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!

 

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!!! 

 

Drop It Like Its Hot X Don't Care (House Edit/Mash Up)

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! 

WordUp X WonderWall (Mash Up By Dj Kara)

Hi Everyone!! 

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 :) 

 

 

Kara's April Favs!

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! 

 

Kara's March Favs

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!! 

Kara's Feb Favs

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 ;) 

Listen Here! 

 

 

All About Dinner Playlists!

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 

(Midtempo Pop)

Courtney and Jesse 

(Oldschool Rnb) 

Stephanie and Kirill

Soul, Motown, and Classics  

Cheryl and Taylor

(Crooner style Jazz, and Classic Motown)

Marc and Monica

(classics, and indie hits) 

 

 

 

Best Of 2016

As the year is coming to an end, I took some time to compile a list of what I feel were the  TOP 10 songs of 2016!! This list is 100% my opinion.  And because I took into consideration how often these songs were requested and actually getting people onto the dance floor, the list ended up being quite a top 40 playlist lol ....

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The List Below! 

10.  Work From Home - Fifth Harmony

9.   Work- Rihanna

8.   Cheap Thrills - Sia

7.   This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris

6.  Panda - Desiigner

5.  Side to Side  - Ariana Grande

4.  Fade -  Kanye West

3.  One Dance -  Drake

2.  24k Magic - Bruno Mars

1.  Closer -  The Chainsmokers

You can listen to songs on playlist below! 

Song of the Day - Gotta Push On

My song of the day is "Gotta Push On" by Griz.  Listen below it is a big sounding catchy, and very cool, sexy song.  The entire Griz album "Good Will Prevail", is amazing, but this one is exception! Take a listen, and please let me know which song other song the drop reminds you of?? I can't quite catch it, but the drop definitely is inspired by a classic throwback! Listen!!

Event Recap (Think LA's RVLRY - December 1st 2016)

Early this month I had the honor of Djing the THINK LA Organization's RVLRY "A Night to Remember/Toys for Tots event.  This Holiday Party was at the stunning Unici Casa, in Culver City! And the night was nothing less than incredible, and is one of my favorite gigs to date. The crowd of around 800 were full of energy and vibing off of the music I love to play which included Beyonce, MIchael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Chainsmokers, and of-course the classic Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas is You".   In the beginning I was able to enjoy a live band that was amazing, and right before I started my set, I got to lead my first Mannequin challenge.  Pretty cool to see in person.  This event was a blast!!   Below are a few pictures/video from the event, I hope you enjoy! 

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Video Recap Below!!!

Thank You THINKLA for having me!!!

 

 

Song of Day - Testarossa Music

I have been a huge fan of Zhu ever since he came out with "Faded" .. Im telling you, a huge fan. His voice is unique and his beats are sexy, melodic, and really easy to listen to.  I only wish I could make music like Zhu, he is truly one of a kind with his insane amount of style.  I have recently come across his song "Testrarossa Music" featuring Gallant (who is another talented artist and someone to really keep an eye on) ...  "Testarossa Music" is electronic, full sounding, and has rhythmic vibe I adore.  This song I would play during dinner for a sexy wedding, at a lounge, or a high end corporate event.    Listen below and let me know what you think!