Wednesday, August 26, 2009

america's best dj announced

And the winner for 2009 is ... Z-Trip. The Los Angeles-based, eclectic spinner will be honored Sept. 12 in Las Vegas at The Palms. Following a press reception, he'll spin with Paul Oakenfold at his Perfecto night at Rain nightclub.

"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 by the people," states Mr. Trip (a.k.a. Zach Sciacca), "especially considering all the incredible talent out there these days."

The rest of the best:

2. Steve Porter.
3. Q-Bert
4. Kaskade
5. Scotty Boy
6. DJ Shadow
7. Danny Tenaglia
8. Cedric Gervais
9. Enferno
10. Skribble

With the exception of Enferno -- I have no idea who this is; somebody school me -- it's hard not to like where this is going. While DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs is a broken record of teutonic, continental-trance douche-baggery, this poll from U.S.-based DJ Times magazine shows the depth of America's talent. Z-Trip is a force of alchemy who shows again and again why DJ culture continues to be urgent. And, I mean, Tenaglia, Shadow and Kaskade in the same group? Bring it on, Netherlands. This is an American-DJ dream team from the country that essentially invented the sport.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's important to keep these lists in perspective; they're mostly popularity contests and the result of hyper social media campaigning on the part of agents and DJs. America's "Best?" A few of these here definitely belong on that list. But a few more are on there because they lobbied their email list tirelessly.

Rawn said...

Enferno is a DJ who has a live remix project that is actually bridging the gap between studio and live performance. In my opinion, I think it is a good step in the way DJs looking to perform live SHOULD be going - its a good use of turntablism skills along with Ableton and Serato.. Quite too often I find myself getting sick of "Live" acts simply using pre-cued loops in Ableton.

Here's a few samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ikSkihQDmM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ28nICqiGk