Day 20: DJ Luna

When I was in about the 9th grade, I wanted to be a dancer. I took ballet when I was younger but quit, then all of a sudden I had a dance class in high school and there was a dance team, and I wanted to be a dancer! Problem was, I wasn’t flexible and I was too shy and ashamed to join a beginners dance class at 15, that was old in my head. After my dance show, my mom encouraged me to continue but I would keep telling her I was too old. Looking back now -stupid- lol. That was so foolish ! You’re never too old to dream a new dream or pick up a new skill!

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With that being said, I think the thing about Luna that sticks out to me the most is her courage. As an adult it can be intimidating to venture into unchartered waters but Luna stumbled into Djing just one year ago, and she’s killing it! Booking sold out events in Miami, Projects with Wale, and recently won a Mieux Magazine “DJ Of The Year” award. If her start is any indication of her career, well.. wow.


What industry are you in currently? 

The music/entertainment industry.

Is your industry one usually dominated by women? How did you fight stigmas?

My industry is definitely male dominated, but more and more women are becoming a part of it.

What are you most proud of at the moment? 

The fact that I’ve only been DJing for one year, but have been consistently booked, blessed, and busy.

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How big a role has your culture and gender played in your journey? 

I think my culture and gender have been beneficial and played a big part in my journey. A lot of people’s first instinct when hiring a female DJ is, “I wonder what she can do”.

 

What is your version of success? When will you say you’ve “made it”? 

Once I can comfortably quit my 9 to 5, and be stable on the income of a DJ for hire.

What’s one thing you’ve realized with age/time in the industry? (and want other women to realize as well)

If you’re passionate and consistent, nothing else matters. People just want to see you work. They don’t care where you’re from, who you know, or what you look like. Work ethic and passion overpowers everything.

Love or success? Should you have to choose? 

Love, because I believe it’s possible to be happy in love no matter your financial status – but impossible to be happy without love, even if you’re successful.

 

Any new endeavors you’d like to promote?

My new EP “Sunday Morning”, a modern take on classic soul expressed through hip hop and RnB, is available on all streaming platforms 🙂

What is music for you/to you ? 

Everything. My therapist, soulmate, and muse.

How do you differentiate yourself from other DJs (male and female) 

I pride myself on my ability to play/mix any genre of music, from just about any era.

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How do you secure gigs?

Social media! Instagram and twitter are my best friends when it comes to getting booked.

How did you end up working with Wale? 

Its a long story, but here goes. For the past few years, Ive had a social media personality that people have always associated with music – mainly on Twitter. I usually only tweeted about music and projects that I liked or disliked, and why, so I built up a fan base of people that wanted to come to me for new music and opinions on releases. One day some random guy DM’d me a link to one of his songs and a paragraph underneath. In it he talked about how it would be his dream to work with Wale and that he was from Nigeria (Wale is Nigerian) and I was like that’s cool, but what does that have to do with me? Then he told me that he noticed Wale followed me, and that’s why he reached out, in an attempt to get me to play his music for him. That is when I thought “wait, Wale follows me?”.  I didn’t even know. I went to his page to make sure it was verified and when I realized it, I was shocked.  A couple weeks later, I woke up to a DM that said. “I love your enthusiasm. I want you to be a part of Every Blue Moon”. That was March of 2016. I hadn’t even considered DJing until I met Wale. But he knew I’d be an asset to Every Blue Moon in one way or another; so we brainstormed on how we could incorporate myself into the music industry. Then one day, He called me and goes: “Yo. You have such great music taste. you should learn how to DJ.” And the rest is history. I then partnered with his team at Atlantic records to curate my 5 part playlist series “moonshine” on Wale’s SoundCloud, and started working on my EP “Sunday Morning”

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Links: 

bit.ly/2Ew3mHr

SoundCloud.com/DJLunaEBM

www.MikaTaughtMe.com

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