Confident. Exuberant. Raw. Innovative. These are just a few of the words industry insiders and fans have used to describe the talent behind one of America’s favorite house DJs, Donald Glaude. Ranked #68 on DJMag.com’s Top 100 DJs List in 2005, Donald skyrocketed to #48 this year and his genius keeps on growing…
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Donald’s love for music began at an early age. Originally a disciplined student of classical music, he was well-versed in the upright bass and violin. Any aspirations Donald had to continue in the classical vein vanished once he heard his first house record. With an ear for blending music already under his belt, and a love for the energy and soul of musical prodigies like George Clinton and Funkadelic, Donald began to amass a collection of house records which he taught himself to mix with a pair of mismatched turntables and a Radio Shack mixer.
Some DJs seek commercial acceptance. Donald, on the other hand, has always preferred an emotional connection with his audience. For Donald, house music is not simply a mixed bag of sound, but rather an experience that provokes the soul. Apart from his mastery on the decks, Donald is best known for his dynamic showmanship. He enjoys his music as much as his audience does. Embracing their energy, it is not uncommon to find Donald pumping his hands in the air, jumping up and down and shouting back his love to the crowd. It is this powerful signature style which has led fellow DJ and musical producer, Dave Aude, to call Donald the “James Brown of DJs.” Donald also caused some stir in 2005 and 2006 with his residency at ICE Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Like any artist making a significant amount of noise in the bass music selections of contemporary times, dubstep/glitch duo HavocNdeeD discovered a passion for electronic music in the drum & bass areas crammed back in the darkest corners of those massive raves of the 1990s. A recent collaboration between marquis U.S. disc jockeys OB-One and JPaul, they drew upon their extensive experience in the largest nightclubs of Los Angeles and Las Vegas and Chicago and Miami, the years behind drums and synths and guitars, the crate after crate after crate of every genre of music from the last 50 years, and those fond memories at the foot of giant bass bins to create a sound all their own. Their first single "Bass4YaFace" is a testament to that, creating a buzz on Beatport and getting regular spins from DJs in varying realms, from Z-Trip to Jazzy Jeff to The Next Men to Drop The Lime.
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