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About DJ Philly C
Philip "DJ Philly C" Charles...

...Fell in love with music at a very young age. While the other kids were playing sports, board games, or breaking things at family events, you could find young Phil following his older brother, cousins, and uncle in and out of back rooms, home offices, and even guest bedrooms that were turned into makeshift DJ booths. His mentors went on to headline larger events - from birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, communions and Christenings, all the way up to large scale weddings – and young Phil was right behind them. Little did they know while their mixes muffled the sound of their baby brother, cousin, and nephew mumbling the words, “Can I try?” that the annoying little boy would find a way to practice and master the craft of DJing and become “DJ Philly C.”

When a simple medical procedure turned into a series of severe surgeries, Phil endured a summer of being confined to the house. The recovery process was difficult, but much to his surprise he stumbled upon a mixer; a component of his father’s home stereo that he never noticed was there. He finally had his chance to practice and perfect his skills. His passion for music, the hip hop culture, and DJing could finally be explored. He capitalized on this opportunity and completely immersed himself in the craft. The rest, as they say is history and led to who is now DJ Philly C, the tri-state area’s best kept secret.

How would you describe your music style, in non-technical terms?

A DJ Philly C event is a musical Journey, where you get to travel around the world, learn different languages, and visit musical History.

How and why did you decide to become a DJ?

I've always been into Music, and music has always been around me. I didn't fall into it as much as I Grew into it

Tell us a bit about your fans.

My fans are my friends, and my friends are my fans.

What are your top 3 influences? Doesn't have to musical.

Social Justice Events, Friends and Family, and Failures

Any guilty pleasure(s)?


All-time favorite track(s)?

Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
Montel Jordan - This is How we Do it
Jeff Redd - You called and told me
Jackson 5 - I want you back
Robin S. Show Me Love
Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Incredible Bongo Band - Apache

What is your favorite festival, why?

Not really a festival, but NYC Summer Stage, because there's no one genre of music that dominates, and you can go into the city every week, to find something different to hear.

What advice do you have for someone looking to book a DJ? Other than "book me!" ;)

The best advice I could give to someone looking to book a DJ is to know what you want your event to feel like, and know who can offer your event that feeling. There's no such thing as "the best DJ", but there is such a thing as "the best DJ for the you"

Anything else you'd like to share (optional)?

One of a select few DJs to have the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall