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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Last Collector Standing: DJ Power Couple Nick Openlander and Brittany Browers Talk Skinny Jeans, Vinyl Scores and If Gender Affects Their Craft

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Browers: The thrill of the hunt.

My first album, and I can't remember if it was on cassette or CD, was C+C Music Factory. [laughs]. I was living in Washington State and I had a friend up the street that I would take C+C Music Factory to her house and make up dances. Ten-year-old girl stuff.


My first album on vinyl was Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones. I found it in a Goodwill. That's pretty much how I find a lot of my albums -- Goodwill and Salvation Army.

I was in a Salvation Army not too long ago, and there was a bunch of gospel music and Christmas albums; your standard thrift store selection. Then lo and behold -- I swear it had a halo over it - was Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." That was the find of the year!

How did you both meet and is there a song or album you bonded over? Openlander: We meet at a Hanson show.

Browers: I was running merch for the opening band Everybody Else.

Openlander: I was working at the Pageant and was like "This chick's hot!"

[Both laugh]

Browers: We met again on the street a few days later.

Openlander: You went to a lot of shows as it was. So I recognized you from around.

Browers: When we re-met on the street, we were talking about The Strokes, Kings of Leon, all the stuff we were listening to. We started talking about it and realized we had a lot of the same interest.

Openlander: I'm generally not a huge fan of Top 40 music. Obviously, certain bands that I like have huge albums and have garnered a lot of mainstream success. I remember this Julian Casablancas interview where he was [explaining] when he started the Strokes it was like making underground music cool. Something that went along with a band that was so huge like that, or even the Stones, there is certain style behind it in terms of fashion, or even in sound. It's very identifiable.

Browers: Nick and I even to a certain extent dress similarly. It's just the whole scene of indie rock stuff.

Openlander: I think if anything brought us together it's skinny black jeans. [both laugh again]

How does it feel to be a DJ couple? Browers: It's badass

Openlander: And we spend all of our time together anyways. Last summer we were at Sol Lounge. This friend of ours is a bartender there, and we were like "We'll DJ." It seemed like a good opportunity and another way to hang out with Brittany. Why not work on this together and have fun with it?

Browers: I think it's cool having our styles complement each other, but we still have very different tastes; the balance of the male/ female DJ aspect. I feel like we can relate to a broader audience doing it together.

Are there different expectations between male and female DJs? Browers: I think that sometimes girl DJs aren't taken as seriously. You have to prove yourself with your gigs. Every gig is an audition, and that's true for any DJ, but I think that especially as a female DJ. They expect me to play Lady Gaga and Beyonce. That's not the case.

Openlander: If anything I think it's cool that Brittany got into it, because it is such a dude heavy scene. It's nice to have some diversification.

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