Musical Motivation: DJ Alexandra Richards


For us, a great playlist and an incredible workout go hand in hand. There’s nothing like the right set of tunes to get you encouraged and excited, keep you motivated and help you cool down and chill out. So, when we found out that DJ Alexandra Richards—who also happens to be a jetsetting model, artist and the daughter of Patti Hansen and Keith Richards—would be spinning at our Del Amo store opening event, we couldn’t wait to ask her all about the role music plays in her own world. Alexandra gave us an insight into her life as a DJ and how she manages to stay healthy and happy with an insane schedule.

How did you get started as a DJ?

At a really small lounge in NYC. I thought it was the most fun just learning and reading crowds. I had some friends who were in the business. They gave me lessons. I was young and had just moved to New York and really loved controlling the mood of the crowds.

What role does music play in your life? How does it keep you inspired and motivated?

It’s therapeutic for me. It honestly is there like a friend in need. Good days, bad days; it fills me. Even though it’s a job and we all can say jobs can get annoying, I find music helps me through that, so I really have best of both worlds.

What’s your favorite workout song?

I love “Made to Stray” by Mount Kimbie. It’s great because of its build up, so by the time the song breaks down you’re sweating to keep up with the drum beat. Burnnnnnnn!

How do you stay in such great shape? What’s your go-to routine?

I have a lovely trainer, Marc Gordon, and we work hard. I’m very disciplined. So, when I have downtime, I’m at the gym working my butt off. It’s so easy to fall off with traveling but I’m motivated to keep up with my body. I love to run and do kick boxing and Pilates. It’s a great combo for learning rather than doing something in your routine that you’re too used to.

How do you handle staying energized when you’re always on the road?

Good question! I was born on the road so I get through it but definitely as much sleep as you can get, lots of water, lots of iced green tea or iced black coffee. Breakfast… I can’t tell you how important it is! The occasional Bloody Mary will help after a long DJ night.

What does the future hold for Alexandra Richards?

Being healthy, happy and appreciating every day like the first and last!

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