Friday, May 25, 2012

Feature Friday: DJ SARA SIMMS

I've decided to introduce to you guys a different concept to my blog where I will be featuring someone who I think is inspiring and who is just so darn cool!  Every Friday make sure you check back to see who I'll be featuring!

This Friday I've decided to feature someone who has been in the music biz for over 10 years!  If you don't already know her, I'd like to introduce you to DJ SARA SIMMS.  I had the pleasure of doing Sara's makeup for her photo shoot last month.  Not only is Sara talented but she is so cool and super nice!  Read on to get to know her more!

1. How did you get into DJing and what type of music do you play?  
I started DJing when I was a teenager.  I grew up going to all-night raves, watching DJ battle tapes and shopping for vinyl in record stores.

In my sets, I play dubstep, electro, techno, house, and future garage or '2step'.  I'm a turntablist, and like to add layers of skratching on top of my sets to make them unique.

2. What would you say is the best part of your job?
I really love music, so being able to mix and play tracks is a real blessing for me.  I  love seeing happy people dancing and laughing together on the floor!

3. What are some memorable places that you've played?
Recently I played at AIR in Tokyo, Japan was amazing!  Last year I opened for the Friendly Fires in on the beach in Cannes, France and toured through the US with Melleefresh.  Melleefresh and I played a really memorable event together in Seattle.  I also participated in a DJ battle in Miami that was fun!

4.  What was the first album  that you ever bought with your own money?
My first LP?  It was an Electronica compilation on Pussyfoot Records.  The first CD was probably a Canadian indie rock band, or Jewel's first album.

5.  When you're not dj-ing what do you like to do in your spare time?
Workout!  I love to exercise, I like to do yoga, dance, run, lift weights, do kickboxing and Pilates.  I like to eat tasty vegetarian dishes, and hang out with my little sister.  I'm also learning how to program synthesizers, so tweaking knobs and creating new sounds takes up a lot of my time.

6.  How would you describe your fashion style?
A mix of east and west.  I'm influenced by Japan's Harajuku styles, but like to add my own flavor by incorporating original jewelry pieces and belts.  I love high heels, feathers, and anything that sparkles.

7.  What are some of your favorite beauty products and why?
A few of my fav beauty products are Benefit's 'Hello Flawless', I love how this powder makes my complexion look!  I really like their lip glosses too, they seem to have just the right amount of shimmer.  I love LancĂ´me eyeshadows, their color pigment is good, and they last on my eyes for a long time   I just started using the Bare Escentuals  line, and am enjoying using their 'buxom' waterproof smoky eye stick.  I like it because the waterproof formula lasts on my eyes for a long time!

8.  What is your definition of beauty?
Looking and feeling glamorous!

9.  What can we expect to see from DJ Sara Simms in the future?
You'll have to watch and listen my website and social media to find out...

10. Do you have a motto or words of wisdom that you live by?
Do what you love and be courageous.  Don't be afraid to try new things in life; know that the universe will fundamentally support anything you would like to do!    Keep learning, be kind, and always give love.

Check out Sara's new DJ mix, featuring tracks by Toronto’s own Melleefresh!  
The first 100 people get to download it for FREE
Click on the cover to listen and download

Photography by Robin Gartner
Makeup by Donna Marie
Jewellery by Persuasion Designs
Hairpiece by Melle Onyshuk