With seven years of experience, DJ Blang brings a taste of electronica to Cal State Fullerton on a weekly basis.
Brandon Lang, 31, is a RTVF major with an emphasis of production. Many people know him as “DJ Blang,” an event coordinator and club DJ in Southern California.
At CSUF, he is known for his radio show, The Let It Ring Show, which airs on TitanRadio.org every Friday at 2 p.m.
His stage name is derived from the first letter of his first name combined with his last name. The name of his show stems from the name of the events Lang coordinates for the local community.
“People were already familiar with Let It Ring (events) and Bell Ringer Records. So it’s like, all about the ringing, you know what I mean?” said Lang. “Actually, I got some good feedback from people too. They’re like, ‘Oh, cool name!’ So I just kind of stuck with it.”
The Let It Ring Show focuses on the exposure of electronic music, especially on the local level.
“There are a lot of talented, local artists that just don’t get played, and I think that’s a shame, really,” Lang said.
Lang is now taking it upon himself to shine light on the undiscovered and underrepresented underground music community.
“I think we should bring up the local people,” Lang said.
Preparation for the weekly show consists of Facebook posts announcing the show and actively seeking local artists who might want to be featured.
In addition, Lang focuses on researching events to announce during the show, watches for new releases and keeps a close ear to what is popular in the world of electronic music.
Lang has a variety of sites he uses to stay current with the music scene, such as Beatport.com, DrummAndBassTV.com and RedEyeRecords.com, to name a few.
Lang did not earn his nickname overnight, he has been a connoisseur of electronic music since 1998.
After falling in love with EDM, Drum and Bass, and Dubstep, he then decided to start working as a DJ himself the next year.
By 2002, he was a professional DJ for clubs and bars across Southern California from San Diego to Los Angeles.
He said The Observatory and The House Of Blues, Anaheim, are the most prominent venues where he has played.
Lang will be DJ-ing at The Yoast next month.
Still, Lang said he has had to acclimate himself to radio DJ-ing versus DJ-ing for clubs or bars. Lang has had to work on the fluidity of the show, the transitions between songs and commentary and campus promotion.
Chris Pham, 24, general manager of Titan Radio and a RTVF major, said Lang is a hard worker who has been with Titan Radio for over a year.
He said he is passionate with his music and spends as much time as he can in the studio.
The Titan Radio experience and his show has sparked increased interest in the pursuit of his RTVF degree, he said. Upon taking courses such as RTVF 385, Radio Operations, Lang was inspired to begin his radio show.
“I took RTVF 385 with Professor Van Reel. It gave me the background basis of how radio station operations go about, so that was really influential,” Lang said.
Andrea Orozco, 21, marketing and promotions director for Titan Radio and a marketing major, works with Lang every Friday and said she notices his good work ethic and the way he prepares to do his show.
“He comes in pretty early so he can get ready for his show, to prepare… He plays really good dubstep and electronic music,” said Orozco.
Lang said he is also enjoying a growing fan base of local friends and family.
“Before, I would make a Facebook post (about the show) and nobody would say anything. Now its like, ‘Oh, this song is sick!’ you know? Stuff like that is cool. Feedback is a lot better than from the first show,” Lang said.
Even with all of the recent recognition and valuable experience Lang has received from The Let It Ring Show, Lang said one of his favorite moments working with Titan Radio is volunteering in the Quad during Discoverfest.
To tune in to Titan Radio or listen to DJ Blang’s show, visit TitanRadio.org and click the “Listen Live” link.