Mercedes Benson is the babe we all wanna be. Between juggling the life of being a DJ and influencer, Mercedes has also founded her own recruitment platform for young black creatives in the UK. Is there anything this gal can’t do?
A lot has changed since we first spoke to Mercedes back in 2016. We chatted to her about her career, fashion sense and favourite tunes. Read the full interview below.
Mercedes Benson Q+A
How would you describe your day-to-day job?
I consider myself a renaissance woman [a woman with many talents]. I do everything I’m passionate about, but to the highest level. At best I love to connect. That includes connecting people, passions and purposes. So whether thats DJ-ing, being a social media strategist, social entrepreneur or public speaker – I can do all of the above.
How did you get into DJ-ing?
It started an alternative hip-hop and R&B club night called FutureSNDS in 2014. My career grew really quickly, and because of that I was approached by Lovebox to bring that same vibe to the festival. At the time I was just booking DJs to play at my parties, but something within me wanted to say ‘yes’ to this opportunity and represent my club night myself. Three months later I learnt how to DJ and played my first set – AT LOVEBOX! Cracks me up each time.
Soundtrack to your life?
Beyonce Schoolin Life – I am a Yonce stan and this song is my current mood. Life is the real university.
What’s the favourite performance you have ever done?
Afronation this summer. The first afrobeat festival of its kind, and I was one of a handful of female DJs to represent. It was such an honour. Playing afrobeats on a beach – PRICELESS
What gave you the inspiration to become a DJ?
I love music! I saw female DJs around me doing their thing like Hannah Faith and Kitty Cash but I admired from afar. I would say knowing that it COULD be done was my motivation to just do it.
Proudest career moment?
A. Starting SocialFIXT. In 2017 I kick started my job listing platform SocialFIXT to connect creative job opportunities with black talent in London, as diversity numbers in the creative industry are disgustingly low. Knowing that there are 6000 members in our FB group sharing opportunities daily makes me smile. It’s not about me.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s African inspired R&B in my soul. If I could make a new artist, it would be Jhene Aiko meets Burna Boy.
Biggest female inspiration?
B E Y O N C E – she’s a virgo like me. Super hardworking. A perfectionist. Beautiful. A wife and a mother. EVERYTHING.
What track never gets old no matter how many times you hear it?
Jhene Aiko – My Mine
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