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YRB: What never fails to please the crowd?

Kalkutta: Katy Perry. She has the magic touch to get the girls singing their hearts out.

YRB: Who are you listening to right now?

Kalkutta: The new Beyoncé record and Frank Ocean. [And] Bruno Mars. I like his album… He’s so friendly, we made out once.

YRB: If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be?

Kalkutta: Elton John because he is a musician through and through, and he is capable of contributing to any musical style.  He was even on the new Kanye, he’s on “All Of The Lights,” but then he also did the soundtrack for the Broadway production of Lion King.  He’s one of the most talented musicians of all time.

YRB: What is your favorite music style to work with?

Kalkutta: I like to play rock music because I am a rock star.  It’s a challenge because with rock you have to set up right and it’s recorded live, especially the older stuff like The Clash and The Rolling Stones. You really have to pay attention because, not only was it recorded live, but they were also on a cocktail of drugs when they recorded these things, so they’re all off-tempo and it’s tricky. For that reason, you don’t hear a lot of people play a lot of rock. I play a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, [they are] my favorite to play because they are crazy. They are all over the place.

YRB: What was the most memorable event you’ve worked?

Kalkutta: Memorable for what reason? That’s the question [Laughs]. Prince came to see me at this bar that I DJ at. It was a pretty quiet night, and it was a personal visit more or less.  His assistant had seen me at another event that I did and told Prince about it and he came in.  It was super memorable because it’s Prince and he arrived in a haze of purple smoke… Not really, but he had his hairstylist on hand, not a hair out of place on that man. He was very friendly – no, he didn’t hit on me. Everyone likes to ask, so let’s just get that out of the way. He was just my friend and we’re eye level. He’s very small and he was very glittery, more glittery than me.

YRB: You’ve also worked a few fashion shows. What designers are you currently working with?

Kalkutta: Betsey Johnson – I’m going to be doing her Fashion’s Night Out and Avril Lavigne has a clothing line called Abby Dawn, and I think I’ll also be doing an event with her.

YRB: If you could work with any fashion designer whom would it be and why?

Kalkutta: Dead or alive [Laughs]? McQueen, Alexander McQueen.  But anyone that’s alive, that I’m not already working with – L.A.M.B.  In retrospect, this is totally who I would love to work with and Gwen Stefani has heavily influenced me as is seen in the photos! I would [also] like to work with a designer who is completely unknown and help them shape their brand and be their muse. So many people are already established, and it’s really important to me to help bring somebody else’s brand to light.

YRB: Would you consider coming out with your own line of clothing/accessories?

Kalkutta: Definitely, that’d be fun and it’d be very colorful.  Very feminine but juxtaposed with edgier more masculine things, like acid washed denim, guns and tools…hammers [Laughs].

YRB: What are you currently working on?

Kalkutta: I am working on a lot of original music, a lot of dance music, and I’m collaborating with different producers, different artists and working on remixes.  I’m working on a remix right now for Kreayshawn and I’m teaming up with the production duo Cash Cash. Working on a lot of original stuff – but not singing – production, because everyone always seems to think I’m a singer. It’s a problem – I’m not.

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  1. Loves it! Kalkutta is thee Bollywood Barbie. So much more than a skilled DJ.