Brazabelle and the Festival DJ

Festivals DJ’s are the gladiators of DJs.

They perform in high pressure situations, to excess crowds in packed stadiums and at street festivals where 80,000 tuck in tighter than sardines. Their personas are so deeply rooted in their music that they pack crowds based on their names alone. They’re high octane and larger than life, and always a bit ridiculous in their displays of enthusiasm for their music. There’s always a signature style, the jump and fist pump or sailing off into the crowd in a rowboat; the crowd is already manic by the first drop, completely attuned to the DJ.

It’s exciting to see a woman hold that kind of power. Brazzabelle is one of the most promising new DJs on the circuit. Her music pushes the BPM limits of EDM music and she marches fast to her songs, her stamina not defeated during her set. Her whole vibe is a kind of dreamy Westcoast girl, from the cheery demeanour to her high slicked ponytail and California bronzed skin, it totally works.

Brazabelle is a staple on Soundcloud where she’s been entertaining dance heads pretty much since she started working on her music professionally. She caught our attention with her remix of Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name which is a staple in the catalogue of anyone who listened to great R&B in the ’90s. Her take on the oft-remixed song was to amplify it, turning the power anthem into a frenetic, frenzied dance number and it changed the vibe of the whole song.

She’s been releasing music steadily throughout this year, touring extensively playing in festivals and returning to Diplo’s Mad Decent Boat Party later this year. We sat down with her at Contact festival after her set, and she told us about her beginnings as a DJ, her production work and her rise as a female DJ.