The Vixen Q&A: Jasmine Solano Breaks Down Her DJ And Fashion Styles, Explains Why Beyoncé Isn't The Next MJ [Pg. 2]

And in late 2008 is when you dropped “That’s Not It?”
Well that’s when it started to filter out, but when we really dropped it with the video directed by Vashtie and did the Married To The Mob collab t-shirt, that was September of 2010.

Now, what's the message in your message in your music?
I’m a big, big fan of love. I’ve always been fascinated and very affected by love, so a lot of my songs are about love.

Well “That’s Not It” is really sassy!
[Laughs] I think at one point, I was just laughing at the radio. They had the same message and same formula of how a guy should get a girl. And to the rest of the world, it’s so ridiculous. It’s hilarious, and I’m not even a sarcastic person until I rap. I’m really gullible and I think being sarcastic is mean [laughs]. But it’s just me making a really sarcastic song, me making fun of it. It’s like, yo, there are ladies out here who are truly not impressed by this bullshit. Get outta here!

Okay, so let’s get to the fun questions. First up: What DJ’s music crate would you most likely peruse?
Max Glazer. I actually have to figure out how to break into his apartment and steal his hard drive [laughs]. He is a legendary dancehall DJ. He deejayed for Rihanna, Baby Cham, Sean Paul, and he is one of the most humble guys I’ve ever known. He has supported me since jump and he has so many exclusive dub play… Man, his reggae library? One of the best in the world.

Wow, that’s nuts! Now, I’ve been trying to decipher your style since the Machine Gun Kelly show. I felt like I was in the South because you were killing the heavy bass records. What would you say is your DJ style?
Well, it’s funny because I really learned about dirty south [music] when I was deejaying for Wiz Khalifa last year for the Deal Or No Deal tour. I’m used to playing New York hip-hop, and he was the one that was like, ‘Yo, we gotta play dirty south hip-hop.’ Even Pittsburgh has that Midwest and Southern [sound]. And that’s when I really got into the southern stuff. I love the way people get buck. But the same way I relate to different people is the same way I can relate to different music styles. I’ve deejayed the grimiest reggae dancehall parties, and obscure electronic music with no vocals, fashion shows, major clubs in other cities and it really just depends. But my favorite to spin is reggae!

How have your experiences been in a male-dominated industry? Have you had an bad experiences with the dudes in this biz?
It’s humorous. First of all, I don’t play games. If I walk into a venue, I’m like, ‘Where’s the turntables; I gotta do soundcheck.’ Women, when you take yourself seriously, other people are forced to take seriously as well. Men or women, but especially women. When you go into a situation and you’re there to flirt, they’re going to be receptive to that and have that interaction off the bat. Now, I’ve always been friends with mad dudes, but they all treat me like a sister. Like, I haven’t had any problems, but even if dudes holla, I make really light of it [laughs]. Like, 'Oh, I wrote a song about you!' [Laughs]

No love life at the moment?
Well, I keep that private. It’s like Jay and Bey. Did you see that Billboard performance? She was like, 'I love me some Jay-Z!' [Laughs]

Hell yes! It’s funny that you bring that up! Do you think Beyoncé is the MJ of our time? What’s your take on that?
The thing that’s always been dope about her is that she always puts the ladies first. Aaliyah was getting there. On Aaliyah’s last album, it was like, we were really getting to the real specifics of how crazy and complex relationships are, right? Beyoncé is the first girl in R&B to really take certain situations and spin them and be like, ‘No, be proud of who you are.’ A lot of the lyrics are tongue-in-cheek and a little pop, but in terms of late 90’s R&B, she was flipping it like a dude. She kept it respectable and wholesome the whole way. That’s why the message was never tainted. And the fact that she sings while dances and in 5-inch heels, get the fuck outta here! She’s our new Tina Turner! When I think of MJ, I think of Stevie Wonder, [artists that are] super wholesome music. I feel like Justin Bieber is getting there in terms of a young wholesome artist who is a true musician, but Beyoncé? No.

That’s dope. I mean, you’ve got this self-fueled machine and you’re making things happen. It definitely seems like things are taking off for you, so what’s your end goal? Where do you want to see all of this go?
I want to create a new standard. I want to break all stereotypes, and it’s happening. I’m watching it happen. It’s like, okay, here’s a chick, she’s a female, she’s not showing her ass, she’s not hoeing around and she can actually deejay, she can actually spit. I want to represent females who are like me, who are kind of in between scenes, in between cultures, in between being a tomboy and a girly girl… the alternative. The skaters, the punks, the kids who haven’t really found a place yet, kids that have passions that they can’t even walk away from and whatever happens from that will happen, but that’s really the dream.

Be on the lookout for Jasmine's EP and her Married To The Mob campaign both dropping this summer!

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