We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ Miyuki and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ, what principle do you value most?
Authenticity. I feel the most fulfilled when I act in a way that’s in alignment with who I am inside. I aim to be authentic in the way that I tell my story through music. I aim to be authentic in the way that I represent myself to viewers on stream, and I think that is something that people can easily tell and feel connected to. I can only feel successful if I achieved what I did while staying true to myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m proud to be able to tell my own story through music. I am not only a producer, but also a songwriter who wrote the lyrics for most of my music. I also self-filmed and produced music videos for two of my songs, creating a complete audiovisual experience that allowed me to express my emotions more vividly. Having a low budget at the beginning meant that I had to do everything by myself (except for singing), but I also appreciate the aspect of having complete creative control over my projects and delivering my complete vision.
I am proud of how far I’ve come as both a music producer and streamer. I have worked incredibly hard to get to where I am today in both of these aspects. As a producer I watched all the tutorials that I could find on the internet for the first couple of years, before investing in a (very expensive but very good) mentor. As a streamer, I consistently streamed every week, sometimes even when I was sick, and tried to put on my absolute best show every single time both in terms of production value and energy.
One of the most important things I learned was to not be afraid to invest money into my business! I was raised to be frugal so I was very hesitant to make some big purchases such as the mentoring, but it was totally worth it and paid off in the end.
I just released a new song on AVA White, called “Need You Like I Need to Breathe.” I would love it if you could check it out here: https://fanlink.to/miyu2
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably take them to eat a lot of amazing Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley and then dance the night away at whichever nightclub had the best trance for the night 🙂 The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents. Most of us have imperfect relationships with our parents, and I am the same. However, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my parents. Not only did they sacrifice everything they had to immigrate and bring me to an environment with more abundant opportunity, but they also taught me the value of hard work, honesty, frugality, and integrity. I would like to thank my parents for giving me all of these tools that I can now use to chase my dream.
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