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Damaged / Goods: What led you to pursue a career as a DJ and a model?
Rebecca L'Amore: A lot of different blessings led me to where I am today. Since I was 13, everyone always said I should be a model. I grew up in a strict household where vanity/modeling was frowned upon, although I truly felt as though it was my calling. My parents wanted me to go to University and get a degree first prior to modeling, which I did. I was discovered in Boston when I was 20 by Serge Safar. My first gig was hair modeling for SAFAR salon's billboards. They chopped off all of my long dark brown wavy hair and dyed it jet black. I then got signed to Model Club Inc. in Boston. Depressed by the 5 feet of snow and cold weather, I eventually relocated to Los Angeles to join my music producer, Stelio Marshall (a.k.a. Stel Leo a.k.a. The Renaissance Mane). Shortly after relocating to LA, I got signed to M Model Management.
With regard to DJing, I started party planning while attending the University of Rhode Island. I was in a sorority in college and was always subconsciously controlling the music in the house by creating playlists. My friends used to call me 'DJ Princess Beckles'. I'm not really sure why. With regard to party hosting and planning, I always felt like I wanted more control, but felt stifled by the fact that I was a female. At the time, there were pretty much no female DJs in America. When I moved to Los Angeles, my producer bought the Pioneer CDJ-XRX DJ software and I started to play around with them at exclusive house parties that we would have at our apartment. It came so naturally to me. I think it's because I'm never not listening to music. I'm literally addicted to sound. My father was a former radio DJ in college, so DJing is also in my blood.
As a DJ, it also helps that I'm a model, because my following from fashion/commercial stints contributes to the audience that I'm able to reach. I am never a tacky DJ, though. You won't catch me with rhinestone headphones or any of that bullshit. If you know good music, then you know.
Damaged: How did you come up with your stage name Princess Cyberspace?
Rebecca: While living in Boston, I was modeling and working in mobile technology amongst a bunch of (primarily dude) techies. Originally, I intended to create a fashion blog to showcase my unique style while working in the tech world. So, I tried a bunch of different name combinations, and Princess Cyberspace kind of just came to me. I liked the alliteration of it, and the URL, Instagram, Soundcloud, and Mixcloud were available, so that was that. I'm a total nerd but luckily I'm a pretty nerd. Multiple people have said that I'm “like a beautiful alien.” The world is so fucked up right now that I feel like it's cool to be out of this world. Tech stars are the new rock stars, and it is time for Hollywood to realize that.
Damaged: What is your take on our generation’s accessibility to DAW?
Rebecca: Our generation is the entrepreneurial, nomadic generation. We are disrupting the current art and business structure as we know it. Many adults can sit there and insult our over-use of technology, but I believe that tech has given artists the ability now, more than ever, to garner an audience that was formerly blocked off by the corporate structure. Art imitates life, and since art is becoming more democratized, I can only see businesses becoming more and more democratized as well. Soon everyone will be their own business and we will trade skill for skill or product for product. Isn't that what Burning Man is all about?
Damaged: Do you compose and produce your own music?
Rebecca: I executive produce and arrange my own music, meaning that I manage communications and make it happen. I also write almost all of the lyrics and lyrical melodies. I don't have the technical skills to engineer, so I work closely with engineers. I tell them what sounds good, and what I want to hear. I also have multiple producers sending me tracks to sing on. If I like a beat, I'll schedule a session with Stelio Marshall (my primary producer). He'll add his epic drums, then we'll work together to record, find another artist to put on the track, record him/her, write with him/her, then Stelio will mix/master the track. While he is mixing and mastering he always asks me what sounds the best. Together we create magic. I couldn't do it without him, but I would say I always have the final word ;).
Damaged: How does fashion inspire your music style?
Rebecca: Music and fashion are sound and vision. In my opinion, fashion brings music to life and music brings fashion to life. If you're a musician but have shit fashion sense, you better have a good stylist because no one is going to take you seriously. How often do you see a runway show with no music, or a fashion video with no sound? You can't have one without the other. Maybe that's why so many musicians date models. And with the Instagram/influencer wave, musicians are models.
Damaged: Who are your top artists of the moment?
Rebecca: All of the artists that I allow into our music studio. LOL, just kidding. I hate naming names, but one of the most talented engineers in the up-and-coming scene right now is hands down Stelio Marshall. He is only 23 years old but produces like he's 45. Currently, he co-produces and engineers all of my songs. I don't think any young producer/engineer's sound is better than his right now. No one has the technical skill, artistry, and ability to work cohesively with a developing artist as he does. I recently was very much influenced by some Toronto artists as well, primarily Adam Pavao. We kind of hate each other, but he is one of my muses. It's 2017, I think men are allowed to be muses to women. Last but not least, I am obsessed with Boys Noize. I'm actually secretly (openly) in love with him. He's a legend. Oh, Jimmy Edgar is super talented too. I can listen to all of his songs on repeat. I also love Grimes and Justice. So there's six: Stelio Marshall, Adam Pavao, Boys Noize (Alex Ridha), Jimmy Edgar, Grimes, and Justice.
Damaged: Name one of your dream project that you would like to achieve?
Rebecca: I would love to be a signed artist and go on tour eventually. I would also like to create more music videos, one for each of my songs. Right now, my debut EP, #CYBERPROPAGANDA, is in the works. If this could be released by a real record label so that my sound and vision can truly get out there, that would be a dream. I have a cult following on the internet right now, which is primarily in LA/NYC, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Of course, it would be great to perform in all of those countries one day.
What's your damage?
Rebecca: My junior year of college I felt really out of place and trapped at my University. I really felt like I needed to blossom but I needed to finish my education. I was just realizing that I was an artist, because I tried to fit in with no prevail. I was also heartbroken because I had fallen in love with a DJ/party planner from Boston who had fooled me. I felt like no one understood me, and my friends just didn't know how to help. I was clinically depressed for two years. For one full year, I didn't leave my bed at all other than to go to class. During that time I was hospitalized for suicidal tendencies. I am okay now, I think. I always go in and out of spells of depression, but I think that is natural for any artist. Especially in the technology-driven social climate that exists today, full of superficial interactions and seriously lacking real love.
You can listen to the second half of Princess Cyberspace live mix from the D/G DISTURBANCE HERE: LØVE
I had an amazing time DJing Make Me Famous at De Re Gallery Thursday night! Thank you to Allie & Lexi Kaplan (The Kaplan Twins) and De Re Gallery for having me. What an amazing art exhibit debut - there was a HUGE turnout, and Allie & Lexi's pop art paintings of celebrity culture are just so on point.
Check out some photos from my live set below, and relive a night of art, disco, house, techno, and pop culture by streaming my live sounds via SoundCloud.