Multi-talent and busy fashionista Tina Maria takes a small break from the world of fashion to discover a new form of creativity in DJing.
A brief introduction to yourself.
My name is Tina Maria and I sleep in Jersey City and hustle in Manhattan. I’m just a girl trying to figure out what to eat 24/7. I have a creative production company with my business partner, The ESC Agency, and we manage social accounts, produce video and photography content. I also manage marketing and PR for a menswear designer as well as coordinating fashion shows for New York Fashion Week.
Describe your relationship with music. What music do you listen to?
I love 90s and early 2000s hip hop and R&B. That soul music. That baby making music. I enjoy singing a lot and had taken singing lessons. I’ve competed in High School with my A Cappella group all along the East Coast and we’ve won Superior 1st place in all of them. Ever since I started my fashion career, I took a step back on working on my voice, but I will always shell out a tune in the shower, in the car, or in the silence whenever the mood strikes!
Describe your experience at The Foxgrove.
I took the Instant DJ class. It’s a big and thrilling experience since I always wanted to dabble in DJing. I figured maybe I’ll leave the fashion career behind and DJ for fashion parties instead? Who knows. But it was a lot of fun learning the basics along with the history of DJing. My respect level for the craft grew and definitely something I want to look into.
I have to admit that I was nervous and anxious to learn. I mean, there were so many buttons and options! It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. But it was so much fun, David took us step-by-step, taught us the background of DJ/electronic music, and we had a blast along the way. The buttons became less intimidating and the time passed much too quickly. At the end, we showcased our track and it was a bumpin’ party. Of course, I thought my track was lame but everyone liked it and it was so cool to see everyone dance to it. Such an awesome feeling.
Who/what inspires you?
I’m learning to trust my gut and the vibe of those around me. And with that, my mood, surroundings and the people I associate with are my inspirations.
Any future musical plans?
I definitely want to pick up an instrument and learn to make music. I’ve always sang but now I am very interested in creating.
What are you other loves?
I have taken up interior designing. Such an expensive hobby! I usually pick up different creative projects since I like to work with hands and with my creative mind, and right now, it’s designing... Before that, I was painting. Before that...I was in photography. I guess I enjoy and love to expand my creative brain on my free time.
I also love food. I will splurge on food before shoes any day.
One unknown fact about you.
I can wiggle my ear and I snort when I laugh. Mom would be proud.
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