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Need a little musical push to get up and moving today?

Your weekly "Moment of Zen" is here!

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Doing It Her Way! Meet DJ Kalkutta.

Hailing from  NYC, we had the pleasure of catching up with an extremely inspiring female turtablist and producer DJ Kalkutta!  Kalkutta is one of the most talked about young female turntablists on the competitive and mainly male dominated circuit of DJs taking up residency in NYC.

Keep reading, because this real life “Cinderella” is on the fast track to living the good life on her terms and having a ball doing it.

We got the 411 on DJ Kalkutta aka "Bollywood Barbie" and found out that where she has come from, is just as important as where she is going!

Born in Calcutta, India her birthparents surrendered her to a Mother Teresa founded orphanage at just 2 days old. She spent the majority of her infancy there until she was adopted by an American woman who gave her a chance at a brighter future in  United States.  Growing up in middle America she studied all aspects of music voice, piano, and cello. At 17 she moved to New York to further develop her skills in music by enrolling to study production and audio engineering at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. DJ Kalkutta has graced the turntables at some of NYCs hottest venues including the Boom Boom Room, Tenjune, the Greenroom, and more.

We caught up with Kalkutta fresh off the heels of a gig that took her jetsetting to Aspen, and we left the conversation feeling more inspired than ever to travel the world and use her soundtrack to do it.

LS: Did you always know you wanted a career in the music industry?

Kalkutta: I always knew I would do something in music but I really thought my road would have began as a producer. I grew up in a small Midwest town, and wasn’t really exposed to a lot of pop or hip hop music culture. We couldn’t even get BET in my hometown.  I had no industry connections when I moved to New York. Growing up I was always drawn to music but trained classically. I studied Jazz and had a love for show tunes. Actually, when I first arrived in New York I thought I might end up on Broadway because of my love of show tunes, but I was very quick to fall in love with the pop and hip hop culture that surrounded me.

LS: How hard was it for you to break into the competitive DJ scene in NYC?

Kalkutta: The guy I was dating at the time had a lot of influence on me and encouraged me to go after it. I learned on real Vinyl, which there are not a lot of people who can claim they know that craft in today’s digital age. It’s a dying platform for the  younger dj set.

I was really dedicated once I decided I wanted to follow my passion for playing and producing music and beats and connecting the two. I worked a string of crappy jobs while I was “paying my dues.” Like I said, I had no industry connections myself so I really had to go hard at getting myself out there wherever I could. In the meantime, I worked a string of odd jobs to support myself. I was a gogo dancer, I had something crazy like 21 waitressing jobs…I was really bad at waitressing. I know its kind of an embarrassing # to admit, but it happened, and brought me to where I am now.

You recently went on tour with pop singer Karmin as her official DJ, do you feel like that was a huge break in your career being able to travel with such a large scale tour?

The tour with Karmin has been amazing. We’ve traveled the world and shared the stage with some of the most amazing artists from Lady Gaga to Pitbull. We’ve been all over the world from Brazil to Anguilla to Aspen and even played Madison Square Garden. It’s been a dream so far. My job takes me all over, so I don’t really “vacation” anymore. I’m very lucky to get to travel. We’ve also had an amazing time promoting the tour by doing appearances on Ellen, SNL, Live with Kelly, and the Today Show to name a few. I just try and take it all in.

LS: We love to inspire and lead a “pay it forward” lifestyle at LifeSushi. We always say, you never know who might be reading this and be moved to follow their passion. Do you have anyone in your life that had a positive impact on you following your passion for music?

Kalkutta: My mother had a huge influence on me growing up. I never felt that I needed to live life in a certain way or do things in a certain order. I always knew that I could go after whatever it was that I wanted to do. My mother adopted both myself and my sister and raised us as a single mother, so that right there is a testament to living life the way you want and on your terms. You don’t need a partner to live a happy and fulfilled life.  She always taught me to make myself the priority. You see so many young 20somethings steered onto that path of “go to college, meet the guy, have a baby, and then their career takes the backseat.” I feel you can do whatever it is that makes you happy…like I said, make yourself the priority.

LS: What artists inspire you musically?

Kalkutta: I was born in 1987, so I was born into a time that was right at the height of these very edgy women in music coming into their own. MadonnaMariah. They were all strong sexually empowered women. I love the 90s pop artists that I really grew up on too. Spice Girls and Brittney Spears. I know it sounds funny to say, but I really did grow up on their sounds.

LS: What artists do you want to work with?

Kalkutta: Kanye for sure. I think he’s just a genius. Calvin Harris is amazing. …and Rhianna. The sound she is putting out right now is just so original and genius in itself. I’d love to work with Rhianna.

LS: We hear you have a love of fashion. Fashion Week in NYC is just around the corner, what an electric time in NYC. Have you worked with show’s in the past?

Kalkutta: Last year I worked with Avril Lavigne on her line Abbey Dawn which was featured on the show Kourtney & Khloe Take New York. I’ve done shows for Betsy Johnson, Ted Baker, Diesel, and Adidas Originals to name a few.

LS: Do you have any fashion blogs or sites that we should know about?

My favorites are:

Fashionindie.com

Stylelikeu.com

 

LS: Looking back, do you have any advice that you might give to your “20 year old self” as you are just starting to figure out your path in life.

Kalkutta: “Don’t pay attention to what anybody else is doing. Its so easy to get caught up in social media these days. Its easy to read something dwell on it and get caught up in your own head. Your inner negativity can carry over into all aspects of your life. I always try to remind myself to not take everything so literally I read on those social media sites. You can read one bad thing and slide down that "rabbit hole" into a negative spin. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Professionally you really should only surround yourself with positive things and spend time with the people you really want to emulate or work with. “

LS: At LifeSushi we really do believe in the healthy life trifecta. Healthy body + Healthy mind = Healthy Life. What do you do to keep your body in shape?

I’m into pilates and yoga, but where I really get my exercise is dancing. Professionally I spend a lot of time playing great music, so dancing is a way I find myself staying fit.

LS: Finally, what do you like to do for fun when you are “off the clock”

Kalkutta: If I’m not working I’m usually at a show. I love music…all kinds. This weekend I’m actually off to Aspen to a Jazz Festival where I’m going to see Mumford and Sons play. I recently saw a show in NYC, he Scissor Sisters who are fantastic. So, where there’s music that’s most likely where you’ll find me.

To Keep up with DJ Kalkutta follow her on Facebook or Twitter and  you can also subscribe to her SoundCloud page to listen & download her recent most recent mix!

Now, For Your Moment of Zen:

DJ Kalkutta reminds us why..WE LOVE THE 90s!!

(p.s. make sure you hit download and take this mix on the road)

 

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Do you remember making your first MixTape? Do you remember the songs you spent hours so carefully hand picking to combine a mix that so perfectly depicted the time or place you were in?

Bon Jovi’s “Livin On a Prayer” comes to mind, along with Martika’s "Toy Soldier." (you remember the one…"Step by Step. Heart To Heart...and We all Fall Down..Like Toy Soldiers.") Yes, I know. I now date myself. Couple skate anyone?

Do you remember how you actually had to spend hours upon hours with your double deck stereo putting one tape in to record one song, and then taking another tape out and popping another in over and over again?  If you really got desperate, you would just sit for hours listening to your favorite radio station waiting for the hot new song of the moment to be played with your finger waiting patiently on the RECORD button so you could snag a less than perfect sounding recording. …but hey it worked! Gone are the days of The horrible sound quality, the commercial break-ins, and the fast forwarding of the tape to get to your favorite track.

Now its all fast and flashy. With just a click of the mouse you can drag and drop your favorite track into a “playlist” …yes, that’s right “playlist” they even changed the name of the Mixtape on us! The romance is gone.

So, here’s to you MixTape!  Thank you for making it possible to remember exact times, places, and events by simply hearing a certain song combination!

The MixTape has inspired our Moment of Zen today…and boy are you in for a treat!

We have stumbled across perhaps one of the greatest musical web discoveries to date.   Welcome to EVERYONESMIXTAPE.COM

Everyone’s Mixtape will take you on a trip back to the good ole days of cassettes and first kisses! It will make you giddy with delight…we promise!

Browse through  already compiled Mixtapes from titles like: “Make Out” “Summer BBQ” or  “Heartbreak.”  Or make your own! You can share them, add to others or just snag an already made mix you love!

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Here’s how it works: (from Everyonesmixtape.com)

“Everyone's Mixtape's celebrates the art of creating mixtapes. You can add to an existing mix, or start one of your own. Share with the world, your friends, or that girl from science class.

Everyone's Mixtape is not about adding songs and hitting shuffle. It’s about the time you looked at a cassette's length as a challenge. About the time you stayed up most of the night making sure all the tracks flowed from song to song. It’s about the time your heart skipped a beat when the boy from science class handed you your first mixtape.  It's more than a playlist.”

Well hallelujah! What are you waiting for get to making! We started one that you can add to right here…we are “rewinding” our Mixtape and taking you back to our couple skate days!

Thank you Everyonesmixtape! You just put a smile on this girls face!

 

 

YOUR LIFE SUSHI MOMENT OF ZEN: THE MIXTAPE

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This week's Moment of Zen is inspired by all things "Chill." So sit back, relax and be inspired to learn a thing or two from this new adventure in the soothing sounds of EDM...say what? Keep reading and enjoy your MOMENT OF ZEN!


EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has been around before the invention of Atari in Europe and since its evolution, EDM's waves are finally crashing tsunami style here in The States.  The whole genre of EDM has a variety of forms. Its more than just fist pumping beats for "bros" with tats and hats and glow stick girls with silver dollar eyes.  Yes, EDM conventions like the Winter Music Conference have been trying to educate America for years. Coachella's Sahara Tent was a major draw and a highlight, whose performers and line up should have reached hologram Tupac levels of notoriety. Look for more EDM only lineups at clubs popping up all over SXSW 2013's line up this year.

While dubstep DJ's and their army re-mixers are the shiny new dance chart toy of the moment…some of EDM artists who have evolved with EDM from it's roots have taken it to a more palpable even beautiful level, like SBTRKT. (Pronounced: subtract).

SBTRKT takes a more calm and purposeful approach to EDM similar to some of its architects like Massive Attack and Everything But The Girl. He, (Yes, its one dude) incorporates dubstep subtitles, world music atmospheres and colabos with a new crop of singers like Little Dragon, who weaves Tracy Thorn, Sade and early Mary J Blige in her vocals.

SBTRKT was born out of London based DJ and musician, Aaron Jerome's, desire to separate himself from his earlier all-over-the –place works ranging from folky acou guitar ballads to dubstep club remixes. But it wasn't until Jerome remixed Little Dragon's "Twice" and took a haunting piano song and added a unique electronic touch that increased the song's atmospheric quality, his lane was found and SBTRKT was born.

Even when performing as SBTRKT, Jerome always wears an African mask to keep his anonymity. Speaking about his split personality, he says "I'd rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I'm not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It's more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it."

SBTRKT definitely doesn't try for commercial success, it strives for something deeper than the shallowness of EDM songs that have made it on the to the radio and is why its this weeks. Moment of Zen.

Till next time!

Chris Moradi


MORADI'S FRESH CUTS:

SBTRKT "Hold On" uses African thumb piano, chill beats and amazing vocals by Sampha who also helped produce the track. Great to listen to for a Sunday morning brunch or if your looking for that "W" lobby vibe at home.

SBTRKT "Wildfire" – The first single released from SBTRKT's debut album was an underground hit in the UK and features vocals from Little Dragon.

 

Check out some of the music also mentioned in this piece:

Little Dragon "Twice" (Aaron Jerome Remix) – The track that got it all started for SBTRKT

Little Dragon "Twice" (original mix) – check out the difference Jerome makes from the original.

Everything But The Girl "Big Deal"- One of the original Electronic music artists

Massive Attack "Teardrop" - ummmm yeah


 

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“Welcome to your Life, there’s no turning back!” ~Tears For Fears


Thank you John Hughes for creating quite possibly the most timeless and poignant depiction of adolescent life through your cinema-magic & the soundtrack to go with it!

Today’s Moment of Zen is inspired by all things John Hughes. In case you have forgotten some of the classics…here’s a quick top ten list of quotes we love from some of the movies that shaped our young adult lives!

 1) “What’s Happenin Hot Stuff” ~Long Duck Dong (Sixteen Candles)

 2) "Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?"(Breakfast Club)

3) "I loathe the bus. There has to be a more dignified mode of transportation." (Sixteen Candles)

4) “Dong, Where is my automobile?” ~Grandpa Baker (Sixteen Candles)

5) "Life moves pretty fast sometimes. If you dont stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~Ferris Bueller

6) "That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call them something else." - Jim Baker (Sixteen Candles)

7) "You break his heart, I break your face." ~Watts (Some Kind of Wonderful)

8) "Andie, hun. Its after 7 o'clock. Dont waste good lip gloss." ~Iona (Pretty In Pink)

9) "His name is Blane? Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name." ~Ducky (Pretty In Pink)

10) "Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease."(Sixteen Candles)

 

So, "Thank You" John Hughes!! Here is Today's Moment of Zen:

 



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