PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD KNOW: Sasha Lauzon and Michelle Leshem – DJ’s Ess & Emm
Who are you?
M: 2 best friends who dj around town.
S: naughty n’ nice, sugar n’ spice
What do you do in real life?
M: one of us is a stockbroker & the other is the principal of two creative marketing and design agencies called supermarket creative + creative mafia. Guess who does what?
Have you always been a duo?
M: yes..if you count our years of friendship and nightlife debauchery when you pair us together.
S: we’ve been djing as a duo for a little over a year now but we?Have pretty much been inseperable from the moment we met.
How long have you been working music in Miami?
M: we have been djing for a little over a year. But working within nightlife for over 10 years.
S: having both arrived on the scene in the mid nineties we’ve got years of experience under our belt.
What do you like most about what you do?
M: our passion for music has turned into a great creative outlet for us. We get to play music we love, at places we love and care to go out to from specific clubs to special fashion and art events. It’s amazing to be able to share our music taste with the public. The
best part is seeing people dance and scream to your tunes.
S: music and fashion have always been our passion – melding the two worlds have been one of the most fulfilling experiences thus
far. There is no greater feeling than watching the crowd move to your beats in perfect harmony.
What about Miami has surprised you the most?
M: the dj and nightlife community has welcomed us with open arms from sean drake, off the radar’s ray milian, bardot’s erica freshman, the vagabond, cafeina, tara, ink., Carmel ophir,
danny daze, jose ortiz, marc vane, ryan evans…all have been very supportive and happy for us.
S: definitely the way the nighlife community have embraced us from day one – its a wonderful family of creative geniuses who all love and support one another.
How do you choose what you are going to play?
M: if we love it, it gets played. We have a strict music policy about what we play and love the nu disco, new wave, electro and indie sound.
S: we definitely have a specific taste when it comes to music – we try to cater to the crowd and their energy but its mostly a nu-disco inspired sound.
What are you doing to shake up the Miami scene?
M: we will bring you ‘double the pleasure’ ‘double the fun’ and a and the tunes we love to play that you don’t get to hear all the time.
S: we started our own monthly event a cafeina – the eh team, since we are both from canada, which highlights amazing musical artists from our neighbors up north proving that canada isn’t all about celine dion and the barenaked ladies
What excites & inspires you?
S: miami has really grown over the past several years. There is inspiration all over the city from music to art to fashion.
Who are your icons?
M: debbie harry. Audrey hepburn. Rosie the riveter. (the best of all 3 worlds).
S: dita von teese, angelina jolie, pat benatar
How would you describe your personal style?
M: quarky meets cute, with a side of vintage and a dollop of edge.
S: vampy pin-up??What do you do now, that you did not do 5 years ago?
M: dj, graphic design and environmental interior design consulting for commercial projects.
Something new that you have just discovered about yourselves?
M: i’m starting to like beer!
S: i love to explore other cities, people, places and perspectives but more and more i am starting to love coming back “home” to miami.
What are your guilty pleasures?
M: ice cream
One luxury that you cannot live without?
S: michelle leshem (of course)
Three words to describe you?
M: a dreamer. Creative. Outgoing.
S: creative, complicated, charismatic