Getting to Know Colorado Shredder DJ Brandt

Nov 18, 2017
by Harrison Fetter  
DJ Brandt

DJ Brandt
DJ is another member of the new generation of freeriders taking the sport to the next level and continuously pushing limits. He brings effortless style and wicked tricks to big mountain riding, spending much of his time scouting zones in the Utah landscape. A creative builder as well, it's likely we'll be seeing more of DJ as he sets his sights on Rampage 2018.


Describe yourself.


23 years old. I can’t sit still man. Every day I wake up, I have to go out and do something that makes me feel accomplished.

DJ Brandt


Where are you from and where do you live?


Denver, CO. currently hanging out in Virgin, UT for a few months!


Who do you ride for?


Mongoose bikes, Raceface, Kali protectives, Trestle Bike park, VP Components, 5.10, Shimano, Sensus, Feedback sports, Kuat Racks, Smith optics, MRP, RST suspension and Grassroots cycles.


What does a typical day look like for you?


Well seems like since I’ve been staying out in Virgin with Ethan it goes something like this. Cruise the local coffee spot for breakfast. Come home and try to decide what to ride. Get distracted by the pit bike for an hour or so. Try to decide again. Get distracted by making videos in the driveway. Finally, pack up to go ride. Drive around looking at zones. Get distracted by shooting guns. Drive around some more. Try to find something to shoot photos on. End up digging a new feature. Probably ride a few ridgelines. Then we’ll usually ride jumps til dark. Cruise some Mexican food. Then maybe go for a drive in the Freeride Ferrari and do it all over again. The days here are insane!
DJ Brandt


What are your weaknesses?


I’m kind of scared of heights but I’m working on that one haha


What are your strengths?


I’d say video stuff on my DH and DJ bikes.


What bikes are you riding right now?


Mongoose Boot’r, Mongoose Teocali and Mongoose Fireball.

DJ Brandt


How was it being a first-time builder at Rampage?


Tiring, but super cool for sure. Feel like we did a pretty good job building a podium line 1st year. I wanted to come and see the big show in person and what better way than by digging for your best bud. Being out there building the coolest features we could imagine definitely sparked my interest for a wildcard in 2018...


Do you have any big projects or trips planned for the rest of 2017?


Going to Mexico for Taxco. After that, I want to film a video in Virgin!


Who or what inspires you?


I never want to look back on life and wish I had done something.

DJ Brandt


What’s been your worst crash over the years?


Breaking my Femur near the top of Kong takes the cake!


Who’s your favorite rider?


Impossible for me to pick just one. I love watching so many peoples riding. Obviously, people like Andreu, Aggy and Zink are pretty up there. I also look up to Nicholi quite a bit for his keep going no matter what attitude.


Where’s your favorite place to ride?


Virgin for sure.

DJ Brandt


What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?


Snowboarding is a huge passion of mine. I also like running the camera, shooting guns and anything that involves going fast or jumping.


What’s your favorite non-bike website?


Shockmansion.


What’s your favorite motto or saying?


“Life’s crazy”


What annoys you?


Slow drivers and people who refer to action sports as hobbies.


What makes you happy?


Burritos and doing cool stuff.

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If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?


Probably be welding away.


Where do you think the future of freeride is headed?


This question stumped me for so long actually. Hard to say honestly but I know we are going to keep it alive and keep progressing it. Sky’s the limit and we’re just scratching the surface!


How do you want to be remembered?


I want people to have a positive image of me in their minds. I want to be seen as a great rider but also as someone who is really out there living life. I want to have inspired people to go out and live their lives.


What does the future hold for DJ Brandt?


A ton of riding, more videos and insane trips with the boys!


41 Comments

  • + 24
 Do some more Game of BIKE videos with Ethan and Nicoli ...... STREET edition #Sick
  • + 6
 Oooo we have an even better on planned. Just wait for spring!
  • + 10
 I like to watch this edit at the start of the season www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/Dillon-Lemarr-DJ-Brandt-at-Trestle-Bike-Park,29710/sspomer,2
Probably not as good if you don't know the trails and the features they are doubling up, but worth a watch if you've not seen it.
  • + 3
 Saw this kid progress at the Lunch Loops jumps for about two years... Went from a normal person to HOLY SH!T. For the first time I actually saw my lack of progression/age unfold in front of me. Jumping was never my thing though, so I was okay with it. Hopefully someday I'll get to ride DH with him, and I really hope I can keep up...
  • + 5
 I've always wondered if "DJ" was his real name ?? I mean 2 letters isn't a first name right?? It's like hitman who s name is 47
  • + 9
 Don Julio? Dirt Jumper?
  • + 1
 What about Al ? Smile
  • + 4
 don juan
  • + 15
 dirty jesus
  • + 4
 Go DJ thats my DJ!
  • + 0
 Donald junior
  • + 3
 Don’t sleep on the mongoose bike or the RST KILLAH fork that’s $500 on eBay better grab one soon the prices are going to go up if he does rampage on a Chinese front fork for $500
  • + 3
 How do you make the lifestyle work tho? Do you work a job to pay for your food gas and travel to events or is there a budget sponsors give you for the year?
  • + 4
 Americans love their guns!
  • + 1
 Nice! DJ was such a rad guy when I met him in Edmonton this past fall. He even did my course preview video for the track! youtu.be/GnW23GxVhy8

You're killing it dude. Hard work pays off!
  • + 1
 Thanks man!
  • + 2
 I remember riding Orchard Mesa skate park in Grand Junction Colorado with him almost every day after school years ago! Its awesome to see him progress!
  • + 1
 Knew this kid would blow up when I saw this vid 5 years ago: www.pinkbike.com/video/279036

Keep shedding DJ...rode with you at Valmont once super long time ago.
  • + 1
 Thanks!!
  • + 4
 303 represent!
  • + 3
 he s on 26, i like this guy
  • + 1
 Met him once, he was kind of an ass. Maybe he just had a bad day. The tricks he pulled off that day were pretty dope though Cool
  • + 2
 Nah he aint a bad dude. He's just a homie who likes riding bikes and is really good at it. Dude puts in work and has tried really hard to get where he's at today. It's pretty rad honestly !
  • + 1
 @jspera91: thanks dude!
  • + 6
 Sorry you got that vibe man! I must have been super focused on riding that day!
  • + 1
 @peddlepusher15: no worries! In that case, I hope to see you again some time Wink last I saw you was at Mudrocker 2014, was a photographer on the sidelines
  • + 1
 Djshreda in the freeride Ferrari with the fucked fuel pump. This dude gets me stoked to go ride anytime I check his shit out.
  • + 2
 Haha hell ya dude! ????????
  • + 3
 PB can't do emojis. Woops!
  • + 3
 Banger brah sick gnar bichin pro-cheese videos
  • + 1
 The only difference btwn Brandt and the bigger names is he’s hasn’t had a hit banger..yet. Seens em at WP
  • + 2
 The flip to manual is sweet as, especially on a big bike! Yeah boi!
  • + 1
 That was so sick. I cannot wait to see what he does down the road. It'd be very cool to see him and Ethan riding together at Rampage. The future is bright with insanely dedicated shredders like him!
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: Thanks, I appreciate it! More to come for sure!
  • + 1
 !!!!Fuck YES!! Sick riding, cheers to the camera man!
  • + 1
 More impressive are his skills on a scooter
  • + 2
 Hell yeah!
  • + 1
 Yaaa Deeej!
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