Hana Kaissi takes the stage as Honey, the hip-hop and trap-loving fashionista on the fast track to success. Honey moved to Los Angeles from Dubai 4 years ago and, soon after, attended her first festival, Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland. She says, “I had never experienced that type of music before. In Dubai, all we would listen to was super housey music and hip-hop. So when I went to my first festival, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I love this. I want to be involved with it.’”
While in LA, she studied fashion design at FIDM, and her background in fashion shows through in her personal style. When she stopped by The Well for a chat and a photo shoot, Honey took the lead on styling her own shots with clothing found in-store at The Well. Hair and photography was done in-house by Jefferson Tangradi and additional styling was done by Stephanie Harrison. Looks include hot designers like Henrik Vibskov, Alice McCall, and Vivienne Westwood. On her personal style, she says, “I love unique pieces. I try not to shop at big brands; I like to find little hidden gems and little boutiques.”
During her studies in fashion, she felt as if she was investing the majority of her time in music. This is when she bought a Serato controller and decided to pick up DJing just to see if it would work out. “I didn’t leave my room for, like, literally 6 months and worked every single day and mastered DJing.”
Once she started playing shows, her bookings quickly began to snowball. Soon, she was opening for greats like A-Trak, Slander, and Skrillex. She’s even had the pleasure of DJing ahead of rap sets, like for A$AP Rocky during Revolve Clothing’s Coachella party.
Now, Honey looks ahead to the future. She's already begun to learn to producer her own original music and has kept up momentum with weekly DJ sets. She sees herself five years from now traveling the world, playing festivals, heading her own record label, and possibly also a clothing brand. “It would be super cool to have me and my friends, who are also super talented musicians, to all come together [on] my own label.” Honey has already experienced the results of her hard work and sees that her dreams are absolutely attainable. “I’ve done so much in one year, so I think it’s a reasonable goal. I think I can get there in five years.”