Throughout that time, I always went to shows; I went through all these music scenes [from heavy metal to hip hop] and then I started going to Low End Theory a lot. Back then, it wasn't what it is now, it was way more lowkey.. From all those shows the only girl, really, was Tokimonsta. She wasn't as big of a name in the community back then as she is now; she's such a huge force now, which is amazing. But besides her, there weren't really any girls. I didn't have anyone that I could look at and be like, "Oh, tight. There's like a chick doing this."
So I was seeing all these dudes DJ and eventually, I became really good friends with them. I thought, 'I wish I could do this, I love this music, I love what they're doing,' and I've always had such a hand in music related things. So finally, I ended up just getting some turntables, a few different friends taught me how to DJ, and I started teaching myself more. For a whole year I practiced in my room and I sucked, I was so awful, but I continued working really really hard. Finally started getting crappy gigs here and there, slowly building up..
My last semester of college was so insane.. I used to do marketing for [a rooftop club in LA] so they would let me DJ some random events if they needed someone.. I wouldn't play the normal "Calvin Harris shit" they wanted to hear, I would be playing hiphop; I would play The Weeknd by the pool or Tupac by the pool and everybody loved the vibe because it was different.. I guess one girl who was there was working for Interscope at the time. She was helping Kid Cudi put together a series of parties - he just wanted to do something at a bar where his friends could go hang out and not be at an intense club. So she hit me up, she's like, 'Cudi's throwing these parties do you want to DJ?' I was like, 'Uh, what? Yea, duh! I'll do it.' So I did it, the party was super fun, he thanked me and that was that. I didn't hear from him for a while. Then a month later I got a text from him, on like a Tuesday night,
Kid Cudi: hey what are you doing this week?
Kittens: nothing, chilling.. why what's up?
Kid Cudi: are you free friday? I have a show in new orleans, do you wanna dj for me?
Kittens: um.. duh.
Kid Cudi: can you come to rehearsal right now?
Kittens: be there in 5
I thought of course I'll make it work no matter what I have booked, I think I had a class that day but I was like, sorry guys, g2g (laughs). So I went to rehearsal, he flew me out to New Orleans; it was kind of like my trial run, I guess.. We did the show, everything went well, everyone was psyched, and he brought me on to be his tour DJ.. And this is all in the middle of my last semester of college, during [a full course load] of my hardest classes.. So I'm working a fulltime marketing job, going to school fulltime (I don't know how I balanced the two but I did) and then now I'm starting to tour with [Kid Cudi], I just thought, 'F-ck, this is insane.'
After the club I was working at closed, I just thought, 'Okay, I'm just gonna take away my safety net now.' School's done, my day job's done, I have no distractions - now, I'm just gonna give the music thing a shot. So far I've survived a year. I gave myself six months to be like, 'If I'm not surviving I need to get a "normal" job again' but it's a weird place to be. You feel like if you give yourself a little extra effort, you can make it work, so it's hard to be like, 'nvm let me sell my soul over to a 9-5.'
I didn't know how far I would get with it, I didn't expect for it to become my full time job but [like I said] I started because I was so confused as to why there weren't more women doing it. I knew there were a good amount of chicks that liked the music, why were they so intimidated? I knew so many that were like, 'Ah I wish I could do that.' And I would say, 'Well why don't you? Why are you scared?' And I think because there was such a lack of role models, like female role models, I wanted to be that. I wanted to do it for myself and I wanted to give somebody something to look up to. Now, I have these DJ classes which are really fun for me, so I feel like I'm really giving back and helping do what I wanted to do. I don't know, there just needs to be more chicks, there are way too many dudes.