We linked up with Jasmine Solano, DJ and Emcee extraordinaire to see what she’s about and to introduce her to you guys in case you haven’t run into her stuff. She’s constantly coming into Miami for a few sets every few months, and just this past Winter Music Conference season, she put it on at the Electric Punani collaboration party in the form of the Winter Music Massive at Blackbird Ordinary.
After having some green juice courtesy of the Standard Miami’s Lobby Cafe, Jasmine and I had a quick convo in their garden terrace about where she’s from, what she does when she’s in Miami, her latest projects and what exactly is Electric Punani.
Read the interview below…
305: So where are you from?
I’m originally from Philly, went to school out in Boston and then moved to NY. So I’ve been very northeast based for all my life, even though I’ve traveled all around the world and studied music and culture all around the world. I’m a big fan of traveling and culture clashing and getting out of your comfort zone. So you kinda add all of those elements and put it in me living in NY and you get this hybrid influence where everything that I’ve taken in my life comes out when I write, when I rap and when I DJ.
305: How do you like being in New York City?
New York is my number one love. Its like a boyfriend. Every time you leave it, you just want to go right back,. You hate it, you love it and want to kill it – all those beautiful things. In NY, you gotta be serious in what you want. If you’re not, you might get sucked up in a direction that you might not want. If you are serious about what you want, New York is the place to get it. Its tough and its raw and the people are real. It kinda forces you to get down to the bottom of your purpose. It really does. For me, I couldn’t be anywhere else. I wanted to be in the spot where every piece of the world is colliding. No matter what that means, if we’re all coexisting there, then that’s where I gotta be. Where all the hustlers are, the crazy people, the creatives. I need to be in the thick of all of that.
305: What about Miami, I see you spinning down here often…
I love Miami deeply, I think it began because my mother spent every summer down here. And when she brought me down here for the first time, the love for Miami was passed on. But I’ve been performing in Miami consistently for about three years. And its always amazing to not only experience the weather, the food, and the music culture, but I get to do what I love down here, which is great. Whether its dj’ing a party at a hotel or performing at a hip hop show, I have a lot of friends down here that are doing big things. Miami is definitely my little escape from New York City.
305: What’s Jasmine Solano’s Top Five Suggestions Of What To Do In Miami?
1. You have to swim in the ocean.
2. You have to eat at a Cuban Restaurant for sure. There’s one that I can’t remember the name of, but its on 17th and Collins.
3. You have to stay at the W Hotel.
4. You have to drive in a fun car. It can be an old car or a new Ferrari, but it HAS to be fun. I’m a big fun of cruising.
5. And you have to come see me whenever I’m in Miami.
305: So, your latest project?
So I released a EP in 2012 called RAP. Then in December we released a couple remixes. And now, I’m working on music as always, but I have no idea when its gonna be ready or when its gonna come out. But that’s kinda the beauty of the art of music. You put it out when you feel ready. But I will definitely be performing at all the upcoming festivals. There are lot of opportunities where you can see me perform and DJ which I love to combine live.
305: You brought your party Electric Punani to Miami this past Winter Music Conference? What exactly is Electric Punani?
Electric Punani is a small child that I had with my friend Melo X. Its a party child. We’ve been doing it for five years now. It combines dancehall, electro hip hop. It was a monthly that we used to do at Sway in New York on Mondays. The party got so crazy that at one point we had 300 point trying to come in at once, and the cops shut down Spring Street – which was the sign that we were really on to something. And this was within our 6 months of starting the party. So we started to expand and do the party outside of New York – and we took it to Denver, Vancouver, Paris and it just had a great response. Its cool because worlds collide and cultures collide. We’ve had dancehall queens, hipster kids, and old rastas. We have had a good mix of people that come to the party. Its just something that I absolutely love to do.
But, Electric Punani is absolutely a worldly party and its because its electrifying and we’re combining all kinds of music: be it dancehall, soca, african music, hip-hop, french hip-hop, electro. Its just mixing music that forces your body to sweat.
305: You definitely have a great sense of fashion, how big of a role does it play into your daily life?
Fashion has always been a form of expression for me. I think every artist is gonna say that. My influences with my fashion stem from my experiences around the world, different cultures clashing. A lot of musical influences, women like Betty Davis, Nike Acosta, Erykah Badu, Janis Joplin, all coming from this heavy Bohemian hip-hop background. I have this kind of relaxed earthy vibe mixed in with hip-hop and NY street wear, and then mixed in with African couture pieces. You can definitely see the mix. Even what I have on
305: What catches your attention from Miami’s music scene?
Miami Bass is what really catches my attention. Because we don’t really get to play that as much in New York. And when I play it down here, I get a reaction that’s out of control. And you know how every city has their pocket of history, like Chicago has house and juke, and NY has hip-hop, and New Orleans has that New Orleans bounce and jazz. Miami has that Miami bass. There’s a whole history to it and a whole culture to it. Its different than any where else.
Catch Jasmine Solano every Tuesday afternoon with her mixshow from 4pm – 6pm at www.radiolily.com. The show is a mix of dancehall, electronic, and hip-hop.
NOTE: And many thanks to The Standard Miami Beach for the hospitality.