check out her video, check out the bio, and stay tuned for more mixes, videos, etc from dj smiles davis.
smiles has really been blowing up this year so when we got a chance to work with her we jumped at the opportunity! having played for stevie wonder, erykah badu, and alongside the likes of party rockers z-trip & mix master mike to indie darlings mayer hawthorne & fools gold (to name a few) we thought she was more than qualified before we even saw her spin (and then we saw what she could do, and talked with her about music and we were sold!)
she plays a great mix of old and new party jams that fit right in with the flashdance aesthetic, and she also brings a huge catalog of old soul, latin, afrobeat, brazilian, dub, reggae, & other deep-rooted funk music and gems from around the globe to the table. honestly though, what we are the most excited about is the fact that she wants to play what YOU want her to play! more than anything, she wants to make your party go off and she knows how to do that.
Starting out as a professional dancer Smiles nurtured her talent as a performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she also worked with Lauryn Hill as a movement coach and back up dancer for Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. She soon discovered her talents on the wheels of steel and began acquiring early fans for her impeccable music sense.
Her transformation from professional dancer to DJ was a natural artistic progression that started when she was injured. Her rehabilitation led her to be a little burnt out on dancing at the ripe, young age of 21 so she naturally turned to her first love, music. She listened to all types of music when she was younger, from Beach Boys to the Beatles and indie rock to electronica. Because she lived a number of places as a child her musical influences are varied and that’s evident with the soulful selections that give her mixes and DJ set such a distinct sound. Smiles motto for creating the perfect blend, “My inspiration is different every time. Sometimes I just beat match and pick a specific set of songs for the mix. I don’t like to force it and other times I just pick whatever sounds good together.”
As a DJ she always tries to make sure that she observes the crowd at any place before she gets on the turntables. Smiles explains, “I watch the people before I start my set. I experiment with what works and I like to change up the energy. Being able to get a good response out of people should be the ultimate goal of a DJ.”
Her style of playing always elicits a great response from people and she wants to make sure that she always makes a memorable impression with her listeners. More than just a party DJ, Smiles is able to translate emotions and feelings into her mixes, which is a talent in and of itself. So get ready to see a lot more of this amazing DJ with the big personality and the effervescent smile in 2010!
below are a few mixes just for fun, warm up mix is pretty self explanatory, bottle service is some top 40 business, and smiles ahead is a really eclectic mix of styles. enjoy.
from smiles... "One of my clients asked me to make a tape of goodies I might spin at their event. They had very specific song requests & they asked me to shoot a video verses making a mixtape. No probs! I had so much fun and they enjoyed the tape so much I figured Id share. There’s a little ode to boycrazy in here just for kicks. Enjoy"
smiles appeared in what I consider to be one of the greatest magazines around wax poetics. Above her picture you’ll find Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam Funk just to name a few….that’s quite an honor. Grab a copy on stands now!
Just wanted to a say HUGE thanks again for your incredible performance at the wedding ten days ago. You are the best!!! I hope you had fun and that we were a decent crowd.
Seriously, everyone had an absolutely incredible time, I don't think there was one minute when people stopped dancing. Everyone's still going on about how great you were, so we're definitely going to have to bring you back for another party sometime when you're in nyc
Please keep us posted if you're ever headed east and we'll definitely spread the word to our engaged friends etc. Also my buddy Nano wants to link with you for a SXSW gig...been looking for an excuse to head down to Austin. and I'll be in touch again one of these days for another party!
Michael, Smiles was a smash hit. She had the after party going for four hours straight (and that was after a super long day and three hours of dancing at the reception). Everything was perfect and I can't thank you both enough.
First off, you're my hero and Caitlin and I totally have a crush on you! What an amazing wedding and DJ set!! It's always a good sign when people can't stop talking about the music and how good you were, and had to be dragged off the dance floor. Caitlin and I were sad we didn't get a photo with you, but consider yourself hired for every subsequent event we ever have.
Thanks again, you're the BEST!
BELOW IS A LIVE MIX FROM A 2011 WEDDING. recording starts at the beginning of the reception. enjoy!!