Today we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Walker.
Benjamin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My whole story started in college. I attended the University of LaVerne where I wanted to be an “on-air talent” on radio. I received my 1st internship w/ my mentor Nautica De La Cruz which eventually led to me finally getting my own overnight show following fellow La Verne graduate PJ Butta. From LaVerne, I worked on building my craft, also ULV would be the place I met my friend & future Brunch2bomb business partner Adrienne Reed. So, college was everything for me. After college, I hit the Hollywood nightclub trail attending every spot from hip hop venues like GuysnDolls & Colony to house music venues Eden & LesDeux asking for “a shot”. A young promoter Tyler Kealey gave me that shot & I never looked back. I take every gig serious as in LA & Hollywood you never know who’s in the crowd listening. I’ve been blessed to have some amazing people be fans of my craft & I focus on building those relationships just as much as I focus on djing. My new baby has become Brunch2bomb, an unheard of brunch event that I’m so proud of & stay in awe of the community it’s built. The Covid-19 pandemic hit us all tremendously. Trying to push through it allowed me to bring to light “Slow Motion” a more laid back, strictly all RnB format which I’m excited to see what comes out of it more later in 2020.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not. Many times, I’ve always I’ve felt I’m better than other colleagues that have a larger platform which is definitely tough to swallow. Djing isn’t like some other professional where if your good you automatically get the good gigs. DJing is part of the entertainment industry which unfortunately is heavily based on the “it’s who you know” market. The struggle of getting clients to understand your worth. As an African American male showing my capability to DJ house, Spanish, reggaeton, 80s rock isn’t always easy. People sometimes have a premature idea of what that DJ for that genre should look like.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a DJ, I feel I specialize in song selection. My ability to read the crowd no matter the circumstances. I’m extremely proud of the versatility of my resume. To say I’ve dj’d private events w/ T.I. and 21 Savage but also living legends like Clarence Avant & Al Pacino. Djing all hip hop & trap music at OHM or Playhouse on a Friday in Hollywood, Spanish vibes only at Conga Room on Saturday in DTLA, then ending the weekend in Manhattan beach at Strand House playing all house music for a day party. I think there are very few DJs that can do that & excel.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Oooh, that’s tough. Most would say financial success, our industry focuses on social media success (which I hate). Personally, I feel as long as you see your DJ career moving upward, you’re successful. Some roads may take a little longer than others. However, at the end of the day as long as you never become complacent, you’ll be successful. *sidenote if I can get Mary J Blige at Brunch2bomb however, game over. I won. Lol.
- Website: www.djbenjaminwalker.com
- Email: Booking : AdrienneReed@hamba-llc.com
- Instagram: @djbenjaminwalker
- Facebook: Djbenjaminwalker
- Twitter: @mrwalkerlive
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