The night after our interview at the Perry Hotel in South Beach, Kristen Schrot invited me to watch her perform at SET Miami as Miss Nine. She texts me to meet up with her in front of the club around 2 am, just before her playing time. Waiting for me in a sleeveless black T-shirt, denim cut-offs and big red boots (an original design by her friend, international fashion model Evelyne Verpaalen), Kristin is dazzling beyond words.
“Ready?” she asks with a grin, and whisks me and my friends past the red velvet rope into the club and onto the DJ stage where fellow DJ and model Tatiana Fontes is wrapping up her set.
Amidst the old Hollywood glamour and opulence that characterizes SET, Miss Nine manages to shine brighter than the crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. She opens with “In The Air”, Morgan Page’s track with BT and Sultan and Ned Shepard. It’s a throwback from the previous night, when we’d gone together to see Sultan and Ned perform at LIV.
Blending tech-house with her customary progressive sound, Miss Nine proves once again that in her short run as a DJ she’s already managed to master technique and develop an ear for mixing. What’s most impressive is that she picked it all up in just a couple of months.
“I spent hours in the studio, behind the decks—I started with vinyl…in my free time I would just work on mixes,” she said. After three months of learning how to DJ, she played a gig in Holland on Queen’s Day. Motion saw her perform and offered her a spot as a resident DJ for the world famous Motion Parties. “I kind of loved it and I kept going with it. [At Motion] I was able to open for big A-list acts and slowly I grew into the scene.”
Initially specializing in commercial house, Miss Nine developed a deeper sound as she progressed in her career. From a technical aspect, the most difficult part about becoming a better DJ, she said, was learning how to listen well.
“You have one track in one ear, and the other you hear from the monitor speakers, and you have to do it in your head,” she said. “You have to take two different records and bring them together.”
It seems to have paid off, though; her hard work and natural ear for mixing landed her a slot performing at Holland’s Dance Valley music festival in Holland—she was the youngest artist to play. Miss Nine is also the first female to make a compilation for Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi Recordings.
“I was blown away when I got the message,” she said. “Deep Dish saw me work in Amsterdam and they asked me to join the agency, then they asked me to go with them on a world tour, and then, on top, they asked me to make a compilation. I was like, “Whoa, me? A little girl from a small town, mixing for Yoshitoshi? It was amazing.”
Equally amazing are all the projects Miss Nine manages in addition to touring as an internationally recognized DJ. Originally signed with Elite Models, she is the chief ambassador for Levi’s Curve ID line of denim, as well as the face of Pioneer’s 350 series, the startup set for beginner DJs. As if that’s not enough, she manages her own record label, 925 Digital, which she started as a way to showcase new underground talent.
“I have so many friends who produce very nice music but they don’t get the chance to get it out there and that’s why I started the label. It’s my little baby,” she said. “When you are your own boss you can kind of decide what to do with the music.”
In an industry dominated primarily by men, Miss Nine’s many accomplishments have paved the way for a growing number of female DJs. Her favorite part about being one of the few girls behind the decks?
“I have all the guys for myself!”
Tune in to Miss Nine’s monthly radio show, Nine Sessions, available as a free podcast on iTunes.