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Meet Dj Lexey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dj Lexey.

Hi Dj Lexey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Music has been a big part of my life ever since I can remember. I spent more than half my life playing the violin as a kid and the other half behind the DJ decks. Now I’m hoping for another lifetime of doing both of those passions together, Djing and playing violin in my sets! ​

I started out classically from 7 years old on violin and spent a lot of my time practicing, taking private lessons, and playing in orchestras. While I was good, I wasn’t good enough for the music schools I wanted to get into when I was graduating high school so I somewhat abruptly quit. Not sure of what was to come next if the violin wasn’t in the picture, I thought I would find it in New York City. I think I did. I quickly fell into the music and dance scene there while going to the Fashion Institute of Technology. I was surrounded by so much energy, creativity, culture, and at the heart of it music. I followed many amazing DJs and fell in love with the way they could move a crowd and create an atmosphere in the room with their music selections. I decided to take a chance and try my hand at it too. I loved getting to learn about music and felt like I was discovering so many new genres to me. I became obsessed with anything and everything from the ’70s, ’80s, rock, funk & soul, hip hop, house, reggae, and Latin. I still am and love to discover new music. The next 12 years flew by and I had the chance to play all over NYC, the US, and international venues across Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean!

While the violin was collecting dust, my family decided to make a move to Florida and I slowly began picking up the instrument again. Fallen out of touch with classical music, I challenged myself to relearn the violin while improvising to music I was playing as a DJ. With a lot of dedication and practice, I slowly became more comfortable with laying down violin parts in an unexpected way on top of melodies people already know. Mustering up the guts to bring out the violin on one of my DJ sets one day, I loved how it could surprise the audience. Having brought a good crew of friends that night didn’t hurt either as there were a lot of notes I didn’t quite hit right! It’s all part of the process though and I love continuing to learn the never-ending supply of music that is out there and the infinite possibilities of melodies you can improvise to them. Since combining both of my “instruments,” I’ve reimagined what was possible for myself and have been lucky and fortunate enough to have such great support and receptive audiences. I’ve had the honor to play so many amazing events, celebrity weddings, and parties, corporate and private gigs, festivals, and just about anywhere my music can add something. I’m loving every minute of it and can’t wait to see what comes next!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life is always full of obstacles but if you think of them as challenges then that’s just another thing you need to conquer. While I only realize this after reflecting back on it decades later, I can see I was trying to break into a very male-dominated industry as a DJ. I always put music first and I think was luckily naive enough to not let that aspect hold me back. I’m so happy to see more female DJs and musicians out there and truly feel that when it comes to music we don’t need to have any boundaries for gender, age, race, or ethnicity. Music is this amazing language we can all understand.

I think being an introvert and more on the shy side believe it or not has been a personal challenge of mine. While I continue to work on overcoming that, I have been so lucky to have such great support from everyone around me. It means more than you’ll ever know when you get a genuine compliment or even smiles that show people like what you do and want to enjoy it with you. So much love is a beautiful thing and I hope I can reflect that back into the universe and bring others with me along the way!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I think people remember me as that violin girl with sparkly outfits and tutus that always seems to be on top of a bar or grand piano when one is around! I’ve acquired some pretty amazing electric violins as well that can light up a room or rock out like an electric guitar. It’s hard not to stand out when you bust out a violin unexpectedly in a crowded room so I just have to embrace that and go for it.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
So many, but I think that’s the lesson in itself. There are more lessons to be learned and you’ll never know it all. As long as you stay open to learning, the world is filled with unlimited possibilities.

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Elina’s Dream Photography
Christopher Fay Photography

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