One of the most sought-after DJ’s on the scene, Michelle Pesce, sat down with us to speak about her foray into music, where she has the most fun performing and what keeps her creative.

DC: When were you first interested in becoming a DJ?

MP: I won tickets from KROQ FM to go to Woodstock ‘99 in New York.  It was there when I was listening to these amazing bands and thinking, “I wish I could sing or play an instrument.”   There were 200,000 people and the energy was unreal.  At night, there were DJ’s performing in an airline hanger and I saw this girl bobbin’ up and down behind her turntables, making everyone dance.  I thought “I could do this.” Six months later, I bought my first set of turntables.

DC: Was there a specific moment where you realized, “I’ve made it?”

MP: There are moments when I pinch myself and think, “This is a new Level.” DJ’ing years ago for a party w Snoop Dogg…there was also a Puma party that was a new level of corporate fun for me….and becoming the first DJ at the Instyle/Warner Bros Golden Globes Party and doing the Official Grammy After-Party for 6000 people — amazing!   Recently, it has been performing on “Good Morning America” and having my grandma be able to see it!

DC: Most fun party you’ve ever played?

MP: WOW—that is hard.  I LOVE my nights at The Dime in LA. Tendaji Lathan and I do “Off The Wall” every Thursday night — it’s like your basement house party with all the good 80s/90s jams.  I also love awards season parties, where people are dressed up for the red carpet and suddenly the dance floor is packed and everyone is sweating.

DC: What keeps you inspired and creative?

MP: Other DJs, concert experiences, dancing and traveling to other countries.

DC: What is your staple fashion item when you’re on the road?

MP: Probably my Fiorentini + Baker moto boots or my Saint Laurent black patent leather heels! And tons of soft tshirts (thanks District!)

DC: Any advice or words of wisdom for aspiring DJs out there?  

MP: I always say, when you begin djing start with 2 technics turntables and REAL vinyl.  Learn with your ears and not looking at lines on a computer.  Put some time in, be creative and HAVE FUN!!!!