If you ever had the chance to pass the AUX cord to Dylan the Gypsy in the Summer of 2014, you were most likely fueling her already budding music career. At 21, the DJ and aspiring actress has taken a semester off from her studies to pursue her calling in the creative world — a calling she’s already seen her fair share of success in. After moving out of her college dorm and looking for a way to finance life in the big city, the D.C.-native decided to take a chance on the music world and dominate NYC’s nightlife scene.
What do you do?
I’m an artist. I am a human. I am a woman — a black woman, trying to figure life out just like everybody else.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part is trying to really pave your own way in two male-dominated industries, on top of the fact that I am a minority in a white supremacist country. And a specific time where nationalism is at its peak since the whenever the fuck — the 50s! Trying to navigate through all these status quos about how a black woman should conduct herself, how a Black woman should present herself, how a black woman should have a career. And how she should address that career and her superiors.
What’s your favorite thing that you’ve done so far?
My first solo tour. I traveled around Europe for a month. I got to DJ in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy. I got to see where my career can go and that was the motivation I needed to really just grind harder.
What was the first album you bought?
It’s a tie between Justified, Songs About Jane and Dangerously in Love.
What was your first job?
I worked at American Apparel when I was 16. I thought I was so cute working there.
Who are your role models?
I look up to Donald Glover a lot. I think he really just figured it out how to have a successful music and acting career, and how to create his own work and put his friends on. That’s the type of shit I’m trying to do with my life.
What inspired you to get into the arts?
My aunt is an actress on Broadway and she was an opera singer my entire childhood. She really inspired me to pursue the fine arts. And then once I started attending a performing arts high school, I got to interact with different types of artists and they opened me to a whole different side of life.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to pursue a similar career?
Be patient. Don’t compare other people’s success to your own because everyone has their own journey that they need to overcome. If you really want to do it you have to commit to it, because you’re going to hear ‘no’ a lot. And sometimes you just gotta wait it out and put in those hours before people actually want to work with you, so it’s just a matter of having faith in yourself.
Photography: Myles Loftin
Taken from Issue 00.