During Rocks Off's recent trip to Los Angeles, we caught up with radio personality DJ Brandi Garcia, who spent five years in Houston working for 97.9 The Box before being controversially dismissed in the fallout surrounding the station's ban on local rapper Trae Tha Truth.
Rocks Off: When we last spoke to you, your career was going through a transition. How long have you been in L.A. now, and what is your role at your new radio station(s)?
Brandi Garcia: Been in LA for almost nine months now and luvin it! I'm currently at three stations: I host the "Tweet @ 12" (lunch hour request show) on 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles and am the female voice of the station. They just added me on as a mixer for the Summer under the name "DJ B-Rocka"! I do nights (6-10 p.m.) Monday-Friday at 92.7 KREV in San Francisco, and Saturday nights (6-10pm) in Palm Springs.
As an added bonus, I also DJ a lot of functions for Nike and am endorsed by Monster Cable.
RO: How does the current hip-hop scene in LA compare to Houston?
BG: It's extremely different! It's more eclectic, more of a variety when it comes to clubs, clothings styles, and definately the music itself. The BPMs are a lot faster here! Probably the biggest similarity are the dance records that the youth are into ("Teach Me How To Dougie," etc.).
It is nice to see how there's still a Cali-Houston connection between the artists, though. A lot of them collabo together, and I know the Houston artists are out here in L.A. all the time, and vice versa.
RO: Who is your favorite West Coast rapper?
BG: Toughie! Depends on what mood I'm in musically, but if I had to choose then I would say Too $hort. Not only do I like his music but I like how he bridges the gap between the Bay, L.A. and Houston.
RO: What do you miss most about Houston?
My family and the FOOD!!! Frenchy's & Pappadeaux's all day! Plus I really miss my listeners from when I used to work at The Box.
RO: Now that you work/live in L.A., does that automatically make you a Lakers fan?
BG: Haha! I actually jumped on the bandwagon before I left Houston... still a Texans/Astros fan though!
RO: Do you still keep in touch with your H-Town fans?
RO: I understand that you are visiting Houston on June 11th [this weekend] for several events in support of Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and his Amobi Okoye Foundation. How did you get involved with that organization and what can we expect?
BG: Yes! I'm excited about playing in the celebrity basketball game 2 p.m. this Saturday at Jack Yates HS. The Houston Texans defensive line is taking on the offensive line, so expect some serious competition and great dunks! I'll also be DJing Amobi's birthday party at Armada Lounge (2610 Sage) Saturday night.
I've known Amobi the past few years, and love what his foundation does for the community, including scholarships, youth activities, tackling hunger, the community achievement center called Amobi's House and so much more! For more info you can log onto the Web site.
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RO: What's next for DJ Brandi Garcia?
Only the man up above knows for sure, but I will continue my dream to inspire young women and show them that you can be successful in entertainment without having to do a reality show, have a sex tape, or do things that are wrong just to get ahead.