Catherine Ouellette is the glam DJ known for spinning “invite-only” events thrown by VIP’s like Calvin Klein, Justin Timberlake and Diddy. Now, Ouellette is ready to evolve her DJ name, SynCity, and start billing as a beat-maker and production force. She’s offered up remixes for Miguel’s “Adorn” (Catherine Ouellette x Shammy D Remix) and Vinita’s “Take Me For One Night”, as well as “Last Name” an original record by Ouellette, Chad Dexter and Matthew John Kurz, for a “VIBE” EP sample platter. Listen up, then learn about the femme producer’s who advises never “take anybody’s advice”. Tell Us: Will this SynCity gal reign?
How do you go about composing a track from scratch?
I watch “Desperate Housewives,” go to LA Fitness, then lay out the drama on the heart beat. I add colors to the sketch, all up until it tastes eargasmically amazing. Sometimes I reach out to Simba, my dog, and ask him of his thoughts. He emails me notes and I Botox the face of the piece to satisfaction. Then we give life to the body. Apply personal stories to the soundtrack. Meditate to the tune. And voila. Illuminati genius.
What artists influence/inspire you?
Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Daft Punk, Diplo, Crookers, N.E.R.D.
Advice to young ladies in the music biz trying to make it?
Don’t take anybody’s advice. There’s no one way of making it and we all come from various situations. Don’t take anybody’s advice.
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