So here @ The Big Fresh Collective we are rebooting our infamous Radio Show Series with a bit of a twist; We have plans to feature local & international guest mixes on our fortnightly released shows alongside with interviews conducted by Liam K. Swiggs W/ said guests taking place over where it all started on The BFC Blog.
In these interviews we will be detailing a little bit about the artist’s backgrounds and where they come from, music tastes & plans for the future amongst other things!
First up this week we have an interview local Wellington based DJ/Producer Brooke “Bizznet” Adams who featured on The Big Fresh Collective Radio Show #101!
Holla Holla Bizznet! What a privilege to have one of New Zealand’s up and coming female DJ’s as our first interview at The Big Fresh Collective in over a years time, tell us a little bit about yourself & where you’re from?
What’s up! Well where do I start? I was born and raised in the hoods of Upper Hutt! I went on to work in multiple shitty jobs and studied at a few dud course’s and finally came to the realisation that music is where my heart is at, So I went on to pursue my love for music through a DJ and music production course at Whitireia!
Upper Hutt represent! The home of New Zealand’s first ever Hip Hop group & one of the best Cossie Clubs out, now we’re onto the roots of where it all began can you tell us how your love and passion for music started and some of your biggest musical inspirations personally and otherwise?
Can’t beat a jug and warriors game at the local Upper Hutt Cossie Club! My love for music started at a very young age, even though I wasn’t very good… I would belt out any song that came on the radio. I remember at the age of 5 my dad told me that singing came from your chest and not your nose, and from then I practiced singing every day.
However my passion for different genres of music like rock, heavy metal, dubstep, drum & bass and all that shit that was huge in 2007; It came when my brother would show me different YouTube clips of artists he thought I’d dig. I remember him showing me The Pot by Tool and completely falling in love. Later down the track I started getting into more the Hip Hop / R&B side of music. I started listening to Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and local NZ Talent like Home Brew. Shortly after this is when I met Charles and Curtis; two regulars of the Wellington Hip Hop Scene, this is when my true passion for music really started.
I started going along to any Wellington based gigs that I could; Mr. Carmack, Kamandi, @Peace being some of the most memorable shows. After studying a few times and having a few dead end jobs, I decided I wanted to take my passion further and enrolled into Whiteria’s very own DJ Skool. It was honestly the best decision I have made, not only did it open my eyes up to the industry of music, but it allowed me to study something I was truly passionate about.
What are you currently jamming out on repeat?
In the past year I have completely fallen in love with the genre of “Wave”. I started listening to shitloads of Kamandi and other artists that were released through the new collective Sunset Sedan, such as POLO and Jaga. But I needed more! One of my good friends Luke introduced me to an online radio station called Rinse FM that I had been sleeping on for a minute, My mind was blown! Although Liam had tried to show me a few times before then… Sorry ❤
So last year was your introduction into the world of DJing and Music Production via the course you completed at Whitireia Institute of Technology, can you tell us about that?
I stared out at Whitireia with no real prior knowledge of DJing or Music Production. I was a complete noob to the art of Mixing and Creating. I was terrified, but also knew that I wasn’t alone! The teachers and students at Whitireia made me feel completely comfortable experimenting with music. Over the space of a year I was taught how to make music, how to mix music, how to scratch music, how to set up PA systems, how to get my name out there and the history of how DJing and Production all started.
I grew so much in that year I can’t even believe how much I progressed! Within the first two months we put together our first DJ Skool house party. I WAS PETRIFIED. I remember starting with my closest friends and family around me and the nerves just went away. I was in my zone. By the end of the set every single person in the party was in the room dancing to the tunes I was spinning & I was totally humbled by the response! Not only had I played my first set but people actually enjoyed it! I remember people telling me at school that even the top students from DJ Skool complimented me on my set, and from there I knew I had something special going for me.
It was the first time that it didn’t actually feel like just studying for me, it was learning about something that I was truly passionate about. I was living the dream. After that I was asked to be a part of Audiology’s up and coming 018 which was to replace the infamous Wall nights around New Zealand. This is where I was given the opportunity to promote, watch and play my first ever live set at a club!
From here I went onto play frequently through The Big Fresh Collectives radio show’s on RDU 98.5FM, and eventually I became a part of The BFC family after releasing a bootleg remix of Post Malone’s White Iverson, The Big Fresh Collective’s debut release as a Label & probably one of the proudest moments of my life! I started getting more confident in mixing, and started focusing more on production. DJ Skool was just the place to do it, we were set out to make a 5 track EP as part of one of our final assignments of the year. Lucky I had an ace up my sleeve in Alphabethead as my teacher! He was hands down the most supportive and influential part of my experience at DJ Skool. I went on to play my tracks from my DJ Skool EP live at 018 & on The Big Fresh Collective Radio Show + I even released one through The Big Fresh Collectives first ever compilation album called The Big Fresh Collection Vol #001.
Although I feel like there was a lot of room for improvement, it was such a big accomplishment for me to complete the EP and play it out. Currently I am working full time during the day whilst producing & DJing & playing gigs where I can by night!
That sounds like a really cool pathway into the creative side of music, what type of music did you first start out producing & mixing?
Mostly hip hop, electronic, future, trap and wave music. Pretty much just whatever track I was feeling at the time.
Where can we check out some of your work being a frequent guest on The Big Fresh Collective’s Radio Show?
You’ve frequented the Wellington scene over the past year or so, what are some of your favourite Welly venues to jam out at?
Hand’s down i’m a big fan of Betty’s, although I’ve only had the pleasure of playing at 3 different venues so far. Meow and Sanfran are definitely on my to do list!
What are some of your big plans for the future?
Just doing my thing and working alongside The Big Fresh! My current plans are to help establish The Big Fresh Collective into Wellington’s nightlife, We have plans of hosting a monthly night of Big Fresh DJs showing wellington something a little different in regards for alternative electronic music! But for now just working on my mixes, getting better at producing and releasing as many Bizznet features through The BFC Radio Shows online.
Legendary Bizznet, Thanks for your time, we’re really looking forward to see what the future holds for you!
You can check out Bizznet’s mix on The BFC Radio Show #101 below via The Big Fresh Collective Soundcloud!