There’s something about DJ Kaila Troy and her audience feels it as soon as she steps behind the booth. Between her magnetizing presence and deep record collection, the Chicago-‐born beauty has taken the industry by storm, fearlessly commanding venues worldwide.
With five years’ worth of accolades under her belt, Kaila has proven her versatility. She was coined the fastest growing DJ to hit the Irish music scene, and she has left an equal impact Stateside, working with some of hip hop’s biggest names: Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kevin Gates, Ludacris, Future, Trey Songz, B.o.B, and Dej Loaf. With a mission to create memorable experiences for the artist and their audiences, Kaila Troy stays true to her roots, never forgetting the journey that brought her to this point.
When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started DJing a few years ago. My early influences were my friend DJ Frank Jez in Dublin Ireland. He created this sudden passion I had to become a DJ.
What is about music and/or sound that drew you to it?
Music always drew me in from a young age. Music creates a feeling in my soul, it creates movement in my body. It motivates me and Most importantly Its feeds my soul every day with happiness.
What was your first set-up as DJ like? How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you?
My first set up was kool. I had 2 Technics turntables and a station mixer, DJ Frank Jez bought me for Xmas. Now I have a pioneer DJm 900 mixer, turntables, controller, dicer, Ableton push etc. The most important piece of equipment to me is my 2 Technics turntables. They were the very first DJ equipment I bought myself with my own money. They mean the most to me.
Can you describe your state of mind during a DJ set? What supports this ideal state of mind and what are distractions? Are there strategies to enter into this state more easily?
Only thing I do before I DJ, is my makeup, hair and play some chill R&B music or else some female empowerment music. I don’t ever prepare for a DJ set. I just go to the venue to watch the people, feel the vibe. And then I go rock out of the venue. Everything is done on the spot.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
I couldn’t tell u that, every venue and crowd is different. If I went into a venue and played the same thing every time in the beginning. I would look crazy lol Some things don’t work with certain crowds.
What projects do you have in the making currently and what are your plans for the near future?
I’m in the making of working on my own music. My plans in the future are to be multi-dimensional. And give back.
What is your ultimate goal at the end of your career?
The ultimate goal is to Make every dream I have a reality and win!
What suggestions do you have for other DJs like yourself?
Suggest for other DJs like me, If you’re a female DJ, or from a small town like myself. Never listen to negative people that will try and discourage you. Their option does never matter. They’re not living your life. The only person that is living your life is YOU.
So, make sure you stay strong and continue to do what u love and what makes you happy. You will get everything you want if u stay consistent, practice every day and stay promoting yourself every day. Be fearless, be bold, if u want something ask. and don’t even care what anyone thinks.
How can potential fans find you?
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
Of course, anyone that has believed in me from the beginning, booked me, helped me or gave me advice through the years. They know who they are.
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