dj guide

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, Laurence has made a name for himself with his pump 'n' grind house sets. 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 Aristocrats (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. 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 -- Seattle has plenty of long-time DJs, but 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, 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 once you've heard Eva deftly maneuver the needle between one hard jungle record and 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 precede 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.

Maxx Alexander and Alo -- 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, crowd-shaking jungle of DJs Alo and Maxx Alexander. These two draw a crowd that is both extremely devoted to the music and interested in checkin' out the beautiful people who pack it in each week. A rare feat, indeed. Tuesdays at Baltic Room, 9 pm, $5.

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, $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 (Wednesdays 7 pm-1 am), on the station's electronic-music specialty show, Expansions (Saturdays 9-11 pm and Sundays 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

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