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Thursday, July 31, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Kitty Cash

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We’ve been crushing on Kitty Cash for a while. But with the release of her new EP, Love the Free 2, we’ve fallen even harder. Like her first, the new mix celebrates the intersection of fashion, art and music. On the EP are some of Kitty’s favorite artists, including Kilo Kish, SZA, and Jesse Boykins. But that’s not all. The release party and accompanying weekend-long exhibition are going one step further, recognizing the power of collaboration through multi-sensory experience.  EP artwork from Jonni Cheatwood stands near a flower installation by Alison Valentine, all while a video diary is projected onto a blank wall. All in all, the exhibit is an experiment in diverse tastes and the people who curate them. We caught up with the mastermind to talk EP emotions, guilty pleasures, and what exactly happens when Bey shows up to your gig.

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The first Love The Free release was super successful. What can we expect this time around?

I mean, Vol II is just as amazing and maybe even more powerful. I had to match part 1, but you will definitely get a continued vibe  from the first installation of Love The Free. I was very particular in my selection. I wanted to make sure you could play Vol I and Vol II back to back and not be able to notice a change.

If you could describe the new EP in a few words, what would they be?

Sultry, Addictively Colorful, Fuzzy.

This second release seems to focus a lot on multi-sensory experience. How have video and other forms of art worked into your output as a DJ?

As a DJ you are controlling the vibe and mood in a space. By adding in a visual component it only enhances the overall experience to your audience tapping into different senses. I have original artwork by artist Jonni Cheatwood. I have also commissioned 9 local film makers to create their visual interpretation of a few of the songs from the tape. This gives the song a new life and my listeners a different way to digest the song.

Love The Free is all about the collabs. What was it like to work with people like SZA and Kilo Kish?

Yes it is! Kish is a very close friend of mine and is the main reason I started djing. She is super easy going and great to work with. As for Sza, this was the first time I got to work with her and I was super humbled that she was down to be on the project. She was really involved in selecting the best song for the project. All of these amazing powerful young women just killing it and working together…I love it. 

Where do we find you on the night of the release?

At a very secret house party…close friends and people who allowed me to make this project successful. That means lots of lags, drinks, and snacks. 

For those who don’t know, describe your sound.

Go to my Souncloud right now and listen! Go now! 

What is your guilty clothing pleasure?

Shoes…I just can’t get enough! 

Tell us your craziest experience while DJing!

I got to DJ during NYFW and Beyonce walked in right when I started my set. I got so nervous… A MILLION thoughts went through my head in like 5 seconds but I just kept playing and having a blast. I turned to my left and saw her dancing and getting down. It literally made my night. One of my favorite memories. 

What song can you not get out of your head right now? 

No Flex Zone by Rae Sremmurd

Nicki Minaj and Pusha T version is great too! 

One thing people would be surprised to know about Kitty Cash is…

I am clumsy as hell. 

If you could give advice to girls who look up to you, what would you say?

I would say never say never, and never be afraid to try something new. In middle school, I was the rebuttalist on my debate team. Our mantra was HOPE…I never forgot that. (Humility. Organization.Preparation.Execution) I still use that mantra today.

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P.S. Her grandma made her this cake. Adorable.

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