New tricks for B.Traits 

B.C.-based drum ā€™nā€™ bass and dubstep DJ branches out into the UK electronica scene

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Who: B.Traits

When: Friday, Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Tommy Africa's

Cost: $40 (Deraylor wristband)

 

Let's face it: almost anyone can mix together two records. But it takes a special kind of talent, an innate ability to read the crowd, to really make magic happen on the dance floor.

Meet B.Traits, better known to friends and family as Bri Price: blond, young and female, she certainly isn't the average powerhouse that you find hunkered down in the DJ booth. But does she ever know how to rock a room.

She says the secret is to just genuinely be into the music that you're playing - no faking allowed.

"Don't ever play anything that you're not sure about, yourself, or something that you're not really feeling, but you think that everyone else does," she explained. "I'm not really down with that.

"Then, it's kind of like you're not playing music for yourself, as well, and it's not entirely selfish because I think that if I were standing up there playing music that I wasn't passionate about, I wouldn't be dancing around having a good time!"

B.Traits is a B.C. girl, born and raised in Nelson, transplanted to Vancouver in 2004.

"I was like 15 and I'd started going to those all-night rave parties," she laughed. "I always hung out with people that were friends with DJs, and then I became friends with the DJs myself."

At the same time she was into breakdancing and ended up teaching some breakdance moves to a guy she was dating - a DJ - in exchange for some lessons on mixing.

"Later on, we ended up living together. Then, as soon as I graduated from high school, when I had decided to move to Vancouver, I had kind of taken DJing on as my thing after that, so I ended up just taking the turntables with me when I moved," she laughed. "And then I just stuck with it."

She immersed herself into the scene in a big way and quickly made a name for herself with the city's drum 'n' bass and dubstep crowd, despite the skepticism and sexism she encountered along the way.

"I was just kind of thrown into the electronic music scene in Vancouver, and it just kind of grew on me. And I was like really well received, so I just ran with it," she said.

Soon, B.Traits was hangin' with the big boys - in the lineup of the World Drum 'n' Bass Tour, performing as part of the Formation Records crew and teaming up with MC Kay to form the Ladies Take Control (LTC) duo.

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