Q&A with Jasmine Solano
Jasmine Solano has made a name for herself traveling all over the world. Her MTV show “Scratch the Surface” takes viewers to little-known hotspots in countries far and wide, in the pursuit of creativity, art, and passion — with Jasmine as host and tour guide. In her professional life, Jasmine has been invited to DJ in far-flung locales all over the globe, for names like Apple, Sony, MTV, and the W Hotels. With such a fast-paced lifestyle, Jasmine tells us how she is also able to keep health and fitness a priority.
As a worldwide DJ and the host of your MTV show, you travel all over the world. How do you choose your destinations?
Word of mouth is the best way to find the hidden gems of the world. I start with major metropolitan cities that support nightlife and music scenes. Next, since I fortunately know a lot of creative artists from around the world, my friends and colleagues lead me down the not-so-traveled paths.
When you are traveling so often, how you do you keep the focus on staying healthy?
I sleep as often as possible! Between the jet lag, time zone changes, and demanding performance schedules — traveling can take its toll on the body. I try to sleep on the entire plane ride, power naps in cabs, and of course uninterrupted sleep in my hotel rooms.
What do you do for workouts on the road?
I hit the hotel gym. For some reason no one is ever in those! I typically have the gym to myself. It's so easy to run downstairs, sweat it out, then run upstairs to shower.
How do you make sure that you are able to find healthy eats wherever you are?
Luckily, food is a lot fresher outside of the US. A lot of countries have local food available at every corner. On top of that I carry snacks with me at all times, because you never know when your next meal will be.
What is your top healthy traveling tip that you've picked up along the way?
Unless you have a super human immune system, try to cut down on the drinking and smoking when traveling. As fun as those vices are, they can lower your immunity and make you susceptible to getting sick. Your body is already trying to acclimate to a new climate, environment, and bacteria that you're not used to. It needs all the help it can get.
DJing keeps you out late in scenes filled with partying and drinking. How do you balance that with a healthy lifestyle?
I don't drink when I'm touring heavy. I know that sounds insane, right? But if you are going to a new city every day and you have a show that night — there's no time for hangovers, low energy, or getting sick. Some people can handle the rockstar lifestyle for a while until they crash. My goal is to never crash.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Traveling! (If you haven't guessed that already!) I love feeling small in our big world. I love being put in situations I know nothing about. It feeds my soul and keeps me well-rounded.
Any advice or final words for readers?
Find your passion, study your craft, and keep challenging your ideals and beliefs.
Jasmine Solano is an artist, DJ, and TV host. From creating and touring worldwide as half of the DJ Party Duo, Electric Punanny, to hosting her own MTV series “Scratch the Surface,” Jasmine has solidified her career as a premiere music influencer across multiple media platforms.
Her international resume as both VJ and DJ, hosting to a range of clients, includes MTV, Apple, SONY, NYLON Magazine, DKNY, Topshop, Scope, Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Nike, Myspace, Adidas, W Hotels, and many more. Top talents in the industry such as Beyoncé and Wiz Khalifa have also called on Jasmine to curate music for their special events.
Over the last couple years, Jasmine has expanded her focus to outside of the states. By using Electric Punanny, which has had two successful international world tours through 12+ countries, and MTV’s “Scratch the Surface” series, which explores the global hidden hot-spots for music lovers, she has created a platform that provides a unique and well-rounded perspective on the arts. She has been featured in the likes of The New York Times, NYLON Magazine, and New York Magazine, to name a few.
Known not only for her diverse musical palette and professionalism, her authenticity shines through her talents. You can catch up with Jasmine via her residency with the W Hotels in NYC, multiple global stops with Electric Punanny, and upcoming original music to be released later in 2015.