A SOPHIE JONES CHRISTMAS
Sophie Jones is our number one lady for setting the music mood. We chatted with her about her job, her style and she set us up with a holiday playlist that we are sharing with you! Play it at all your holiday gatherings, we know it will be on loop in the shop till the New Year.
What got you started in DJing?
I actually started djing by accident. Hopped on as a total press and play night to help bring people out to my friends bar. The night was insane and so much fun. Luckily for me I have lots of friends who produce and DJ, who were willing to show me the ropes. I’ve always been obsessed with music and have a broad range of tastes which helped as well. Things went from there, I am very fortunate to have a large network in Toronto which helped me get jobs from clubs to dive bars to corporate events to fashion shows.
What were your early musical inspirations?
My first music inspiration was definitely my parents. My dad used to make me mixed tapes as a kid featuring artists like Zeppelin and The Stones. The Labyrinth with David Bowie had a big impact on me as well. I still listen to the soundtrack on vinyl.
Favorite genres to play?
Deep house. Disco. Late 90’s - 2000’s R&B
If you could be stuck in one year's music scene which would it be?
CBGB was a New York City music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan's East Village. The club was previously a biker bar and before that was a dive bar. The letters CBGB were for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues
What's one song that never gets old no matter how many times you hear it?
Cool It Now - New Edition
What do you usually start with when preparing a set?
I start by trolling blogs and SoundCloud for new music, artists coming up.
Are there any challenges you've faced in this male dominated industry? Any challenges as a female entrepreneur?
Getting paid fairly, on time. Speaking up for myself and being confident to ask for what I deserve. I feel very fortunate to be one of the many hard working female DJ’s in Toronto. I’m thankful I can talk to other women who deal with the same thing.
Any advice you would give aspiring [female] DJ's?
Know your worth, don’t undersell yourself. Ask for what you feel you deserve.
How do you use confidence and individuality to express your personal style?
I wear whatever I want. Trends come and go, if I’m feeling something trendy that’s cool but I’m a vintage girl at heart.
Your go-to look when you're djing vs. going out?
They’re pretty much the same at this point. I need to be comfortable and able to move. I have a crazy vintage jacket collection, so something old styled with new accessories like Cuchara
earrings and my new favourite L’intervalle patent booties.
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