The following feature appears in the June/July 2016 issue of NYLON.
Leikeli47: I don’t know about you, but I’ve always done music; I’ve never not done music. Music as a whole inspires me. There are so many legends that I’ve looked up to who have helped shaped me—Michael [Jackson], Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan—so many. How did you get started, and who first inspired you?
Kitty Cash: I was helping Kilo Kish as her DJ on tour. And then it became a passion. Music helped me find myself again and reinvent a new part of me I didn’t even know was there. But in terms of who inspires me when I DJ, I definitely have to say Janet Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and Lil’ Kim. I love all R&B from the ’90s and 2000s. I feel like there are certain gems that can take you back to that specific moment in time—TLC, Aaliyah, Mya. When I hear them, I could tell you exactly what I was wearing in my house, trying to mimic their dance moves on MTV. When I started my Love the Free mixtape it allowed people to pay attention to what my musical taste was and what I was into, which was alternative, hip-hop, indie, new-wave R&B, and new-wave hip-hop.
L47: And that’s exactly why I like you, because that’s exactly what I get—I just get music, I don’t get a set genre. Like myself, I’ve never—
KC: Confined yourself?
L47: Yeah. I was never taught genres growing up. I didn’t know, “This is rock and this is alternative.” It was just all beautiful—
KC: Like a feeling.
L47: Yeah, all beautiful sounds, all beautiful feelings. I knew I wanted to do this since the age of six. I’ve been in studios since I was nine years old, and I’ve never done anything else. I’ve sacrificed a lot just to be able to sit here and talk to you about music. It’s all the same though; the only difference is that I found my passion earlier. We both have a passion for this, and I love passionate people no matter what it is.
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