The greatest thing about DJ'ing is making someone's day/night. The look that they have when they hear their favorite songs and falling in love with music all over again is what I aim for at any party or event I'm a part of. As a DJ, that's female, I offer something a little bit different than my male colleagues and it shows when I'm DJ'ing. It's a little something for everything and I'll always take you on a journey. Music saved me and to use that as a tool to uplift people to, even if it's just for one night, it'll always be my favorite part of being a DJ.
Tell us about yourself?
I'm Sage or Legatron Prime/Legs. A lot of people know me as a DJ but I'm also a mother, Entrepreneur, Creative and college graduate. I'm a born and raised New Orleanian. I'm into good music, fashion, wine, history, black culture, and a good ass time with my friends! I have a 4 year named Rakim and she's absolutely my broke best friend.
What part of New Orleans did you grow up in and what was it like for you growing up in the city?
I grew up in the 7th Ward of New Orleans. Growing up in the city for me was a little less eventful compared to some of my peers, I think. I grew up in a single-parent household with three older brothers. I witnessed my mama work and go to school to continue her education after having her kids. She instilled drive and ambition in me since a small child. I did what my brothers did being the only girl, so I was the rough tomboy type. My grandma hated that. I played tackle football for a while with the boys and ran track at Hunters Field.
Aside from being a tomboy, my grandma and mama pushed me to dance. It was a thing in our family that all the girls go to dancing school (At The Benjamin School of Dance & Gymnastics). I trained in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz from the age of 3 (being the youngest at the school) to age 12 when Hurricane Katrina hit. I didn't really like it as I felt it was too girly for me but I stuck with it for the sake of my grandma and learned a few things on the way. Growing up, I was always into music. I was a majorette pretty much my whole educational career minus the three years I was living in Tucson, AZ. I pretty much lived and breathe New Orleans bands because both my 3rd brother and I shared that love.
He would even quiz me on songs from bands like Kennedy, St. Aug, Southern University, etc. If I weren't listening to band music, my mama would play all the jams ranging from the 70s to the 90s. She'd play Con Funk Shun, Earth, Wind, and Fire, to Sade, Erykah Badu, and Mary J Blige daily. I credit her for being the reason I ride with my music loud. Growing up, I just always heard music to the point where I'd sit on my steps with my radio and friends in the neighborhood and played Q93.
Looking back, I know that probably bothered some of our neighbors but they let me do my thing. That was my way of DJ'ing, looking back on it. I was into music heavy; it didn't matter the genre. I found my sweet spot for Hip Hop, which coincided with my tomboy-ness. I was probably 8 or 9 rapping Nas, Souls of Mischief, and Gang Starr. My mama pushed me creatively as an artist and allowed me to find my way through music growing up. She even tested me on my knowledge of the artists I heard her play all the time for money on the way to school. I'd always get them right.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a DJ, and what do you love most about your career?
Being that music was a massive part of my life, it didn't click for me to become a DJ until I was about 20, 21. I knew I wanted to work in music doing something. The night that the lightbulb clicked, I was hanging with my friends in the campus apartments and decided to act on my curiosity about the turntables one of them had. He showed me the very basics and just left me to do figure everything out. Once I started putting pieces together, playing music from the other room, it felt natural. It made the feeling better when my friends came from the living to where I was playing one by one asking, "That's you playing?". They encouraged me a lot, and in Fall 2012, I used my refund for a cheap controller and a laptop, and I began to practice.
I also had a radio show on campus with 2 of my friends, where we'd talk, sometimes interview people and I'd spin or have a mix. Following that, I set up my SoundCloud under then "OG Legs" and started posting mixes. I would learn new things through youtube or realization and practiced in my apartment until I got better. After a year of that, I got my first gig DJing an open mic called B.A.R.S (Bringing Acapella Rhymes) at Black Star Cafe (Shoutout Baba Bakir), and it was put on by my two friends Joc and Irie of The Rosebush. Black women gave me my start, shout out to the queens!
From there, I evolved. I had a gig here and there and continued honing my skill until I outgrew my little controller and also my name/brand. After giving birth to my baby girl in 2015, I upgraded to newer technology and a new name. After really investing in myself and my craft, things just took off from there. I moved to Baton Rouge, where I was still working a regular job but would be in New Orleans every weekend to DJ something. At one point, I didn't even have a reliable vehicle, so I'd have to catch the greyhound with my seven-month-old baby in one arm and a beat-up box that my new controller came because I didn't have a case yet, in the other. Through all of that, things got better for me, and I was making an impact. By 2017 I was a full-time professional DJ and entrepreneur. In 2018 I gained my first residency at The Dragons Den, called PrimeTime. I wouldn't have gotten it if some solid people didn't put me on their radar and pushed for me. I haven't turned back since.
What inspired the name Legatron Prime?
Legatron Prime is the transformed version of OG Legs. Keeping it true to all 5'10 of myself, I wanted to keep the Legs somewhere in the equation when I was growing out of being DJ OG Legs. I'm a big fan of the Transformers series too.
We saw you on Instagram celebrating 4/20. Do you feel the 4/20 holiday is still celebrated as it once was, or do you believe people have moved away from cannabis and are getting their high in different ways?
I feel like it's celebrated more now that it's kind of a liberal thing. Despite the fact that black and brown people are put away for it at a disproportionate then our white counterparts and they're allowed to make "legal" money from the cannabis industry, I believe it's still a lot of people's favorite life enhancer. But in that belief, I do realize the image a lot of younger influential artists is that of being a druggy. It's no longer weed, it's coke, it's pills, and it's being promoted as being the thing to do outside of weed. I hope that people really pay attention to what they're buying and putting into their bodies. We've lost a lot of artists on accident just by dealing with concoctions of drugs and that's a reality for ordinary people as well.
We love the fact that you spoke on properly, introducing our adolescents to cannabis. As a mom have you considered this conversation for your child? If so, what do you think this conversation looks like?
Of course! I believe education early on can lead to my child making better decisions if she decided to partake and a safe space for her to talk about it with her parents as well. However, with education, there are rules like her age being a factor and boundaries, like where she partakes and who all is there. Hopefully, when that time arrives, they'll be fewer laws on consuming cannabis.
What are you doing when you're not DJing?
I'm big into Fashion! So when I'm not DJing, I'm doing something Fashion related. I love thrifting and vintage, so in my spare time, I'm shopping or looking for unique pieces. I work with a lot of brands and local artists on different creative projects as well, so the music is still always going.
Tell us about an event you've done that set the tone for your career as a DJ?
In November 2017, during Bayou Classic, I was asked to DJ for Saint Heron. They were throwing an event to celebrate nine years of Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" with a video installation called Coldest Winter. It set the tone because I knew then, I was in rooms I've never seen and manifestation was real. Every now and again, I pull out the "I DJ'ed for Solange" card as a slight flex when I'm feeling down. Like, Solange was RIGHT THERE! It also showed that I'm a force to be reckoned with and that I wasn't going anywhere soon nor slowing down. Stars were aligning for me. That showed me where I've been and all the possibilities I can.
Tell us about the hardships you've faced as a business owner, does DJing keep the bills paid?
As a business owner, I'm sure we've all experience the feeling of not amounting to where we should be or the support we feel that is lacking. I sometimes suffer from impostor syndrome, just constantly thinking after I have a set I'm not happy with if I'm really worth the hype. It takes a lot self reflection to get out of that feeling but I always shake back into a positive zone where I'm feeling like my light is still shining. DJ'ing does pay the bills! I work really hard to maintain good relationships so I'm never really out of work. I hustle when it's that season, like carnival and festival season, so I try to stack my money as often as I can, even if it means overworking myself for a few days or weeks.
We see that you create fashion content from time to time, is Fashion just a hobby for you, or do you see it becoming another business for yourself?
Fashion has always been with me since a child. We didn't have a lot of things my peers had but in that, I was blessed with the gift of making something out of nothing. I've been on eBay since I was 16, bidding (and losing) and archived Ralph Lauren blazers and Chanel skirts, but also going to the thrift stores and finding like things. I have my bachelor's degree in Apparel Merchandising and Textiles and have worked in retail since I was 18. I was very involved in anything Fashion related on campus and within my department. Modeling, designing, being on the runways, it was always just my thing that I didn't get to highlight until I got to college. In the future, I will have my place in Fashion as a reseller, creative director, designer, etc.
How would you describe your parenting style?
Whew, I am still learning. While I'm navigating my life dealing with traumas, emotions, and just growing pains, I'm very aware of how I parent her. I try to be the opposite of some things my mama did with us and put my own twist in it. There's definitely no books on the market to prepare you to be a parent; it's just something that you do. I'm very free-spirited so that I can be laid back with her. We do arts and crafts and bond over music. I try not to be hard on her but sometimes she can take a mile if I gave her an inch. We're just winging it!
As a mom, what core values are important to you?
The things most important that i think she should have is emotional intelligence for herself and others, her own mind, securedness within herself and the ability to exist with other people who may not be like her. I want her to be able to say "No" when she needs to and how to differentiate her needs and wants and the level of importance in her life.
Are you balancing love and a career or living the single life?
I've been balancing love and a career. It has its ups and downs, trying to maintain yourself in your career but also maintain an individual relationship with someone. I'm very work oriented but I've been fortunate enough to have someone who lets me maneuver how I want to when it comes to DJing or anything I want to do. I know sometimes he might roll his eyes at me but he still rocks with it. He's also my child's father so we have that bond. We've been together for 6-7 years and he's been there from the very start!
If you could go back and give your eighteen-year-old self advice, what would that advice be?
It's OK to say no to these that don't align with your beliefs and brand. Continue to stand in your truth. What's for you will always be for you, so be patient with yourself. Don't trust these boys!!!!!!! But at the same time, it's OK to let people in. Most importantly, continue to BE YOU.