After interviewing Candice Andfield a few months ago, she introduced us to Bri Horton. Candice and Bri traveled to Japan with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in 2010 and have remained friends since that time. I sat down with Bri to learn what she has been up to the past few years.
Bri, thanks for meeting with me. I definitely recognize you from when you were a teenager at the Yawkey Club of Roxbury 10 years ago!
Yes, that was me. I went to that Boys & Girls Club as a teen.
Time has flown by! What have you been up to since those days?
Most recently, I have been DJing almost every weekend, traveling to places all around Massachusetts from Boston down to Cape Cod. The past few months I have DJed in Maine, New York and New Orleans. I was working with a radio station in New York City too. I do baby showers, kid and adult birthday parties and late-night parties.
How long have you being DJing?
I started 9 years ago with a DJ group doing promotion and networking for them. When I left that group, I decided I wanted to try to do this on my own. Well, I work with another woman, Raven, who MCs for me.
Has it been difficult?
Being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry presents some challenges but there are people out there we help each other out. I’ve been building my network, building a brand, reaching out to other DJs and using social media to branch out. My first official gig was May 2019. When you land one gig, it often opens does to other opportunities. We are working on a website and we are on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/royalhighnessintl), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/djroyalbri___/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/DjRoyalBri___).
Why did you choose to DJ?
It gives me positive energy and makes me happy.
Do you have long-term goals for your work?
I want my sound to be international and I hope to travel around the globe. I like meeting new people and learning new languages. I still read my Dummies Guide to Japanese that I used when I was in the Japan program at the Club. I do not want to lose that international connection.
Bringing it back to the Boys & Girls Club, can you tell me a bit about your Explore Japan experience?
I want to say we started the class with 50 people. Knowing only 10 were going to go, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going. I don’t care if I have to study all day to learn Japanese.’ I committed myself to working hard and getting a spot on this trip! I got my flashcards and highlighters. Everything was Japan for me that year. Sometimes I would do my Japanese before my school homework because I was so excited about that opportunity.
I traveled with a great group, Brian, Jelani, Daria, Nancy, Genevieve, Eric, Jamal. That trip was my first time on a plane and I really did not know what to expect. Everything felt like a movie! The trip was amazing. I celebrated my birthday during that time and we even ran into Omarion in the airport and took a picture with him!
Do any specific memories from the trip come to mind?
After the first week, I really missed my Mom but I pushed through that.
I remember touring the Toyota Company and learning how cars were made. Hiroshima was a memorable experience. A few years ago I read that the wax museum we visited is gone now which was disappointing. Being in Hiroshima and getting a different perspective on World War II, learning about what happened there was one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life.
I remember one funny incident where a couple of Japanese girls were checking out two boys from my group. The girls were sticking their tongues out at them and flirting playfully. We were trying to get our boys to talk with them but they were scared.
Would you ever go back to Japan?
I know some DJs in Japan and I would love to do an event there. I am also interested in the idea of teaching English in Japan.
So what is next for you?
I’m going to keep working on my DJing. I used to work as a Gate Attendant for an airline and I’d like to go back to that job, preferably at Delta. I like the people-to-people interaction in that role. It would also allow me to keep traveling and maybe do more gigs that are international.
Do know about the 2nd Alumni Summer Social where we get everyone who has been on a Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston travel program to come back to reconnect?
I heard about the event last year. The people that I traveled with had a group chat about it and a few of them made it. I wanted to go but did not make it. I will definitely try to be there this summer.
It would be so wonderful to see you at the event. I will make sure to reach out to remind you and I hope you bring Candice! Good luck with DJing and getting back in with the airlines!