DJ handle: DJ Skillz — the Next Great American DJ AKA the Mash Out King
What it means: At the beginning of my career, and to this day, I have had the ability to captivate and entertain crowds like the DJs I’ve always looked up to with turntablism (body tricks), music selection, crowd control and not to mention I was playing sports at the same time.
Real name: Braxton Brown
What I play: Pretty much everything: ‘70s funk, breaks, ‘80s disco classics, old school R&B and hip hop, club anthems, reggae, go-go, Top 40, pop, rock, etc.
Catch me at: I’m a traveling DJ; but mostly I’m throughout NC, SC, Atlanta and DMV.
Upcoming shows: NC A&T Homecoming on Thursday, SYN/SKY on Friday from 1–3 p.m., Venue on Friday from 3–6 p.m.; the Empire Room on Friday at 10 p.m. with Biz Markie and DJ Tron; Saturday at the Empire Room with Terrence J.
Got in the game: 1998
Why I do it: I’ve always had a natural love for music and played drums, but deejaying just had a different type of feel. So, once I got my first hands-on experience, it was more of the fact that I could be creative musically, and have an impact on an individual’s life while bringing them into my world at the same time.
First pro gig: Being the opening DJ for the RZA on his Bobby Digital Promo Tour in 1999.
Studio work: Kanye West, Rell (formely of Roc-A-Fella), Timothy Bloom (Polo the Don and Timbaland’s Artist), Rapper Big Pooh (formerly of Little Brother), Short Dawg (YMCMB), Oxymoron, Royal-Tee and up-and-coming R&B sensation Nesha the Voice.
Signature style: A big stage presence and a deep knowledge of music.
My gear: Technics 1200s or 1210s, Rane 56S or 57 mixer, Serato Scratch Live
Website: Follow me on Twitter at twitter. com/skillzthedj. Like me on Facebook at facebook.com/thenextgreatamericandj. Listen to my podcast page at www.skillzthedj.podomatic.com.
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