Los Angeles Based Female Dj | Event DJ - DJ Kara

Specializing in Private Events, Weddings, Lounges and Clubs

Dj Kara is an up and coming DJ/MC based in Los Angeles, specializing in private events, weddings, lounges, and club.  She has experience playing various genre’s including house, old school hiphop & rnb, top 40, and trap.  With 3 years of experience under her belt, she is continueing to grow her business and fan base, while enjoying every second!

 

April Favs (Favorites of 2018 ... so far)

Hello Everyone! So ive finally created my April playlist! And this month is a fun one because so such awesome music has been coming out.  I decided to put together a list full of new songs, that are either somewhat popular now, or songs I feel will become popular as we get into the summer.  So, I am excited to share with you, my favorites for 2018, so far ..... 

 

 

Mix 5 "Ritual" (Simplistic Deep House, Remixes) -- NEW MIX! (Free Download)

I am so excited to post this mix! Hands down one of my favorites to date! I don't know how to describe it much, but the producers and artists who created this music are incredible.  Some of these remixes are my favorite to date! 

Check it out below! 

Deep House DJ Los Angeles

Free Download here -- www.house-mixes.com/profile/DJKara

TrackListing

“Beach Side Lover” - Josh Tobias
“I Can’t Go For That” (Pomo Remix) - Daryl Hall and John Oats
“Feral Youth” - Gilgamesh
“Un Reve a Deux” - Jean Tonique
“Down the Road” (Cherokee Remix) - C2C
“Just” - Bicep
“Rydia” (Joe Hertz Remix) - Basecamp
“Grapevine” (Autograf Remix) - Marvin Gaye
“Something About You” (Simple Jack Remix) - Hayden James
“Im am Honestly not a Gangster” - Jerry Folk
“Give You Up” (Darius Remix) - Crayon
“Touch It (Slipenberg Remix) - Ariana Grande
“Love Yourself” (BouY Remix) - Justin Bieber
“No Sleep” (J Hook Remix) - Janet Jackson
“Don’t Matter” (FKJ Remix) - Cherokee ft. Darianna Everett
“Forget Me Nots” - Patrice Rushun

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March Favs!

Hey Hey Hey! 

Here I have posted my newest playlist! My groovy, funky playlist full of some my favorite 70s-80s  classics! These are some jams I might play at a wedding or corporate event! Great for all ages! A playlist you would put on when you are with your parents or grandparents. Or just for you when you wanna feel happy ready get down to something a lil groovy. I hope you enjoy! 

 

to listen, you will need to click the Spotify, or have spotify downloaded on your computer! 

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Thanks For Listening! 

Wedding in Sayulita Mexico!

Early March I had the amazing opportunity to DJ a wedding in the stunning city of Sayulita Mexico.  Keith and Akilah came across a few mixes/playlists I had posted over a year ago. They contacted me, met me and attended to a gig of mine at the Phoenix in LA, then they hired be to DJ  their special day, a destination wedding and freaking Mexico!  Ofcourse, I was ecstatic, excited, humbled, and nervous at the same as this was my first destination wedding, and first time out of the country! 

Here, I wanted to share a bit on absolutely beautiful and wedding, and my trip over all! 

First check out this sunset! 🌅 😍

Destination Wedding DJ

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I told the wedding coordinator I didn't think I had ever seen any sunset like THAT! And Ive DJed over 300 weddings! He was actually shocked! 😂 I guess sunsets that THAT were something he is very used to coordinating in Sayulita.  

One of the reason why Keith and Akilah hired me, was our shared taste in music.  As you probably know I absolutely love cool, stylish and melodic house music.  Keith wanted me to create a cool deep house tropical sounding but funky playlist for the end of cocktail hour and through dinner! And, I HAD A BLAST making this!! Check out the playlist below :) 

This dinner playlist ended up being one of my favorites Ive made and it actually kinda became the playlist of the trip! I listened to on the plane there, while I would get ready in the bungulow (yes I stayed in a bungalow 😳), it would play in the background as me and my buddy would chat and have a drink late before we would call it night! 

BTW this is my friend that came with me, he made it a lil mini vacation! 

Destination Wedding DJ

Anyway this playlist I was so much fun to make, and really ended up being a playlist I go back to when I wanna vibe out! 

The wedding was visually absolutely incredible! The venue was called Villa Del Oso, which was an estate about half a mile outside the downtown area of Sayulita.  The estate was like legit beautiful, it kinda sat right by cliff over looking a clean and almost private beach & ocean! 

Below I have a pic and video of really how beautiful this was! 

Destination Wedding DJ

Yes! Stunning Right! 

I know, I am going on and on about how beautiful this place was because well, it WAS! But,  haven't talked too much about the actual reception and dance party! So Keith and Akilah hired me to DJ to 1 am, which ended being about a 3 hour dance set! And.... I mean it went off! 

The newlyweds had about 60 - 70 of their friends and family at the wedding, so it was on the smaller side when it comes to wedding receptions, but this group wanted to party! And the peeps that wanted to party & dance the most, were Keith and Akilah! Which for a Wedding DJ is always the best! 

I didn't get much content during the dancing because I was DJing, so it was hard to take the time to get pics. BUT, I get this pic of the groom gettin down in the middle of dance circle! 

Destination Wedding Dj

Another reason why this couple hired me was because they loved that I enjoyed playing old school (late 90s early 00s) rnb and hiphop! If you know me as DJ you would know that it my absolute favorite to play at bars and clubs.  I LOVE nostalgia, and Keith and Akilah wanted me to really go IN!!! 

I played ALL of the jams!

The nighted ended with the guests screaming along to "Party In the USA" by Miley Cyrus! Which is one of the best wedding last songs BTW! 

This wedding was simply one of my favorites and I am so thankful to have gotten to experience it.  

Here's a pic of me and the couple! 

Destination Wedding DJ

And here's just a pic of me! 😌

Destination Wedding DJ

So there it is!! This pretty much sums up the wedding I Died in Sayulita Mexico! It definitely the best work/trip I have ever taken! And really over the best TRIP I have ever taken! Now, Ive officially caught the travel bug and am ready DJ more destination weddings! 

A few more pics from the trip below.

Featured on "Feel Good Music" Podcast by PopJukeBoxDJ

Had a great time talking with my Female DJ friend from Canada! :) 

Female DJ Los Angeles
"Join PopJukebox's DJ Stacey and for the latest installment of FEEL GOOD MUSIC. Today we're chatting with DJ Kara about her experience chasing her dreams as a DJ in Los Angeles. Enjoy!"
Featuring music by: 
Jill Scott
Bruno Mars
Maroon 5
Autograph
Lauryn Hill
N.E.R.D.
 

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Feb Favs!

Fav Tracks of the Month. Enjoy below!

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January Fav's

I'm starting 2018 off by getting back into sharing my personal curated playlists! :) So my January playlist is full of my current favs.  Funky Jams, Hiphop, Alt Rnb, and Random dopes stuff.  What do you think? Any other tracks you think could be fit into this list?  Comment Below! 

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NEW MIX! Deep House 2018

Hello!

If you don't already know, I absolutely love house music.  I have come up with some pretty cool house mixes in the past but I have not yet put together a legit Vocal/Chill Deep House set! So over the past few months I have been collecting some of my favorite deep house remixes, and I have finally been able to put something together.  If you are a deep house fan, you might like this.  Track - Listing below! 

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Track Listing

-American Boy (Ash X Martin and Rami Remix) - Estelle
-Touch Me Feat. Hayley May - DubRocca
-Hold On We’re Going Home (DOU Remix) - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
-The Way You Are (Tom Budin Remix) - L’Tric
-Runnin’ (Jimski Remix) - Notorious B.I.G. Tupac
-Rockstar (Asher Remix) - Post Malone ft. 21Savage
-So Clear - Kraak and Smaak
-They Call me Jack - Amine Edge, Dance
-Ain’t No Sunshine (Just Bonnie Remix) - Bill Withers
-Ederiezi (Pascal Junior Remix) - Dikanda
-Arabeat (Deep House Remix) - Purebeat
-Makes Me Wonder (Sonic Future nu deep remix) - Maroon 5
-Blue Mondays - Nora En Pure
-Glue (Nico Morano Remake) - Bicep
-The La La La (remix0 - GAMPER & DADONI feat. DNKR
-Birds Flying High - Unknown

 

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Purdue Alumni Magazine

A few months back, I found out that I had been selected to be featured in the Purdue Alumni Magazine, & I was completely surprised and so excited!!! 

I graduated from Purdue University a little over 5 years ago, and I absolutely loved my time there.  I went through the Krannert School of Management, and while it was definitely one of the most challenging programs I had been through, it was incredibly rewarded, and I was able to learn so much, not only about management, but about myself! Being a Purdue Alum, I can say going to Purdue and majoring in management was one of the best choices in my life so far (and it was a tough decision!!) 

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So with that, actually being featured in the Alumni Magazine, as a DJ, building a business I am so passionate about,  means so so much to me.  After studying so hard to graduate, then graduating and moving to LA, to getting a sales job that I hated (and had for 4 years), to feeling lost having no idea what I wanted to do, to discovering my love for Djing, then working my butt off to finally be able to DJ ful-ltime in LA, AND THEN being recognized for it, is just crazy.  

I have worked with so many awesome people out here in LA that have helped so much! Also I don't want to be writing this to show off like "ive made it" because I haven't.  I just feel like I am on the right path.  Also I think its pretty cool that I was laughed at plenty of times for pursuing DJing full-time, because its not a "real job"  and then my almamater chooses to recognize that.  A A graduate doing something different! So what I want to say is ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU LOVE!  

I don't want to get too much into this & sorry for the rant! But if you would like to read the article, I have copied it below :) 

"For Kara Ford (M’12) — or, as she’s more commonly known, DJ Kara — music is the heartbeat of her life. Although she majored in management at Purdue, Ford’s lifelong creative passion led her to Los Angeles, California, after graduation, where she found her calling as a DJ. “Sharing music is something I’ve done naturally ever since I was young,” she says. When she wasn’t compiling playlists, she was producing rhythmic beats (the instrumental foundations of a song) that she would sell to musical artists. “It’s always been my thing — it was something that I loved and wanted to pursue, but I didn’t know if I was good enough.”
    It turns out Ford was good enough, and a keen ear for beatmatching (synchronizing smooth transitions between songs), uncanny ability to read a room, and her own catalog of bespoke beats keep her in demand as a DJ in a competitive city like LA. “I’m extremely fulfilled when I get a positive reaction from a crowd,” she says. “Being able to share my favorite songs and help create a special occasion is pretty amazing.” Her eclectic, urban style —she’ll mix classic 1960s and ‘70s tracks, inveterate favorites by Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill, and current hip-hop and house hits — authenticity, and ease as an emcee resonate with clients booking diverse events. Ford might go straight from a late-night club gig to an early morning fitness class to a corporate affair. “I love that it is unpredictable and different every day.”
   When Ford moved to California, intent on breaking into the music industry, she completed several internships while searching for a position that would align with her skills. By chance, she discovered a company that was hiring DJs — no experience required. The company provided DJ and emcee training but didn’t focus as much on Ford’s area of expertise: music production. “I felt like this was a real opportunity for me to draw on my musical abilities,” she says. “I fell in love with it and knew it was what I wanted to do. I just decided to go hard and learn as much as I possibly could.”
    As a female in a predominately male field, Ford stands out as a unique talent; the vibrancy she brings to her sets and reputation for keeping a dance floor packed have made her highly sought after. Ford’s future plans include launching her own company and collaborating with other DJs — she especially hopes to see more women enter the space. At the moment, she’s focused on perfecting her spinning to get partygoers hyped. “When it’s hard for me to leave, I know I’ve done a great job.” - Mary Monical

Thanks for reading! :))))) 

-Kara 

Bachelorette Party! - August Favs

Hello!! 

So as you can see, I DJ tons of weddings! And with weddings comes Bachelor and Bachelorette Party's, right?!  So I decided this month's Playlist will be packed full of songs that could be used for Bachelorette weekend! Yay! Or It can be used  for any girls night in general.  This was hands down my favorite playlist to make! There's 4 hours of music, including a few current hits, & TONs of the best throw backs! Im all about Throwbacks, if you haven't noticed :) But there definitely are some great current Jams!!

Listen!! 

I am so Sorry that "My Humps" is not added in the playlist! Spotify can't play the song! But if it could be there it would! Again, I hope you enjoy! 

Thank You!! 

Kara's July Favs - HOUSE MUSIC

Hi Everyone! 

So, if you know me, you know that I speak quite a bit on how much I LOVE house music. Actually my dream gig would probably be to play a 6 hour House ONLY set at a dope international club/festival! That would be AMAZING!!  lol Anyway, when I explain the type of house music I like, I have noticed that I can't really explain it all too well.  I know I like deep house, but when it gets more into the sub genres like Future House, and Tech House ...  I really actually have no idea what I like.  I know thats terrible for a DJ, but I do think so many genres merge, and its hard to classify them.  

 So, I thought it would be fun to make my July Fav Playlist full of some of my favorite house tracks!  Now you can have an better idea of what I mean when I say I love House music! And have a better idea of my taste! Check out my July Fav playlist below :) 

 

Thanks!! 

Kara's June Favs - The Most Nostalgic Feel Good Songs For All 90s Kids

 

The title of this post speaks for itself. This playlist is full of some of the most nostalgic feel good songs of the 90s and early 00's.  From Natasha Bedingfield, to Nelly Furtado, to Vanessa Carlton, and Howie Day.  Now this playlist REALLY takes you back.  I hope you like!!!

 

Thanks!! More to come :) 

Kara's May Favs

Lately I have been coming across some pretty amazing artists! So I am very very excited to share my May playlist!!  

There is this funky soulful and sometimes hous-ish sound (kinda like kaytranada, but also not lol) that is becoming more and more popular, and I have been digging deep to find more and more!!  I don't really know how to explain this sound, but I have curated a Soundcloud playlist full of yet again, my favorite music This playlist is similar to my previous playlists, but this time, most of the songs are funky remixes.  I hope you enjoy! 

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Thanks for listening! 

Live Mix @ The London Hotel (Client Party)(4.26.17)

I decided to record my set while DJing the London Hotel Client Party on 4.26.17.  The London Hotel is a super chic, classic, and beautiful hotel located right in the heart of West Hollywood.  It was a blast for me having the opportunity to play the tunes for them :)   This was a networking event, so I kept the vibes chill and funky (my favorite!, if you haven't already noticed!) 

It was a 4 hour event so this is obviously not the entire mix,  but a cool snippet showcasing the musical environment throughout the night! 

Have a listen.

VOX DJS THANK YOU FOR SENDING THIS GIG MY WAY! 

Voyage LA Interview!!

Hello Everyone! 

So I recently had an interview published on a super cool website called Voyage LA! This website is awesome, basically they write about all of the hidden gems in LA, from resturaunts, to salons, to gyms, to even DJs! :)  I feel pretty lucky to have been featured! 

So, if you would like to get to know even more about me, you can check out my new interview

HERE!!!