On stage, she perfectly blends scorching trap, dreamy pop and emo-core thrash in exhilarating live sets. Her talent for finding what’s new in a sound led her to open bands such as A$ap Ant, Nardo Wick and Larry June. On August 19, Bri Mafia will open for Curren$y at the Howard Theatre.
She is candid about her responsibilities:[DJs] are literally the middle person between the artist, the community and the masses,” she says. Now based in Baltimore, the 29-year-old is constantly evolving and taking on more roles than just a record player: she’s a producer, sound engineer, curator, web designer and even a beer brewer.
In January, Bri Mafia opened LeMafia Studios and began offering photography and music production services in Baltimore. Her “4theDMV” series of mixes features over 300 local artists and has evolved into a real-life platform that cultivates safer spaces for women in the region’s party scene. Next month, Bri Mafia will co-host “No Filter,” an all-female music showcase at Union Stage. She is co-owner of Urban Garden Brewing, DC’s first Black and Latina women-owned brewery, which released a collaborative beer, AllHomage, with DC clothing brand EAT. She also founded “BrewzN’Viewz”, acting as a brand ambassador for minority-owned breweries and donating beer to showcases and DIY festivals.
When Bri Mafia isn’t busy collaborating to revamp the DMV’s creative infrastructure, she reigns supreme as playground queen, DJ at elementary school dances and Earth Day events. She likes spinning a mix of student requests (think NBA Youngboy and Michael Jackson) and local underground music. “My love language is acts of service,” she says. “So I do my best to express that through creation, which could be sound, musical, visual, but above all, [through] community.”
Performing with Curren$y August 19 at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theater, 620 T St. NW. thehowwardtheatre.com. $45. “No Filter” Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. unionstage.com. $10.