Get Familiar: DJ Rashida

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Whether it’s commanding a private room full of tastemakers or a music-hungry crowd at a concert, this DJ will definitely get you to listen. She’s worked for some of the biggest names in the music industry and has spun at some of the most memorable events worldwide. When it comes to style and grace, she’s definitely rocking it. DJ Rashida is an individual you should already know by now. But just in case you don’t, it’s time for you to get familiar.

The 5th Element Magazine: How did you get started as a DJ?
DJ Rashida: I got my decks in 1998 while in art school. I was collecting records at the time and wanted to be able to mix & make literal ‘mixtapes’. I was a bedroom DJ for about three years and then my friends who knew about it kinda started forcing me to play out at their parties, etc. The first party I played was for my homies at Frank 151.

Who in the DJ and fashion community influences you and why?
Free spirits and all the authentic artists out there. ghubar4

Most unique or interesting place you’ve had to DJ at?
Hmm, there’s been a lot, a few that come to mind was playing on The Bund River in Shanghai for a Dior show with Kelis a few years ago.  That was pretty rad. The whole venue was lit up and absolutely gorgeous. Playing on the beach in St. Barts for a NYE party was also fantastic; and any of Prince’s house parties of course. I also once played inside the Detroit institute of Art for a party. There was an original Diego Rivera Mural that I loved & played under, so that was pretty amazing. They have a serious collection there and when I got done spinning my Mom and I were able to take a private tour of the museum.3

As a world traveler, which country do you feel has influenced your style?
Oh everywhere. It’s rare that I can’t find something I like. I especially love collecting head pieces from around the world. I was recently in Russia and their hats and head gear were off the chain. I pick up things wherever I go, really.

Describe your everyday look?
Mixed media.

What are your favorite pair of headphones right now?
Custom embellished Technics by Jake & GIGI in Dubai.
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Our fans will remember you as the DJ who was on “America’s Best Dance Crew.” What was that experience like? What are your thoughts on the ever growing dance community?
It was amazing!!! I loved watching the crews battle it out each week. So much talent. I love that the community is growing! Music and dance is the good stuff in life!

What can we expect from you in the upcoming months?
More travel, music, and visuals!

Any shout outs? And where can readers find out more info?
Audible Artists on FB, Twitter and Instagram. And remember to follow my adventures on Instagram.com/djrashida.

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DJ Rashida is #RockinWithThe5th!

Make sure to check out djrashida.com for her upcoming shows, mixtapes, and more fashion photos.

Special thanks: Jarred from EMC Bowery, DJ Rashida

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Marc Mangapit

Editor and freelance writer from Los Angeles. Pizza hunter and burger snob. He misses the old Kanye, the "I can't even go to the grocery store without some Ones that's clean and a shirt with a team" Kanye.

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