If you caught the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night you probably caught a glimpse of Miami’s own DJ Jessica Who. We recently sat down with her to talk requests, Miami and more
You’re one of LIV’s resident DJs. What does it feel like to be at one of the hottest clubs in the country? DJ JESSICA WHO: Playing at LIV is the best experience. I can handle any room in the world after this. At first I felt like a tiny fish in a huge pond but now I love it. It’s evolved too, and Wednesdays are fun and high energy. It’s my job to keep the party going. I play what people expect in a way they don’t expect.
What was your first gig? DJW: I was 17 the first time I was exposed to the scene and I just fell into it. I knew it was what I wanted to do.
What is currently on your iTunes? DJW:Cut Copy at the moment
What is your advice to up-and-coming DJs? DJW: Make sure you’re in this for the right reasons. It takes so much work and you have to pay your dues.
What is the best advice you ever received? DJW: My mom would always tell me it’s not the end of the world. When you’re young so much seems like it’s so major, and my mother would always remind me that it’s not the end of the world. And it wasn’t.
Is there anyone you would be nervous to play for? DJW: Oh yeah, a lot of people. If you don’t have that humility and respect for your elders you’re missing a part of the game. I opened up for Laid Back Luke and that was awesome.
Do you take requests? DJW: Yes, of course. But if you’re going to make a request make it fast, no life story, don’t sing to me, don’t ask me where the bathroom is. No, I don’t have a pen [or a] lighter. No, don’t hit on me, don’t touch me, don’t touch the turntables.
Where do you like to go out? DJW: I’m usually off Mondays or Tuesdays so Mokai or Wall, but I always end up at Purdy. I love hole-in-the-wall places. I wish we had more of them.