He is one of the most well known, but yet underrated deejays on the island. But last weekend, DJ Kirk Brown proved that he could stand head and shoulders with the best in the world of deejaying when he placed third in the International Soca DJ Competition.
Kirk Brown receiving his trophy and gift basket after the competition
Brown told Bajan Vibes in an interview from Trinidad and Tobago that he was very proud of his placement and glad to have done his country proud.
“I know that my placement did Barbados proud and will lead to bigger and better things. On the night of the show I was fully pumped, I was excited and proud to be a competitor at this level, and also to represent Barbados,” he said.
Brown revealed that placing in the competition had already led to immediate benefits for him.
“The third-place win has already led to more bookings in T&T, NYC, Canada and Miami. It was a great platform for increased visibility.
“Now I will aim to translate that to expanding my brand and increasing my travel,” the deejay said.
Brown admitted he knew he was going in as the underdog, as the lone Barbadian in the final, so he went in on a mission to prove there are actually great deejays in Barbados.
“I really wanted to show what we have to offer.
“Barbados has a lot of good deejays; so I was proud to bear the flag. I used a lot of exclusive Bajan soca plates to be more impactful. My game plan was to stick to the judging criteria, engage the crowd, and showcase my talent.
“I know that I’m underrated; so I wanted to use it as a platform to show my versatility, speed and selections,” he explained.
Brown told Bajan Vibes what else went into his performance to earn him his third place.
“I also accentuated my deejay set/performance by using [dancer] Shakira Marshall and the Caribbean Queen Alison Hinds to sing a live soca plate.”
Kirk Brown with his dancers Shakira and Mandisa.
Kirk Brown with Alison Hinds and assistant Jennifer Young after the show.
Arguably one of the hardest working deejay’s on the island, Brown said he would be staying in Trinidad for the duration of the Carnival season.
“I’m doing some major stage shows, parties and boat rides. I’m even attending shows that I’m not booked for, so that I may better understand the market. I’m hardworking and humble; so I’m here to learn and also meet promoters and get familiar with events,” the 98.1 deejay said.
He added that he was also glad to be in Trinidad to lend his support to fellow Bajan artistes Hypasounds and Peter Ram, who will be competing in the International Soca Monarch Finals on Friday.