Our first Behind the Beats spotlight star is Caroline D'Amore. This beautiful lady is a quadruple threat: an actress, songwriter, former model, and DJ. Caroline kickstarted her career as the featured "Promoted Artist" and opening act for Will.I.Am at the MTV Music Awards in Tokyo nearly eight years ago.
She hasn't stopped since, releasing two back-to-back DJ albums via Sony Music and reaching the top of the music charts. Caroline also has her own DJ radio show on Skee 24/7 called "HeartBeatz," which airs around the globe. Get to know her:
Who gave you your biggest break in music, and how?
I think it's safe to say my first big break was opening for Will.I.Am at the MTV Music Video Awards in Tokyo. That was a major moment in my career.
What equipment do you use when DJing?
I use the Nexus CDJ-2000 when I perform. My entire library exists on a USB drive—it's good to be a DJ in 2014.
What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle, and how do you deal with it?
The toughest part is being away from my family (husband Bobby Alt and pitbull Frankenstein) when I’m touring the world.
How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?
I’m an artist. Music is my medium. It all depends on what inspires me at that moment in time. It can start with a melody or a lyric or a certain situation in my life. My process is never formulated—it just flows.
Who has been your biggest inspiration musically?
DJ AM was my biggest inspiration as a DJ. He gave me the confidence to put on the headphones and take a swing at it. I fell in love that day and haven't stopped DJing since.
What's the one song you love playing in your set right now?
“Born to Rage” - Dada Life
Who is your favorite up and coming artist right now?
Moxie Raia, beautiful girl, beautiful voice. Check out her SoundCloud.
What's the one food you always include in your rider?
Where do you see electronic music going in the next five years?
I believe electronic music is here to stay, but there will always be a new genre.