Meet Your New Favorite DJ to Turn Up With | DJ CAM GIRL
DateDecember 2, 2017
LA-based DJ CAM GIRL sure knows how to get a party lit. I met her in Seoul, South Korea during her Asia tour and it was hard not to notice her carefree vibes and unique, refreshing sense of style. I got the chance to catch up with her around the city of Seoul and chat about how her Korean origins have inspired her as a female DJ, her inspirations, future projects, and more. Check it out below!
Congrats on finishing your Asia tour! What was your favorite city you played in and why?
YAY! Thank you, it was honestly so much fun. It’s so hard to pick a favorite city because each had their own special qualities and I met amazing people in each city. But if I had to choose it would be Shenzhen. Even though I was only in the city for less than 24 hours, the whole experience was really spontaneous and silly. Before the show, the promoter took me to eat China’s famous hot pot where he ordered the craziest food… he got chicken neck, pig’s brain, and a lot of other unidentifiable food. The show itself was fun as well; there was a group of fans who came only to see me, and I ended up letting them perform one of their songs during my set.
How have your Korean origins inspired your style and your craft?
So I once read that Korea evolved from being a 3rd world country into a 1st world country in less than a span of 50 years, making it one of the fastest developing countries in the world. This is incredible if you really think about it. The reason why we were able to develop as a nation so quickly was the willpower of the Korean people. That’s why Korean parents place so much importance on education and working hard. I think it’s in my Korean blood to work and hustle hard to get to where I want to be.
Who are some of your biggest influences and why?
My biggest influences would have to be women like Paris Hilton and Rihanna. Paris was able to take her “ditzy” reality tv personality and grow into a hugely successful business. She has a billion dollar perfume line, stores worldwide, books, pet products… whatever she sells, people buy! On top of all of this, she’s making a million dollars a night DJing. I just love that she’s true to her brand and has never strayed away from it. Same for Rihanna, she’s unapologetically herself. From her music to her fashion, she’s truly an icon. Her new Fenty Beauty line is the best thing that has happened to cosmetics. The fact it took this long for a makeup brand to include all different shades of skin tones for foundation is insane. Rihanna is the goat.
How did you initially get into music and how did you make it into a career?
I was always obsessed with music ever since I was a kid. I remember the days of LimeWire and BearShare. I would sit for hours and hours downloading and discovering new music, making my own customized CDs. In college, I had to take a summer school class to get extra credits so I chose “electronic music” because it seemed fun and easy. We learned about synths and other things related to electronic music such as the first electronic musical instrument and the theremin. For our final, we had to do a presentation. Everyone else in the class was a producer besides me so they shared their music, but I chose to do a DJ set for the class. I did a 15 min set and at the time, I thought I nailed it, but looking back I know it wasn’t my best work. From that moment, I kept practicing. When I moved to London for my study abroad program, I landed a weekly residency at a rooftop bar in East London, where I really perfected my beat matching skills. I moved back to LA after graduating and tried to get similar residencies or bookings, but it was hard because no one was really familiar with my work. I kept grinding and networking, taking nearly any booking that was offered to me. One thing led to another, my online presence kept growing, and here I am today!
Where does the inspiration for your sets come from?
I get inspiration from friends, being out and listening to other DJs spin, and scouring the deep web 24/7. I get almost all my music from SoundCloud, it’s really the best source of new music for DJs. I have a few friends that are always on top of all the latest music. They’re my go-to’s when I’m about to play a big set and need feedback on what songs will work and which ones won’t.
“The best advice I have to give ANYONE trying to do ANYTHING is to just do it… The hardest part is taking the first step.”
What are some challenges you’ve faced as a female DJ?
Being a female in the music industry, in general, is an uphill battle. The music industry, especially the DJ scene, is a “boy’s club.” They will scrutinize every little thing that you do, from your music selection to your mixing abilities, and then attribute all your successes on your gender or looks. You have to just keep doing your thing and not let the haters get to you.
Who are some of your favorite female DJs right now?
Annie Mac from the UK has always been a big inspiration for me. I’ve been listening to her on BBC Radio 1 and following her various projects for a while now. She’s a legend and I really look up to her. I also think DJ Soda from Korea is amazing. My friend put me on to her not too long ago, but the fanbase she’s built for herself in Asia is incredible.
What has been your most memorable set so far?
My most memorable set so far would have to be when I played Day n Night Festival. It was my first big festival and the most fun I’ve had DJing yet. I even jumped into the pit at one point to dance with the audience!
What advice do you have for women who are aspiring to be DJs or getting into the music industry?
The best advice I have to give ANYONE trying to do ANYTHING is to just do it. Whatever it may be… DJing, singing, producing, photography, anything. The hardest part is taking the first step. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!
Do you have any new projects in the works?
I’m actually trying to take on rapping. It started off with a friend of mine, Ken Trippy, just for fun. We went into the studio and came out with a song that we were actually pretty happy with. It inspired me to do more songs and possibly release an EP! Besides that, I’m dropping more merch for the holidays and I’m booking another Asia tour, as well more shows and bigger tours for next year!
When you’re not working, what are you up to?
During the few moments that I do have when I’m not DJing, my favorite thing to do is sleep. I love hibernating like a bear, lol. I also love watching Korean variety shows — I’m addicted!
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
For me, MISSBISH means being a bad ass, boss ass bish who is unapologetically herself!
Photographer: Christina Choi