As a freelance DJ and photographer - and general girl about town - New York based Leslie Kirchhoff spends her days running between photo shoots, meetings and gigs. “My daytime is mainly photography and emails with maybe a meeting or two about DJ things,” says Kirchhoff. “Then in the evening I look at music websites to find new songs, download some things, update my USBs and get ready for DJing. One day I’m going to bed at 4 a.m. and the next I’m waking up for a shoot at 4 a.m. My life is seriously non-stop, but my Baby-G helps me keep it all on track.”
After the Wisconsin-born Kirchhoff graduated from NYU, where she created her own major around photography and media, she landed an art internship at Vogue.com. “I asked my boss to shoot a party, any party, and from there it turned into other little things like taking a photo of a shirt to shooting festival street style.” Now Kirchhoff's a regular contributor to Vogue.com and Teen Vogue.
Learning to DJ while away for a semester in Paris, Kirchhoff, now 23, convinced a friend who handled sound at Boom Boom Room to give her a trial Friday night gig upon her return. “When I am DJing, I really like to make a room feel a certain way,” says Kirchhoff. “It feels really retro there, so I would play a lot of disco to make it feel like you were in a different time. I love being able to control the sound and mood of a room.” The gig stuck, and Kirchhoff went on to DJ a Vera Wang party with gigs compounding from there. Now she has regular nights at Chelsea hotspot Hotel Americano and spins her way across Fashion Week. On Kirchhoff ’s dance floor you’ll hear “a lot of disco, oldies, indie stuff, remixes, '80s... I kind of say it’s ‘dancy-disco-rocky.’”