118 10 Questions: DJ Kiss

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DJ Kiss—as JaKissa Taylor-Semple goes by professionally—has come a long way since her days living in Louisiana. Now based in New York, Taylor-Semple has situated herself as one of the most in-demand DJs in the country. Need proof? She’s spun private parties for Madonna, Naomi Campbell, and Jamie Foxx, showcased her skills for a sold-out New York Knicks crowd at Madison Square Garden, and counts clients like Alexander Wang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton—who consider her their go-to girl when they need to know what to play at their fashion shows. Here, she breaks it down for ELLE, one question at a time.

ELLE: What is your favorite smell?
DJ Kiss: My favorite smell is my husband’s Mark Birley cologne. It’s a very masculine and sexy scent without being overpowering. If I smell it on anyone else I automatically think of him!

ELLE: What do you consider the epitome of happiness?
DJK: Being able to do what you love for a living and spending time with loved ones.

ELLE: How do you define luxury?
DJK: A personal indulgence of time or money.

ELLE: What is the last dream you remember?
DJK: Ugh! I can only ever remember dreams for a few minutes after I wake up! I know I’ve had some good ones, I just can’t remember details!

ELLE: What’s your favorite childhood memory?
DJK: Sneaking to listen to my Walkman when I was supposed to be doing homework.

ELLE: What’s the last book you read and loved?
DJK: I’m actually currently reading the Bible. I try and read a few chapters a day.

ELLE: Describe your home’s aesthetic.
DJK: Well my husband and I OD’d on Ikea and West Elm when we moved in together so it kind of looks like both catalogues. Beyond that we have some really quirky artwork, and we framed old records and music magazine covers and hung them in the kitchen and living room. So I’d say a little Pop art-ish as well.

ELLE: What are your vices?
DJK: Shopping and bad reality shows!

ELLE: Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
DJK: Louisiana girl living in NYC.

ELLE: What possession will you never throw away?
DJK: My photo albums! It’s cool that most pictures are online these days, but there’s nothing as awesome as looking through old photo albums!

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