AMM Spotlight: The Art of the DJ
" It’s all an expression of love, isn’t it? Creation, contribution, communalization and collaboration – I believe that’s what’s at play in charity, art, and music, and so they all work real nicely together. And again, going back to the essential five senses here, they stir and delight different parts of the self, and so need be paired cleverly." Samantha Michelle is a Canadian actress-turned-filmmaker and DJ specializing in 1960s and 70s soul, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, ska and funk. Since moving to NYC in February, she’s provided the sounds for a series of art, fashion and charity events and has spun for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, Soho House, Lululemon, Christie’s, Galore Magazine, Topping Rose House, and Omar’s Park Avenue.
AMM: How do you think music creates a mood, tone, and sets the stage for an event?
SAMANTHA MICHELLE: For me, personally, music is absolutely everything. But for all humans, it’s got to be at least one in five; meaning, hearing is one of the five senses, right there alongside sight, smell, taste, and touch and so it is a hugely important part of any overall experience. Our sense of sound is often the first to be engaged when we enter into a space and so it, pardon the pun here, scores it all. Music gets in the blood and in the bones; it loosens, enlivens, and uplifts and so I feel it’s the job of the DJ to use sound to effectively say “welcome, we’re mighty glad you’re here, you’re gonna have a great time, please enjoy yourself.”