Strings Attached

Mia Moretti puts a classical spin on her Cosmopolitan residency with violinist Caitlin Moe

Since their debut at a 2010 Lollapalooza after-party, New York darlings DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Caitlin Moe have been hot on the circuit. Classically trained musician Moe strums over genre-jumping tracks as spinster Moretti orchestrates the night. The duo, who improvise a majority of their sets, kick off their Cosmopolitan residency Dec. 30 and open for Stevie Wonder on New Year’s Eve.

How did the clever idea of a DJ/violinist duo spark?

Caitlin was a guest performer at a bar I was a resident at, and I really loved what she was doing. She was playing over tracks and some original tracks. The strings were so beautiful, I was drawn to it. It gave me a lot of ideas of ways to incorporate that in my music when I was DJing.

Do you have a favorite song that you’ve re-created?

I’d probably say this song that we do by the Gossip called “Heavy Cross.” One night the singer of the band was at the venue that we were performing at, and we were so embarrassed to be playing in front of her because we’re such huge fans! She actually came up to us and told us that they originally had strings on the track and they had edited them out. So it was really cool that we had those instincts.

Is there one song that everyone goes crazy over?

When we play our single [“So Beautiful”] live we always make it fun. We hand out little maracas and shakers and tambourines, and it kind of becomes a tribal dance party and everyone gets really into it.

Sounds like a good time!

I like to involve the audience. I think it’s such an important part of seeing live music, making it feel like it’s affecting you or changing how you feel. And feeling like you’re a part of it and not just watching it.