Candice “DJ Kuttin Kandi” Custodio-Tan (DJ) is a disabled PilipinX/Pinay-American Writer, Poet, Theater Performer, Educator, Hip Hop Feminist, and Community Organizer in Queens, New York. She is a member of DJ team champions 5th Platoon; Co-Founder and DJ for the Hip Hop group Anomolies; Co-Founder of the famed NY monthly open mic “Guerrilla Words,” Co-Founder of the coalition R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism & Community through Hip Hop), Co-Founder and Board Member of the new DJ Coalition – Freedom Sound DJ’s, and the Founder and Editor of the blog Hip Hop Bruha. Kandi is the 1998 NY Source Magazine DJ Champion and been honored and performed at venues such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center, and Madison Square Garden for WNBA’s NY Liberty. She is a known Pop-Culture Political Essayist and has written for several anthologies and blogs. Kandi is also the Co-Editor of the book “Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino/a America” and is currently working on new writing projects.
When Kandi is not performing she is organizing on the ground with various grassroots community organizations, speaking, writing or lecturing. Kandi worked at UC San Diego’s Women’s Center for seven years specializing in social justice & diversity programming and within Student Life at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, organizes with Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Asian Solidarity Collective, and the Intersectional Feminist Collective, and regularly provides lectures on diversity, gender & sexuality, race, body politics, disability justice.
Candice will be on Next Level Team Philippines.