From Brooklyn, New York to Manila, we caught up with ELECTRIC PUNANNY DJ Jasmine Solano during her stay in The Philippines in the midst of her Asia Tour. We were first introduced to Jasmine through the ELECTRIC PUNANNY dance event in Los Angeles with Nu-Soul Magazine. If you love breaking it down on the dance floor you'll definitely have to check it out! As a creative entrepreneur, Jasmine Solano is more than a DJ, she gives life to party and she does it with style. Applying her positive spirit and go-getter attitude to her craft she's used her passions to cultivate a career she loves. The half-Indonesian beauty joined Dizon Dreams amidst a sea of jeepneys in the heart of the city, and she shared her thoughts on the next generation of creative game-changers, advice for aspiring DJs and what she loves most about the Philippines!
Dizon Dreams: How did you get into your current career field? What words of advice suggestions would you give to people who are interested in getting in the same hustle as yourself?
Jasmine Solano: My career began as an obsession. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with turntablism, singing and doing spoken word at open mics. This lead me to Emerson College where I got a degree in Music Production & Social Marketing. I started DJing on the radio there at 17. My obsession with music & culture started early and it continuously gets stronger.
My biggest advice to young people starting out is to follow your obsessions, study your history and your craft, learn about business and realize you can create your own destiny.
Do you have any advice/books to recommend for those who want to be a game-changer?
Yes! Especially for aspiring DJs:
1. "How to DJ Right" (book)
2. "Scratch" (movie)
3. "Ignore Everybody" (book)
DD: What was the most exciting projects you worked on?
JS: My duo ELECTRIC PUNANNY consists of MeLo-X and I. When we put out our first single, "Rosa Caleta" that was truly exciting. Also performing at Glastonbury Festival in England was a major highlight.
DD: Where do you see the future of the DJ/VJ industry in general heading towards? What are your areas of concern to bring attention to the future game changers of this industry?
JS: Technology is moving so fast that everyone can take the fast route to 'becoming' somebody. It's easier to create hype off an image today, than to show and prove your fostered skills. I really hope we don't completely lose sight of authenticity and talent in this process.
DD: What's your next hustle?
JS: So much is lined up for 2016, stay tuned for it all!