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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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!
-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
2017 was a great year for music! Tons of great hiphop, some latin, and solid pop hits. Listen to my new mix full of all my favorites from the year :) ..... I hope you like!
"Love Galore" by SZA feat. Travis Scott
"Redbone" (DJ Mustard Remix) by Childish Gambino
"XO Tour Life" (Saber x DJCJ Remix) by Lil UZI Vert
"Rake it Up" by Yo Gotti and Mike Will Made This feat Nicki Minaj
"Its a Vibe" by 2 Chains ft. Ty Dolla Sign & Trey Songz
"Love On The Brain" (DJ Mike D Remix) by Rihanna
"Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato
"Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B
"What Lovers Do" by Maroon 5
"Bad Liar" (Mr Collipark Remix) by Selena Gomez
"Love" (Beazi Beatz Remix) by Kendrick Lamar Feat Zachari
"Attention" (Nu Disco Remix) by Charlie Puth
"Slide" (Jason Reilly Remix) by Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos
"Do Re Mi" (Y2K Remix) by Blackbear
"Passionfruit" by Drake
"How Long" by Charlie Puth
"Mi Gente" by J Balvin ft. Willy William
"Havana" by Camilla Cabello ft. Young Thug
"Lemon" by N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna
"Location" by AXSHN
"Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
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!!)
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! :)))))
On August 26th, 2017 I DJed Josh and Christine's wedding at Old Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills! It was one of my favorite weddings to date! Josh and Christine were very much into house music so throughout the night they directed me stick with mostly EDM/"Festival Music". Some super cool sounding stuff! I had never DJed a wedding like this, where I was able to get so deep into this genre (sent over a ton of amazing songs via spotify) -- so while it was a blast getting to mix "Festival Music" during a dance set for over 200 guests, being the DJ for this wedding it was also great musical learning experience for me!
In this post, I wanted to share a bit of the music I played!
Cocktail Hour Playlist
Some classics in this playlist, Cocktail hour had a nice upbeat feel!
Couple suggested I keep dinner more of a deephouse sexy feel, tons of Kaskade!!
Snippet of Dance Set
Listen to a clip of my dance set live!! All EDM!! Sorry if Im on the mic at all! It was Live!! :)
Like I mentioned earlier, this wedding was one of my all-time favorites!! Josh and Christine had such great taste in music, and while they did give me a ton of direction on music to play for the night, it was some of the coolest music I still rock out to in the car!!!
Thanks Josh and Christine for having me!
If you happen to be a fan of House and EDM music, have a listen :)
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!!
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!
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 :)
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 :)
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!
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!
Another cool Mash Up I made is below!! This one is using Erykah Badu's "On&On" acapella with Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" Instrumental! I think its pretty cool, let me know what ya think! If you want this one, contact me!
Thx!! For listening!
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
So I decided to go ahead and make another Mash Up!! They are so much fun! This one is mashing up the classic hip hop song "Drop it Like Its Hot" with this super cool House song I found called "Don't Care" by Francesco Mon (Martin Kinrus Remix). To me, its pretty cool!
Go ahead and have a listen! And if you like, contact me and I can send it to you!
Thank you for listening!
So today, I am excited to share my newest mashup!! Using the instrumental from "Word Up" by Cameo, a funky classic. And the vocals from the sing along "Wonderwall" by Oasis!
Check out Mash Up below, and if you want it! Inbox me so I can send it to you!
Also feel free to Subscribe to my Youtube channel! I am gonna keep the vids coming :)
So i just finished creating my April Playlist and I am so excited to share it with you! This time, I decided to add songs with a more of a feel vibe. I went away from all the super dope eclectic ALT RNB I've shared in the part, and went more for just good music. Most are acoustic singer/songwriter songs, and some are cool melodic songs with catchy beats and lyrics. Ive included a few new songs, some classics, and some randoms that you might have forgotten about!! This is a great playlist for when you are simply in a good mood, and want good musical vibes! This playlist includes some of my all time favs, so I hope you like it!
This was a pretty cool opportunity getting interviewed and a mix of mine played on one of Belgium's top radio stations! One of my dreams is to become a radio DJ, so yes this is definitely a stepping stone! AHH!!!
I wanted to first of all give a HUGE thank you to Peter for reaching out to me and having me on the show, and I also want to give a shout to Voxdjs a DJ company based in Manhattan Beach. They were not mentioned in this interview but were huge in me getting started as a DJ :)
I have shared the interview and mix below!! Have a listen if you would like learn a bit more about me, and if you want to listen to my newest Top 40 House Mix!!
Here is another playlist with all of my current favs!! If you like ALT RNB, you will love this one. Most of the songs give a chill vibe, with eclectic rnb and urban roots. Again, hard to explain but listen through. Featuring music new music from Ed Sheeran, Khalid, FKJ, and JMSN!
If you like you might want to listen check out my mixes!!
Lately I have spent a ton of time listening and searching for music to prepare mixes I want to put together this month. And, I have found so many songs that I am currently obsessed with!! I cant stop listening! So, I decided I would put together a playlist and share it with you before I get the mix together!
Hoping I can get this mix finished this month. But for now, enjoy this urban chilled out electronic mix (honestly I don't know the genre) but the music fits ;)
As you probably know by now, I DJ a lot of weddings lol. And during these weddings, I work hard to pack the dance floor with all of the hits I know my couples and their crowd want to hear!! My goal as wedding Dj is to obviously get people dancing!!!! ......... But what do I play when its not yet time for dancing?
What do I play??
For me, the dinner playlists I curate are almost just as important as the music I play for dancing. While it is background music, it is music that guests and couple will hear, recognize, and think about whether they like or not. Having a great dinner playlist adds to the night and helps to set up a positive atmosphere which will ultimately compliments the music played for dancing!!
To set up my dinner playlists, I work closely with couples to find the "right" music to play that they enjoy, that they feel their guest will like, and music that will enhance the mood of the night! Within this post, I wanted to share with you a few of my most well received dinner playlists!
Have a listen below! :)
V and Monika
(oldschool rnb and chill electronic)
Annais and Brandon
Courtney and Jesse
Stephanie and Kirill
Soul, Motown, and Classics
Cheryl and Taylor
(Crooner style Jazz, and Classic Motown)
Marc and Monica
(classics, and indie hits)