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1. Who are you?
I am Khadijah AKA DJ Delish.
2. What do you do?
I’m a DJ, producer, writer, dancer, and rapper.
3. Where do you often create/produce?
Usually in my home or if a friend has a studio, there as well.
Whenever I can, usually when I have a clear schedule, though
5. Why do you play music?
Music has moved me since I was born, it’s in my hands and it makes me clap, all in my feet and it makes me dance.
6. When did you start making music?
Around 17, I started putting together my little songs, I came out with this one called “Lunar Halo” and sold it on a CD at my high school! lmaooo
7. Which track defines you the most?
Dance wise it would have to be my vogue battle beat ‘Kosmic Cocaine’, it’s just like me; high focused energy and outrageous levels, motivating people to move. On an R&B side, I’d have to say ‘Bag’, a song I came out with last year. It’s a good display of my more chill/over it side.
8. How would you describe your own music?
I call my music Ghetto Fun House, it’s cooky, swingy, soulful and present.
9. Any track of the moment?
Right now, ‘Musical Chairs’. I’m so happy people are receiving that song and loving the way I spoke up about certain things in the scene of underground artists and the underpayment we have at times.
10.What influences your work?
Life, simply. I write in the same way that I talk and it comes out in my music because life is a constant song.
11.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?
I have never had an actual lesson in anything, I’ve taught myself how to play just about everything by listening to everything. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been given pointers and shown a few tricks here and there but I would say 90-94% of the stuff I do, I learned by experimenting and teaching myself through trial and error.
My friend Taylor of Taylor Mayde of Philly, they’ve made so many of my outfits and designs, I rock a lot of their stuff when I go out.
The Sisters Soulja’s Coldest Winter Ever, it’s an old book but it will ALWAYS be a good read.
14.Favorite classic movie?
The Old Settler, it was a play but got turned into a motion picture by CBS and that version (with Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen) was sooooo good!
15.Favorite music label?
16.Your dream collaboration?
To work with Missy Elliott, Sade, Tweet, Jhene Aiko, Solange either all at once or throughout time. I just need parts!
17. Are you analog or digital?
I actually would like to start becoming more analog, I used to be before about 14 when I started learning how to use Garage Band. The technology made it so easy to put it all in one space, the drums, keyboards and so on, but I wanna get back to have my hands on ALL 88 in real-time!
18.Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?
I play the piano, drums, trumpet, and Organ and I use really a bit of everything; Abelton, AcidPro, Mixcraft, Audacity, FL Studio, Virtual DJ, everything helps! LOL
19.Describe your creative process?
It’s like a good haircut. You come into my chair, sit down with all this hair, I wash it, rinse out the dirt and wanted things, check for what’s needed to make it look nice, try a bunch of ideas in my head and then once we’ve dried the hair and cut the split ends, I start cutting and designing the hair how it should look in the end. I’ll add some color, maybe even rinse the color out and add something else, but it’ll be something you haven’t seen before and didn’t know someone could pull off until now.
20.When are you the most prolific (creatively)?
Honestly, when I travel. I just recently went to Atlanta and came back and haven’t put down my computer yet. Before that, I was having a severe block. When I’m out in the open, feeling the air, actually being in society, I’m able to clear my head a little more and restart better.
21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)
I don’t really shop in record stores physically, but Bandcamp. Baby? She’s the best out there right now, hands down and it’s NO shade. It’s so many people who buy my record and who’s records I’ve brought off that thing, probably would’ve never known them if not for Bandcamp.
22.What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)
I think my outlook is both, I believe in balance. Mainly, I say do unto others as you would want to be treated because trust me, the universe tallies everything.
23. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
Yes, I’d say so.
24. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)
Well, I truthfully struggle with time management sometimes but as I’m learning how to manage it more, I would say a helpful tip is to get into the habit of writing things down and saying things out loud. Don’t be afraid to have a system set up, even if it may not make sense to other people, your organization is YOUR organization.
25. Any secret skills?
When I sing ‘Ol’ Man River’, my voice can go so low that I can hit a B0, which is like a really low note.
26. Any future plans?
I plan on having a future.
27.What’s your life motto?
It’s not right but it’s okay, I’m gonna make it anyway.
28. Any “mot de la fin”?
If you’re reading this, know that you’re enough. Don’t look at anyone and compare yourself. If you’re making music and you feel like it’s not gonna get heard, that’s what’ll happen–but if you’re making music for the sake of your soul and the good feelings it gives you to make music, then everything else will follow in due time. Fall in love with yourself, with your work, feel good in knowing your brain is the creative hive that it is.
DJ Delish is performing tomorrow night at 444 Club in NYC. More Infos here >