GUEST DJS

Here at Brooklyn Took It, our guest DJs are more than just another DJ on the lineup.  We consider them family and treat them as such.  Get to know the incredibly talented DJs that have rocked with us and what makes them different from the rest.


 
 

GRANDWIZZARD THEODORE

Location: Bronx, NYC

Years Active: 40 plus

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Breaks, R&B, and everything else under the sun.

Notable Venues/Appearances: Way too many to list.

Style of DJing: "I'm an old-school party rock DJ.  I just want to make sure that everyone is having a good time and I can entertain them through music.  It doesn't matter where you come from or what your background is - I'm going to make sure you have fun.  Period".

If you don't know who this man is, slap yourself in the face and go do some research right now!!!  Not only is this man responsible for creating the Scratch and the Needle Drop techniques, but he's also been at the forefront of the DJ movement since the late 70's and early 80's. He was featured in the classic 80's film Wild Style, as well as Doug Pray's documentary "Scratch" - a must have for any hip-hop and DJ enthusiast on the planet, and has amassed an impressive 17 awards and 11 proclamations world-wide.  He's been captivating audiences for over 4 decades and has no plans on stopping any time soon. His contributions to the art-form and culture run side by side with legends such as Kool Herc, Jazzy Jay, Grandmaster Flash, Kevie Kev, DJ Q-bert, and Mix Master Mike to name a few. Aside from being a legend and pioneer of this art-form, Theodore's humble and down to earth personality is one to remember.  We've known Theodore for almost a decade now and can truly say that he's part of the family. Plus, he can scratch with a blind fold and a record balancing on his head...at the same damn time...and still kill it. 


 
 

Vashtie

Location: East Village, NYC

Years Active: 7

Genres of Choice: 90s and 2000s Hip-Hop and R&B

Notable Venues/Appearances: DJ’ing for Drake at Sothebys, Opening at The Orpheum in Paris for Asap Rocky, weekly residency at Webster Hall, Boiler Room set opening alongside A-Trak and Stretch Armstrong, DJ’ing for fashion brands such as Chloe, Kenzo, Public School and America’s Next Top Model.

Style of DJing: "I like to lighten the room for a good time and try to play to the girls as much as possible. It’s always a good time if you can get the girls dancing."

She moves easily among Fashion, Film and Music; she has emerged as “a role model for young tastemakers,” as the The New York Times titled her when they wrote about her in a Style section profile. Black Enterprise coined her “Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool.” She is easily one of the hardest working creatives in the industry and has the chops to back it up. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts where she studied film and has directed videos for Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Kid Cudi, Gym Class Heroes, Theophilus London, Solange, & Jadakiss. If you think that's impressive, and we're sure you do, she just didn't stop there though. She started her own fashion brand, Violette New York, which is carried at boutiques, such as Colette in Paris. Violette New York has collaborated with various companies on custom lines & products, such as Brand Jordan, Puma Premium, Beats by Dre, G-Shock & more. Vashtie became the first woman in history to design a Brand Jordan Sneaker, and as a sneaker head I will say, they are dope as f*ck! She grew up in Albany, NY (what up 518) as a first generation American of Trinidadian heritage and is by far one of the most down to earth and sweetest human beings we've ever known.  

For more information on Vashtie, just hit the links below:

Website: www.vashtie.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/vashtie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vashtie.kola

Twitter: www.twitter.com/vashtie

Instagram: www.instagram.com/vashtie


 
 

J-SMOKE

Location: Queens, NY

Years Active: 20

Genres of Choice: Everything - as long as it's hip-hop based

Notable Venues/Appearances: Too many to remember

Style of DJing: "I usually plug in my trusty DJ Starter Pack iPod controller joint and then that's all she wrote."

Considered to be one of the most skilled all-around DJs in NYC, J-Smoke has successfully reached a level of DJing that most of us, if not all of us, dream to reach. Simply put, the man has flawlessly infused the art of turntablism with traditional mixing techniques that creates the perfect balance of razor sharp cuts and super smooth mixes. As a founding member of the prestigious DJ collective, the Allies, along with heavyweight DJs A-Trak, Craze, Develop, Infamous, Spictakular, and Klever, J-Smoke and company made DJ history forming one of the most dominant and influential DJ groups to ever hit the international stage. After scooping in a record-breaking number of world titles with the Allies, and performing all over the globe with the group and solo, J-Smoke continues carving out his own path and fine tuning his skill set to cater to a broader audience. He's rocked stages with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Nas, Jadakiss, Kanye West, and Slick Rick, just to name a few, and has been the DJ for the internationally known R16 Korea World Bboy Championships for 4 years strong. Aside from all of this, J-Smoke has been a huge influence and mentor, whether he knows it or not, to all of us and we're honored to have him join the Brooklyn Took It family.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jsmoke

Mixcrate: www.mixcrate.com/jsmoke

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jsmokenyc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jsmokenyc


 
 

DJ ESQUIRE

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Years Active: 22

Genres of Choice: Bluegrass, Metal, Ambient House and Hippety-Hoppety Backpack Rap 

Notable Venues/Appearances: Too many to name

Style of DJing: "I dunno, really.  I play records.  You dance.  The End."

When you hear the words "Turntablist" or "Battle DJ", most people would automatically assume that the DJ in question would only have experience in this lane and not know how to properly rock a club. However, when you're talking about DJ Esquire, all assumptions and/or judgements are pretty much ignored like debt collectors at the first of the month. Esquire is the true definition of a DJ. I mean look at his stats for Christ's sake: 2x DMC USA Champion, 2014 Global Spin Awards " Turntablist of the Year" nominee, Top 5 finalist in 2013 DMC World DJ Championships, 2012 DMC USA Battle for Supremacy Champion, 2012 IDA USA Champion, Top 4 finalist in the 2012 DMC Word Finals, and Top 6 finalist in 2012 IDA USA Finals. He's sponsored by Orotfon and Reloop Turntables, has a massive corporate client list that ranges from MTV, HBO, Maxim, and Details Magazine, and has shared stage time with major acts such as Jay-Z, Coldplay, Run-DMC, Kanye West, Metallica, Pearl Jam, and DJ Tiesto to name a few. But wait....there's more. He's rocked venues all over the US including two 30 city tours with Mountain Dew And 1 Mixtape Tour, and completed 3 European tours that touched down in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, and Poland. There really isn't much that this guy hasn't done already.  Aside from having one of the dopest resumes of any DJ that we personally know, Esquire's ability to read a room and play multiple genres is beyond impressive.  Just one word of warning...don't go drinking with this man...he'll leave you picking up broken pieces of your integrity like most battle DJs he's faced in competitions.

Website: www.djesquirenyc.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/dj-esquire-nyc

Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/djesquirenyc

Twitter: www.twitter.com/djesquirenyc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/djesquirenyc


MIRANDA MAXWELL

 
 

Location: East VIllage, NYC

Years Active: 15

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, R+B, and Disco

Notable Venues/Appearances: Too many to name

Style of DJing: "I'm more of a blending DJ. I like to match beats and sprinkle in bangers you might have forgotten about."

New York based artist Miranda Maxwell has made a name for herself as a dj and tastemaker. For more than a decade she has had numerous NYC and LA residencies, and has spun with/for Flying Lotus, Mobb Deep, Lord Finesse, Donuts Are Forever, Magnum, Soul in the Horn, Lot Radio, America's Cup, and Samsung to name a few. Her career as a DJ started in the early 2000's where she held down a 5 year long weekly residency at the W Hotel Group lounges in Manhattan. She was one of the first female DJ's to work with Scratch Events, and was the first female to be in the U.S. DMC Team Battle Championship with her crew The Stonekutters in '08. Miranda has created mix-tapes for The Goodlife!, Burton, Shade45, Rocksmith, Greenlabel, and Vanity Jukebox. Currently she is curating and spinning events and parties in NYC, and is working on her clothing line and collective, Tomboy Feels. 

Website: www.tomboyfeels.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/mirandom

Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/miranda-maxwell

Facebook: www.facebook.com/djmirandom

Instagram: www.instagram/miranda_maxwell

 


 
 

Stadium Status

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Years Active: 5

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Jersey Club.

Notable Venues/Appearances: Pizza Zoo, Kinfolk 94, Up and Down, APT 78, SXSW

Style of DJing: "What's a BPM?"

You might call Stadium Status a DJ-of-all-trades. He started his career playing respected NYC venues Kinfolk, Up & Down, and Greenhouse among others. It was at these spots where he performed along side the likes of Raekwon, Future, Bodega Bamz, Iggy Azalea, and Rita Ora. In 2013, he took on tour manager duties for the nationwide Certified Trap Tour headlined by festival mainstays DJ Sliink and Loudpvck. All of this lead to appearances on SiriusXM's Sway In The Morning show, several events for Versace, and a mix commissioned by G-Shock watches. Since 2015, Stadium Status has been part of the official Pizza Zoo party lineup where he regularly rocks crowds of over 2000 people. He currently programs Miss Wong's, a lounge in Jersey City and home to his le vibes party, where his aim is to change the negative connotation placed on Jersey nightlife. Special guests at Miss Wong's have included Cipha Sounds, DJ Wonder, Nina Sky, Nick Catchdubs, GETLIVE!, and many others.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/stadiumstatus

Twitter: www.twitter.com/djstadiumstatus

Instagram: www.instagram.com/stadiumstatus


 
 

TIFFSTARR

Location: Lower East Side, NYC/Los Angeles, CA

Years Active: 3

Genres of Choice: Classic Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco, and Freestyle.

Notable Venues/Appearances: Friends and Lovers, Blind Barber, The Village Lantern, Bowery Electric, Juke Bar, Trophy Bar, and Von Bar.

Style of DJing: "It's really about connecting with the audience and helping them relive a memory through my selection".

We've known TiffStarr for a couple of years now and have watched her grow as a DJ and overall incredible human being, so it was only right to add her to the extended fam.  Not only is she a dope DJ, but she's also a bad ass B-Girl and reps The Brooklyn Zoo Crew to the fullest!  Don't let the sweet vibe and demeanor fool you - she's a beast on the decks and drops some of the illest music out there. Her most recent mixtape L.O.V.E. has been in our heavy rotation for the past month and for obvious reasons...it's so damn dope.

Website: www.djtiffstarr.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/djtiffstarr

Twitter: www.twitter.com/djtiffstarr

Instagram: www.instagram.com/djtiffstarr


 
 

JAYRICKS

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Years Active: 2

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dancehall.

Notable Venues/Appearances: Output, Verboten, Friends and Lovers, Casablanca, Hudson Terrace, PHD, The DL, The Delancy, and The Attic.

Style of DJing: "My style is heavily influenced by my Jamaican heritage, so I infuse Reggae and Dancehall into my Hip-Hop and R&B sets. I have this affinity for heavy bass and percussion so it's only natural that I mesh these genres together. I like to pay homage to the classic party tracks while shedding light on some of the newer releases as well.  If it makes people dance...I'm playin' it".

As one of the first guest DJs to join the Brooklyn Took It lineup, JayRicks solidified his spot and became part of the extended family after his February performance.  He absolutely crushed his set and took a capacity crowd on a whirlwind of classic Dancehall and Reggae tracks balanced with the right amount of "house party" style classics. As a bonus to his performance, JayRicks also released a limited run of crew neck sweatshirts on his Bricks line that can be copped here. Stay up with JayRicks on the links below.   

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jayricksnyc   

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jayricksnyc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jayricksnyc


 
 

DJ soko

Location: Brooklyn, NY by way of Detroit, Michigan

Years Active: 8

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, and some Disco

Notable Venues/Appearances: A bunch...US and International.

Style of DJing: "I like to play on the cuff but a little off the cuff too. I like to play deep cuts alongside noticeable ones people might remember. A mix of classics with a few newer songs I like sprinkled in."

DJ. Label Owner. Curator. Mentor. Lover of pies...yes...pies.  These are just a few things that come to mind when you're talking about the homie DJ Soko. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Soko has been a key player in the growth of Detroit Hip-Hop for almost a decade and has plans to expand this even further with his indie label, Left of Center. Taking note from his own personal mentors, Soko has contributed to the growth and expansion of Detroit Hip-Hop into areas that wouldn't necessarily be in tune with it.  Let's just consider him the messenger for Detroit Hip-Hop Gods.  Yeah...we said it...and we stand by it. He's worked with numerous artists such as Guilty Simpson, Clear Soul Forces, Invincible, Nolan the Ninja, Apollo Brown, and Journalist 103 just to name a few, and was the official DJ for The Left (Apollo Brown and Journalist 103) whom released the critically acclaimed LP "Gas Mask" on Mello Music Group - which by the way you need to get familiar with. As a DJ, Soko is able to infuse his years of experience in Detroit and now his new home, Brooklyn, to create the perfect mesh of both worlds. Aside from his technical ability to destroy a set, he's one of the most humble cats we've ever met, and upon first introduction to him - thanks to the homie Dread Solo for that - we considered him family from the start.  Stay in tune with Soko by hitting the links below.     

Website: www.deejaysoko.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/djsoko1

Twitter: www.twitter.com/djsoko

Instagram: www.instagram.com/djsoko85


 
 

DJ Alias

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Years Active: 10

Genres of Choice: 90's Hip-Hop with that knock!

Notable Venues/Appearances: Pianos and Webster Hall

Style of DJing: "Classic Hip Hop is the foundation. However Hip-Hop has dropped the needle on so many styles. From Rock to Jazz, Country, Soul. Whatever. I try pull from all my influences and blend them together for a journey you will never forget."

Aside from being one of the coolest brothers on the planet and having a record collection stacked with classic Hip-Hop and rare soul records, DJ Alias has been able to maintain a steady balance of playing what he loves while delivering current hits to his crowd for the last 10 years. His style is smooth and funky and his selection is always on point. You can pretty much put the man in any setting and he'll be able to deliver without pause or hesitation. From corporate clients to your straight up every day music head, Alias posses that unique skill set that allows him to connect both crowds flawlessly. On top of that, he can play a mean bass and is one of the nicest guys we've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He's also got this dope blog where he posts up those hidden gems that some of us...ahem...have been seeking for quite some time. Stay up with the brother from another planet at the links below. 

Website: www.beatstimesandlie.com

Download Mixes: www.djalias.podomatic.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/beatstimesandlife


 
 

TWELVE45

Location: Queens, NY
Years DJing: 1.5
Genres of Choice: Hip Hop, R&B, Future, and Soul
Notable Venues: Von Bar, Elvis Guesthouse, Trophy Bar, Friends and Lovers, and Drink Lounge.
Style of DJing: "I focus on smooth transitions and blends, and I believe a great mix reveals a special space where artists share the same musical frequency. I'm using music as my medium...so my goal is to share a body of work that is both entertaining and edifying."

When you look up the words "Hard-Working" and "Humble" in the dictionary, a picture of Twelve45 comes up, flashing that Colgate smile. Don't sleep though...this girl can throw down. With a smooth mix of everything from R&B to gritty southern Hip Hop, Twelve45 had the entire spot rocking for our April installment of Brooklyn Took It. Not only is she a dope DJ, but she's also a music production instructor for Building Beats in Brooklyn. When she's not teaching, she's DJing, and when she's not DJing, she's making dope tracks of her own. Speaking of which, you can get familiar and check out her original work and smooth selections in the links below.

Website: www.twelve45.com

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/twelve45

Instagram: www.instagram.com/twelve45_

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Twelve45_

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Twelve45


 
 

FREDLOVE

Location: Bayonne, NJ and Brooklyn, NY

Years Active: 20 plus years

Genres of Choice: Hip-Hop

Notable Venues/Appearances: Foxes, Platinum, Abyss, Deko Lounge, South Paw, Franklin Park, and a shit ton more.

Style of DJing: "I'm a club dj! I like to play the bangers and keep em movin'. I don't necessarily play everything that's hot that second, but I make sure to play those gems that get people hype! When you leave the club, I want you to be exhausted and have a memorable time!"

FredLove is considered to be one of those sleeping giants; when woken, dude can do a considerable amount of damage behind the decks. He started DJing back in '92 after his uncle was paid off with DJ/Studio equipment for a debt that was owed to him. Once Fred started messing around with the equipment, he knew he wasn't going to stop. After purchasing his first two records - the New Jack City Soundtrack and Monie Love's infamous "Monie in the Middle", things quickly took off for him. He amassed an impressive record collection of over 5,000 pieces of vinyl and started blowing out house parties in his hometown of Bayonne, NJ. Within a short period of time he found himself rocking at numerous halls and clubs throughout New Jersey including legendary spots like Foxes, Platinum, Abyss, and Deko Lounge to name a few. If that wasn't enough, he's rocked with NYC legends such as the late great DJ AM, Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, and many others. In 2004 he competed in the prestigious DMC DJ Competition regionals which he considers to be a milestone for his career. Shortly after this, FredLove started his own record label titled KCP records and continued to shut down clubs throughout NJ and NYC. In 2005 Fred decided to take a brief hiatus from DJing so he could focus on starting a family. This hiatus only lasted for 5 years and in 2010 FredLove jumped right back into the scene. Since then he has been rocking clubs and specialty events throughout NJ and NYC. We're glad to see the big homie back and rockin' with us at Brooklyn Took It! Stay linked with FredLove below:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fredestevez

Email: djfredlove@gmail.com