Michelle Pesce is an internationally acclaimed DJ, Founder/CEO of the artist agency, nona entertainment and a Co-Founder of woman. collective. She was recently featured in InStyle Magazine’s 2020 Badass Women issue along with 49 others including Nancy Pelosi, Billie Eillish, Judy Chicago, Melina Matsoukas, Hoda Kotb, Kelly Clarkson and Dakota Johnson.
A native from Youngstown, Ohio, Michelle developed a deep love for 80s and 90s hip-hop and pop music at an early age. She nurtured her love for the music and entertainment scene at Wolf-Kasteler, an entertainment PR firm, that served to launch her work as a personal publicist representing some of the top actors and musicians around the globe.
After attending Woodstock ’99, Michelle was enthralled by the energy created when you mix world-class acts and hundreds of thousands of fans to experience the power of music. The three-day festival was the gateway to her interest in DJing. Shortly thereafter, she purchased a set of Technics turntables to teach herself the craft. In 2004, under the mentorship of DJ Spinderella (Salt-n-Pepa), Pesce transitioned from publicity to DJ’ing full-time.
Michelle’s ability to read a crowd and mix old with new—in hip hop, R&B, rock, electro, deep house and pop—has kept top-tier clients coming back. She is currently the most in-demand DJ for major Hollywood Award Season parties, including those for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Emmys and Academy Awards, and she is the only DJ to spin for the Recording Academy eight times on music’s biggest night: the Recording Academy’s Official Grammys after-party.
Her work as a DJ has taken her around the world packing dance floors for top-tier entertainment publications and companies including InStyle, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, Hulu, Viacom, NBCUniversal, Levi’s, DVF, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and to film festivals including Sundance Film Festival and TIFF and private parties for various actors, top industry leaders and musicians. Michelle has also appeared on HBO’s Entourage as herself and performed live multiple times on the #1 national morning show Good Morning America.
With a thought for those who will follow, Michelle leverages her status as a veteran DJ and the reach of her company, nona, to advocate for pay equity, to keep quality DJs working, and to achieve epic dance floors.
About nona entertainment
In 2015, Michelle created nona entertainment, an artist entertainment company. It was a natural next step for her given her experience in marketing, publicity and as a full-time DJ who built her own career. nona entertainment works closely with industry leading clients and DJs to craft the perfect musical vibe for a wide range of events.
woman. is an LA-based collective and consulting agency, formed to create breakthrough spaces—defined, conceptualized, curated and produced by some of the entertainment industry’s boldest female voices.
woman. takes aim at the traditionally male-defined and dominated model of Festival culture, Hollywood Nightlife and Entertainment by creating something truly unique, disruptive and distinctively inclusive.
woman. works to turn our conversations on equity, empowerment, unity, safety and responsibility into action. woman.’s hope is that our spaces and projects inspire anyone who chooses to hold space with us.
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