• Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    DJ Quick Chris was a Guiding Light for Dallas Hip-Hop: R.I.P.

    Last Sunday, Dallas lost a true beacon in the scene. Christopher Evans Kelly, a.k.a. DJ Quick Chris, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure after a year-long fight with lymphoma. "Even through his ongoing stays in the hospital, Chris continued to create new and original sounds," says his si ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 46: DJ Israel

    Israel Marcano started spinning in the mid '80s, and had his first professional gig in 1989. "I remember my hands shook as I cued up my records but I was totally ready to make people dance," he recalls. "Once I saw people getting into it and having a good time, I started to relax and didn't feel so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 42: DJ Gabe

    Gabriel Mendoza, aka DJ Gabe, has been spinning (literally, he uses turntables) since 2004. His DJ career took off when his friend, Patricia Rodriguez, pitched him on doing a psych/mod night. Gabe's response was, "Hells yes." He now spins all over town, and folks looking to unwind to some funky t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    The DC9er Mixtape, Resurrected: DJ Sissy Ross

    OK, it's been a while, but the DC9er mixtape series is officially back in action. We're resurrecting the weekly DJ profile with a Q&A and mixtape from Dallas' '90s hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Sissy Ross. Check out her Q&A and original mix below.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    In Session: Latin House Krew

    In the realm of the DJ, it's been proven there's strength in numbers. Dallas DJs Spin, Ivy Tron and Inzo, collectively known as the Latin House Krew, came together in 1997, when Spin and Ivy Tron had their own show on KNON 89.3. Inzo joined soon after, and their respective careers took off. Aside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Producer Lou Medina: "Learning How To Manage a Session and Keep Everyone From Arguing Is an Art."

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in local music. Lou Medina was born in Denton, grew up in Brooklyn, and moved back to DFW after getting his feet wet behind the turntables. He makes his living as a studio producer and devotes his time beyond that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    A Beginner's Guide To Electronic Music: From Scratching to Dubstep and Everything Between

    ...among other things.​Electronica is an infant genre compared to most, its creation depending solely on tools and instruments designed in the last half of the 20th century. And its interpretation is constantly evolving. Because, even though it remains relatively new type of music, there remain so ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Deep Ellum Native Wes Garratt Will Pour Your Drink and Take Song Requests As DJ Wes Metal

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans , where we meet some of the people behind the local music scene -- those who aren't necessarily members of local bands, but more the people who make the scene move.Wes Garratt​Behind the mixer, he's warmed up for Tripping Daisy, Bowling For Soup, Satellite Party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 39: DJ Erik Thoresen

    ​Erik Thoresen was committed to the daily grind, spending his days working at a bank, while many of his friends were spending theirs preparing DJ sets for long nights in the clubs around town. Then a series of events threw him for a loop -- he lost his job, moved to Miami, and then moved back to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Erykah Badu and Chromeo Sure Packed Them In For Rio Room's Grand Opening Last Night

    ​ Technically, the doors to Travis Street's Rio Room have been open for some time now, dating all the way back to the venue's Super Bowl weekend festivities. But, last night, as we reported earlier this week, the Headington Companies-owned spot (along with the Joule Hotel, PM Nightlife Lounge and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Last Night: A-Trak, Kid Sister and The Gaslamp Killer at Trees

    A-Trak, Kid Sister, The Gaslamp KillerTreesApril 19, 2011Better than: a rousing game of DJ Hero.Pete FreedmanA-Trak at Trees last night.​ There weren't any grand entrances at Trees last night. Mostly, there were just transitions.And, in many regards, that was fitting. This show, after all, was cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Q&A: DJ A-Trak On The Importance Of Bringing DJ Culture Out of Clubs and Into Live Venues

    A-Trak​For over a decade now, Alain Macklovitch has been a prominent name in the DJ world. But winning the Disco Mix Club's Wold DJ Championship in 1997 as a 15-year-old prodigy was just the start of what was to come from the guy who performs under the name of A-Trak. In 2004, Kanye West, after ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 38: The ChURcH's Joe Virus and Wild Bill Stanley

    ​The ChURcH has been Dallas' go-to spot for all sounds dark for nearly two decades now. And while the DJs, musicians and various performers who call the twice-weekly event at the Lizard Lounge home prefer to keep the sounds of the night decidedly sinister, the overall vibe is simply one of good ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 36: DJ NVS

    ​DJ NVS got his start spinning records 15 years ago. "I have always been around music, and had a few friends that were already DJing," he says. "One day, I said to myself, 'Hey, I can do that!'" So, he did. And now the California native has made a name for himself as a DJ in the metroplex. For ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Over The Weekend: The Red Bull THRE3STYLE DJ Competition at the Granada Theater

    Red Bull THRE3STYLE DJ CompetitionGranada TheaterFebruary 19, 2011Better than: sitting at home watching friends try to play DJ Hero 2. Mattie StaffordDJ Fishr Pryce was crowned the victor of the Red Bull DJ competition on Saturday night.​Saturday night's Red Bull-sponsored DJ battle at the Granada ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 34: DJ Joe Vega

    ​DJ Joe Vega has been spinning records for nearly 15 years, and he likes to keep an open mind when it comes to the records he spins. Reluctant to be pegged as anything in particular, the seasoned DJ admits that he has "a very wide range [of styles] 'cause [he] loves all kinds of music." And that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 33: Blake Ward

    ​Blake Ward got his start spinning in Oklahoma while attending Oklahoma University. But he made the trip down to Dallas to play gigs so frequently, that, before long, he started being recognized as both an Oklahoma and a Dallas DJ. Really: Ward even played this past year's State Fair of Texas, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Q&A: Before His Thursday PM Lounge Gig, Tim Sweeney Talks College Radio, DFA Records and Soundtracking Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    Tim Sweeney​PM Lounge, one of the only venues in Dallas of late with the motivation, knowledge and budget to routinely bring big-name electronic artists from around the US and abroad into town, will be hosting DJ Tim Sweeney for this week's installment of its no-cover Le Magnifique Thursdays.[Upda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Dc9er Mixtape, Vol. 32: That's What's Hot

    ​Music producers, DJs and electronic music purists, Rodrigo Diaz and Oleg Belogorsky have been tag-teaming the local electronic/dance music scene for a few years now with multiple DJ gigs and their own radio show. And while the pair states they enjoy their artistic freedom and, with it, the abilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape: Check Out Past DC9er-Featured DJs Spinning Various New Year's Eve Parties Around Town Tonight

    ​This week, in honor of the biggest party night of the year, we asked all of our previously featured DC9er Mixtape DJs to share how they plan on ringing in the New Year. Hit the jump to check out what nine of our DJs have planned for tonight, plus some fresh new mixes to get your New Year's E ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Unexpected Influences: Denton's DJ Yeahdef On How He Became A Fan of Jazz Fusion

    Welcome to a Unexpected Influences, where we talk to musicians about the music no one expects them to like. Yeahdef​Long-hailed as one of the region's Meccas for live music, Denton is a fine place to become well-known. And popularity is just what DJ Yeahdef, née Joey Lietchy, has achieved in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 29: DJ Fishr Pryce

    ​ DJ Fishr Pryce thrives off spontaneity -- and, as has been made clear in the past, he doesn't like to take himself too seriously."I'm not afraid to be goofy," he says. "And I think that makes me a little different [from other DJ's in town]." Fittingly, the experienced hip-hop DJ, who has been sp ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    Gaslamp Killer, Daedalus

    Tuesday, November 16, at Trees

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 27: DJ Love

    ​DJ Love isn't a Dallas native, but the seasoned DJ has made quite the name for himself around these parts thanks to several weekly gigs, a monthly gig, his own record label and an album that's about to drop. A few other things distinguish him from the rest of the local cop: For one, he exclusivel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 25: DJ Sean Michaels

    Having grown up in the '80s, DJ Sean Michaels gives credit to the era for the his diverse taste in music, and he claims that much of his inspiration came from the time period as well."My music pallet is not just one type of music," he says. "Some of my favorite stuff was the '80s alternative stuff l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 24: DJ Redsean

    ​His popular weekly dance party known as Disqo Disco may be dead now, but Sean Humphrey, who also serves as the frontman of local electro act Sydney Confirm, still spins lively sets around town under his stage name of Redsean.In both his band and in his DJ sets, Humphrey draws a great deal of infl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape: The Flashback Episode

    ​Since DJs are frequently juggling projects, picking up new nights, creating new mixes, and, well, always trying to stay on top of the game, we thought that, before moving forward to our next batch of local DJs, it'd be fun to re-cap the first lot and see what some of them have been up to since be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 22: DJ INDO

    ​DJ INDO, born Ricky Roe, grew up with music as an integral part of his life, and it was his love for music, alongside inspiration from his father and brother, that led him to DJ. When he first got started, nearly four years ago, DJ INDO explored a wide variety of sounds: "I would try spinning all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 21: Mikey Rodge

    ​Dance Your Face Off! creator and promoter, Mikey Rodge, hasn't been DJing for long. The party-promoter first dabbled in playing tracks two years ago when he decided he'd like to take a shot at some behind-the-booth action. Despite an unsuccessful first attempt, Mikey Rodge kept at it, and eventua ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 20: FUR

    ​This week we turn our behind the booth sites to half of experimental electronic outfit FUR, Bryce Isbell. Isbell has only been DJing for a couple of years, but is hardly an amateur. Over the past two years, alongside creative partner Gray St. Germain Gideon, Isbell has had a couple weekly DJ ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 19: Lucy Wrubel

    ​Lucy Wrubel has been DJing for over a decade now. The stand up comedian turned DJ got her start in Rome Italy, where she found she could overcome the language barrier through music. "I found myself unable to communicate with the locals, unless I was choosing the music." Wrubel says, "After spen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 18: Genova

    ​Growing up, James Genova spent hours watching DJs spin at parties and clubs. He was just interested in the mechanics of playing music, and, soon after, he became determined to figure it out for himself. At the tender age of 16, James Genova (who DJs under his last name) took it upon himself to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 17: DJ Left/Right

    ​From spinning at a 7th grade dance to numerous shows around town and now a deal with Swedish label Sound Of Habib, Dallas DJ and producer Left/Right's passion for electronic music has carried him far in the last decade."I also am serious about creating original music and steady, charting releases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 15: DJ Avi

    ​In the span of five years, Avi Marco, perhaps better known as DJ Avi, has made quite a name for himself around DFW. The Israel-born jock moved to the area in 2005 and has since played numerous venues in both Dallas and Fort Worth, scooping up a couple of residencies along the way.  He grew u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 14: DJG

    ​ This week, DC9er takes it's readers behind the booth with Jonathan Graham--or as he's perhaps better known, DJG. Graham started his career as a DJ nearly a decade ago in Austin, then migrated north to kick-start the ever-popular "80's Dance Night" at Hailey's Club in Denton. Since then, DJG has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 13: DJ Bad Holly

    ​DJ Bad Holly admits that she got her start at DJing through a complete and utter accident. Holly Evans, a.k.a. Bad Holly, volunteered to DJ a party at Doublewide last year at the last minute--and to her surprise received and abundance of positive feedback. "Several people I'd never met came up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 11: DJ TraDeMarx

    ​DJ TraDeMarx, aka Chris Johnson (and better known around town as CJ), is relatively new to the DJ game, having gotten his start at spinning just three years ago after a friend asked him to DJ his party. Drawing much of his inspiration from Rio De Janeiro production duo/DJ's The Twelves and Brookl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 10: DJ Red Eye

    ​ DJ Red Eye has been DJing professionally for 20 years and was exposed to the art of spinning at an early age. "My uncle was a big disco DJ in Austin back in the day," he says. "His record collection always fascinated me as a kid. I've always leaned toward electronic music as well. DJing was just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 8: Wanz Dover

    ​This week's DC9er presents readers and listeners with not one, but two very different mixes from seasoned area musician, dubstep producer and DJ, Mwanza Dover. And not by accident, either. Dover voraciously admits that there was no way he could "really make one mix that would make sense for what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 7: Yeahdef

    ​This week's DC9er takes you behind the booth, North of the Dial style, with Denton-based, eclectic party-DJ, Joey Liechty aka Yeahdef. Liechty has been DJing for the past 7 years, and is the founder of  '90s night, one of Denton's hottest dance nights, bringing people from Denton and Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 6: R.A. Four

    ​Kenny Lucas aka R.A. Four has been spinning vinyl for a little over a year now, starting only last March. The electro, ambient DJ got his start at Murray Street Coffee Shop, when owner Doug Davis sent out a Tweet looking for a sub-DJ for a Wednesday night. One of Lucas' friends volunteered him, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 4: DJ A1

    ​This week's DC9er takes you behind the booth with Dallas-based, hip-hop expert DJ A1. Having been exposed to DJ culture at a young age (back in the day, he used to tag along with his cousin, who was a DJ at the time), A1 entered his first DJ battle at age 16--and he came in second place. Not too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 3: Ocelot

    ​From Dallas to Austin to England and back again, Cory Kilduff, half of trans-Atlantic DJ duo Ocelot, has not only been making a name for himself here in the Lonstar State, but with shows all over the country and overseas. Oh, and the duo's got a forthcoming album about to drop in June (listen to ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    January 20, 2008

    Last Night: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist at House of Blues

    The Hard Sell? Only a little. (Jessica Walker)DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Jan. 19, 2008 House of Blues Better Than: When I drink too much Shiraz and play classic '80s records for my friends for hours and hours and hours… Wand-ed down once again for another live music extravaganza at House of Blu ... More >>

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    January 25, 2007
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    July 14, 2005

    She's Got Skills

    At Dallas' hottest dance clubs, women are getting noticed--behind the turntables

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    January 27, 2005

    Another Night in Paradise

    Laying bare the lives of Dallas' Strip Club DJs

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