Its official: DJ K.Ash needs no sleep. This girl is merely four months and a hospital residency away from being both doctor and deejay. In the meantime, Kathryn Ashley Brandt—shortened to produce the moniker, K.Ash—is booked as the resident deejay for three local parties; can be found spinning for audiences of 800+ in international nightclubs; and regularly travels to Atlantic City, Baltimore and DC to rock dance floors– all while studying to finish medical school at the top of her class by the end of spring. Oh yes, K.Ash isn’t just a name for this Philly deejay—she’s gettin’ it too.
K.Ash began mixing music over six years ago after moving from Central Pennsylvania to Philadelphia to attend Swarthmore College. With plans to play with records only until it was time to focus on medical school, K.Ash never really intended to be a big part of the party scene. It wasn’t until 2009 when she competed against 10 other lady deejays and won first place in the Equality Forum’s Female Deejay Awards that she would garner the attention she needed to keep her in the game. With proposals from Sisters nightclub, Stimulus, and Pulse to hold residencies and frequent parties, K.Ash was no longer a closet deejay phenomenon—she was out and on top.
Starting with vinyl, turntables (which she still favors and prefers because she enjoys scratching) and other traditional mixing apparatus, K.Ash quickly added onto her collection of equipment to ensure she was keeping up with technology and great levels of production.
“I’m a pretty firm believer that every deejay should know how to use any piece of equipment… if you’re serious about what you can do, there should be no situation where you don’t know how to handle it. If there’s a piece of equipment that a club doesn’t have, you should be able to accommodate that,” K.Ash shares.
With an affinity for house, techno, pop, and hip-hop, K.Ash is also proficient in fusing all of these genres together to create a brand new mix, producing MASHUP sets for her audience to dance to. As one of few MASHUP deejays in the city who also has great interest in production, K.Ash uses Serato, Ableton, and The Bridge along with her MAC, turntables, and a mixer when she is in the perfect situation. The process of merging songs and sampling music to create amazing MASHUP matchups could be long and arduous work, but K.Ash says she enjoys it because it allows her to produce her own sampled tracks, some of which she plans to spin for the Silk City crowd at the MIGHTY#Heartbreakers party this Friday.
Recognized as one of Philly’s Premier lesbian deejays by Phillesbian Magazine and the only woman nominated as a top deejay by Philadelphia Gay News, K.Ash enjoys being among some of the most sought after deejays in the LGBT community. However, her ultimate goal is to engage larger, general audiences. Her recent collaboration with A.D.D. has allowed her to break onto the international scene and showcase her mixing abilities to thousands of partygoers in Tel Aviv, Israel—a city that appreciates American hip-hop and has long been recognized as one of the world’s best gay cities.
However, while she is in this city, this Philly lady deejay is the go-to person for Stimulus and Pulse parties—the biggest and baddest hotspots for hot girls in the LGBT community. Additionally, K.Ash rocks the house every Thursday night upstairs at Sisters nightclub in Center City. This week, get an extra dose of K.Ash and watch her administer the remedy laced with dope music and sampled tracks at Silk City as two.one.five magazine and D24K present Mighty#Heartbreakers!
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