Brooklyn native Olivia Dope is a highly sought after triple-threat. Starting her career as a classically trained dancer who performed with many well-known artists, Dope eventually found her calling as a DJ, incorporating her talents as a dancer and a fashion designer to make for an unforgettable show. Her unique style as a DJ has been recognized by former clients such as Lil Kim, Russell Simmons, Essence Magazine, and Adidas.

HipHopDX got a chance to have a quick chat with Olivia before she performs at our SXSW showcase.

HipHopDX: What are you most excited about performing at the festival? 

DJ Olivia Dope: Really excited for the HipHopDX Rap Rising, honestly. To share a stage with the likes of Just Blaze and DJ Drama is a dream as a DJ.

Do you plan on watching other performances? Which one are you most likely to see?  

Wu-Tang, Jhene Aiko and got to see Kelela last night. Excited for Saweetie to rock the HipHopDX stage though!

What’s been the best and/or worst part of preparing for the performances? 

Best part is sharing your love of music and creativity with the masses. Worst part is waiting that last hour until you hit the stage. I get anxious like a little kid on their way to Disney World.

What was your first show outside your hometown and what was the best memory of it? 

My first show outside of NYC was DJing in Boston for Justine Skye. Great experience. The crows showed a lot of love.

What was your first paid gig? 

>My first paid gig was when I DJed a house party in Brooklyn, NY. I was so nervous but it was fun.

What was the best article you’ve ever read in HipHopDX? Did you agree or disagree with it? 

My favorite article from HipHopDX is the story about Kendrick Lamar overcoming industry pressures, staying true to himself and still winning. Rare to see nowadays so it’s inspiring.

What’s one unique fact that you want your fans to know about you?

>One unique fact about me is one of my favorite things to do is read the liner notes in CD booklets and album sleeves. I love knowing who are the producers and writers, and where certain songs get their samples from. Kinda gives me insight to what went down in the recording process & I just love know as many music facts as possible just in case its an answer on Jeopardy.

Check out Olivia Dope at DX’s Rap Rising showcase at SXSW on March 16 at The Parish.