“It gave me a sense of identity” – We spoke hip-hop DJ Miss C Brown

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What got you into music in the first place?

I got into music purely out of love. I’ve loved music from an early age; as far back as I can remember to be honest. As soon as I could pass for old enough to get into clubs, I was there! I was at blues parties, shoobs, regular clubs – anywhere I could get in really.

Out of all music genres, what got you into hip-hop?

My first record was Doug E Fresh – The Show. I was young – but I loved the way hip hop sounded. I could rap all the words, loved the beat boxing, rawness etc. When Public Enemy came out, it gave me a sense of identity. The black fist era of hip hop really resonated with me in a big way. My cousin who was slightly older than me was heavily into hip hop and I was influenced by her quite a lot. Hip hop has never been a fad for me, I’ve stayed with it since childhood. I used to wag school and stay home to watch hip hop videos when ‘The Box’ came out on cable TV. I’ve never been into any other genre of music as much as Hip Hop, and I doubt I ever will.

Recently, UK hip-hop has come under some criticism, as it’s not seen as commercially viable, would you agree?

UK hip hop is commercially viable – it’s anything viable. It’s just that the people who control the industry don’t know what to do with it – that’s the problem. We don’t own or control our own industry for our music – and that’s an issue. This is what prompted me to do the event infrastructure to industry, if we can build some kind of infrastructure then we can have an industry. There are enough of us in this to be able to build, control and make a business out of it. If we don’t find a way of coming together to do so, it won’t ever get anywhere. We have to also think carefully about who we allow to define or criticise UK hip hop and label it as not being commercially viable. According to who?

What’s your favourite topping on a pizza?

Pizza is one of my favourite foods. If I could eat deep pan pizza every day I would! I love vegetarian pizzas… peppers, cheese, mushrooms, pineapples… yum! (I only really like pizza hut deep pan pizza though)

As an international DJ, you’ve obviously played an abundance of shows. Which one stands out for you?

Hmmm do you know what – I’d say playing at home, here in the UK. I love playing with my friends from Vision Bombing – Mr Dex and Psychomantus. We’ve had so much fun together, the synergy is great, the audience is great, the night is great – I think that is up there in my top 3 favourite places to play. Shouts to 4Pillars too – I really enjoyed playing at their events too.

What’s your ideal setup when performing?

Ideal – meaning essential! When performing I need two technics 1210 turntables, Rane 62 mixer or TTM57 as minimum spec. I carry my own needles, laptop and slipmats of course! I also prefer a sturdy desk, with my turntables at the correct height. With no obstructions – it’s amazing sometimes the spaces people try and set equipment up in!

What’s your opinion on ‘Traktor DJs’?

Each to their own – to be honest it doesn’t bother me at all. I just feel like whatever you use, learn it – use it properly and be creative. If you are a creative person naturally then you will find loads of cool things to do with your sets no matter what you use. If you aren’t, then it shows. It’s boring and uninteresting to me. I want to feel inspired, I want to be able to say – I like the way he or she did that, that sounded so dope!

Any comments on No Cure PR and their movements in the industry?

Really glad to be working with No Cure PR! It makes sense for us to be working together – it makes sense for anyone in Hip Hop to be working together! I love the movements No Cure has made, I’ve only got good things to say – it’s been a pleasure having that connection and it has helped so much. Salute to No Cure, and also yourselves for the support you have shown so far. Much appreciated!

 

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