Five Questions with Erica Sheldon

What inspired you for the mixtape and how did you choose the songs?  Music is medicinal.

This particular mixtape is a blend of drum and bass –heavy on the bass – with a Brazilian touch. Twenty-nine minutes of summer, surf, skate, and the feeling of driving over the MacArthur Causeway with the windows down, and then a car cuts you off without a turn-signal at minute 24:40.

01 Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (High Contrast Remix)
02 Distance - Headstrung
03 Pendulum - Under the Waves
04 Nero - My Eyes
05 DJ Marky e XRS Remix - Carolina Bela (Jorge Ben Jor & Toquinho)
06 Dieselboy - Hostile

I like to have fun with them and think of my mixes as a spice cabinets; everything from Italian Oregano, Goya Adobo, Jamaican Jerk, to Indian Curry.

How has your Italian background and Miami upbringing influenced your sound and your work?    
Miami is most definitely laced throughout my music and my work: tropical and bright but also grimy and diverse. Passione per la vita e un forte impegno per la famiglia e la comunità. As a society we often fail to remember we are a team and through my work I hope to reunite.  

The bi-monthly mixtapes your produce are called Lemonade Stand, can you share your perfect lemonade recipe?
A 16oz glass of water and the juice of 1 lemon. No sugar added.

You often use a small triangle as your signature mark, what does the symbol mean to you?   
For me the triangle represents approaching everything in life with three angles – the spirit, mind, and body.

What is your favorite thing to do in Miami?
That has got to be one of the hardest questions. As Miamians we are blessed to live in such a distinct community: it's a place where you can order your breakfast in Spanish from La Ventanita, pizza in Italian for lunch, Lemon City dinner in Haitian Creole and drinks in Portuguese.

Surrounded by almost limitless options on any given night, Miami truly is the Magic City and one of my favorite things to do is soak it all in on the beach with a coconut in hand.

Okay bonus questions, If you had to a move to a different Miami neighborhood, where would you move and why?
I would have to say, hands down, Miami Beach for the art deco architecture and eclectic vibes. 

Erica Sheldon
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