Five up-and-coming house DJs to keep an eye on this year.
King Britt, Bo Bliz and Emynd, Diplo, RJD2 and Diamond Kuts—PW has written about these cats countless times. Truth is, we’ve written a lot about DJs over the years. But on any given night in Philadelphia, dozens of house DJs about whom we've never written take to the tables in service of your feet and ears. That stops now. Here, PW drops the names of a few doing the house DJ thing to keep an eye on in 2010 should you ever wanna get your Snooki on and “beat the beat.”
Sean Thomas is well respected in the Philly house scene for his consistent promotional efforts and nights full of tech-infused dance music. He’s a man who knows when to boost up the bass so it rumbles your insides, and caress a four-minute mix to keep the crowds on the dance floor grooving. Thomas is pushing things into full gear in 2010 with new productions released on Brooklyn label Warmth, planned releases on his own label, Sounds Between Movement, and a few remix efforts also in the works. Find Thomas at Trounce, where he and DJ Dirty spin boogie and house with some funk-laden rhythms. A new night at Sumo called Technature is where he and Philadelphia favorite Pete Moss throw down side by side with an eclectic mix of big-room tech with an intimate feel. And be sure to check out Drumsong, the monthly at Kung Fu Necktie to which Thomas brings local talent and visitors from afar (Berlin, Canada, UK, etc.) to share their love of deep and in-your-face tech house.
You can put your trust in Bryon Stout to showcase brand-new releases every time he steps into the DJ booth. He spends hours searching for, listening to, prioritizing and choosing tracks that do justice to house music’s evolution, staying far away from the boring, cookie-cutter nonsense some DJs get lost in. His music collection of quality, funky, moving house music grows daily, and he shares it with everyone via his weekly internet radio shows. Catch Bryon on MyHouse-YourHouse.net every other Friday at 7 p.m., and on Wednesday nights at LowerCaseSounds.com, also at 7. Also watch for his collaboration event with Worship’s DJ Willyum at Club Fluid, Headgames, starting January 29, and each fourth Friday thereafter.
Devant’s style of music is just like his outlook on life: loud, in-your-face, bold and fun. He was the guy buying the vinyl that kept house-heads bopping during the final years of 611 Records (R.I.P.), and he applies his vast knowledge to his extensive arsenal of rump-shaking tunes. Whitfield can be heard doing guest spots for a multitude of different promoters throughout the city. Expect a varied amount of heavy kicks, rolling bass lines and a quirky style of mixing that calls you to listen closely. His support of the house community is strong, and he’s a regular at many nights hosted by other DJs.
Everyday has the knack of playing off the emotional connection he makes with his crowds, feeding off of their reactions and having them help him progress throughout his sets, a behavior that some DJs have lost. He blends flawlessly and effortlessly, and when watching him work, you can see he is truly living in the moment. DJing 40-plus weekends out of the year, he’s one of the most consistently tight DJs you’ll ever see. A resident at the infamous PEX parties and associated with Playloop Records, Everyday is a fantastic asset that Philly should embrace and support the positive vibe he shares through his music.
Sean Diaz’s 20-plus years of experience sweating in the DJ booth are just one reason to be engulfed in one of his sets. The combination of the venue he plays and night he is involved in also make him a DJ to seek out in 2010. Every Saturday night at the Arts Garage, Diaz is the resident at Therapy, a night dedicated to pure house music. With a humble, welcoming, positive attitude, Diaz and his music work together to present mixes of the best classic dance anthems, disco favorites and powerful new house music.
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