KITTENS Performs Live and Shares Custom Summer Spritz Hours Playlist for Billboard

KITTENS Performs Live and Shares Custom Summer Spritz Hours Playlist for Billboard

KITTENS knows summer is all about vibes. The globetrotting DJ has performed all over the world, from heart pounding sets at iconic festivals to high profile residencies in Las Vegas. But she’s most at home wherever the sun shines, which is why the Los Angeles-based DJ is partnering with Aperol to bring a dose of summer to viewers across the world.

KITTENS is hosting a live happy hour on Billboard’s Facebook page live at 6pm ET Friday, August 13 where she’ll be mixing tracks and moonlighting as your resident mixologist. She’ll also walk viewers through a step-by-step tutorial to make a classic Aperol Spritz, her summer drink of choice. 

And that’s not all, KITTENS also created a summer playlist that is pure vibes, ranging from global pop to funky R&B to old school hip hop. KITTENS spoke with  Billboard about her favorite summertime activities and her favorite sun soaked memories.  Read the Q+A and listen to the playlist below, and tune in on Facebook to catch her mixing tracks — and drinks.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

I live in California so it’s like summer year-round for me, but I love to lay by the pool or go to the beaches to read and recharge. I really do miss the pre-COVID LA day parties too.

Do you remember a summer that stands out?

Summer of 2018 was hectic but in a good way. I got to DJ some of my bucket list festivals and I had a Vegas residency and a bunch of other shows in between which were super memorable but also challenging. My computer shut down on stage in front of thousands of people at one festival from the heat, and I basically just had to ramble on the mic to keep people engaged until we could get things back up and running. After all these things, though, I realized — I can handle anything. And no matter what crazy stuff happens, I can get through it.

When you’re DJing in the summer, what’s one song that always gets the crowd going?

I wouldn’t say there’s one song exactly but there’s nothing like a proper late 90’s or early 2000’s R&B set that gets people in the right mood.

What’s your dream summer vacation?

I do really love Bali but probably would want to hit up some beautiful little beach towns in Italy and France.

Tell us about the playlist you made. What are the standout songs?

It’s literally like mid-tempo body roll energy. Everything from WizKid and Rema to Kehlani, Kaytranada, and A Tribe Called Quest.

What’s the song of summer this year?

Normally you can pick a “song of the…” so easily because all the clubs are open and there’s a really obvious song that everyone goes crazy for. But since we don’t have that same party culture at the moment I feel like that song isn’t there? It’s really up to whatever everyone personally likes to listen to in their car or home or life. Aside from all that though I definitely am having a major guilty pleasure moment and blasting Olivia Rodrigo.


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