"What am I if not a friend to the common raver?" says Supafriend (a.k.a. Eric Morse), a DJ who moonlights as a Baltic Room doorguy and daylights as a "dot-com lame-o." Nice of him to be so gregarious, but it's a rather misleading comment--while he's definitely accessible (his favorite labels are ones you've actually heard of, like Def Jam, Ninja Tune, Jive, and Grand Royal), he's no trance-y, house-y Warehouse maven. Instead, his tastes lean more toward drum 'n' bass and classic hiphop, habits excellently showcased at the new I-Spy weekly Hi-Top. You may remember him from stints at ARO.space's Digitales, the Baltic Room's Bionic, or even Olympia's Kiwi. Or perhaps you don't know him at all, which is why we write these things anyway, so we'll just suggest checking him out if you enjoy music on the rare-groove/hiphop/d 'n' b tip.
If you're talking jungle in Seattle, DJ Zacharia is basically synonymous with the scene. In fact, we've gotten some pretty serious shit for taking this long to get around to a profile--so now maybe they'll leave us alone. Zack is a guy who likes it hard and fast, as the 360bpm tattoo on his neck, the 360bpm crew he belongs to, and the, well, 360bpm minimum on most of his records clearly broadcasts. Finding Zacharia on any given night is about as tough as finding pleather pants on Broadway: Try the Baltic Room on Tuesdays, Rush Hour at the Last Supper Club on Thursdays, the temporarily hiatused Ghettotechnologies on Fridays, and raves most weekends, as well as Groovetech.com sets Wednesdays, noon to 4 pm.
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.
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 from noon to 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 Ultra 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 to 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 Ultra Lounge, as well as frequent Tasty events.