In an interview with DJ Goddess, Samar Kohli ended up discovering Jessica Dhillon
The biggest struggle I had writing this article was on how to define a woman who is busy rewriting the rules of the game. Calling her “multi-talented” and “triple-threat performer” sounds naïve. She is a film producer, dancer, choreographer, model, management consultant a highly successful International DJ, and I have been talking to her for over a year but been a fan for much longer.
Recently on tour to Australia I got a chance to catch up with her, but TBH I was not sure how it would go. Usually celebrities are aloof, but within few minutes of meeting her in person, I realised she that though she is immensely talented her greatest quality is her humbleness. I remember telling her at the end of our lunch that I am glad I met the real Jessica and not just DJ Goddess everyone knows.
Jessica Dhillon is easily one of the hardest working young talents in the entertainment industry. She has international fame with a huge support from Canada, Australia, India and the US, and her horizons only seem to broaden more and more each day.
Jessica or “DJ Goddess” is the epitome of a humble, kind and genuinely caring role model for her peers and young women around the world. She stands for empowerment, increasing the public’s self-esteem, providing music as an outlet and so much more.
Her journey to fame, however, is nothing close to ordinary. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, is the founder of the female empowerment organisation “Crown That Goddess” and taking the entertainment industry by full force—and looking like a goddess doing it!
★ What got you into music?
I was into music from as early as I can remember. My parents immigrated to Canada before all of my siblings and I were born and would often have gatherings with family friends in our small town of Prince Rupert. There are video cassettes of us growing up dancing in a circle to Punjabi and Hindi music at our home gatherings. My parents were also super encouraging and took us to camps where I learned how to play the harmonium and tabla at the age of 8.
★ Who is your inspiration?
I would always look up to my eldest sister Saleena. From as early as I can remember I would try to copy her dance moves as she is six years older than me. She was always so artistic and graceful. I would say she had a big influence on the way I dress now, and love for Bollywood music. I was always such a tom boy but there was always this other side that looked up to her style of dancing and music.
I also look up to powerhouse women including Beyoncé and J-Lo. Women that are doing so much, and are super well-rounded!
★ What is your creative process like?
My brain is on overdrive mode. I’m constantly brainstorming. I write my ideas down and then start executing them.
★ Who would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with the likes of Diljit Dosanjh or Guru Randhawa one day. I would also love to collaborate with some North American mainstream artists.
★ Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I always get nervous right before a set but I also think it keeps me on my toes and grounded. I am nervous till I play the first two tracks. I think the best way to beat anxiety is to be grateful to be where I am, take a few breaths, and give it my all during a set!
★ What are your favourite performance venues?
Dubai, Mumbai, LA and Melbourne!
★ What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever done for you?
Getting a Goddess tattoo. I mean I don’t even have one yet!
★ What would be a good theme song for your life?
‘Remember the Name’—Fort Minor
★ What is your favourite song?
At the moment—’Nira Ishq’ by Guri and ‘Victory Lap’ by Nipsey Hussle.
★ What do you like doing in your spare time?
Spend time with my family. I have two nephews and a niece and adore them.
★ Who is your celebrity crush?
DJ Snake 😀
★ If you weren’t famous, what would you be up to right now?
I’ve done a Major in Biology and Minor in Commerce in University. I had plans to become a doctor and would’ve probably gone on to open my own practice with my Science and Business background.
★ Who is the messiest person you know?
Me. I’m constantly travelling which means I live out of my suitcases and have 2-3 suitcases of clothes at any given time being packed and unpacked at the same time.
★ What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck.
★ A message for your fans?
Pursue what you love and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise and have enough patience to get there. You’ll want to quit when you’re closest; recognize that and push harder! That’s what separates the 1% from the 99%.
Samar Kohli from Bollywood Empire, The Smart Entrepreneur conducted the interview with DJ Goddess on behalf of The Indian Sun