We all know it’s true: The electronic dance music industry, and the entire music industry for that matter, is a widely male-dominant world. For various reasons, we just don’t see females rocking the decks as much as we’d all hope to. So it’s no wonder that when the West Coast was graced with the powerhouse presence of Brazzabelle in 2010, she became an instant favorite. This girl can rock hard with the big boys, both in DJing and production, and she’s got the drive and the passion to go farther than any woman has gone before..
Introduced to dance music in her early teen years, she immediately fell in love. Soon she was producing her own music on a very basic level, but didn’t have the tools to turn it into anything more than a fun hobby. She later went on to work as a fashion merchandiser, and though she was happy there, something was still missing. “It wasn’t until I studied abroad in Barcelona and became friends with a few DJ’s who encouraged me to get back into it,” she explains, “and I did!” With revamped motivation, and the determination to give it her all, Brazzabelle came to life.
By 2011, Brazzabelle was picking up bookings as an opening DJ in LA area. Though many DJ’s dislike the opening set, Brazzabelle maximized her influence and potential in the set times she was given. “Of course I couldn’t play big electro house bangers opening for bigger acts,” she explains, “so I got really into groovy house and iberican house – And that lead to my first few releases being more of the traditional house vibe. So I could actually play out what I was producing.” Soon came her first big release, “Break Your Body,” a sexy, groovy track that caught the attention of house music lovers everywhere. Her knack for production and DJing, combined with her wildly fun fashion style and overall bombshell presence won Brazzabelle a loyal fan base that would ignite the beginnings of stardom faster than she had ever imagined.
Following up her first release with a few more originals including “Elevator” and “Drop The Beat” in 2012, Brazzabelle continued to please the listening ears of her fans, and other producers as well. New collaborations expanded her knowledge and her genre palette; She grew interest in trap style elements, which lead to her collabed re-working of TLC’s “No Scrubs” with gLAdiator in Spring 2013. When asked about the collaboration process, Brazzabelle was all-caps. “IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! HAHA… Danl and Ian are amazing… We were all LOL’s in the studio and they are both huge musical talents so it was such an honor working with them.” Little did she know that the turn of the summer would be one wild, summer-festival frenzy.
“I am still pinching myself and asking if it’s all real..” when asked about her experience at Hard Summer in early August. “I was actually added only 3 days before the show and the crowd was amazing… I wasn’t really expecting a huge turnout… But somehow everyone found me!” And it’s not over for her yet. “Next Month I’ll be playing Main Stage at Electric Zoo in NY as well as EDC Puerto Rico – which are both pretty surreal to me!” In-between festivals, Brazzabelle will be hitting up the club nightlife, including her residency at The Yost Theatre in Santa Ana. We asked her what’s next as far as music goes, and she gave us exactly the answer we wanted to hear: “I am not allowed to announce much yet but I am working on some remixes, some new originals, and some collaborations as well and I can’t wait to share them!”
Brazzabelle’s success is inevitable; She’s undoubtedly one of EDM’s most coveted artists, which makes no surprise she was named one of 944 Magazine’s “Leading Women In Nightlife.” We touched on the male-dominance in the electronic world, and asked about her thoughts on the matter. “I think it’s great the number of up and coming female DJs there are right now. It was a huge thing to me when Nervo kind of broke though and took their place with the big guys because before them I was questioning whether this could ever be a career path for me…but for DJing there is no reason that women cannot be just as good!”
Through immense dedication, focus, and laughs, Brazzabelle proves that nothing is impossible, and the only limitations are within ourselves. She is truly turning into EDM’s “IT” girl and we couldn’t have been more excited to hear her story. Though no solid answer for a trip up to the PNW (“I hope soon! I love the Northwest!), we can be sure that she’s here to stay in electronic music. Outside of music? Brazzabelle feeds her inner-most needs: “I like to cause trouble with my friends, drink margaritas by the pool, and I usually hit Disneyland at least once a month.” When asked about her passion for fashion: “And of course I LOVE to shop, I actually do 98% of my shopping online though I usually do that as a break from staring at my DAW when I’m in production mode.”
Humbled, grateful, and most definitely an artist to watch out for, Brazzabelle leaves us with these encouraging words for the growing dance music community: “I think it’s really great that all these amazing EDM artists are able to now be recognized on a more mainstream level to share the music with a wider audience, and feel so blessed that I could be a part of it!”
Consider us blessed as well; Blessed by the grace of Brazzabelle.
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