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Kitty Cash DJ / Producer / Creative

Sound Cloud can be a really really good place, if you fancy yourself somewhat of a musical outcast. One can easily get sucked into a vortex of covers and random mixes then at the perfect moment you stumble upon audio gold. That in a nutshell was my Kitty Cash experience. Cash, now one of the most sought after DJ’s intertwines her love for various musical genres, fashion and art. Most notably on her Love The Free mixtape series, legendary for creating a platform for emerging artist. 

 

A Brooklyn born Trini, Cash’s love for music was always present. Growing up she and her dads favorite pastime was listening to Reggae and Soca while trips to her grandmothers was all about Disco and Funk. Cachee Livingston, Cash’s government name went to the Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned her B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications. While in school, she turned her love for music into a side hustle booking DJ gigs for extra money. Cash reveled in the fashion and art scene, freelancing for large brands like L’oreal and Sony before landing a full time job at Ralph Lauren post graduation. Becoming a professional DJ/Producer/Creative wasn’t the goal for Kitty Cash. She got her start completely by chance when her friend then up and coming artist  Kilo Kish (dopeness abound) was in need of a DJ and asked Cash to fill in. She was hooked and the rest is herstory !

 

Her thoughts on breaking barriers: 
I’m going to bounce around between my career paths here. I was in college, and my career advisor told me that Chanel would most likely never hire me as an intern. She told me she didn’t feel that I would “fit in.” There was no reason outside of the fact that I was black (I remember it vividly because my mom went off). She was an older white woman from the upper west side. I remember being furious and saddened but I used it as fuel because above everything I had to prove her wrong. I ended up applying to about three internships: Chanel, Alessandra Del Acqua, and Van Cleef Arpels. I pumped into those interviews with a purpose. In the end, I got offered all three internships, printed out the emails and left them on her desk. It was my way of saying “f*@k you,” with a smile. In that moment it was more about me showing her that my blackness wasn’t a barrier in any way shape or form…and it wasn’t. In that moment, yes, I felt like I broke a barrier. There are so many times where I am “the only one” or one of two black women at an event or in a room and at many of my internships. Of course, I notice…and I know that I may have to work five times harder because I am helping to shift a perspective with ever opportunity that comes in front of me. I have come to learn that it is less about me and more about the bigger picture and the larger conversation.

 

Who inspired Cash 
When I was younger I looked to a lot of artists for my inspiration. I was madly in love with Lauryn Hill and her effortless style. She was just a breath of fresh air to me. She had impeccable chocolate skin with beautiful dreadlocks and she taught me that sexy was what you made it. She didn’t fit into your average idea of “sexy” but she killed every look. Janet Jackson was another one—do you remember that “Together Again” video? I was on a mission for auburn hair after that! And of course, there was Aaliyah. If you didn’t have that side swoop you just wasn’t it!  

 

Creative Goals 
I’m hoping to create change through my art. It’s great to be “cool,” but to me it’s about having a vision and being able to push a conversation that makes a difference that results in change. It’s important to shift perspectives and understand that you can be your truest self and make a difference on multiple scales. Even a small change is still a change and a step in the right direction.

 

There was an interview somewhere where Cash was talking about hustling early on in her career. She said something like – when most girls were saving up for Céline bags I was saving for DJ equipment. Funny thing is, the outcast are really the cool kids. Their the ones who are constantly creating while everyone else is just trying to catch up.

 

 

http://www.iamkittycash.com/

 

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