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Beats, Brooklyn, and Beyond: The Cory Giles Journey

Explore the incredible journey of Cory Giles, a dynamic DJ whose passion for music was ignited in the heart of Brooklyn.


Oct. 31 2023, Published 3:55 p.m. ET

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In the vibrant and eclectic borough of Brooklyn, amidst the rhythmic heartbeat of Bed-Stuy with a mixture of Sheepshead Bay, a creative force has emerged, painting the town with his own unique blend of melodies. Meet Cory Giles, a dynamic DJ who has risen to prominence through dedication, talent, and an unwavering passion for music.

As we delve into his journey, we uncover the influences that shaped him, the milestones that marked his ascent, and the boundless energy that keeps the party alive wherever he goes.

Cory Giles' roots run deep in Brooklyn, a place renowned for its rich cultural tapestry. Born in Bed-Stuy but hailing from Sheepshead Bay, Cory's upbringing was a symphony of diverse sounds and influences. What ignited his passion for music was the melodious legacy within his own family.

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His father, a DJ himself, introduced him to the world of music. This familial connection became the genesis of Cory's journey into the world of turntables and mixing. It was his grandmother, however, with her incredible taste in music, who laid the foundation of his musical education. She had been part of a musical group during her youth and had a penchant for Motown and soulful melodies, creating an atmosphere of inspiration for young Cory.

Cory Giles' identity as a Black American man is intricately woven into his artistry. His family roots stretch down from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, eventually converging in the bustling embrace of New York. These Southern influences form a significant part of his musical palette, providing a rich source of inspiration, which we’re able to witness within his craft.

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As Cory Giles transitioned into adulthood, his journey as a DJ began to take a more defined shape. At the age of 18, he embarked on his academic journey at Kingsborough Community College. During his time there, an opportunity that would catalyze his career presented itself in the form of an internship with the legendary Def Jam Recordings. This was a pivotal moment that allowed him to peek behind the curtains of the music industry, setting the stage for the years to come.

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In 2012, Cory Giles joined the Promotions and Programming Department of the world-renowned radio station, 97.1 WQHT, famously known as "Hot 97." It was at this juncture that he truly immersed himself in the world of music, learning the ropes, and building the foundation of his future success. He honed his skills and gradually rose through the ranks. The year 2018 was monumental for Cory Giles. He became a part of Hot 97's "All Mix Weekend" family, solidifying his position in the industry.

During that same year, he graced the decks at the iconic NYC venue, Irving Plaza - a venue that has seen countless legendary performances and artists.

His commitment to mastering his craft was underscored when he graduated from the Scratch DJ Academy in September 2018. The academy proved to be a treasure trove of valuable DJ skills and techniques, helping Cory refine his art. Shortly after completing his education at the academy, Cory Giles earned his show on Dash Radio, entitled The Corner.

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He not only DJs but also serves as an on-air personality, sharing the limelight with his co-host, Hala Maroc. The Corner has become a beloved fixture on Dash Radio's Taste Radio Channel, filling the airwaves with the hottest tunes and engaging conversations.

Cory's relentless efforts continued to bear fruit as he secured his first mix show on Dash Radio's flagship Hip Hop Channel, Dash Hip Hop X.

This was a testament to his evolving prowess as a DJ and the growing recognition he was receiving in the industry. He eventually launched his newest Mixshow “In A NY Minute” which airs Fridays at 1PM EST on Dash’s Flagship Hip-Hop Channel “Dash Hip-Hop”. Mixshows have been a specialty of DJs on radio for decades and with this show Cory wants the World to open up to the new wave of DJs who are pushing the Hip-Hop Culture forward in radio.

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In June of 2019, Cory Giles had a significant breakthrough when he DJ'ed for the industry titan, Sway, on his Sirius XM Shade 45 Morning Show, "Sway's Universe." After his electrifying set, Sway himself praised Cory, declaring him to be a "walking manifestation of a party." In the same season, Cory had the privilege of opening for celebrity DJ Clinton Sparks at the renowned Shrine Nightclub in Connecticut, as a part of their "Get Familiar Fridays."

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Cory's journey took a significant leap when he became a member of Def Jam's Summer Fridays Class of 2020, an illustrious group that includes legendary DJs such as DJ Enuff and DJ Semtex. His talent also led him to spin for major brands like Louis Vuitton, TAO, Samsung, American Express, Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Rutgers University, and the NCAA.

Cory Giles' stellar career has seen him share the stage with prominent celebrities, including Jack Harlow, John Legend, Quavo (from Migos), Luke Combs, Celebrity Radio Host Nessa of Hot 97, and Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. His charismatic presence behind the turntables has graced some of the most prestigious events and gatherings, setting the perfect sonic backdrop for memorable moments.

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In July 2021, Cory Giles attained another remarkable milestone by becoming the Official DJ for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun. With Cory on the set, the team enjoyed a league-best 15-1 record at home and clinched a Finals appearance the following year, a testament to his ability to energize both the crowd and the players.

In addition to these achievements, Cory Giles was welcomed into the World Famous Shadyville DJs crew, founded by celebrity DJ Whoo Kid.

This acknowledgment further solidified his standing in the world of DJing.

Cory Giles' journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to one's craft.

He has seamlessly blended his diverse influences, family heritage, and innate talent to create a unique musical signature that has won the hearts of audiences and industry professionals alike. In the ever-evolving world of music, Cory Giles stands as a shining example of a creative force destined to make the world dance to his beat.

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