Well, I’m not allowed to change the lady’s words, but I can frame this interview with enough of her own potent sounds to thwart her modesty.
Despite earning multiple DJ residencies in Philadelphia, another in NYC and her connections to The Roots, newcomer Chaisley’s keeping a cool head.
As fans, we should be relieved. Combine her stark talent with a humility and work ethic learned from her “family of successful entrepreneurs,” and Lussier’s earthquake sound should coast steadily toward perfection for years to come.
Still, like any good artist, Chaisley doesn’t let herself coast for too long before she gets the urge to make another banger. And even when that happens, she doesn’t sit back and marvel at all the heads she just flew. She heads right back to the laboratory, on to the next project.
It’s sounding pretty tempting to be a Chaisley fan right now. Go ahead, press play.
As I researched Chaisley’s other interviews, I learned how she’s making her success a mission bigger than herself.
She’s recently begun work on her own website, Chick-Decks.com, which aims to be a haven for DJ ladies the world over. Lussier isn’t content with the lack of females in the industry. We’re not either, but as long as she’s throwing down like she did on her remix of Spank Rock & (fellow Philly get’em girl) Amanda Blank‘s “Bump,” she’ll be making a case for females behind the decks.
The “Bump” remix cracked me right in the face. It’s the first track I heard from Chaisley’s SoundCloud and it won my attention for weeks to come. Once she started uploading original tracks, I knew we had to talk to her.
–You see how I showed you that first track beforehand? Because I know that once we get into this interview, you’ll be so charmed by Chaisley’s “lol”s and smileys that you’ll go running off to her Facebook and Twitter before you even read my questions. Let’s keep our pokerfaces strong while we get to the epicenter, fam.
You do your own vocals and production on recent releases “Fallen,” “Life Line” and “High Life.” In an interview for UrbsVox, you said you started producing before you “even thought of DJing.” How long was it between your first self produced track and your first DJ gig?
Good question. lol It was nothing crazy. I would fuck around on FruityLoops or Garageband or some free production sample websites. It was nothing I ever took seriously. I did it to relax and avoid responsibilities. I was messing around with production for about a year before I started my first DJ gig. Honestly, I stopped messing around with production for about a year and was just DJing. Finally, I got the itch and started back up and went straight to Ableton. DJing definitely helped me on my production by giving me an even better understanding of music.
You have big connections and residencies in Philly as well as NYC. What’s it like bouncing between home and the music scene in New York?
I’m really not that big lol, but I’m fortunate to have met some good people. Right now I’m floating around and just taking gigs here to give me more time to work more on my production. But I’ve still been traveling back and forth quite a bit. I’m in NYC at least once a week. NYC and Philly are very different. But it’s cool because I get to switch up my sets and styles for different crowds. It keeps shit from getting boring.
How did you get connected to The Roots?
Philly is a small city. I met Dice Raw through mutual friends and we became friendly. I knew him for about a year before I mentioned I was a DJ. I was just doing my thing around the city, then I heard he was on the look out for a new DJ. I was just like “Yo, you know I DJ right?” lol He didn’t take it seriously, but then I sent him some production and he came out to a gig. We started working together right then and there. I can’t believe they are up for another Grammy this year. They are just really dope musicians and a Philly staple. You can’t be from Philly and not know and love The Roots.
You’ve written articles in support of DJ ladies for StylishThought. Since then you’ve begun work on your own website, Chick-Decks. You’ve said in interviews that you come from a family of successful entrepreneurs and you want to take over the world (!) Are you gonna do that with Chick-Decks?
Did I say I wanted to take over the world? I must have been having a moment that day. lol Definitely a bit of an exaggeration, but no, I do plan on being successful. I have bills to pay and a lot of cool shit on my ‘Life To Do’ list. Chick Decks is something that I really love and think others will too. It will be a great addition to a part of the web that’s otherwise empty. The number of female DJs is growing pretty rapidly, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. Us “DJ ladies” need somewhere to go… ;-D
Do you have any upcoming projects or shows you want to tell us about?
I’ll be at Pianos in NYC this Thursday Jan 10th and again on February 15th. I’ll also be doing the Philly RAW artist Showcase at Lit Ultrabar on February 25th. I also have projects I’m working on with rapper Sugar Tongue Slim and also Good Looks’ Mitis, a producer whose making some pretty dope music. You can always check my schedule on my website too!
How about your favorite breakfast food? Breakfast is very important.
Some sort of warm pastry and coffee, I’ll throw a banana in there too!
Takin’ notes on that breakfast bit.
@jamelday haha… Be careful what you wish for. I’m quite the handful!!! ;) <;3
— Chaisley Lussier (@chaisleylussier) January 5, 2013