DJ Brandi Garcia is a name known widely within the Hip Hop community. Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida the female DJ has been blasting out mix-tapes on steady rotation for the last few years as well as having a hugely successful radio show at Houston’s number one radio station 97.9 the Box.
So with huge success behind her I thought it only right to catch up with the DJ herself to find out what else has been going on in the world of DJ Brandi Garcia.
Hey girl, thanks for stopping through to do this interview for us at www.britishhiphop.co.uk.
First up we have to talk about your mix-tape series, “Southern Stiletto’s”. You have had huge success with this series and have delivered a top quality CD every release, did you expect your series would be as successful as it is?
Brandi Garcia: I really don’t know what I expected! Lol! I just started out doing mix-tapes for fun and was very fortunate for people to like them.
Starting out as a radio DJ when did you decide to try your hand within the world of mix-tapes?
Brandi Garcia: Well I actually used to do them back in college but really started on a larger level when a co-worker of mine (who was also a female DJ) and I did one together. One of the guys at the station showed us how to put it together and we did it!
There are no where near as many female DJ’s producing mix-tapes as there are males within the Hip Hop community, how do you think you managed to break through that stereo typical barrier and make the people recognize that us ladies have just as much game as the men?
Brandi Garcia: It’s just a matter of doing it. Less talk and more product. Simple as that. You have to respect the final product.
At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to pursue a career as a DJ?
Brandi Garcia: When I saw how much fun it was and where it could take you. You get to be a part of a lot of things in the biz and most importantly you get to provide entertainment for people! That’s the part I enjoy most. If someone was having a bad day, you can make them forget about all of that just by playing their favorite song!
You were voted “Southern Entertainments Female DJ of the year” back in 2006. That is a huge achievement, how did you feel when you won the award?
Brandi Garcia: I was excited! It was very nice to be recognized for doing something you love. Don’t get it twisted though… never let an award validate the work that you do. You should do what you do because you are passionate about it, not because you want to win awards.
Do you think there is a gap in the Hip Hop market for more female DJ’s to stand up and be heard?
Brandi Garcia: I just think that generally speaking there just aren’t as many females as males interested in DJing. Now for the females that are, they need to understand that you can’t just dress cute and stand in front of two turntables to be a DJ. A lot of people don’t want to put in the work. For those that do, they can eventually get the respect. And yes, as a female it is a lot harder to get the respect but once you get it you appreciate it a lot more.
With the world of mix-tape DJ’s being so male dominated, what advice would you give to the female DJ’s out there looking to make a name for themselves within the Hip Hop community but who are maybe put off by the strong male talent that still holds top spot?
Brandi Garcia: Grow some cojones! Just joking, that’s a Spanish phrase that I use… No, but seriously though, they need to stop being scared or intimidated by these guys and just do what you do. If you want that top spot then look at what that guy did to get that and go do the same thing! Go and get it!
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Brandi Garcia: I’m in the process of trying to put together a mixtape with LeToya Luckett & Brooke Valentine before both of their albums drop in 2008. Still working on Southern Stiletto’s 8 as well and just trying to figure out what else I wanna do when I grow up! Lol!
Any shout out’s?
Brandi Garcia: Shoutout to 97.9 The Box in Houston, NoizeMob DJ’s, The Murda Mamis, Ozone Magazine, The entire Houston, TX and R.I.P. Pimp C!
Interview for British Hip Hop courtesy of Underground Promotion UK.