How did you get started? Tell us your story!
Hi, my name is AEESB and it's pronounced A-S-B. It's also my initials as to where I came up with that, but the E's are silent; it just looked aesthetically pleasing to me to include them. Growing up, I've always had an interest in vinyl records, which then led to me loving DJs. I remember seeing Vashtie on Tumblr and went ballistic because she was the first female DJ I had ever seen! At that time I never really looked at it as a career, just something really dope. But to take you back a little bit more, around 2014-2016 my friend, DJ Davo, was the party DJ in Cola, South Carolina, and if he wasn't spinning who was really going to. Seeing him spin actually sparked the idea that I could do this too, but it wasn't until 2018 that I actually took it seriously. I then met the homie DJ PNKLMDE and he broke down Serato, which is one of the programs we use, and he also showed me how the board works with Serato. A couple months after that, I ended up moving to Atlanta to start college, slowly started buying my equipment, and practiced my ass off every single day I left school. It took me 5 months to really master my board and I'm still to this day learning different things to do in my live sets. That's how I got started.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?
I went to college at SAE Institute for audio engineering and that basically broke down everything I needed to know. I also use Youtube for a lot of things. I tell my friends I'm still at Youtube University. The best way I learn is by being hands-on while taking notes.
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
Honestly, I like to prepare my sets before the gig, meaning create a playlist based on the type of event. Sometimes I'll freestyle it and throw in a track that the crowd will know and love. The fact that I'm a house and techno DJ means I'm aware everyone is not going to know every single track as if it was hip-hop, so to throw in a remix of an RnB or Hip-Hop track that's house will definitely turn heads and pipe up the crowd and I love seeing that! Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influencers are Vashtie, Peggy Gou, Venus X and Amelie Lens. I love to play Peggy Gou, Amelie, and Lenske tracks. It's not a complete set if I don't have at least one of their tracks in the mix. Their music is so good and different. I listen to them during my personal time as well, not just when I have a gig. What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry? What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
I've faced a lot of obstacles in the beginning of my career honestly. To name a few major ones for me, was getting booked. It was so hard for people to notice an upcoming DJ and getting your name out to even get booked. I was doing free gigs at first, collaborating for free, doing the best I could to get recognized for my craft. Once I started to get paid, it switched to having obstacles in content and quality content on top of that. Something Vashtie said was, she thinks of all of that as setting up the dominoes because at some point dominoes fall and the rest will be perfectly in place to all knockdown in line...As of right now, my challenges are my goals because I'm striving to achieve them day by day. When it comes to producing, I love the fact that we can extend our love from live sets and events that everyone can't always attend to producing a track that everyone can always listen to; if that makes sense. It just adds to something for everyone to enjoy. How would you describe your sound and style?
Hard techno, lively, free, and passionate. When it comes to House it's the same energy but more groovy and dance-like. What are some of your goals this year?
1 major goal is to at least be a headlining DJ at a Techno, House, and EDM festival by the end of this year. Praying on the corona to be healed.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I'd have to say Kashii. Everyone else is Hip-hop DJs or producers and I don't spin hip-hop anymore, unless my artist, Adair Lijane, is performing.
What is your creative process like?
I tend to envision a lot of things as well as manifest a lot to be able to take the action and make it happen. Everything begins with an idea, to writing, planning how or when I'm going to do it, and then taking action, finalizing and releasing. I like to set small goals for myself and career to keep me motivated and inspired to create more. What’s your favorite go-to order?
I actually haven't been ordering food lately, but I love some shrimp tempura rolls. Sushi is my favorite!