Music Muse x DJ Crystal Mercedes
DJ Crystal Mercedes, also known as The Runway DJ, is THE DJ to go to in Memphis when you're hosting a fashion or beauty industry event. We first met at Memphis Fashion Week 2 years ago (her sets throughout the show were ah-mazing) and today we're releasing a Summer 16 Playlist curated by Crystal!
Being that she IS the Runway DJ, we chatted with Crystal about her DJing career and what style means to her.
What does style mean to you?
To me, style is all about YOUR perspective. Growing up my grandma made all of our clothes by hand, and now when I look at fashion garments I have to touch and feel the fabric. It's all about how you see yourself in it. Style is everything to me its your own kind of thing that no one can duplicate. I love waking up and putting on whatever I want! Style is Freedom!
Who are your style icons?
Iris Apfel, Katy Perry, Jeremy Scott & Rihanna.
Where are 3 places you like to shop?
Thrift and Consignment Stores, Zara, & Nasty Gal.
What's a favorite piece in your closet?
A floral embellished, fitted dress. I feel sexy and more confident rocking a dress that shows my curves and figure. And I absolutely love all things floral.
How did you get into DJing?
During my college days, I was one of the disc jockeys for my student radio station on campus called “The Perch”. Programming music and learning all kinds of genres was very eye opening for me. My sophomore year I started hosting house sets in my dorm and the music selection was up to me and my roommates trusted my abilities (Thank God). Later, I moved to Atlanta, GA for my senior internship program, and began doing local radio station remotes. Before I knew it, I was spinning at the Mall for Sephora. I never looked back!
Best song to kick off a party:
I Like the Way You Move by OutKast
What's your guilty pleasure song (people wouldn't believe that you like it)?
Dream On by Aerosmith
Where can people learn more about you?
www.TheRunwayDJ.com. They can also follow me on Social Media at @TheRunwayDj.
This summer catch me on the 1s & 2s spinning July-August at The Basement (2nd floor of the Art Village Gallery on South Main. Dates Coming Soon!