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Art & Life with DJ Brynn Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to DJ Brynn Taylor.

DJ Brynn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was a freshman in college when I discovered a Pro Sound and Stage Lighting catalogue that had accidentally found its way into my dormitory mailbox. I remember the chorus from “Where It’s At” by Beck was running on a loop in my head as I flipped through the pages (the song had just released two years prior – enjoy that math!). I saw two Technics 1200 turntables, and it was love at first sight. I thought to myself “I have no idea how any of this shit works, but it sounds WAY sexier than PolySci.”

I called the number on the catalogue and bought what I could barely afford for a traditional DJ setup. Next, I called my grandmother. I knew she had a lot of old vinyl just laying around collecting dust, so she lovingly let me take whatever I could. I added a few current records that I loved at the time, and it wasn’t long before I was mixing “Ave Maria” with The Chemical Brothers. Even after moving to Los Angeles a few years later and having had the opportunity to travel this world playing music, I still think those seemingly ridiculous musical pairings sound sickening!

Can you give our readers some background on your work?
I have always been drawn to creating new and unique ways to present old and familiar ideas. This is especially true for music. Whether it be a live DJ set or a track produced in the studio, the following truths come together to create a musical experience that best defines my sound:

I love to inspire happiness. I like to push boundaries. I have little patience.

I truly enjoy the responsibility of creating an environment that allows and encourages others to elevate and connect. A song is a beautiful piece of music. Two songs played back to back in the same key and tempo is inspiring. The impact that a clever and thoughtful transition between the two songs is where art lives for me.

I love love LOVE mashups. I crave a really good remix. Seeing the lights come up at almost 2 am in a West Hollywood nightclub and hearing the sound of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of elated and sweaty club-goers hoping for “one more song” is nothing short of orgasmic.

My hope is that everyone who leaves one of my sets feels more liberated, inspired, and enthusiastic than when they arrived. I want my music to spark a fire in someone else. I want to design an experience that is organic and in the moment. I just want to make you feel something.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
If you feel like you’re struggling with finances as an artist, you are probably doing something right. Reach out for help. Face it, you are not trying to be an accountant, so let someone else who is qualified and trustworthy help you with the business side of your art. Otherwise, you gotta do that work yourself. If you’ll really do anything for your art, then you will find a way to be successful in both your craft and your finances.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I love the chance to make and play music at a variety of places including large scale events like LA Pride to smaller, private events for celebrity clients. I have always been heavily connected to the LGBT community, and have regular and guest performances at several clubs across the country.

My musical home of sorts is definitely West Hollywood. You can find tracks that I have composed and produced including “Queen Of The Party (feat. DJ Brynn Taylor)” by Mayhem Miller (Season 10 RuPaul’s Drag Race) and “Damn (feat Rhea Litre and DJ Brynn Taylor)” by Taylor Olson on my Soundcloud as well as all music platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. I encourage you to check out a live set if you can. That’s where we can really live, Henny.

Original Compositions:

Mayhem Miller – Queen Of The Party (feat. DJ Brynn Taylor)
https://soundcloud.com/dj-brynn-taylor/queen-of-the-party-feat-brynn-taylor
*also available on iTunes

Taylor Olson – Damn (feat Rhea Litre and DJ Brynn Taylor)
https://soundcloud.com/dj-brynn-taylor/damn-feat-rhea-litre-dj-brynn-taylor
*also available on iTunes

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Image Credit:
Shane Lopes
Wiko Ezra
Vanessa Dubois

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