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Meet Brandon Wooldridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Wooldridge. 

Hi Brandon, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in a small town that had little to do so I took the free time to learn Trumpet, Guitar, and Piano, but none of those truly excited me. It’s what happens next that really kicks my story off. You see, I was involved in the black market of marijuana for a short time, and I ended up getting caught and catching charges. 

This flipped my whole life upside down. It made living life very difficult. I couldn’t get any “real jobs”, I couldn’t get an apartment, I couldn’t get any loans, I couldn’t even vote at the time. This was the worst thing that ever happened to me. BUT it was also the best thing that happened to me! That’s because it forced me to learn how to make money doing other things. This was a catalyst for my music career. 

I moved to Baltimore after this life-changing event and found myself at the club very often to escape the negative thoughts I was drowning in. I fell in love with the culture of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), and I quickly got an internship with local EDM promoter Steez promo so I could learn more and be closer to the center of this energy. While interning I got to meet DJ’s/Artists, and it made me realize I wanted to be a DJ/Music Producer. 

I got my first DJ controller a few months later for Christmas in 2012, and I got to work on learning this new language. I landed my first paid gig at a local Greene Turtle in the spring of 2013, and it was then that I realized I loved getting paid to play music for people. 

From that point on I fully immersed myself in my craft. I continued to master my skills with countless hours of practice in my basement and by taking any gig I could that needed a DJ such as; Festivals, Clubs, Weddings, School Dances, Sporting events, even Wake Parties after someone has passed away. 

Since I began, I’ve DJs about 200 weddings, played out of this country, and been nominated twice for the Maryland Music Awards, 2017 as “Best EDM act” and in 2019 as “Best DJ” 

As lovely as DJ’ing is, being a top-notch DJ is not my only goal, I also want to produce music and hope to collaborate with other artists while making amazing music. 

I had been dabbling in the DAW (digital audio workstation) FL Studios for some time but I wanted a proper education, 

So, in 2018, I took my first step towards professional training in music production. I went to Mix Master Pro Studio (MMP) and I earned a certificate for EDM production using Ableton through a schooling program associated with “The Recording, Radio, and Film Connection” 

From here I started to hone in on “my sound”, House & Bass House music. Now I don’t want you thinking that’s all I play. I love all genres, but this is just what I’m hyper passionate about! 

During this same year, I started a small-scale promo company “Impulse Collective” in Washington D.C. Area with my late business partner, Sal Rivera. Our goal was to give a platform to people like us who wanted an opportunity to share their music with the community and create opportunities for those who worked hard at their craft, all while partnering with local companies to generate revenue for all involved. For those of you who are not in the music industry, there’s a bad stigma that you don’t get paid for a lot of events while you’re on your “come-up”, we wanted to change that. Let’s be honest, “500 exposures” never paid anyone’s bills. lol 

We had the pleasure of working with companies like the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C, Club Glow, The Real Housewives of the Potomac, and a handful of other smaller businesses in the DMV area. 

As beautiful of an endeavor Impulse Collective was, life made it clear to me that at this time the “events” side of the industry was not my passion, but the music was. So, I took a step back and focused on my growth as a musician and artist these last few years. This has brought me more happiness and growth in the direction that makes the most sense to me. 

I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to play at some of the best venues in the world, the area’s largest festivals, I’ve gotten to meet so many amazing people, and I’ve continued to develop as an artist. I know without a doubt this is what I was put on this planet to do! Make people dance! 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely NOT a smooth road haha. It’s been a whole bunch of peaks and valleys for sure. I think the most difficult time was the time I was dealing with my record, but now that that has been cleared, things have gotten better. Sure, there are days where you question what you’re doing but I’m always quickly reminded that I’m doing the right thing by how I feel after performing in front of people, or by how I feel after taking a step back to see how far I’ve come.

I think it’s really easy to get down on yourself about a single performance, or a single critic, but you just have to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, and for me, it’s because I love it. Nothing in life is rainbows and puppies all the time, sometimes it rains. I’d rather be a DJ/Artist on a rainy day than anything else on a sunny day. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in House & Bass House music. I’ll take you through a sonic journey that is exciting and full of songs you love and songs you didn’t know you, loved. 

I’m known for having transitions as smooth as butter and sets as hot as the sun. If you’re willing and able to move your body during one of my performances, you best bring water, you’re gonna need it. 

I’m most proud that I don’t have a “normal” job. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve earned over the years, and I can’t wait for what the future holds. 

I think what sets me apart from others is I may not be the smartest, or the most talented, but like Kobe, I’ll outwork you till the day I die. 

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up I was always a leader. Captain of Soccer, Football, and Lacrosse teams. I was the President of my high school’s Future business leaders of America chapter. Even captain of my school’s first culinary team. 

I liked being the center of attention and holding a lot of responsibility. 

I also was never afraid of being “different”. Actually, I had a parent of one of my childhood best friends say that to me in a condescending tone ” You always have to be different Brandon, don’t you?”. That stuck with me forever. I wanted more than what my life, my town, my family currently offered, and I knew. I had to be different to change my path. 

I would dye my hair odd colors like red, blue, purple, etc for sporting events. Wear different clothes than the “popular kids” and ask questions that sometimes got me in trouble. 

Life is really short, why settle for normal? 

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