Style Insider: DJ Hitomi Kageyama

DJ Hitomi Kageyama - Loose Flying Hair
By   /  February 6, 2014

Hong Kong based DJ Hitomi Kageyama is originally from Osaka, Japan.  She has lived in Hong Kong since 2012 and has been spinning her turnable and playing her music selection at clubs and lounge like Zuma, Tazie, Azure for music lovers during the night.  During the day she’s a translator.

One to follow her passion, she started playing at Osaka’s popular nightclubs as soon as she could get into clubs. Kageyama journeyed on to Toronto, Canada to study and play with some of the top DJs in North America where she lived for 2 years.  Well versed in different styles and mixing, her style can be described as a mix of soul, house and reggae, influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Aretha Franklin and Nujabes.  We love how her music, like her style, is a mix of different genres – boho, preppy, yet classic.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a website called the Moonlight Matters, Hong Kong’s nightlife guide which features cool spots like clubs, bars, lounges in both English and Japanese.  I know there are many nightlife guide websites out there, but I wanted my website to be more like a personal blog from the point of view of 25 year-old female DJ.

Music is…

Music is what feelings sound like.

DJ Hitomi Kageyama - White Dress and Saxophone

Credit: Jim Schneider, Hong Kong Jazz Network

A quote that inspires you…

Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.  -Albert Einstein

 Music that has influenced me…

A tribe called quest – This is the first record I ever bought and I would listen to it over and over again.  Even today when I listen to it, it brings me back to the old days when I first listened to them.

Nujabes – Nujabes was one of the very first artists I absolutely fell in love with when I just started getting into hip-hop.  His music is just amazing and I think he is one of the greatest producer of all time.

Aretha Franklin – I saw her performance at Toronto Jazz Festival.  She was 68 years old at that time. She came out on the stage with the help of a stick. As soon as she started singing, it literally gave me goosebumps all over my body. I still remember that scene clearly. She is truly a living legend and the queen of soul.

Who do you think has great taste in clothes…
  • Miranda Kerr
  • Alexa Chung
  • Kate Bosworth
Describe your style…

I adore down-to-earth, comfortable fashion with a little hint of glamour.  My fashion motto is to dress comfy but keep it stylish.  I like to wear flats on my days off, but wearing heels makes me feel taller and ready to take on the world.  Also, carrying a clutch is my secret key to making everything appear a bit more dressy.

DJ Hitomi Kageyama - Printed Dress and Scarf Profile

What does your work wardrobe consist of mostly?

I can wear most anything as a DJ, there are no guidelines but I would say I’m mostly dressed creatively.  I like to wear a unique pattern dress with vivid colour, or a simple jump suit with gold accessories.  I usually have my hair up for practical reasons, so my hair doesn’t touch my face while mixing and mess with my music.

A signature piece you always wear that is unique to you…

I like wearing scarf throughout the year.  It’s a great accessory and great for adding instant colour, pattern to my look.

The most inspiring DJ ..

Daft Punk.

Their sound is timeless.  They’ve taken elements of various musical genres and perfected an all round tribute to music, not just a singular genre like dance or soft rock but a perfect mix of all genres, almost like creating their own sound.  As I listen to their tracks, none of them sound ‘outdated’ or ‘old’ even if it’s from the 90s, because they have perfected the mixing of different elements in each genre and it all works like a piece of fine art.  To me they are one of the most skilled producers I’ve had the pleasure to listen to.

What are the Top 3 clubs in HK in your opinion…
  • Dragon i
  • Volar
  • Drop
Your favourite websites for music…
  • Soundcloud
  • Spotify
  • Mixmag
  • Hype machine
  • This song is sick
  • Gotta dance dirty
  • Triple j
  • Indie shuffle
  • Wallflower food
  • We like it indie

Photographer: Joyce Yung


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