DJ Ash B | Disk Jockey | Creative
Big blonde curls, classic outfits and a bright smile is what you radiate when people first notice you. While you were growing up, how was style a factor in your personal life?
Growing up, I've always been a tomboy, but not completely. I have my girly moments, but it always switches up. I've always been down with the 90's style of dressing. That's my favorite look. The throwback retro jackets and the Nike and Jordan retro stuff is what I rock the most, just with a girly twist. I've always had that style and look.
How did you arrive at the point of wanting to become a DJ?
Well, my dad was actually a DJ. When I was growing up, he would always have his turntables out and he was always mixing music and there would be times where I would go over to his equipment and press on a couple of buttons. But even during that time, my whole focus was basketball. During my junior year of high school, I was the rally commissioner, and at the school, I went to, we always needed music for the rally's and different stuff going on at lunch so I was the person for that. Eventually, I found a mixing app on my laptop because it was hard for me to play a song and talk so I made a mix. From there, people started saying how great it was so I ended up playing at the school dance and I decided that this was it for me.
You have a solid cult following on social media. Every time you post a 30-second snippet, you amass thousands of likes and praise in your mentions. How has social media enhanced your reach as a DJ?
It's helped tremendously because I live in Bakersfield, CA and it's not LA at all. We don't have that much culture, so it's a blessing in disguise because when I started doing house parties out here, people always wanted that feeling of hip-hop and culture so me providing that built my following pretty quickly. Now people from the East Coast are reaching out and wanting to work with me and that's the power of social media. When your grind is consistent on social media, you get the opportunity to meet so many different people.
Explain the process behind some of your favorite mixes and how they came together.
It all starts with the song selection and the playlist itself. I've been making playlists since grade school because I always had a taste for music, so I used to categorize various genres of music in one place. When I hear new music, I instantly drag and drop it and if I have enough songs, I can make a 30 minute to an hour mix. When it comes to blending, sometimes I'll go the BPM route or sometimes I'll match up songs that sound good together. It all depends on how I can mix the songs in.
Will we see a full-length project coming from DJ Ash B?
That's the goal. Right now I'm currently working on my official website so everything can be in one place, but I eventually want to have my Spotify account so people can go and listen to my mixes on there. If there's an outlet, I want my music to be on it. I'm constantly working on leveling up.