Brian Lyons -- House (Sundays @ Re-bar, Saturdays @ Last Supper Club) 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.
Donald Glaude -- Breaks, House (Variable) Donald has 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. Check your local rave-flyer source for details.
Eva -- Drum 'n' Bass (Thursdays @ ARO.space, with James) She may be tiny, but listening to Eva deftly maneuver the needle from one hard jungle record to the next, you'll agree that girlfriend is one tough bitch.
Ginger Vaughn -- House (Fridays @ I-Spy) She's come all the way from Indiana to spin the funky tech house. There's just one thing -- please, no requests: "It's not that I don't want to play what the crowd wants to hear, I just like to be able to concentrate on the task at hand."
LSDJ -- House, Breaks (Tuesdays @ Art Bar, Wednesdays @ 700 Club, Fridays & Saturdays @ Last Supper Club, Sundays @ Baltic Room) LSDJ is 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.
Lord Chillum -- Drum 'n' Bass, Disco (varies: Fridays @ Art Bar, Saturdays @ Alibi, sometimes Mondays @ I-Spy) Inspired by the royal first names of Count Basie and Prince Busters, Damion chose Lord for the first half of his DJ handle. Chillum "refers to the dub and downtempo music I was playing at the time I created the name." Since then, Damion has mixed these genres and more, including soul, funk, reggae, and in the last few years, drum 'n' bass.
Maxx Alexander and Alo -- Drum 'n' Bass (Tuesdays @ Baltic Room) If you have yet to check out the most consistent drum 'n' bass night in town, you're among a pretty small minority. The word has definitely gotten out about this gig, which features the loud, crowdshaking jungle of DJs Alo and Maxx Alexander. These two manage to draw a crowd that is both extremely devoted to the music and also interested in checkin' out the beautiful people who pack it in each week. A rare feat, indeed.
M.I.A. -- Drum 'n' Bass (Wednesdays @ Backdoor Lounge or Sit & Spin) "Three and half years ago, I heard drum 'n' bass for the first time and it was like meeting the man I was going to marry," says Seattle junglist M.I.A. "I just knew. I was in love instantly, and my life has centered around this music ever since." If you're a voyeur, and I know you are, you won't want to miss M.I.A. and her true love in the throes of passion at various clubs around town every week.
DJ Naha -- Hardcore, Techno, Breaks, Hiphop (Tuesdays @ Graceland) As you can see, Naha's favorite genre is actually a mish-mash of several. Hardcore, which she is notorious for spinning, is her pet project. "I'm going to prove to people that it's not all demonic and monotonous." Catch her Tuesday nights at Graceland (the club formerly known as the Off Ramp).
Nasir -- Downtempo, House, Drum 'n' Bass (Fridays @ ARO.space) Thanks to Nasir, this city's mission to shirk its reputation as an all-rock, all-the-time town is well under way. Along with his Sweet Mother label and music collective of the same name, Nasir's doing more than his fair share of dance music P.R. here in Seattle. Oh, and he's a favorite wax master as well.
DJ Netti -- Jungle, Drum 'n' Bass (Mondays @ Lobo Saloon, Tuesdays @ Graceland, I-Spy) Netti refers to his favorite genre, jungle, as his "weapon of choice." What a badass. You can find him brandishing this weapon at his old standby, Mondays at the Lobo Saloon, which Netti is proud to announce is now an open turntable night. That's right, kiddies, time to lug your crates on down and have a go at the wheels of steel.
MC Queen Lucky -- Funk, Hiphop (Thursdays & Saturdays @ Re-bar) "Anything with soul" spins Queen Lucky's wheels; and she's been spinning for quite a long stint at the Re-bar. Thursday is Queer Disco, Saturday is Dyke Night. Just don't tell her she's a great DJ, "for a girl."
Ra -- Hard House, Trance, Techno, Speed Garage (Trade @ Re-bar Friday nights) On his 10 years as a DJ: "Before I started going to clubs, I heard continuous music in my head; music without breaks, commercials, or interruptions. My first visit to a club (the long-late Club Underground in the University District) gave me evidence that there was music in the world that matched the music I imagined." You can also catch him at Groovetech.com on Friday mornings, from 10 am to noon.
Riz -- Eclectic (Fridays @ Back Door Ultra Lounge) 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. You can catch him on-air: KCMU 90.3 FM (7 pm-1 am Wednesdays); and on the station's electronic music specialty show, Expansions (Saturdays from 9-11 pm and Sundays from 8-10 pm).
Shane Hunt a.k.a. DJ Sureshot -- Old-School Funk (Wednesdays @ Baltic Room, Saturdays @ ARO.space, Fridays @ Habana) "I like reggae; I like hiphop a lot; but mostly, it's old-school funk." DJ Sureshot has been preachin' the funky gospel since his first steady gig way back when (he played opening night at Re-bar) and continues to spin the rare groove three nights per week.
Spencer Manio a.k.a Suspence -- Hiphop (Mondays @ I-Spy) Known to simultaneously DJ and do the running man, Spencer is willing and able to spin any kind of wax, from Guitar Wolf to Neil Young to Jurassic 5. No matter what he's got rolling though, he'll be flipping it raw, creative, and underground hiphop style.
Tamara -- Drum 'n' Bass, Eclectic (Fridays @ Art Bar) Outside of her signature drum 'n' bass, Tamara plays, in her own words, "all sorts of downtempo, weird, intelligent stuff. I'm also really into minimal techno right now." Don't go pigeonholin' this girl! Of her Eclectic night at Art Bar 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 -- '80s, Disco, Top 40 (Tues-Thurs @ Neighbours) There're 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.
Wesley Holmes -- House (Saturdays @ ARO.space, weekend late-nights @ Superhighway) One way to judge a DJ is by 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.