A few weeks ago, I hung out with budding DJ and big-time Wale fan and friend, DJ Luna, also known as Mikaela Sorina. I asked her a few questions and hung out with her at “The Art of Finessing” event at Footsoldiers Wynwood as she disc jockeyed for the first time. Here’s what I learned and saw.
Q: What’s your full name, age, and what do you do 9-5?
A: Mikaela Sorina. 21. Real Estate.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m originally from New Orleans, my mom is Puerto Rican and my dad is Black. We moved to Miami when I was 3.
Q: How would you describe “DJ Luna”? Are you a musician, a social media personality, a DJ?
A: I’ve been told that I’m all of the above. And I like to think the same as well.
Q: What’s your relationship with music and how and when did it start (a.k.a., first album or song you heard that you really liked, first instrument you got into)?
A: I’ve been listening to music since literally, before I was born. I grew up listening to classic soul, 70s rock, and 80s pop. The first Hip-Hop artist I fell in love with was Kanye, because I recognized a lot of his classic soul samples in his music.
Q: You post regularly on Instagram about participating in events with Wale and other Miami-based and non-Miami based rappers. How have you been able to land these opportunities?
A: A combination of social media, and being myself.
Q: What challenges are you facing right now regarding DJ Luna? What’s your ultimate goal?
A: To be completely honest, my only challenge right now is myself, and keeping myself motivated to stay focused. I don’t have an ultimate goal, because that sets a limitation. I’m just going where life takes me.
Q: When you’re not out at video shoots or music sessions, what do you do (a.k.a. hobbies)?
A: Take it all in. Study the scene and how everyone moves. Take mental notes.
Q: What’s a typical day like in your life?
A: Depends on the day. Usually I work 9-5 and go to events at night. Or if Wale is in town, we go to the studio, do a club appearance, or a concert or video shoot. It’s always an interesting day.