DJ KayJay was always interested in DJing, even before the rise of party-starters such as Calvin Harris and Deadmau5, whose songs have overtaken the club scene.
The Baltimore-based DJ, otherwise known as Kristin Jackson, likes to please the crowd with her versatile play style, which ranges from commercial house to rock. After six years in the business, 28-year-old Jackson says what she does is more than just a hobby.
"DJing is my full time job," the Bel Air resident says. "I have been lucky enough to have the opportunities available to turn this into a career."
You can ring in the New Year with DJ KayJay at Big Night Baltimore New Year's Eve Gala at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center on Monday. This week, she talks to b about repetitive top 40 songs, peach martinis and more.
Worst pet peeve? Bad breath.
What song are you hating/loving right now? What day of the week is it? What mood am I in? What I am in the mood to hear always changes. That's why I feel my play style is so versatile. I never just stick to one genre.
Last concert/gig you went to? Germany. I just got back from playing at a cool little spot near Munich. Always fun and challenging to play for different countries and cultures.
Your worst habit? Neat freak.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? A lot of these top 40 songs they play over and over again.
What's on your iPod? Rock and chill acoustic stuff. On my own time, I like to listen to stuff I usually don't play while DJing.
Last video that made you laugh? Anything Will Ferrell.
Any particular DJ who influences you? There are a ton of DJs I look up to and give a ton of respect to. A lot of heavy hitters who have been around since before the epidemic. Those who appreciate and practice the true craft.
Food you hate? Anything too spicy.
Favorite place to get a drink? Bond Street. Love the Peach Bellini martinis!
TV shows you can't get enough of? "True Blood" and "Boardwalk Empire." Thank god for DVR!
Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Favorite: comfy but chic. Least favorite: Jeans! I am short and it's always hard to find the right ones!
Best advice you ever got? Follow your dreams.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? Trying new trendy social restaurant scenes. A place that's chill, with great food and good music.
AS TOLD TO IAN ZELAYA