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One of the things I love most about New York is the people. Creative, intelligent and driven.

DJ and fashion maven, May Kwok, is one of those people. May has been making waves in New York since she first hit the social scene at 13. May has her finger firmly on the pulse of this great city, establishing herself as a fixture among the downtown creative class.

Cultivating demand for her seamless blend of house and hip-hop tracks, Ms Kwok has become a hot commodity, not only across New York but globally – Djing some of the fashion industries top events, parties and shows.

We caught up with May out at Rockaway for a little Q&A.

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Where did it all begin?
Hong Kong by the way of New York City since 1988

“I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.”
— Truman Capote

How would you describe yourself?
Motivated, Passionate, & Realistic

As both a DJ and Event Planner, what do you love most? How do you think you’ll intertwine them moving forward in your career?
I equally love both sides of my career, but DJing has definitely provided me the platform to execute passion projects. It’s connected me with so many great designers, editors & notoriety in this hard-to-break-through industry and for this; I am grateful. Continuing to intertwine my two careers by providing musical landscapes for events I produce is something I see growing over time.

With events so much of that is building brand and experiences – what have been some of the biggest shifts in events since you’ve been working in the industry? What are brands most interested in achieving?
A few years ago the biggest challenge of an event was to acquire great press post event but nowadays there’s a social media and influencer aspect – we have to make sure the event offers interactive activations and is designed beautifully, so that guests are prompted to Instagram, tweet, snapchat and more!  I can’t even keep up with the increasing channels influencers are using.

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Growing up in and around NY, how do you think it has influenced your perspective on life?
I had to grow up and mature quickly in NYC – I started working full time when I was 16, not that I was forced to work but I wanted to go out into the world and experience it. But living a balanced life is very important to me.

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When did you start surfing and where did you catch your first wave?
I took my first surf lesson in the Rockaways In 2011! I’ve gone every summer since then and even took a yoga and surf retreat in Costa Rica last year.  I’ve caught the surfing bug and am so motivated to become better and be in water as much as possible.

If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
In the ocean, surfing. duh.

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