Interview with Superstar Dee Jay / Dj Lissa Monet | Edition XII
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Um that’s a hard one…I would say my DJ sound would be visual lolz
What is distinctive about your mixing?
I would have to say, right now im trying something where its not really mashup but just blending good music together that makes sense musically and message wise…sometimes DJs get stuck playing songs in a specific genre in their sets, I just want to keep people dancing and vibing.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Currently, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are style-wise…they keep dropkicking me in the chest with these amazing photoshoots and amazing costumes and outfits…I try to incorporate at least one thing from each one of them when I put together outfits for DJing. But musically right now, my main influence is and will always be Jay-Z. He’s a man of character and has been able to evolve as a person and grow within the brand he’s created for himself. I love the fact when he moves, the people move with him, when he speaks, people try to emulate his words and phrases. That man has earned a lot of power and its just been amazing to see him become who he is from 1997 to today.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Id have to say my fave musical projects are the ones that I do with The Legends League. The Legends League is a dope blog by Bryan Espiritu who runs an amazing clothing line – IDEALL Clothing. We worked on our first mixtape collaboration together last year called The Difference – A mixtape dedicated to the life of Shakir Stewart and the promise of change provided by Barack Obama. Bryan gave me free reign (which i LOVE) for music selection, and I went in with songs that just made people think and reflect about life. The second mixtape project we did together – Fall Again, allowed me to do the exact same thing. This mixtape was a bit different because it was so personal for us both.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Honestly, it was just time for me to go hard. There were other female DJs in the game, but none of them were utilizing what was in front of them. Its VERY rare to see and want to fill a void for something that you genuinely enjoy doing.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
My list continues to grow, but I would love to work with artists like Wynter Gordon, Marsha Ambrosious. Melanie Fiona & Jared Evan…there’s an amazing artist from Toronto by the name of Trish who i have a severe girl crush on and think is a SUPER amazing singer and performer. On a more mainstream level, working with Mary J. Blige and crafting a concept album would be my dream. I have some ideas, but I would love for the opportunity to present itself for me to bring them to life.
How is the Internet changing your craft?
The Internet has always been a part of my branding as a DJ. I don’t know where I would be without it. I remember when I first started doing this thing, it was just MySpace and I would talk to some people about how MySpace has figuratively put money in my pocket and gotten me gigs and some people STILL weren’t trying to hear it. Those are the same people trying to catch up right now. I’ve met and made a lot of genuine friendships over the web. and what’s the web without crazies, I’ve met a lot of those too. Either way, a lot of my inspiration for mixtapes and party concepts and fashion sense come from the Internet. Its like one big virtual library. Getting music is a lot easier to access on the web as well.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I feel like what im doing contributes to the old saying, “the DJ is the backbone of the music industry.” It may be considered important to other DJ’s bot to me im just doing what I love.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Nope, because then people will hold it to my head and then turn it around on me when shit doesn’t happen. You know how that goes.