Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: DJ Charles Browne Interview

With DJ Charles Browne during MBFW

Sometimes waiting for your show to start during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week can be anything but fun. Sometimes your toes hurt, your pantyhose ripped, you have a headache from someone wearing enough perfume to drown a baby hooker or you forgot to eat more than the cup of coffee you consumed six hours before.

But during those tedious times it’s always helpful if there is a good tune to tap your stiletto too. Music can change how you feel and sometimes make a tough time far more enjoyable. It can set you up in a great mood!

Meet Charles Browne, one of the deejays mixing up beats this season at the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

I had the opportunity to chat with Charles about music, fashion and everything in between, take a look:

SM: How long have you been in the industry for?

DJ CB: 10-years this year.

SM: Wow! That’s a long time. How would you describe your style?

DJ CB: A bit experimental. I like different things – electro and jazz.

SM: Cool, so how do you go about choosing your tracks for something like Fashion Week?

DJ CB: My sister is heavily influenced by fashion and that was a big thing for me. I look at designers, too, and see how they pick every detail of putting their shows together. They do a lot of research to figure out what you will works best to help bring their visions to life. So for an event like this, it’s a mixture of not just regular stuff everyone listens to, but bringing out the tunes they may not know, but would enjoy.

SM: Do you play any musical instruments?

DJ CB: Ha! Not anymore, but I did play bass clarinet as a kid. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the sax[ophone] though.

SM: Kind of like President Clinton, no?

DJ CB: He made the sax cooler!

SM: So how did you get started in deejaying for something like the tents at fashion week?

DJ CB: Actually, I used to work for Barney’s and I did a lot of deejaying for corporate events in college. I did an event for IMG last year and their events and public relations people liked my vibe and invited me back this year.

SM: What other kind of events have you done?

DJ CB: Random things, but consistent in the scene – parties in the Hamptons, stuff for John Varvatos – my style is really uptown and downtown…

SM: How did you get started into deejaying? Before Barney’s, I mean.

DJ CB: I actually started when I was 13-years old. I got my first deejay set and I was spinning tunes from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. The way I look at it is, approach music with an open heart and an open mind. I mean, growing up I was surrounded by hip-hop, but I fell into my parents train of records and working at Barney’s I had to be open to new things and all things. Same applies with music.

SM: So Barney’s really changed you?

DJ CB: I grew up with the urban scene and Barney’s changed how I looked at things. I didn’t know a lot of what I know now before I started working there.

SM: Like what? Did you have an epiphany that changed something? Is that the same advice you would impart onto others?

DJ CB: Definitely. Everyday you learn something new and everyday the world is changing – go with it. Keep learning and keep learning.

SM: So stay hungry then, yea?

DJ CB: For sure, stay hungry.


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