At 10 years old, DJ Cassidy received his first turntables — the rest was history. Fast forward to 2020, he might have had the most lit live music series this entire quarantine. Debuting his Pass The Mic Vol. 2 via Twitch, which can be replayed on his Instagram page to his 116K followers, the New York native was able to call in all the greats for the virtual show, including Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, and even Doug E. Fresh.
Rocking a #BlackLivesMatter shirt the entire 47 minutes, Cassidy has always been vocal in raising awareness and using his platform for the greater good. His impressive resume includes deejaying for all the greats from Diddy’s birthday functions to Beyonce and Jay’s wedding to Barack Obama’s inauguration.
King Ice caught up with DJ Cassidy via FaceTime, who also has a huge passion for fashion.
How long have you had the 24 carat microphone?
I’m not exactly sure, well over 10 years. Certainly 10 years, maybe closer to 15.
What are your go-to jewelry accessories?
All my jewelry is vintage, which really is a fancy, snobby word for old. Antique and vintage really mean old. I buy all my jewelry at flea markets, antique stores, estate sales, that’s it. It’s all costume jewelry, contrary to what I find many people thinking. None of it is 24-carat gold or diamonds, it’s all costume jewelry from the 70’s and 80’s. To be honest, it’s really all women’s jewelry. The brooches I wear I don’t think were ever sold in a men’s section, the gold cuffs I wear. The majority of my jewelry is bracelets and brooches, I’d guess that none of it was ever made to be sold in men’s sections. It’s all women’s costume jewelry I find around the world. Certainly, I have my stash in LA.
Do you have a most prized piece of jewelry in your possession?
No. I have a rule if it’s over $100, you shouldn’t buy it. I don’t take jewelry too seriously. I have an accessory closet in my house, I have drawers of brooches and bracelets. I travel a lot and things get lost. When I deejay, brooches fall off. Bracelets get banged. I’m not a delicate person when it comes to jewelry. I have 2 expensive watches, that’s it. It should be fun and carefree. I’ve never bought a brooch or bracelet for $500. I try to keep everything under $100 in my collection. I don’t have to worry if things get banged or bruised up. Keep it light and fun. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to exhibit style, in my opinion.