DJ L-1

Born in Canada and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, DJ L1 spent much of her childhood invested in music. Her musical roots stemmed from years of training both in piano and singing, however, it was the urban culture around her that became the largest influence of all, and L1 found herself inspired by graffiti art, break dancers, MCs and of course, DJs. She was also heavily drawn to reggae music, which was a large part of her island environment and culture. Inspired by all of these elements, L1 finally purchased Technics 1200 turntables and began to DJ. A quick study and hard worker, it was no time before she started making mix tapes for friends around town. It paid off one day when one of her mixes fell into the hands of Flash, a prominent club director who offered her a weekly residency on his busiest hip-hop night. For the next two years, L1 would continue to grow as a DJ, playing at several venues in Hawaii until the day House of Blues, Las Vegas came calling, offering her a residency.

Since relocating to Las Vegas, L1 has developed a style all her own, blending real hip-hop with Motown, funk, R&B, reggae, rock, ‘80s and a bit of house. During her time in Las Vegas, she has not only created a large following, but her career has flourished, taking her to nightclubs in Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Bahamas, San Francisco and more. In addition, L1 had a successful swimsuit-modeling career that has taken her all over the world and included work for companies including Hawaiian Tropic, Playboy, Baywatch, Reef Brazil, Muscle & Fitness and Miller Lite.

More recently, L1 has been a featured DJ on the television show "Inked," was Dave Attel’s DJ on Comedy Central’s Insomniac Tour DVD and has DJed for many other prominent A-list clients such as Prince, Elton John, KISS, Mixwell, Chanel, The Real-World Suite LV and VH-1. In November, 2006, L1 was exclusively chosen to be a DJ at Club 3121 (Las Vegas), where she opened for acts such as Prince, Larry Graham, Maceo Parker, Roy Ayres, War, Guapole, Esthero, Dougie Fresh, Lauryn Hill and others. L1 has been featured in 944 magazine, Las Vegas Weekly, Los Angeles Weekly, numerous radio adds and is one of the faces of the House of Blues. And if that wasn't enough, L1 still managed to complete her Masters Degree in Education in the midst of it all. You can catch L1’s sets at the House of Blues Foundation Room on Saturdays, at Voodoo Lounge at the Rio on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and at the Rio pool this summer.

Real name
Lisa Mamalias
Name orgins
Short for Lisa on the ones and twos (technique turn tables) friends are like, get off those turn tabels already, wheres Lisa? She's on the ones and twos. Funny little nickname became official DJ name.
Current status
Performing, guest Dj out of town a lot, and for celebrities
Las Vegas
Years spinning
Funk, Hip hop, Soul
Favorite place to listen
LAX, Tryst, Bank
Favorite song
Bob Marley, Pantera
Anything fun or soul
Sounds like
Play with soul
DJ gear
Macbook, Serrato, NO CDs-cheating
Booking contact
DJ L-1