From door girl to DJ, Bay Area DJ Umami's rise to fame was guided by one simple word: practice. Instead of using programs or software shortcuts, she used a few records and the solace of her bedroom to perfect her craft. “I'd like to publicly apologize to my roommates and neighbors in my early stages of my career,” she laughs. However, the patience has paid off, as now you can find her behind the decks of the Nike Women's Marathon or at many residencies around the Bay. We spoke with Umami about her goals, her residencies in Oakland, and the origin of the stage name Umami. She plays tonight, March 20, at Skylark for Peaches, and Saturday, March 22, for the CAAMFest at 111 Minna.
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