Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ultra Fun. Ultra Excited. Ultra amped!

Hours before the music festival opened for the day, I felt absolutely terrified yet so thrilled to be in a different state just to go see my favorite DJs. I had always wanted to make it a goal to catch shows in different cities other than my own, so heck ... Let's go to the Ultra Music Festival in Florida!

As rough as Friday morning was, my team of friends were smart. We all brought vitamins, nutrients and shakes to make sure none of us fall behind on energy... And then we went out for Cuban food. Lol! Hey now, we're in Miami.

With the help of apps from UMF and GroupMe, all of us planned out what DJ's each of us wanted to see on Day One, who was separating from the group and where to meet. I would like to say we did quite well for day one! As soon as we got to Biscayne ... Good mother of glory! I heard music! I see decorations! I see candy ravers and tutus oh my! Walking around this beast of a festi was absolutely insane.

Kicking off things by walking around the entire park, DJ's I was able to catch were:
Zedd
Kaskade
Deadmau5
The Chainsmokers
DVBBS
Showtek
Diplo
Major Lazer
M.I.A
Eric Prydz
Art Department
Borgore
Tiesto (OF COURSE!)

I was able to go to the underground stage - but I can't remember all of the DJ's names! It was such a good time at every single area. By the end of the night, we walked over to find the next after party - so we ended up at Space and behold! Kyle Shaw, who has designed my "I Know Reflecta" logo shows up! I haven't seen him in about two years and it was really cool that I got to meet the guys with him, Plastik Funk.

The very next day, my body hated me. I haven't danced nor jumped around so much in my life for two days straight and hours on end! Glad I wore my sneakers out but .... lesson learned, get insoles! 


Miami is One Hell of a Beast

These last few days have been insanely intense. Five days in Florida, Three straight days at Ultra, exploring Miami's after parties and staying musically inspired by most of the biggest names in dance music history! 

Leaving the West Coast was a first for me - I was absolutely terrified for such a long flight, so good music and a nap is what I needed to reset between time zones. Upon landing, my friends were ready to rage. We kicked off by checking out the Dirty Bird party and met some amazing DJs! I gave away my "I Know Reflecta" glasses and I can't wait to show you on my Instagram! Click to add me as your new Instagram mate! 

 I also met up with some friends at Nikki Beach. EDX threw down a hard set,  F_____ didn't hold back and Robbie Rivera was amazing! As soon as I left the sandy dance floor,Bad Boy Bill was hanging out by the stage. Controlling my inner fan girl I just had to meet him! Luckily I had one more pair of sunglasses to pass on and was actually nervous to hand it to him. 

Wrapping up the end of the night, I was able to catch up with fellow DJ and Producer Ron Reeser along with his friend from ______ LA SCHOOL. Fun guys! Inside of Nikki Beach, Tony Arzadon from Skam Artist banged out such a dope set! 

Stay Tuned for my next blog! I'll be sharing how amazing Ultra had been for THREE STRAIGHT DAYS! 







Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rebranding, Renewing and Narrowing Down

We have heard the term, "A Brand New Me, A Brand New Year." For many, this means going beast mode in the gym or even transforming from asshole to angel in a blink of an eye. As for, "Reflecta," 2014 meant rebranding, renewing and narrowing down. I've realized that living in the now never got me anywhere and there were somethings that I have yet to finish pursuing!

When I made the decision just to go fully Progressive and Electro, I knew that I was going to take a hit. I have been an open format DJ for so long, that I was literally labeled as Hip Hop/Top 40 for years on end. To the EDM scene, I am unknown to them - so it feels as if I am starting over. Everyone thinks I am new and it's totally fun for me!  It's as if I'm starting as a brand new person - but taking my name with me will definitely have it's perks and drawbacks all at the same time.

I have finally opened up to just using plain CDs again (for the sake of being super easy when it comes to transitioning from DJ to DJ), using USB's, learning Rekordbox, Ableton and finally - mixing in key. I have made an exception to the limited Top 40 sets I will be holding on to since some promoters and clubs have been with me since the dawn of time. Gigs like those I will still be using Serato with either turntables or cdjs.

January kicked off with such wonderful opportunities to rock the main stage! I played at Temple (San Francisco), Glow Island (a music festival on Treasure Island), Supperclub, Slide and Zen. It felt so wonderful to see those that did catch the, "I Know DJ Reflecta" sunglasses wearing them at my gigs. I can't wait to print out more sunglasses for the next music festival I will be at, Electric Island.

The rest of 2014 looks definitely promising and I hope to tackle all the things on my Wish List this year! Of course I had kicked off by entering a couple of DJ competitions online, vote for me on Burn by clicking HERE .


See you all at my next gig! 


Gigs Coming Up .... 
February 14th - Temple, San Francisco, CA  
March 14th - Supper Club, San Francisco, CA 
March 21st - Opel, Mountain View, CA 


Click on the Venue/City for ticket information!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mixing on Camera?! ME?!

Days on end, I'm notorious for locking myself up in my room to practice new tricks, explore new effects and just hammer out a mix to take for the road. I rarely let anyone listen to me just going at it for hours at a time because I always want my mixes to be perfect ... then a full moon happens and BOOYAH! Forget it! I'm blasting my mix, yeah there's some imperfections, but oh well! LOL!

Recently, I had been offered a weekly Wednesday slot at Spun DJ Studios to play on their U Stream channel - to let my creativity reign and just have fun with it. As soon as I dropped my first track, it felt as if I was breathing again. The door was shut and it was just me ... playing with this amazing amazing sound. It was definitely my "zen" moment to just play what I want, expressing my feelings over the speakers without saying a word. I like to consider myself as an emotional DJ, I have to mirror someone's emotion or give my emotion to my crowd - however which way I can explain it, it's how I got my name, Reflecta! Wednesday night, the only emotion I can feel is my own ... Something I haven't done in a while yet so relaxing to get lost in.

I absolutely loved loved loved those that logged in from out of town! Although I'm not in a dark room on stage, I have to realize ... OMG I'M LIP SYNCING and the lights are on! Good lawd! I always sing along with the tracks I play but sometimes someone will drop in and I'm like .. OMG!!! MY LIPS ARE MOVING!!! HAHAHAHHA! Then I think, WAIT! I'm on the internet! Oh well, that's just me when I mix. I've been told that my nose twitches, I bite my lip or I'm just singing along the whole damn time... Literally watched myself and thought, "It's TRUE!!!"

Definitely looking forward to many many Wednesdays to come! Hang tight, I'll be adding more stuff to the show with Spun DJ Studios!

Here are the links to my two nights so far ...
I Know DJ Reflecta at Spun Studios 1 
I Know DJ Reflecta at Spun Studios 2



See you all at my next show!



October 31st - "Wompoween" at The Metro in Oakland, CA
November 9th - Region in San Francisco, CA
November 29th - "Wompsgiving" at The Metro in Oakland, CA
December 20th - Ruby Skye's 4Fourteen in San Francisco, CA
December 21st - Zen in Mountain View, CA
December 31st - New Years Eve at Regions in San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exciting October Gigs!!!

WOW! I'm so excited for the gigs coming up this month! I am excited to announce that I will FINALLY be spinning with Tina T (my ULTIMATE FAVORITE CHIC DJ) at Motif in Downtown San Jose. I'm super dee duper, uber excited to finally be able to spin for WOMPOWEEN! OMG... I've been waiting for these two gigs for a really long time, the nerves, the sweat, the excitement is surfacing and I can't seem to contain myself! 

I will be canceling my future gym work outs and boring candlelit dinner dates for this matter - time to get my music ready! Who knows, I might even rip a few mixes to pass out 8) Cheers! 




Email me to get on guest list via "iknowdjreflecta@yahoo.com" 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LDW Weekend Recovery and Girls Night Out

After the long #LDW weekend - my body definitely had the hardest time bouncing back to reality! I originally went down to Los Angeles with a plan ... unfortunately, it fell through. This is the part where I say, THANK GOD FOR FRIENDS! It just so happen, my girl friend from the Bay Area was meeting with one of our friends in LA and they were so nice to let me join them in such a last minute deal! I was able to squeeze a reservation in at the Roosevelt Hotel (Good gosh that was expensive) but hey, I looked at the positive. I heard there's a really good pool party called Wet, I'm on the Hollywood strip and most importantly I get to be with people I know who will be full of good vibes and tons of fun!

This entire week was spent sleeping and taking time off from the normal, "Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat." Yeah, I'm kinda sad about missing out on such cool events in San Francisco ... but my focus was getting my mind right for my gig in Mountain View on Saturday night. It's my turn to perform! I will not allow a shitty set to occur because I didn't listen to my body. Nuh uh. My body told me to rest and hydrate or else I'm asking for a week in bed - then I'll really be Out of Order.

I got started pretty early at Zen for the Myke Famous party. Kicked off the night with Kreo, You & I, In The Air, Pressure and then brought it all the way up to some familiar tracks from Top 40 artists like Flo Rida, Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna. It's opening set, so I can kind of play around and stick to MY OWN ROOTS which is all things pop, electro/progressive house and the like. I will openly say that I do enjoy opening sets, getting to play all the upbeat feel good music to get the party started? Oh yeah. I'm there! The vibe of the night depends on me to start with and the other DJ's did wonderfully as well! I got to play with my long time pals (and past roommate) Christylz, Komodo (who was in my cotillion) and Dynamic D (who used to play with me at other clubs).  These guys brought the heat and ... I brought the wood for the fire!

That sounded awkward. Get it. I brought the wood. HAHAHAHHAHAHA Wait, I'm the only chic DJ in this group. Can I say that? Lol. Giggidy. 

Above all else, I had a lot of fun between my two day trips and gigs! I hope to see you all at my next show! Here is my gig schedule for the month, click on the dates for info:

09/12 ELECTRONIC STATE OF MIND in Sacramento, CA
09/13 HASHTAG in Palo Alto, CA
09/15 ADAGIO in San Francisco, CA

09/19 BPM in San Jose, CA
09/28 Somewhere in San Francisco, CA
















Monday, August 26, 2013

An Amazing Summer for Reflecta!

What an amazing summer it has been! In the midst of traveling out to network - I must say, the best gigs came to me this season at home base. Recently, I have been rebranding myself as a DJ and really putting the time into marketing myself and cleaning up my act ... which means finally getting the " I Know DJ Reflecta" sunglasses made, logo, website, social network handle and of course - staying sober during gigs! I will raise my hand and admit - I am a beast when it comes to having fun, but there comes a time when it just catches up on my body ... those sugar drinks are no bueno! On top of that, I had finally saved enough to afford some new equipment and get to trying out the producing/remixing side. I'm probably going to sound horrid the first few weeks - but hey, its a learning experience! Eventually, I want to try to sing over a track of my own.

Other than that, life has been great! I am a firm believer that when it rains, it pours - ya just got to change the way you think about it and focus on the solution. I'm excited to share with you my growth as a DJ, my goals for a total body transformation and my transition to pursue my ultimate goal in becoming a news anchor/actress. It's been a rough two years piecing myself together again as a person and an entertainer - but I have every intent to succeed.

For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I will be visiting this Labor Day Weekend! Holleration!