DJ Yazmine | Stay True To Your Craft

Author: Rahel Tekle / Photos: Lexy Morales
11.30 / MB Series

MISSBISH caught up with DJ and model, Yazmine Rosario, to talk influences, challenges and personal and artistic growth. The South Florida native emphasizes the importance of staying true to oneself and not letting the negativity of others phase you.

Get to know more about Yazmine below.

How did you get your start in the music industry?
I got my start in the music industry when locals in the Miami area started to see all the buzz I got off of my original Soundcloud that had mixes with over 1 million plays. I started DJing at clubs like The Hangar, Floyd, and Club Space at the age of 16. Sadly, a few years ago that account was deleted due to Soundcloud's old copyright terms.

Since your start, how have you evolved as an artist?
Since my start, I've evolved by challenging myself to use equipment I had to teach myself to use. Also, fighting the fear of being in front of 200+ people and making sure they all enjoy their time, and not listening to other people’s opinions on what I should be doing. and taking constructive criticism from people that are in the business too.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is comfortable, thrifty, and colorful. I love to color block and wear a street wear piece with a $2 thrift top to match.

What do you do to prepare for your sets? Any helpful tips?
When preparing for my sets, I play a bunch of music at home and whatever song resonates with me most, I'll put it in my notes and keep going from there. Running through all my genres in an attempt to be as diverse as I can. I feel like as an artist it’s super essential to play what I enjoy to mix, but still have those extra tracks to put in that all the people will love and can sing to.

Most memorable show?
My most memorable show will have to have been in Portland and Chicago because I felt so connected to the crowd and they were giving me so much love back.

What would you say are some challenges women face in this industry?
Being sexualized, not being looked at as real artists, treated less equal backstage, having to work harder to be respected, and more dirt being thrown on your name.

Are there any causes you’re passionate about?
Women/minority/LGBTQ rights, changing gun laws, changing our constitution, and kicking Trump out of office.

What’s the most important thing you’d tell someone who wanted to get into this industry to keep with them as they continue their career?
Don't compare yourself to others because we all have different paths to success, gain knowledge off of your own experiences, don't be afraid to reach out, don't let fear get the best of you, and don't give up!

What/Who are some of your influences?
My influences would be amazing DJs like DJ Seinfeld, Peggy Gou, Marquis Hawkes, Honey Dijon, Mall Grab; Fashion Director Julia Sarr Jamois; Artists Kelela, Yaeji, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane and Solange.

What are your goals for 2019?
My goals for 2019 are touring with a female artist, touring worldwide myself, modeling worldwide, producing music, and styling for major brands.

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