Cachee Livingston aka Kitty Cash, Publicist & DJ
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I do fashion PR and I’m a DJ.
LONG STORY SHORT, HOW DID YOU GET TO wHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
My godmother made me intern at Rocawear, mostly to keep me out of trouble. But I was 17, super young. I looked like I was 12, no one took me seriously. I was sneaking into all of these Roc- A-Fella parties. Everyone there was crazy, it was crazy around me. Then I met this girl Bianca at a sample sale, who worked in fashion. We literally traded internships because I wanted to work in high fashion. From there on, she always helped put me in places where I wanted to be. I interned at Catherine Malandrino, and then I got into FIT, which was cool but it’s so New York. If I tell my younger sisters anything, it’s not to go to school in New York. I already had my own friends, I knew where the spots were. You don’t get the college experience if you’re from the city, you don’t really get involved. I assisted stylists, then I got a job at Ralph Lauren doing PR. I ended up leaving and was chillin’ (I had started DJ’ing then), and a friend recommended me for the position at G-Star. They said, “You’re a downtown girl, you should be with a downtown brand.” Ralph Lauren was great for the experience, but if I was to say I was a brand, I’d be more like G-Star, Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang, Topshop. With DJ’ing, I met Kilo Kish very randomly. I guess I’m good at meeting people. I was partying at the Rivington and she was by herself, so I just dragged her in with my friends and we were dancing or whatever. We ended up clicking, and later we realized we both went to FIT. She was like, “I did this mixtape in my room, someone’s into it,” and then, “Yo, I think I’m gonna need a DJ because I may go on a tour.” So we went to all these restaurants like La Esquina trying to nd a DJ, and she was like, “I don’t know about this girl,” or “Oh no, she’s too weird, I need someone chill.” So nally, we’re at Pulqueria drinking margaritas, our go-to spot at the time, and she’s like, “Why don’t you just be my DJ?” And I’m like, “Well I don’t know how to,” and she’s like, “Well, if you learn by this time, then you can go on the tour and you’ll be my of cial DJ. You get to travel wherever I go.” And I’m like, “That’s all I need to hear.” I took a class. One class. So that’s how I started DJ’ing. We went on tour twice with The Internet, one was in the United States in August 2012, and one was in Europe in March 2013. We’ve been to Belgium, we’ve been to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Scotland.
WHAT WOULD “MAKING IT” LOOK LIKE FOR YOU IN TERMS OF YOUR CAREER? I really want to do everything. Falling in love with something new is so refreshing. A year ago, I would never have been like, “I’m gonna be a DJ,” and now I want to learn how to produce, I want to learn how to do everything.
WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE CAREER GOAL? IF YOU COULD HAVE YOUR DREAM JOB, WHAT wOULD IT BE?
I feel like now that I DJ, my whole perception and goals have changed. I would love to incorporate art and culture into my gigs, and be involved as my own form of activism in anything that involves teaching the youth or something that’s spreading the word about what’s going on. Most importantly though I feel like I want to learn how to produce. I would love to just merge all my worlds, and that’s what I’m working towards now. I think the cool thing about our generation is that we can do that. We can create our own titles and our own jobs and our own positions.
DO YOU THINK THAT YOU COULD DO EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T LIvING IN BROOKLYN?
If I wasn’t here, I don’t know who I would have been, but I feel like New York gave me a specific edge. You just pick up and go, I’m not really afraid of anything. This is me, you like it or you don’t. So everywhere I go they’re like, “You have such a New York attitude,” and then they find out I’m from Brooklyn. And they’re like, “Oh my God, that makes sense.”