BLACK HISTORY MONTH OWNER ARTIST FEATURES: MEET DJ SLIM THICC aka KAYLA MEISNERDATE: February 26, 2021
Meet Kayla Meisner aka Kay aka DJ Slim Thicc, DJ, entrepreneur, innovator, local artist, and proud Louisville Community Grocery owner.
KAYLA aka DJ SLIM THICC WAS INTERVIEWED MY LCG BOARD MEMBER DENNISHA (aka RENEE) RIVERS.
Here are some excerpts from their conversation.
Renee – Good morning good morning! Tell us about who you are and what you do in the community.
Kayla – Most people know me as DJ Slim Thicc. By day I work for the UofK and the Cabinet for Economic Development to make better environments for entrepreneurship. DEI is so important to me. I joined the grocery because people deserve good food all the time. Food is a way of showing care and love.
Renee – OK, great, let’s speak about equity and entrepreneurship. During the day what are you doing to advocate for development?
Kayla – We try to promote good ideas. Amazing new products. How you can take valuable ideas, harness them, and turn them into businesses. A great partnership mechanism for doing that is to tap into schools and universities. I connect with colleges, technical colleges, and universities. We’re asking questions like, “how do we get people in high school the resources and capital they need to create valuable ideas? How do you protect and support a business before you even have a product?”
Renee – You are so right, we are the seed. I so appreciate everything you do. Now talking about the culture, I have a movement pushing for women to get into the community to express themself through music so let’s talk about this.
Kayla – I’m from the region, but when I moved into Louisville I found the true segregation of the city, which leads to a segregation of culture and ideas.
When I first went out into the community I asked myself, why are all the owners of all the bars, restaurants, music venues, why were they all white, and white men at that? I said, we’ve gotta do something about this.
Luckily I had a great relationship with the owner of Seidenfadens, who is a Black man, and he said sadly few of us allow Black people to come in and perform, for fear of scaring off others. But he started letting us do hip hop Friday anyway. There are so many people my age demanding inclusive, diverse spaces, and hip hop is the biggest music genre on earth, so we’ve been intentional about creating these spaces everywhere. It kind of became my mission to become a disrupter. I went into places with my biz card and said “you’re gonna be mad if you don’t invite us here and you see the huge crowd we bring across the street.”
Renee – We have to jump on the bandwagon and make it our own! When you walk around certain areas and realize the business owners don’t look like us. We need people that look like us to challenge, make a change, and stand up against those who want to exploit us. Music is power. Ownership is power. It’s a relationship that intertwines together.
So how can people connect with you?
Kayla – DJ Slim Thicc on all platforms. Kentucky Commercialization Ventures is trying to build these spaces – find me on LinkedIn if you want to talk to me specifically about that.
Renee – Last question, before you go: what’s your favorite food memory?
Kayla – Home cooked meals, any kind. My mom always cooked for us from scratch, never out of a box, no frozen meals. I didn’t realize how special that was until I visited a friend who I thought was wealthier than us, and they were cooking Hamburger Helper – I was shocked. It was a point of pride that my mom loved cooking and made me a foodie.
See more of DJ Slim Thicc’s work on Soundcloud // Follow her on IG here
Thank you so much to Kayla Meisner aka DJ Slim Thicc: DJ, entrepreneur, innovator, and local artist in Louisville, for her time with this interview, and LCG board member Dennisha (Renee) Rivers for interviewing her.
Celebrate Black History with us with more local Black artist features over the next week.