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!!!!