THEakasha is Destined for Great Heights
Up and coming creative, Theakasha, is set to spin for Wildfire: The Series. The event, taking place April 30th, is aimed at providing a platform for emerging creatives and artists to showcase their designs and talents.
With humble beginnings in Jersey City, NJ, most of Theakasha’s inspiration came from her childhood. “There’s so much beauty and pain in my city, I’m a product of all of it. Some things that particularly used to inspire me in my younger years were RIP street memorials.” Seeing countless memorial taught her to embody the struggle between beauty & pain. The creative has been always been drawn to things that aren't always aesthetically beautiful, but so detailed that they make you feel. Her need to evoke and create emotions from people is what keeps her pushing through all of her work.
The 22-year old creative took interest into DJ’ing after graduating high school. She looked at Vashtie Kola and other black female disc jockeys with admiration. It was after a Black woman, in multiple industries doing all the things she wanted to do that she quickly realized everything was in reach of her. Currently living in Philadelphia has provided her the perfect platform to get started.
With her expanding lists of events, Theakasha hopes to make this her main source of income in the next year. "..Meaning that I won’t have to work anywhere outside of my brand, I’ll still have my hands in many pots engineering, directing, curating, etc., but I won’t have to go outside of what I love to be able to pay my bills and feed myself." If you can't catchTheaskasha at our upcoming event, no worries the summer will be crazy for her! Stay updated with all of her shows and appearances at theakasha.us/events.
Quick Q&A with Theakasha
How would you describe your overall style?
During a set what is something you do to set yourself apart from other DJ's?
I ask people to bring me packs of Tropical Skittles & I hate trap music, so don’t come to a set of mine expecting to hear that all night.
Are there any celebrity events you would like to DJ? Why?
I really want to live DJ a Paris or Milan fashion week show. For a cute designer brand like Kenzo or Chloe. Just because I always think certain songs should be Naomi Campbell walked to and I’m always thinking about how much better models & clothes would look if the music was better or more cohesive.
What would you say your spirit animal is?
Saying “spirit animal” is very appropriative of Native American cultures, so I never say that. BUT, for the sake of the question it’d probably be a Tupac/Eartha Kitt hybrid.
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