DJ Bella Fiasco
THERE'S NO DOUBT...
..that music plays a vital role in our lives. From a club, a bar, or even in the car, the vibes that play in the background has an influence for the good time we're having.
On that note, we've always said that DJ's play a big role in events - they make the livelihood of the party. From music festivals to live shows and concerts, the vibes that resonate in the room start with the DJ.
That being said, we wanted to bring light on someone who has been setting the bar in the industry. It's no secret that the DJ world is a male dominated scene, and that's what makes our featured influential individual amazing. If you're in Los Angeles, you probably have seen her spin at some of the city's most upscale clubs. Her ability to adapt to different crowds and be able to make the spot super live definitely sets her apart. Let's take a closer look at DJ Bella Fiasco.
The basics: Who is Bella Fiasco? Where did you grow up and where do you currently reside?
I was born in the Philippines, but have been living in California a majority of my life.
It’s hard to imagine you having any spare time. You seem like you’re always on the go. But when you do, what are some things you enjoy doing?
I love going on food ventures, a girl's gotta eat! If I weren't a DJ, my Instagram profile would probably consist of 99% food pics and reviews. Other than that, my first found love and talent was painting. I still paint to this day, it serves as my way of therapy after long nights of playing. I also enjoy seeing live bands play, it's something I've always loved doing with my parents since I was little.
You definitely have an ear for good music. Was being a DJ always part of the plan? What was the inspiration/motivation behind choosing this career path?
I come from a musically-inclined family. Name any instrument, you can find it in my house - All of which my dad tried teaching me to play but none really caught my full attention. I remember in middle school, I would always make special playlists for each of my friends and burn them onto CDs, all of which I'd decorate with a sharpie and label with made-up DJ names. One day when I came home from school, my dad surprised me with a pair of turntables and the rest was fate as I call it. He must have gotten tired of me stealing his blank CDs, lol!
Speaking of good music, which era of hip hop (90’s, 80’s, etc) do you prefer and why? Any specific artist that is the most influential to you?
The 90s was arguably the best era of hiphop, and I think will be for as many more eras I'm going to live through. It was the decade that reinvented and shaped hip hop as we know it, the era that bore some of the most pivotal and influential artists of all time. You can't make me pick just ONE favorite, far too many great artists to choose from! ATCQ, Beastie Boys, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, and Outkast are still regulars in my daily playlist, just to name a few.
Congratulations by the way on becoming the Beat Junkie’s Ambassador! They made an awesome choice! How did that come about?
Thank you, appreciate that! I had spun with a few of the Beat Junkies fellas throughout the years I've been spinning. This past summer, Melo D and I were booked to DJ at RedCup's day party. It was my first time meeting and spinning with the guy (one of my idols), I was nervous as he stood by the DJ booth the entire time I was spinning, but he complimented my set as soon as I got off. He was such a cool and humble guy, something rare to find in the DJ industry nowadays. A week later, he reached out to me and had nothing but kind words and good feedback to forward and asked if I would be interested in joining the team as their first female DJ ambassador. They welcomed me with open arms and I'm more than humbled and blessed to represent alongside some of the most legendary DJs in the game, who are also amazing individuals outside of the industry.
Did you ever come across certain family members or friends who criticize your career choices? What were their objections and how did you handle it?
Not at all. I'm fortunate to have the most supportive friends and family behind me. They are all my cheerleaders!
What did you have to give up/sacrifice to follow your dream? If you could go back and change one thing, knowing what you know now, what would you have done different?
A lot, most of which are matters that I've kept personal. I've compromised and sacrificed a lot for the sake of DJ'ing - from school, family, friends, my "love life," a different career path, to other opportunities, I knew there was going to be a lot on the line. My biggest responsibility now is keeping a good balance between DJ'ing and my life outside of it and it's still a work in progress. If there's one thing I wish I would've done differently then, it would probably be sleeping more. Lol! All the late nights out are catching up to me as I'm getting older.
Define a go-getter.
Self-explanatory. Go out there and get it! Don't let anything or anyone stop you from getting what you want.
I admire the fact that you’re a female in the scene that is admired by many. It’s a tough crowd, and it’s always great to see those that break the barriers. What can you say to those that think it’s a male dominated industry, yet here you are, proving them otherwise?I worked very hard to earn respect and credibility in this industry, as a matter of fact I still do. But it's a curse and a blessing at the same time. It pushes me to be great at what I do so that people acknowledge my talent before my gender and looks. You can't knock the hustle, and you most definitely can't knock the skill. There's a place for every DJ in this industry, male or female, long as you work hard and have the talent to set you apart.
You’re talking to a group of admirers and people who find you as an inspiration. What is the best advice you can give them about following their dreams?
Never get too comfortable. There is no progress in satisfaction, aim higher every day and you will achieve even more than just what you imagined you could. There is no set limit or standard recipe to success- it doesn't matter how you get there or when you get there, as long as you make it… Like I always tell my friends, "This is your show, run it how you want to and make 'em scream encore just when they think you're done."
Great rewards are always accompanied by continuous hustle and grind. Bella Fiasco breaks barriers of any stereotypical connotation that female DJs can't make it big - that all they need to do is look pretty and that'll get the crowd going. That in itself is reason enough to push the envelope even further - to prove everyone wrong. Not only has she raised the bar for DJs in general, but she has done it in such an edgy and classy manner that I am yet to see from others. Her work on the turntables has gotten her on the spotlight with some companies such as Bose and and also being a Brand Ambassador for the Beat Junkies. She truly is an inspiration and quite the definition for an influential individual. If you haven't checked her out live or listened to any of her mixes, you're most definitely missing out.