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Best DJs In Los Angeles

August 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Over the last decade, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and DJs have become the fastest growing musical genre and the most profitable. No longer pigeonholed in the rave scene, the genre has rapidly expanded into the mainstream and proliferates the high-end club scene populated by the perpetually chic here in LA. After an exhaustive search we have discovered the most talented DJs in the city. Prepare to dance, dance, dance to the supremely sick spinning skills of these local beat masters.

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John Tejada
www.facebook.com/johntejadaofficial
www.paletterecordings.com

See this DJ at:

King King

6555 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 960-9234

This Austrian born artist, DJ, and producer had music in his blood since he was in the womb. His mother was an opera singer and his father was a conductor in Vienna, an advantage that is evident at first listen to his mind-bending, intricately layered electronic orchestrations. After moving to Los Angeles as a child, Tejada took up drums before shifting his focus to the subtler but equally intense craft of turntables and mixing. Since 1997, he has toured his DJ skills internationally, playing some of the premier electronic festivals worldwide. This year, Tejada spent time touring his DJ set in China. He has played at LA’s hottest EDM venues including: Bottom Floor, King King and Club Muse. This September Tejada is releasing a new album called “The Predicting Machine.” You can listen to John’s music here.

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PZB
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Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

1438 14th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

A veteran party DJ in the techno/electro/house scene, PZB’s infectious grooves and ear-catching mashups have been catching the attention of local music and national electro press over the last couple years. Known for his shows at Dim Mak Studios, Bardot and the Airliner, PZB earned himself a successful place at Coachella’s turntables last year, where he stood out as an up-and-comer that EDM aficionado’s should keep an ear on. As a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, one could say he has an uniquely qualified ear and sense that expertly identifies the ideal means of bending rules and twisting sounds into each other to create something wholly new and infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. Among his chief inspirations was a month-long stay in international electro capital Ibiza a few years back and the DJ counts Carl Cox, Umek, Tommy Trash, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Underworld, Chemical Brothers and Depeche Mode among his influences. Listen to a sampling of his sickest tracks here. Booking inquiries should be sent to ajay@vital-artist.com.

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Michael Antonia aka THE HUMAN JUKEBOX
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www.theflashdance.com

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ACE Hotel & Swim Club

701 E Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 325-9900

Michael Antonia aka THE HUMAN JUKEBOX first caught our eye at Palm Springs’ ACE Hotel during one of their legendary VIP Amigo Room Parties. While THJ doesn’t often play public events outside that venue, he is based in Los Angeles and is available for private parties throughout Angel City and its surrounding areas. Pulling from an eclectic and all-encompassing repertoire that runs the gamut from the last half-century of soul, jazz, funk and rock to mainstream and underground 80’s to current hip-hop, electronic, disco, house-party hits, and dance music of every variety. Basically, if it’s recorded music that exists somewhere, THJ knows it and will drop it when you least expect it. Or as he puts it: “Good music that you’re familiar with mixed with obscure gems you’ve never heard before nor will likely ever hear again.” Over the last 15 years he has shared the stage with Thievery Corporation, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Banbaataa, and countless others, several of whom he counts as his primary favorites and influences. His set incorporates live remixing and on the spot blends whose juxtaposition delivers an element of humor and utter ridiculousness that only makes the crowd dance harder. You can book Michael to make your private event rad beyond belief through theflashdance.com and to witness a sample of his mega impressive style check here.

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Josh Chambers
www.facebook.com/djjoshchambers

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Avalon

1735 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 462-8900

Josh Chambers, known for his bass-heavy booty breaks that inspire audiences to pump up their sweat as they groove on the dance floor, has been DJing since the late 1990’s. His obvious talent and passion for music were turned up several decibels last year when he also began producing tracks. Proving his artistic merit in recording, every one of his releases has broken the Beatport Breaks top 100, and his 2012 hit, Do My Thang, peaked at 32. Prior to moving to California, Josh was rocking the breaks scene in North Carolina and played in clubs from Florida to New York bringing his brand of bass to every speaker he could find. Chambers continues to pioneer his sound every weekend by bringing his east coast breaks style with him to every venue he plays. He is currently bringing his booty bumping bass to local EDM hot-spots such as King King, the Avalon and Dim Mak Studios on a regular basis. Listen to Josh at Soundcloud or Beatport. For club, festival or private event booking inquiries please email djjoshchambers@yahoo.com.

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DJ Drea
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Los Globos

3040 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-6669

DJ Drea had a passion for music from the time she was a little kid. Collecting records and creating mix-tapes through her teens, she eventually was gifted a four track and bought herself a sampler and has been creating beats ever since, with the purpose of bringing people together through music and the art of sampling to create a perfect mix. Drea has been DJing for the last decade and took her craft to a new level six years ago with the formation of her electro-pop band, also called DJ Drea, in which she sings, raps, plays beats on the MPC and scratch on the turntables while backed by a full band and vocalists. She spins pop, hip hop, Ibiza balearic beat, dance, chill-out, alt, jazz, rock and soul at Bardot’s Grateful Fridays and Saturdays at Los Globos. For booking private parties, please contact girl2000dj@aol.com.

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Kristen Lowman spends her days writing and her nights at concerts. She lives on the Miracle Mile in the City of Angels. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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