Channelling her roots, Amelia Holt’s audio influences drawn from an upbringing in Mexican border town Río Bravo, Tamaulipas. Now a rising name of the on Brooklyn decks, Holt’s eclectic DJ sets are a refreshing reminder of cultural diversity in dance. Her previous post at Red Bull Music Academy’s Radio, her founding in underground sounds was built alongside local and global legends of the space.
Growing her record collection while visiting shops across the globe, Amelia’s sharp ear for alternative-facing world music is reflected in sounds that bridge genres. While chatting through her approach to the art of DJ, Holt described a process to prepare for sets. Carefully selecting sounds based on crowd, venue, and event; her road to each gig is a masterclass in vibe curation.
Over the past year, Holt has clocked some serious time in the influential booths around New York and beyond. A regular on floors that fly under the radar, she’s cut her teeth at spaces like Jupiter Disco and Mood Ring. Appearances at cornerstone venues such as Bossa Nova and hybrid-shop Public Records are quickly solidifying her space in the regional circuit. Top it off with a handful of stops at raw Mexican raves, Holt admits that the coming year is expected to be busier than ever.
I like to represent where I am from. In a diverse place like New York, what is going to make you unique? For me, it’s my culture.
Earlier this year, Amelia launched Movedizo, a mix series and forthcoming event brand. Originally tapping artists with Latin roots, the series brings culturally-injected dance to new ears. Holt’s focus is to bring visibility to transplanted artists involved in the melting pot that is underground music. Promising much more to come from this emerging collective, she aims to blend the digital series with IRL experiences.