Jess Hyman is a DJ and grad student, currently based in Baltimore. Known behind the decks as TrillNatured, she has made a name for herself playing for crowds at popular venues such as The Crown and Ottobar, as well being included in line-ups for this past summer's Ratscape and first-annual Pangea Fest.
A relative newcomer to the art form, Trillnatured works tirelessly to balance academic and nightlife. On any given night, her setlist could include selections from Sam Smith to Rod Lee, and everything in between. No matter the genre, or the venue, Trillnatured aims to bring you out of your comfort zone and on to the dance floor.
Where were you born and raised?
Trillnatured: I was born in Baltimore and raised in Harford County. My parents were raised in Baltimore, and much of my family is here, so I ended up spending a lot of time in the City as well as Harford County.
Favorite place to DJ?
My favorite place to DJ is most definitely The Crown. I love the crowd, the positive energy, and folks’ openness to all kinds of music. Because it’s such an open-minded & free-spirited crowd, I’ve been able to try out new things while beginning to find my niche as a DJ.
What are your musical inspirations? Do you come from a musical family?
I don’t come from a musical family in the sense of making music, but I can definitely say that I got my musical influence and taste from my Dad. I grew up hearing him listen to everyone from Gil Scott-Heron, to Phyllis Hyman, to Garth Brooks. I really developed an appreciation for various kinds of music through his eclectic collection.