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The Interview: DJ Brooklyn

DJ Brooklyn… Enough said… The queen of the turntables in the south… Yeah yeah… We recently interviewed the on fire DJ.

You’ve been in the game for a while… Do you find it harder being a female in the DJ business?

DJ Brooklyn: Yes and no…people think its cool when they hear about a female DJ, but u can see it in there face that they’re thinking…she looks good but can she really DJ??

Being from Lexington, KY and now living in Atlanta, did you feel that you had a better chance being in the more major market to be successful?

DJ Brooklyn: Yeah, there is just so many more opportunities in ATL. and you don’t have to keep spinning at the same clubs over and over!!

You have worked some major events.. You want to take a minute and tell people some of what you’ve accomplished?

DJ Brooklyn: NFL All Star Party in South Beach, Maxim Exposure Tour, VH1, plus I have opened for numerous artist on the road. Plus I have a degree in Recording arts from Full Sail and own a production company “Miss Brooklyn Productions”.

Do you think hip-hop is dead? Or is it just fine? Why?

DJ Brooklyn: No, Hip hop is not dead at all!!! It is just evolving just like any other genre of music. Rock 20 years ago is not like rock today. The same with hip hop!! You can never forget where hip hop came from but you can’t expect it to stay the same either. I’m very proud of where hip hop is right now. It is world wide now, not just in the Bronx anymore.

Do you think music is getting better in general, or is it all the same?

DJ Brooklyn: Yes and no technology has come along way and is very helpful in the music industry, but it also allows people how can’t play any instruments or really have any musical talent to be able to produce music. 15 years ago that would of never happened! But over all the quality of the music is better today !

Who are some of your influences and why?

DJ Brooklyn: DJ Jelly….I love this man for so many reasons. He is such a creative talented DJ, who makes the best mix tapes in the game! Flippin’ beats and acapellas, not just placing songs on a cd like so many other djs. And besides being such a force in the music world, he is so down to earth and humble. He has inspired me time after time!! i can pick up an old mix tape from 5 years ago and it will still ride all the way through!! DJ Jelly might be one of the greatest Hip Hop DJ’s of all times!!!

You’ve worked parties all over… Where are some of your favorite places to play?

DJ Brooklyn: Wow, I love spinnin’ in Florida especially Miami, its such a challenge because most of the time, you have so many different regions represented in the same club. U will easily have, NY, West Coast, Texas, ATL, Chicago, Puerto Rico, and Fla all under one roof, who all loves hip hop but wants to hear different music. So I love a challenge, so Miami has to be my favorite, plus it is always warm and beautiful!!

You say you went from “choreographer turned DJ”… Why the switch?

DJ Brooklyn: I have been dancing my whole life, and started doing professional choreography since I was 14, but unfortunately I had a bad knee injury which resulted in 2 knee surgery’s. I did choreography after that but Advil became a necessity to walk day after day. So long story short. A cheerleader that I did choreography for, he was a DJ and I was watching him one day and figured out that the concept of DJing was very similar to dancing. In dance you count out beats and match movements to it, with DJing u count beats and match it to another beat and thats called mixing. It just came real easy and natural to me. I think it was like only 2 weeks from the first time I had ever really touched a turntable until I was spinning out!!

Outside of music, what are some of your hobbies and passions?

DJ Brooklyn: Sports…I love sports!! Especially football and Kentucky Basketball. But I can sit and watch about any sport and totally enjoy it!!

And this last one is a silly one I ask everyone… Who is your celebrity crush growing up? or still is?

DJ Brooklyn: That’s hard….I was never the girl to have Teen Beat posters on my wall. I was in love with entertainers as a whole male or female. They was just something about seeing someone on stage and see their magic! I would memorize videos and record performances. I have always been very drawn towards the entertainment industry, so I must say that’s my childhood crush!

Thanks Brooklyn… No doubt about the skills…

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