Born in Colombia, raised in Spain, and residing in Berlin, Brayan Valenzuela has been making music for the past decade and his passion for the craft is more fire hot than ever.
Establishing himself with releases like Sweet Girl and Your Drug My Drug on the infamous Detroit Underground label, Brayan has been recognized by the likes of Resident Advisor, Bandcamp, and fans around the world. He’s collaborated with artists like Giant Swan, Paul Birken, and Crystal Geometry – and is now sharing his talents with listeners on Blast Radio.
We recently spoke with Brayan to learn more about him, his taste, his inspirations, and what he’s got going on. Read on to learn about the Berlin DJ lighting up dance floors.
Make sure to follow Brayan (https://blastradio.com/brayanvalenzuela or ‘brayanvalenzuela’ in the app) to catch his upcoming broadcasts, including a featured broadcast today (9/13) at 12pm EST!
Do you have a fond memory of the radio you’d like to share? Who you were with, what was playing, how it made you feel?
I have great memories of a radio station that was in Colombia when I was 10-11 years old. It was an electronic music radio program that was broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays. They played music that was a bit commercial for that moment, things like Mauro Picotto or Safriduo. Basically it was a bit of a trance, but the truth is I have good memories of waiting for 7:00 p.m or 8:00 p.m. Radio started me in electronic music.
What is your first musical memory? How does that memory impact you today?
My memory with music is of course with Latin music – salsa, vallenatos etc. and that was good music, but in my house there was also my brother who listened to Michael Jackson. For me, it was and is special because he was the only person in my house who listened to something different and "cool." We all know how it feels when you listen to Billie Jean. Listening to that music at that age opened my head and helped me with my sound.
Who are your three ideal dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Whoever brings the best beer and the best weed!
How would you describe your music?
Noisy and distorted, but I'm currently changing a bit and starting to use more drums and some things I didn't before.
If you could see any artist (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Joy Division, a thousand times.
Do you have anything you’d like to promote (upcoming/recent release, concert, book, article, etc)?
Yes! My next release is on the label BRVTAL – BRV004. It’s a Vinilo, 12", EP, Test Pressing, White Label. It will be released December 16, 2022. The style is techno, industrial, hard techno.