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Dr. DJ Kuttin Kandi, Hon. PhD

Artist Approach & Statement

In my critical analysis of the ways the turntables are an instrument and that DJ’s are visionaries with an artist platform that can ‘move’ the world; I have realized that DJs are in tune with the sounds of the streets who plays the beat of what the people speaks. As an artist that often shift-shapes into other practitioners such as DJ/turntablist, poet, actress, theater performer, director, musician and public speaker; I evoke the emotions of the spirited activist and skratch in the invisible warrior stories onto stage and into life. My artist work is rooted in reverence to Hip Hop Culture, intersectional feminism and the struggles as a Filipinx, Pin@y, Asian American, womxn of color. Through my art, I continue to explore race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, desirability politics, healing and trauma as I challenge and address anti-black racism and the multiple oppressive micro and macro-aggressions from individual to white supremacist heteropatriarchal institutional systems. By the turn of every table, I am continuously calling-in the often ‘other’ed’ as I am (re)claiming space and igniting the ‘bruha’ within who has been forgotten and shamed.

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RIDERS

 

Tech Rider

 

Hospitality Rider

 

Set List

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REPRESENTATIONS

 

Bookings: Be Real Management

 

EPK

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 ORIGINS

Queens, NY

GENRES

Hip Hop, Underground Hip-Hop, Turntablism

YEARS ACTIVE

1993 - Present

WEBSITES

www.DJKuttinKandi.com

www.HipHopBruha.com

GROUPS / CREWS

  • 5th Platoon

  • Anomolies

  • Freedom Sound DJs

  • Guerrilla::Nation

  • Guerrilla::Words

  • Hip Hop Bruha

 

DJ COMPETITION TITLES

  • DMC USA Finalist, 1998
  • Source Magazine USA Champion, 1998

  • Underground Railroad 3rd Place, 1998

  • DMC Texas Regional 2nd Place, 1998

  • Vibe Magazine World DJ Seminar 2nd Place, 1998

  • ITF NY Regional Beat Juggling 2nd Place 1998

  • Binghamton University 2nd Place, 1997

  • ITF World Vice Team Champion, 1997

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FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES AND GRANT AWARDS

  • 2017-2018 Rockwood Fellowship

  • 2018 UCSD Spaces Artist-In-Residence

  • 2018 - 2019 Next Level Hip Hop Exchange 

  • 2018 San Diego International Airport Artist-in-Residence

AWARDS

  • San Diego’s Hip-Hop Honor Award, BGIRL BBQ, 2013

  • Influential People of the Decade, Isa Magazine, 2010

  • Filipina Women’s Network’s Nominee of 100 Filipina Women, 2009

  • Hip Hop Associations and NYU Multicultural Center Womanhood Passage Tribute, 2009

  • Stack Vinyl’s & Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) DJ Tribute, 2008

  • Black Lily Music & Film Social Change Award, 2007

  • Grassroots Artist MovEment (GAME)’s Women In the Game Award, 2005

  • A Magazine’s Top 5 DJ’s, 2002

  • Urb Magazine’s Next 100, 1999

ARTIST ACCOLADES