Interview Series: Mia Moretti

Illustration by Myrtle Quillamor

I’ve played inside the I. M. Pei Pyramid at The Louvre twice now. First opening for Janet Jackson, and then two years later opening for Diana Ross. Ill never forget either experience, it was pure magic.

You were born and raised in California – what influenced your decision to move to New York City?

I love California but I was ready for a change. I was scared of New York City for a long time;  I had to build up a strong confidence in myself first, then I was ready to let the city take me. 

Has working in New York somehow shaped you as an artist?

Of course. Every city shapes you as an artist. The people around you are your vessel for discovering new bands and new genres. There isn't a day that goes by in New York that I'm not constantly inspired by the people I meet and what they teach me. 

You’re often traveling the world playing at concerts, fashion shows, festivals, parties and events. What do you like to do when you’re not spinning the latest record?

First and foremost, I always try to find a hotel that's a bit off the beaten track. I hate chain hotels, especially when they're not unique to their environment. A good hotel, in a good area can make even a short trip memorable. After that, it's all about food – local cuisine, darling restaurants, cozy cafes. I love to eat and I love to try new foods, so that's one of my top priorities on all my travels. If I have time or energy after all the eating and drinking, I usually do when I'm exploring new places, I'll try to find somewhere to shop for local artisan treasures. If I run out of time, I can almost always find a trinket or two at the airport on my way out -- you'd be amazed at what I've gathered right before takeoff, and you don't have to worry about packing it!

We heard that you like to go on spontaneous trips while you’re traveling. What are some of your travel essentials for when you’re unsure of where you’ll end up next?

You always need a bikini, sunglasses, a fashionable flat, and a caftan that can double as evening garb or a beach cover-up. Stay in one color palettes while packing and you'll get more use out of the whole lot.

What songs are currently on your playlist?

La Roux – Cruel Sexuality 

Ferras – Speak In Tongues 

Usher – Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)

Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song (Oliver Remix)

Jill Scott – Golden Booty (Beat Fatigue)

Popcaan – Everything Nice 

Major Lazer – Jessica (Ft. Ezra Koenig)

Margot – No One's Gonna Miss You

Of the many shows you’ve played over the years, what would you consider to be the most memorable moment and why?

I've played inside the I. M. Pei Pyramid at The Louvre twice now. First opening for Janet Jackson, and then two years later opening for Diana Ross. Ill never forget either experience, it was pure magic.

As digital technologies evolve, the use of mp3s is becoming more prominent. What are your thoughts on the ever-changing music industry and its affect on your profession?

You always have to change with technology. If you try to fight it, you will lose. Even the purists I know still depend heavily on mp3s in some capacity. I think the trick is to find the balance between the mass influx of new bands, new djs, new mp3s and mp3 outlets, such as your online radio stations like spotify or soundcloud, and maintain your taste and artistic integrity.  

As the music industry continues to advance, what would be your advice to aspiring DJs? 

Practice! Go hear djs, find new bands, organize and expand your record collection and most of all, get your hands on your tables as often as you can and never stop practicing.