Many of you might remember Brandon “DJ Bran” Corporal from a conversation we had in this column more than three years ago.
Back then, the rising tri-state star was just beginning to turn heads and branch out beyond the local urban nightlife scene.
I asked Bran at the end of that interview what his five-year plan was and he said: “I should be set on one radio station, also on tour and traveling. I just want to be a successful DJ in every way possible. Hopefully it won’t take five years though. I’m thinking maybe two years.”
DJ Bran has not only reached those goals but has surpassed them. DJ Bran has been touring and traveling throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada for the past three months as the official tour DJ for Maybach Music Group artist and Philadelphia native Meek Mill.
In addition, “The Youngest in Charge” can now add television to his resume after multiple appearances as a guest DJ on BET’s “106 & Park.”
Local crowds can still catch him mixing on Kiss 101.7 Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday nights from 10 to midnight.
The Christiana High School graduate has been DJing ever since the age of 10. He was ushered into the craft after growing up seeing his father Gary “G-Man” Corporal, who was a DJ for Elsmere Skating Rink back in the ’80s. There seems to be no pause in the fast-moving career of the young DJ, who will be making more TV appearances in the near future as well as possibly working with one of the biggest DJs in the game.
DJ Bran shared with us a few details on big news that could be taking his career to another level. There are two years left on his five-year plan, so who knows what could be next for Delaware’s newest celebrity.
Q: Good to talk to you again, Bran; it’s been three years since our last conversation and it seems you already knew what the future was going to bring you.
A: Yeah, man, it’s crazy to see how things have gone since then. Just blessed to be where I am.
Q: So how did you get plugged into the role as the Official Tour DJ for Meek Mill?
A: Well, everything started to happen around early February during Grammy weekend. My manager called me and asked me if I was ready to go on tour, and I said of course. Then he told me that Meek Mill doesn’t have a DJ and has three tours coming up. So he called me a couple days later and told me I was flying to L.A. soon. Then I got a call about an hour later and they told me I was flying out to L.A. the next day for a show at The House of Blues. So it all happened really fast.
Q: So what is the tour life like?
A: It’s the fast life on tour; it’s crazy. There’s not much sleep because every night is like a party. The adrenaline rush is amazing.
Q: What is the everyday grind consist of when you’re on tour?
A: Pretty much every day is a new city. You wake up, get on the plane, knock out a show that night, maybe get some sleep, and then wake up and do it all over again the next day. It’s a crazy schedule, but it’s fun to see the world.
Q: What’s your favorite part about traveling to so many different places?
A: I love seeing how different crowds react to certain songs. Each city or country has their own preference on what’s popular.
Q: So each place likes to hear certain types of hip-hop?
A: Exactly! For instance in Germany and many other places in Europe, they love to hear older hip-hop music. They will go crazy if I play anything from the ’90s to 2005. Some of the music we already have been listening to for years is like a brand new song over there.
Q: So let’s talk about one of your newest accomplishments, which is being a guest DJ on BET’s “106 & Park.” How did that opportunity come about?
A: I actually got the opportunity through one of my connections in New York who works at Atlantic Records. That was crazy how that happened, too. Now I’m slated to be on there once a month; hopefully, that will increase.
Q: What is your job as the DJ on the show?
A: I usually get the crowd going between commercial breaks. During the show, Bow Wow will put me on the spot and shout me out. I usually get four different spots a show where I’m actually on camera. It’s great exposure.
Q: Most DJs I talk to say that the best part of being a DJ is making people feel good through music. What is that like now that you are on an international platform?
A: It is an unbelievable feeling to DJ in front of 5,000 to 10,000 people every night and see them all go crazy when a song drops. Music is something that connects everybody no matter where you’re from.
Q: So I hear you might have some big news coming out soon? Care to share any details?
A: Well, I can’t say too much yet, but I have been in talks with DJ Drama in Atlanta, and we will be having some big news coming soon. All I know is he sent me a text that said “Congrats and welcome to the team.” I guess I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. (Laughs)
Q: So here we are again, the big question that you answered in our last conversation in 2010. Where can we expect to see DJ Bran in the next five years?
A: (Laughs) I just hope to be continuing to DJ and grow my career. Hopefully, I’ll continue to tour and travel but on a larger scale every year. I also want to expand more into television, so I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes me. For now I just want to stay humble and keep progressing.