RISING DJ (EDM)ILY, NÉE EMILY GRUCA HAS ALREADY BEEN BILLED WITH SOME BIG NAMES, LIKE GATEKEEPER, A$AP MOB AND BRENMAR. MAKING THE NEW YORK CITY CIRCUIT SEEMS TO COME EASILY FOR THE 23 YEAR OLD FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, BUT SHE'S DREAMING BIG: STADIUMS, FESTIVALS, AND VERSACE RUNWAY SHOWS
READ THE INTERVIEW, LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE VMIX—AND CLICK THROUGH THE SLIDESHOW TO SEE THE VIDEOS THAT INSPIRE OUR NEWEST V DJ
What track first made you want to DJ?
It wasn’t a track really, it was going to Sensation White at the Barclays Center. It really hit me there how happy DJs are, and I realized I totally had a DJ mentality.
Best music video of all time?
Mariah Carey - "Boy (I Need You)" ft. Cam’ron.
What would you play if you were to DJ a runway show—and which designer would you want it to be?
Versace! Donatella totally understands how to dress a party girl. I would probably play "Teenage Crime," - Adrian Lux (Axwell & Henrik B remix).
If you had to pick a dance song from each era: 00s, 90s, 80s, 70s...
[click through the slideshow above to hear the answers]
Where did you grow up?
Charleston, South Carolina.
Where do you live now?
Brooklyn, New York.
Where is the best place to play music?
At a megaclub or festival.
1. Thunder ft. Britney Spears - W&W (EDMily remix)
2. Standing on the Sun - Beyonce (Tiesto remix)
3. Grown Woman - Beyonce (Nervo remix)
4. Lift Off – LA Riots Chasing Summers ft. Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus, Foxes - Tiesto (EDMily remix)
5. Million Voices - Otto Knows
6. Touch the Sky - Paul Oakenfold (Disfunktion remix)
7. Ladi Dadi - Steve Aoki (Tommy Trash remix)
8. I Want You Draw Close - Afrozzikk Mashup
9. New Light – Yen Tech
10. Boy Oh Boy – Diplo & GTA
11. Turn It Up ft. Fergie – Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & GTA (EDMily Vocal Edit)
12. Surge ft. Wynter Gordan – Clockwork
13. Feel Again – One Republic (Thomas Gold remix)
14. Locked Out of Brainfreeze – Newklear bootleg
15. Animals – Martin Garrix
16. Full Access ft. Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Ke$ha, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera – Michael Woods (EDMily Remix)
17. After a Dream – Empire of the Sun (Tommy Trash bootleg)
18. Applause ft. Lil Jon – Lady Gaga (EDMily remix)
19. Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat – Henry Fong
20. Push with Me – No Doubt (White Panda remix)
21. Silhouettes ft. Usher, Matthew Koma, Chris Brown – Avicci (EDMily Remix)
22. Fall Into the Sky ft. Elliie Goulding – Zedd & Lucky Date
23. I’m out – Ciara (Adaron Remix)
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