with some individuals but the way this industry works, you have no choice. You eventually have to chose sides. It saddens me but its business.

 

What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

– It has been really hard to make these kind of decisions especially when I’ve became so close with some individuals but the way this industry works, you have no choice. You eventually have to chose sides. It saddens me but its business.

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What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?

– Well there are many but my biggest challenges are being a female. Since this industry is infested with males and being an upcoming female DJ I look like a joke and no one takes me seriously. Also, I don’t have the proper equipment as in having a computer to produce my own material. I always have to wait to use a friends software. On the bright side I still get booked a lot without soundcloud or mixcloud.

 

What do you usually start with the em preparing for a set?

– I start acting really weird. My butterflies get pretty intense. I usually jump around or do my “happy dance.” I make weird faces and noises. I’m kind of like a dog, when they get excited.

I have to use the restroom countless of times. As soon as I hop on set and play my first song, I instantly forget I’m in a room packed with people. I just get lost in the music.

 

How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach? There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long term relationships with a particular track or album?

– The music you play as an artist labels what kind of person you are off the decks. Every track I play explains a little part of my life. I play euphoric melodic electronic music. There’s a meaning behind every song. Every person goes through struggles. A majority of people turn to music to help them through those struggles. Usually during my sets I make sure I put every emotion into each melody, build up, lyric and beat. So the whole crowd could feel what I feel. Music is the cure for everything.

 

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What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity for selecting what to play at a gig?

– Well I pretty much go through soundcloud, mixcloud and beatport to look for new music. I love to listen to what upcoming DJs/producers have to offer. My main approach is to look for what unknown artists come up with. If I like their material I download it and play it at my shows. In that case they get their exposure as well as myself since I have to mix the tracks.

 

When there’s more music than one can possibly take in, it is becoming increasingly hard to know what continues an original and remake anymore. What’s your opinion on the importance of roots, traditions, respecting originals and sources?

– I personally believe that every artist has their own style of producing but unfortunately trends take over and since every artist wants to be famous, they follow what everyone else is doing hoping to earn their name that way. People love originality but now a days music sounds the same. I always follow the history of roots. That’s where originality comes is. Fame takes over egos and that’s their main priority.

 

Where do you currently stand as far as your career is concerned? Are you anywhere near where you would like to be?

– Honestly, I feel like I’ve make it so far within a month span. I’m very blessed and beyond happy to have played at so many places. It still feels serial. People actually enjoy my performances. I’m actually a roll model to some. It’s such an amazing feeling. It’s all up hill from here and I’m ready for whatever life throws at me. Just a quick thank you to Southern California’s Motive’s events for being a great help.kaas 2

 

Where do you currently stand as far as your career is concerned? Are you anywhere near where you would like to be?

– Honestly, I feel like I’ve make it so far within a month span. I’m very blessed and beyond happy to have played at so many places. It still feels serial. People actually enjoy my performances. I’m actually a roll model to some. It’s such an amazing feeling. It’s all up hill from here and I’m ready for whatever life throws at me. Just a quick thank you to Southern California’s Motive’s events for being a great help.

 

Being an EDM dj have you seen changes in the music from when you first started and when the music is now?

– Yes, definitely. Music has grown so much in good and bad ways. Now a days there still is that handful of great music but then there’s music that’s just nonsense. There’s now genres that I thought would never exist, like, trap.

 

Have you given it any thought to becoming a music producer? Because it seems a lot of djs now a days are taking their craft to the next level as producers.

– I actually am slowly getting in producing. I have done a couple of collab with other producers. It’s just so much to learn, I’m always up for a challenge.

 

Can you let us know where people can find you on social networks.

facebook logo  https://www.facebook.com/Djkaas

 

instagram logohttp://instagram.com/__kristenashley

 

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