Les Talusan is Les the DJ, formerly known as The Pinstriped Rebel.
Les has a vast and eclectic collection of pop, indie, and underground hits, as well as obscure gems that can help customize a uniquely personal sound for your event. Les also maintains utmost control across a freeform blend of soul, funk, boogie, disco, and old school hip-hop.
With over 20 years worth of experience, Les is known for her perfectly crafted mixes and commitment to artistic excellence. She also has a long history of supporting organizations that empower AAPI and LGBT communities, women, and youth.
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Les fell in love with music at a young age, DJing at local clubs and playing in bands. Since moving to DC at age 20, she has continued to develop her talents, performing behind the decks in the U.S. and abroad.
Les hosts the DJ nights Punk Soul Sisters, C'est Chic, Hong Kong Garden, Scorpio Nights, and Taking the P*ss at venues such as Showtime, Slash Run, and Marx Cafe. She also has a weekly radio show, Bahala Na Radio, at Eaton Workshop.
Les has DJed for the National League of Cities, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the National Geographic Channel.
Les has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post and Refinery29.
A passion since she received her first SLR camera at age 8, Les Talusan's photography is as much a pleasure as it is a business.
From weddings and portraits to events and corporate headshots, Les' work showcases both photographic creativity and authenticity.
The proof is in her portfolio of beautiful, striking photos that have earned her an ever-growing list of repeat and referred clients, many of which are people and organizations committed to making a difference in their communities and around the world.
Les values close dialogue with clients and makes collaboration a natural part of her creative process. She enthusiastically guides clients through the process from idea to the shoot to the finished product.
Previous clients have have cited her "rare combination of emotional intellect and ultimate professionalism," "graceful level of ease and comfort," and have raved about her "beautifully-lit and well-edited" photos.
She has photographed for organizations such as the National Coalition for the Asian Pacific American Community Development, Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund, Advancement Project, Education Forward DC, Advocates for Youth, and the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.
Les’ photography has been featured in Time and NBC News.