DJ Bre on Dormtainment and Miami Hip-Hop
The life of the party is in the hands of the DJ. They play the cuts that keep the people dancing, moving, and shouting along.
They are also in charge of bringing the newest sounds of the streets into the clubs and onto the radio.
DJ Bre is an up-and-coming selector who is committed to the life of the DJ on all counts. You can catch him in the club, two nights a week, live in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Or even crisscrossing the world with comedy crew Dormtainment.
Here's what he had to say about Wynwood, local flavor, and controlling the show.
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Crossfade: What's your top five songs right now?
"No Type" by Rae Sremmurd. And I like that new OG Maco song. The one he just did. "Milk Marie" by Rich Gang, "Funk N Roll" by Prince off his new album, and "Never Love Em'" by Prez P.
What do you think of local music? Name some artists to look out for.
There's a lot of hip-hop and R&B talent coming out of the streets of Miami. There's Prez P, Zoey Dollas, Xali, Fresha, and SP to name a few.
How'd you get your name?
Basically, my name is Breghon Wesley, so it's my name short.
How'd you get started?
I was living in Atlanta and I was inspired by the scene up there, and I moved back to Miami and started DJing. I started through a computer system called Virtual DJ, but it was really more of a hobby. I was about 14 years old. Coming home from school and playing on Virtual DJ inspired me to become serious and I started making mixes and people loved them around my high school. So I picked up a set of turntables and then went to the Scratch Academy.
So,you're certified by Jam Master Jay.
Yeah. I learned from DJ Rob Riggs. He does Peachfuzz at The Garret. He showed me the ropes around turntables and mixing and so it was cool being part of that.
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When did you go pro?
I've been DJing on South Beach since I was 16 years old. I started doing events and house parties around my high school and people started booking me 'cause I'm a good DJ. It grew off that. Before I knew it, I had a real venue and a huge crowd at this all-ages teen party at Cafe Iguana Pines with like 2000 people. It just went from there.
How do you do it?
I have a manager, HiGrade Records.
You have a couple weekly parties right?
I do every Thursday at Oasis11 in Wynwood at the Social Lubricant Lounge. I also do Rooftop Sundays in Pompano at Fantasy Lounge. And, this isn't weekly, but I'm the official DJ for Dormtainment comedy group. We do tours around the country.
Awesome. What's up with Dormtainment?
They just landed a show with Comedy Central and they get booked at a lot of different colleges to do their standup and skits. We been traveling to Texas, Tennessee, and we're about to go to Europe and Canada.
What's the show like?
It's a comedy show about how they started out just making videos on YouTube and how they got here and where they're going now. It's called the Broke And Famous show.
They're from down here, right?
Three of the guys are from Miami, one is from Chicago, one is from Maryland, and one is from North Carolina or something.
How'd you get started with them?
The founder saw me DJing at a party and they just reached out to me from there. The show is cool because I'm actually controlling a lot of it, they really integrated me into it through the sound and lights.
How do you like the Wynwood scene? Will you be rocking for Art Basel?
I love Wynwood. It's actually Overtown. They basically put a new category on it. But I love the fact that it's so well connected. It feels almost like your backyard. And I love art, so I love being in that area. We do live music, live bands, live performances, and I play live sets, open format. We had Hip Hop Weekly and Benzino in there the other day. And yeah, we're gonna be doing it big for Art Basel.
What are your goals?
I look forward to inspiring a lot of young people to follow their dreams and I want to be a big voice in broadcasting through radio. And I look forward to being a movie director and a creator in general. I love being creative and that's what I want to make a career of.
I want to bridge the gap between the old Miami and the young Miami, bring more people from here to the forefront and the mainstream, and I want to revive the energy here by working at any of the urban radio stations, whether it's 99 Jamz, 103.5 The Beat, or Power96.
Follow DJ Bre at dj-bre.com or Instagram and Twitter at @djbre7.
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DJ Bre. As part of Oasis 11. Presented by Wakeupstar, Empire, and All Like Minds. Every Thursday. The Social Lubricant, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami. Free with RSVP via oasiseleven.com. Call 786-409-2241 or visit tsllounge.com.
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