by Courtney Reimer
This is a guide to the DJs who spin at clubs around Seattle on a weekly basis. It is by no means comprehensive, but it should get you started. Unless otherwise noted, all nights get goin' 'round 10 pm.
Brent Laurence -- Along with DJ-about-town Wesley Homes, Laurence has made a name for himself with his pump 'n' grind house sets. Also an accomplished producer of similarly sexy beats, Laurence is no slouch when it comes to house. Catch him workin' the needle in rotating slots around town, including Tuesdays at Aristocrat's (a.k.a. Shine), FREE before 10:30 and Wednesdays at the Last Supper Club (a.k.a. Durasoul), $7.
Brian Lyons -- Since he's the in-the-know proprietor of one of our city's best record stores (Beats International), Lyons tends to spin the best and brightest of what's out on vinyl right now. House is his first love, but he's not afraid to venture into other territories as well. Get a taste Wednesdays at Crocodile Cafe (a.k.a. Bus Stop), $5, and Saturdays at the Last Supper Club (a.k.a. Durasoul), $7. Also catch him at his own night, Sundays at Re-bar (a.k.a. Flammable), $5.
Donald Glaude -- While Seattle has plenty of longtime DJs, it's Donald who's gained quite the name for himself on the national rave circuit. His enthusiastic sets and penchant for hootin', hollerin', and shakin' his booty behind the tables surely contributes to his notoriety. He's booked for one-offs every time you turn around, but a coupla surefire ways to catch him are at Aristocrat's (which gets my vote for Seattle's most underrated club) on Thursdays, and at Crocodile Cafe with Brian Lyons & Nasir every Wednesday night, $5.
DJ EEG -- Not your typical, cocky, look-at-me DJ, EEG (Monte Donaldson) is here for one reason only -- to carry the torch for techno's mellower side, a.k.a. ambient and/or downtempo. He's been true to this love since yours truly was a wee raver -- in other words, for a long-ass time. Take it slow on Thursdays at Alibi Room (a.k.a Sway), FREE.
Eva -- She may be tiny, but upon listening to Eva deftly maneuver the needle from one hard jungle record to the next, you'll agree that girlfriend is one tough bitch. Uh huh, she's dope. Catch her Thursdays at ARO.space (a.k.a. Pressure) along with fellow junglist, James, $8.
LSDJ -- Thanks to his tongue-in-cheek DJ moniker, LSDJ's reputation tends to proceed him. He's not, as it may sound, some tripped-out rave DJ. Quite the opposite. LSDJ is one of the city's finest scratchers, and he can mix just about anything you put in front of him. See for yourself at Habana on Thursdays and at the Last Supper Club every Friday and Saturday, $7.
Nasir -- Thanks to Nasir, this city's mission to shirk its reputation as an all-rock, all-the-time town is well underway. Along with his Sweet Mother label and music collective of the same name, Nasir's doing more than his fair share of dance music PR here in Seattle. Oh, and he's a favorite wax master as well. Catch him at ARO.space on Fridays (a.k.a. Digitales), and at Crocodile Cafe on Thursdays (a.k.a. Bus Stop), where he and Brian Lyons revive their much-celebrated Wednesday night groove tradition, $5.
MC Queen Lucky -- I could be wrong, but now that Riz's stint at Re-bar has ended, I think that leaves Miss Lucky with the longest running night in town. Queer Disco, as its many Thursday regulars know it, combines (surprise!) disco with '80s hits at Re-bar. You can also catch the Queen herself as she hosts Re-bar's Women's Night every Saturday night, $5.
Riz -- "I don't have a genre-of-choice," Riz declares. "I'm flexible -- what I play is usually based on where I am at the time." For instance, Riz has been known to play everything from Brazilian music to "intelligent" drum 'n' bass to ska-house in the course of a single week. Now that Seattle's favorite DJ is no longer at Re-bar, you can catch him on-air: KCMU 90.3 FM (7 pm-1 am Wednesdays); on the station's electronic-music specialty show, Expansions (Saturdays from 9-11 pm and Sundays from 8-10 pm); or Fridays at the Backdoor Lounge, $5.
Tamara -- Outside of her signature drum 'n' bass, Tamara plays "all sorts of downtempo, weird, intelligent stuff. I'm also really into minimal techno right now." Don't go pigeonholin' this girl! You can catch Ms. Eclectic Fridays at the Art Bar (a.k.a. Organic). She says, "Last Friday was amazing! It just keeps getting better and better. We all get drunk together and have a good time." Can't beat that.
Trent Von -- There's plenty of people in town who think dance music's glory days began and ended in the 1980s. DJ Trent Von fuels their flame not once but thrice weekly -- every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -- at Neighbours. Don't be mistaken, though: The man surely knows his way around current Top 40 dance music, too. Whatever makes for a good time makes for a set of Mr. Von's, $1.
Wesley Holmes -- One way to judge a DJ is whether or not you can leave the dance floor when he or she is on the decks. Each weekend, Wesley challenges audiences to resist his charming, bouncy house mixes. As the packed dance floors that accompany all of his sets will attest, the man's a damn good DJ. If you can snag a spot, check him out every Saturday at ARO.space (which is a straight-friendly gay night, a.k.a. Snackbar). $7.