Some girls just have effortless confidence and Micah "Noodles" Mahinay is one of them. Just scrolling through her Instagram, it's impossible to miss her killer smile and a laid back Bay Area vibe. Since 2014, she was tapped by Kehlani to be her tour DJ and has been jet setting with the all-lady crew since. We caught up with her to get some insight into her new projects, tour life, and what her family thinks about her career.
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Current location: Los Angeles, CA
Currently wearing: A Champion Raglan tee, Zara trousers, and Vans slip ons.
My guilty pleasure is... Sleeping naked and then sending pics to my ex.
Song stuck in your head..."Runaway" by Kanye.
You're known to be a jane of all trades. You DJ for a Grammy nominated artist, you've styled for streetwear giant Karmaloop, and you have your own brand. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got to be where you're at now?
Besides the cliche sh*t, I kinda just remained my true self and people always f*cked with me for it. I don't front, how you see me on the internet is exactly how I act in person. I'm a b*tch, I'm a sweetheart, I'm smart, I'm loving, and I'm a passionate girl. I was literally winging every step of my path. Work from the bottom and pave your way up. I don't think I was lucky, I just think I was a very hardworking girl. I was broke AF in between all the stages of my career, but I always knew God got me in any worst case scenario.
You're on tour a lot. What are your must-haves when you're on the road?
Phone, Mophie batteries, laptop, electric toothbrush, and my Bose speaker (I literally slap music EVERY WHERE).
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
2 shots of Don Julio, pray, and a Fuji apple.
What is the biggest hurdle you've had to overcome in your career?
Finding the balance between my normal life and NOODLES.
“Work from the bottom and pave your way up. I don't think I was lucky, I just think I was a very hardworking girl."
How has being from the Bay inspired your style and your craft?
The Bay is so cultured and so community driven, I feel like we all support each other. We all wanna see each other win. We're very accepting people, like we GET IT. If that makes sense. There's no other breed like us - we talk different, our slang is outta pocket, and we dance different.
What does your family think about your career?
My family didn't understand my life 'till they actually came to my first headlining show in Santa Cruz at The Catalyst. They saw I sold it out, so all my immediate family members came, my aunties, uncles, and cousins. They were stoked when they saw me, and they were wearing "Send Noodz" tees. Growing up I wasn't raised in a strict family. My parents let me live my life and learn from my mistakes. I think that's the best thing parents can do for their kids; let them grow up and dream. My mom was a creative person and into fashion, so I obviously got that from her, and my dad was a DJ and he taught me how to spin at 15 years old. I'd like to say I'm living their dreams for them right now (laughs).
What's your process of curating the music you play?
A lot of digging through DJ pools, SoundCloud, hitting up my producer homies, and seeing what everyone on my team has been listening too.
What's it like being around a strong, female-driven team?
Amazing. I wouldn't wanna DJ for any other artist. We all just understand each other, we have each other's back when one of us needs a tampon, or if we're all going through boy problems. I love my team. It's my dream team.
How do you incorporate self-care into your schedule?
Luckily for the past 6 months, my schedule mostly consists of working on the weekends. So during the weekdays, I like to meditate, travel somewhere with my sister for a couple days, and run.
America as a whole is going through tough times. As a woman of color, how do you fight back or resist in times like this?
Staying together and not losing myself is how I fight back. As an artist, I really push females on my platforms to love themselves and to continue to be strong. America is literally the "land of the free." It's the only place where you can be an immigrant and start a multi-dollar company and thrive, and I honestly don't stand with what's been going on. But what I can say is, the voice of the people is so powerful. I just hope for the best for America. I know we will bounce back.
Do you have any new projects or new ventures coming down the pipeline?
YES! My schedule is literally booked until October. I feel like 2017 is pretty much set, now I just gotta do the work. I'm working three shifts a night on this SWEETSEXYSAVAGE TOUR - my DJ set before Kehlani, working Kehlani's set, then playing after parties on special nights. It's gonna be so much fun!
You're stranded on a desert island. What five records will you bring?
Kanye - 808's and Heartbreaks
Taking Back Sunday - Tell all your friends
Frank Sinatra - Nothing but the best
Disclosure - Settle
Usher - Confessions
When you're not working, what are you up to?
Pole dancing, yoga, and hiking. I work out a lot.
Top 5 favorite places in LA
Lock & Key, Little Tokyo, Uba Tuba acai bowls, Wasteland, and the adidas showroom in Hollywood.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
A very important female that is making her role known in today's crazy world. This lady works very hard and is not scared to take risks.
Photos by: Christina Choi