Tamara Sky is unlike most DJs (and lady ones at that!). Our July Chick of the Month is living the American dream while transcending the role of “master track selector” and dominating all facets of music culture. She is as hot as “multi-hyphenates” get, with LA and Miami based parties (LIL DEATH and Overthrow) on her resume as well as modeling gigs, tantalizing mixtape skills, and most recently, blogging for the premiere EDM blog, Gotta Dance Dirty. We caught up with Tamara to discuss her work, her bangs, and the convergence of music and art.
Tell us about Overthrow and LIL DEATH!
Overthrow is a creative collective, we started a few years back in Miami with a group of very close friends. At first we were doing parties for our own entertainment. Started off with a murder party called Black Sunday that quickly became the best thing that happened to Miami’s nightlife. It is now legendary.
What kind of music do you play at LIL DEATH? What makes it one of LA’s best parties?
Most of our projects are based around music, such as LIL DEATH. We launched the LIL DEATH party last October shortly after moving to LA. There are several layers to the party’s aesthetic… essentially based around the french phrase “La Petite Mort” and the dark connection between sex and death. The music ranges in genre a lot but still maintains a particular dark motif…anywhere from dark techno and acid house to cold wave, industrial, witch house, and trap. I think the party is doing well because it paints a clear picture from the mixtapes, photobooths, etc.
You’ve had a strong presence in MIA… What brought you there and what made you leave for LA?
Being a tropical girl, I love Miami and miss it at times. But as a DJ, I felt there was a glass ceiling. For example I could never pull off LIL DEATH in Miami…there just aren’t enough influencers who have that sort of musical palette. I know I’m sort of a small fish in LA, but I feel this is the US mecca for electronic music right now.
How has your mixtape game helped your career? What is necessary to distinguish a mixtape from all the rest that are all over the internet?
My mixtape game is pretty strong I must say ;) It’s been the biggest factor in debunking the assumption that I’m not just a knob turning pretty face. I believe that mixtapes that stand out tell a story. At least this is how I make mine, with levels of meaning and intention in all of them. They all come with a vibe, theme, tittle and cover that I personally design to convey their respective messages. I use movie samples and rare music gems finds to make them unique. Unfortunately, nowadays a lot of mixes are created with a disposable mentality… Rather, I put my soul into making memorable ones.
Are you amped to be the first female contributor on Gotta Dance Dirty? What does that signify for female talent in your industry?
I’m super honored to work with the GDD family, especially considering English is my second language. Their blog is a powerhouse for EDM culture. I’m looking forward to having this platform to shed light on verging music. Not sure what this signifies for other females in my industry, but I definitely give myself a pat in the back for this one.
Have you ever brought your DJing home to Puerto Rico? If so, how does the audience there react compared to the mainland US?
Overthrow produced a big one-off in San Juan a few years ago. The party was amazing, but their knowledge of new music is very limited. Their mental outlook on music, fashion and art can sometimes be very xenophobic and conventional.
Have you always rocked your signature bangs?
I’ve had them on and off since I was little. Got them back in my early 20′s … I’ll probably still rock them with grey hair and wisdom wrinkles.
How do you unwind when you are not working?
I don’t really have a 9-5er so I’m pretty much always doing something music related or creative. I have become quite the film junkie lately.
What are your thoughts on taking your music in a more commercial direction? Do you want to keep it underground?
I file this question under skewed perception. It’s funny because I play at VIP, commercial, underground, indie, ghetto & EBM/EDM parties… but people always want to put DJs in a box. My whole career has been smoke & mirrors. Some DJs are purists, but I like to do it all. Why not? I have the library & knowledge to do it. The music I push has always been more indie, it inspires me. I know whats going on in music and love to be the bridge between the commercial & cool. I have no reservations about commercializing our “selling out” as long as I can be creative on my own terms. Packaging the mixtapes I do under my brand with my stamp of approval IS a cycle of commercialization. I consider myself something more like Karmaloop… we take cool shit and distribute it like media.
Where do you think music and art are headed in the next 10 years? How will they interact?
I think music and visual art have always been interconnected on a creative level, but the industries are growing further apart. The value of art is easier to quantify and thrives on the upper class. Music on the other hand depends on the lowest common denominator to sell itself.