DJ Cleotrvppv aka Cayla aka THE trap goddess dj extraordinaire has a passion and talent for mixing some of the best music together to set the ultimate VIBE. She not only wholeheartedly makes consistent mixes that are unique, but she uploads them all to soundcloud for FREE.
Her evolution can definitely be seen through her dope style, gorgeous hair and social media. She definitely gets SHIT done. We love the fact that she is one of the top up and coming DJ’s coming out of ATL.
The Positivity Brand got to sit down with our fellow schoolmate (GO OWLS) to find out where her passion came from, advice and a whole bunch of inspo.
PS: She even has her on Positive Vibes section (check it out!)
Where did your love of music come from?
“My dad. He loves all types of music, but the majority was old school R&B and soul. I remember riding in the backseat of his car and he would have the music blasting. It would be anything ranging from Johnnie Taylor, the SOS Band, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, Phil Collins, Kenny G, and the list goes on and on. So, my love for music developed from him, but my cousins introduced me to rap and hip hop when I was in the fourth grade, and this was around the time that Rap City and 106 & Park was poppin’ with AJ and Free. Those shows definitely influenced my infatuation with rap culture.”
How does it feel being a female DJ in this industry?
“I love it! It’s so empowering to be in an industry where the majority is male. When I first started I used to be intimidated by them, because I felt like they would nitpick everything I did and that stressed me out. But now I don’t care what others say and I go with the flow. The majority of my DJ friends are male, and they always show love.”
What are some challenges you face in the industry?
“Getting my name out as a DJ. I feel like everyone is trying to do it now, so the industry is becoming oversaturated. I feel like I do stand out, because I am a female, but my ear is really diverse. At my gigs, I try to limit the number of bangers I play, and I always throw some random fye shit that nobody has heard of, or a remix that completely changes the sound of the song to fuck with the audience.”
What is some advice you'd give other aspiring DJ’s especially females?
“Stay true to yourself and never let anybody tell you how to do you. Think less, and feel more.”
What's the relationship you have with your parents in regards to your career path. Are they supportive?
“They are supportive now, but at first my mom thought it was a distraction and my Dad didn’t care. I DJ’d for a family member a few months ago and it was the first time that my parents heard me and they were impressed. Now my dad brags to his friends about how I know the “old shit,” and I think it’s hilarious.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“In 5 years, I hope to be somewhat established. I’m currently a senior at Kennesaw State with a major in psychology, so hopefully I can find a job that will balance with my DJing. But if not, I plan on pursuing it full time and traveling the World.
I see you have a great relationship with an artist we featured, Jaye Newton, you're very supportive of his career and vise versa. Please tell me a little bit about how you grew this bond, how it affects your work, and what advice you would give to others about supporting your friends and their dreams?
“We met our freshman year at Kennesaw State and connected on a musical level from jump. I remember telling him that I saw DJ Ohso at Onemusicfest 2015 and how fye I thought she was. I kept saying that I was going to go ahead and purchase some equipment, but he definitely was the push to quit procrastinating and go do it. We really motivate each other, and we see each others flaws while providing feedback to make each other better. We both have a crazy ear for music, so we trust each other’s opinion. But even aside from music we’re tight. I’m his DJ, so wherever he goes I go, and that really has helped me make connections in Atlanta. I consider him family, and that’s my nigga. Whether we need advice from each other or if we’re just having fun and talking shit he’s always there. As far as friends showing support, it is vital. I have seen so many talented people give up, because they didn’t have anyone to push them. Come to your friends shows, share their music, and let them know that you care.
Who inspires you?
What do you want your brand to be
I want my brand to be a genuine vibe. I want people to feel everything that I’m feeling in a mix and I want it to be organic and effortless. I always keep it real in my interactions and relationships with people, and I want my music to be the same way. I’m full of life and energy and I want my listeners to feel that warmth.
Any last minute thoughts for our readers?
If you don’t have support, you have to have a lot of faith in yourself.
If you believe in yourself anything can happen.
If your friends aren’t supporting you need to get some new friends.
Feel more and think less.
Spread love in everything you do.
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