What started out as just a need to fill a void, ‘dabbling’ with music quickly became  my most fun hobby and has now blossomed into being a integral part of who I am.

I spent my childhood years in Jamaica, the home of Reggae and birthplace of iconic artists such as Bob Marley and Buju Banton. I drew early inspiration from the various “Sound Systems” blasting music in the streets, where noise violation warnings were non-existent and “Street Dances” were a way of life.

A move to the US in 2000 left me with a void that proved a lot more challenging to fill than I would think. Luckily, at that time, digital music was on the rise and I also had access to local music shops. I started collecting music and studying mixtapes from my favorite DJs. Fast forward a few years and I suddenly had a desire to start making mixtapes of my own. Despite being from Jamaica, my focus was on music that I grew to love and genres that have the widest reach. I sought to define myself as a DJ that could fuse music from several genres. Some of my early mixtapes showcase the genres from which I draw inspiration: hip-hop, dance, house, reggae, top40, and even old school rock and alternative.  While in undergrad at the University of Florida, I took my love for DJing a step further, throwing house parties, and distributing my multi-genre mixtapes among friends. Notoriety slowly grew to the point where I started doing club gigs in 2006.

By 2009, I had secured my first residency in downtown Gainesville at Studio Lounge, what was then the premiere upscale urban spot for college students to party on a Friday night. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of travelling across the state, djing to patrons in Miami, Daytona, Tampa, and Tallahassee.

As for what the future holds, I have no plans of slowing down. You can look forward to more mixtapes, more club nights, more artist development, and me broadening my reach and strengthening my brand in coming years.

- DJ Brucki


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