No clever moniker, just one good solid DJ. To borrow a subtle phrase from DJ Cam, Christian "loves hiphop like Madonna loves dick." Check out a few of his favorite labels: Tommy Boy, Def Jam, Black Jazz; if his girlfriend loves him, she'll get him that new Def Jam 10th Anniversary box set for Christmas. In the meantime, you can hear the fantastic array of party-jumping records he already has on Wednesdays at the Alibi Room, rotating Saturdays at I-Spy, and earlier that same afternoon for happy hour at the Baltic Room.
Polish-born Mazzone comes to Seattle via Boston, where he first started in radio 13 years ago. He's still been on the local scene longer than most born-and-bred DJs, going back to the Weathered Wall and the dear departed Electrolush. A trip through his crates will stamp just about every page in your passport: Find him at the Backdoor Ultra Lounge Saturday nights at Bumper, where he plays a pretty good approximation of his tastes, from French house and international disco to Latin and Brazilian party music. Thursdays it's back up the hill for the Afro Cuban groove of La Movida at the Baltic Room, then back around town at various nights from the Last Supper Club to I-Spy.
With a birth name like Christ, she had a pretty good ready-made DJ moniker, but instead she went for NAHA, which stands for North American Hedgehog Association (I know--that was my first guess, too). At nights like Hardline at Graceland on Wednesdays and Raygunomics at I-Spy on Tuesdays, she throws down an unrelenting mix of fast breakbeats, hiphop, and hardcore, the latter of which is generally accepted as the beats scene's red-headed stepchild. Christ is hell-bent, however, on converting the skeptics. "I'm going to prove to people that it's not all demonic and monotonous," she insists rather bravely. One set just may make you a believer.
Nitsuj, (or Justin to his mom and the occasional dyslexic) is strictly jungle; the darker and dirtier the better. Find him at the Baltic Room on Tuesdays, groovetech.com between 12-4 pm on Wednesdays, Last Supper Club's Rush Hour on Thursdays, the newly opened Ghetto Technologies on Fridays, and various one-offs every weekend; he'll be playing favorite labels like Moving Shadow, True Playaz, and Formation. He is also the official winner of our Busiest DJ of the Week Award, to be honored with the gift of a free 20-minute nap under the nearest turntable.
Bobby has been spinning for 13 years now, so thank God he's good. He favors Latin house and jazzy bossa nova mostly; a typical happy hour finds him spinning the likes of candlelit Sade and Massive Attack, while prime-time gigs are full of sweaty, joyful noise, augmented by the occasional classic house-party anthem. Hebe's crowds are usually there for an unadulterated workout, and that's what they get. Sign up for Bobby's house aerobics at the Back Door Lounge on Wednesdays (or for a happy hour cooldown Fridays), Sit & Spin on Thursdays, and I-Spy on many Saturdays. Look for him also down at the Alibi Room on occasion.
Shane Hunt, one half of local outfit the Sharpshooters, digs out the rare groove, hiphop, and old-school funk--"anything but jiggy pop"--at the Baltic Room on Wednesdays and Habana's on Fridays. Obligatory backstory: Inspired by the release of Eric B and Rakim's Paid in Full, young Shane became a record fiend, eventually got himself a pair of turntables, and found his first steady gig. He has the admirable distinction of having played Re-bar's opening night, beating even Re-bar institution Riz to one of Seattle's longest-running dance clubs, and is still playing his blend of old favorites and where-did-he-find-that-one lost classics to hundreds of satisfied customers every week.
He is not one, but four men (or three men and one woman, if you want to get picky)--a man who gives Sybil a run for her money. There is mild-mannered Adrian Sosa, former Tasty teamster now happily ensconced at Groovetech.com, whose full-time job it is to keep up the business end of dance music (he even puts in a Wednesday set of his own every week from 10 am-noon). There is also the Adrian who spends his extracurricular moments with house duo Tripoli, formerly of Sweet Mother Records. But you know he wouldn't even be in this section if he wasn't dragging his crates out to a club near you at least once a week, and so he is. A homonymous salute to the '70s B-movie siren, Adrian Barbeau is the house alter ego frequently found (sadly, minus the cleavage) on I-Spy's top floor Saturday nights. TVC15 (Bowie fans, I see you smiling) is the party boy who presides over many an '80s-fest, throwing out Kim Wilde and Book of Love tracks with abandon at nights like the newly minted Kisskiss Bangbang Mondays at the Back Door Lounge, as well as frequent Tasty events.
In ARO.space's golden era, Wesley was the king of queens at the club's Saturday night Snackbar, a gay house extravaganza. Now, he spends Saturdays at the newly launched Dialect at the OK Hotel--which looks to be shaping up as a solid summer blockbuster--and can also often be found at I-Spy and SuperHighway as well. Favored labels include Naked Music NYC and Cross Section; he knows the kind of ecstatic house a packed, shirtless crowd will always respond to better than most, and it shows. Wesley's also been tapped to put together a mix CD for über-hipster design magazine Wallpaper, so you should be able to take his personal favorites home soon.
Junglists come and go, but nostalgia and Top 40 is forever. It seems every week a kid with new turntables and a dream comes along, ready to invent his very own sub-genre or start a night of dirty tech-step or happy hardcore at your previously peaceful, 94.9 FM-playing neighborhood cafe or saloon. There is something to be said, however, for a man who can spin with authority all the songs you know by heart, whether it's that New Order track that'll always remind you of the girl who dumped you at your senior prom, the Prince song that won you second place in the junior high talent show, or just the jiggy Sisqo that's soundtracking every summer barbecue this year. Trent Von is pretty much unparalleled in Seattle for his mastery of things that go pop in the night, but he also knows his house and disco well, as evidenced Tuesday through Thursday at the inimitable (and dirt cheap!) Neighbours.