Alex Crossan, better known as Mura Masa, released his debut self-titled album in 2017. Since then, the British DJ released a few more singles, making a big impression with his electronic alt-R&B. He’s performing at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 17, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Trance DJ Paul van Dyk recently released a new single “Touched by Heaven,” and he’s spinning it in clubs on a 12-date North American tour presented by Insomnia’s Dreamstate trance brand. PvD will appear locally at Echostage in DC on Saturday, April 29.
Few men command the respect of Tiësto from the DJ booth. Often voted “Best DJ of All Time,” the Dutchman has set a very high bar indeed over the past 20 years. He kept very busy last year, released a series of singles, and started a label dedicated to deep house. No stranger to DC, he returns to spin at Echostage on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11.
This weekend, DC takes up many celebrations for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including a free music festival near the museum — a festival that will include The Roots.
Later on Saturday, Sept. 24, Roots drummer Questlove will turn to his moonlighting job as DJ, and he will play a late-night set at the Howard Theatre. Questlove has visited DC as a DJ quite a few times, and if you’re in New York City, he’s often found in his DJ regular residency at Brooklyn Bowl.
But not every DJ gig by Questlove goes as smoothly as it does at the Brooklyn Bowl! Case in point: To mark Questlove’s 45th birthday earlier this year, Okayplayer TV animated a story by Questlove of a time when Prince replaced him with a screening of the movie “Finding Nemo.” Watch the story (animated by Hectah) via YouTube:
Rest assured Questlove has nothing but love and admiration for Prince, despite his humorous tale! And you will undoubtedly hear beats from many of the other artists with whom Questlove has worked, perhaps including Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Justin Timberlake, and D’Angelo, among others.
Mind you, Questlove has owns an incredible vinyl collection of more than 50,000 records that he keeps in his own personal climate-controlled library. So he can basically pull out the unexpected at a whim.
So keep the celebration going late on Saturday with DJ Questlove. Tickets are available online!
Saturday, Sept. 24
Sam Feldt started his music career in 2013 at the age of 20! And here in that short time, we are all dancing to his music. A year after his debut, the Dutchman signed with Spinnin’ Records and released his first track on the label.
In 2014, he grabbed our attention with his remix of the Sander van Doorn and Firebeatz release “Guitar Track,” which received almost two million plays on Soundcloud (250,000 plays in one week!) and a #1 Hypem spot.
Sam really drove it home with his 2015 release “Show Me Love,” a track that characterizes his signature sound of “beautifully built melodies, loads of atmosphere and emotion packed in a tantalizing, often laidback groove, ” according to his label.
In advance of a new release, Sam is spinning at the 9:30 Club with Bakermat on Friday, Sept. 30.
Listen to a preview of “Runaways” by Sam Feldt and Deepend featuring Teemu (available Oct. 7!) on Soundcloud:
So far in 2016, Sam released his first extended play, Been a While, and singles “Shadows of Love” (featuring Heidi Rojas) and “Summer on You” (with Lucas & Steve featuring Wulf). The young DJ is unstoppable!
At the 9:30 Club, Sam is joined by fellow Dutchman Bakermat, who recently released the single “Living” featuring Alex Clare from the album of the same name.
Bakermat & Sam Feldt
Friday, Sept. 30
Pete Tong has seen it all — as radio host, producer, and DJ. The man was there at the start of acid house, and he famously signed Run DMC and Salt-n-Pepa to landmark record deals with London Records.
The Englishman recently began a new chapter of his life, relocating to Los Angeles. He helped Clear Channel Entertainment to launch Evolution dance while still maintaining his popular BBC Radio 1 programs. In addition to being a radio host and a producer, Pete also maintains his tremendous presence as a DJ, taking up no less than three residencies in the United States. He maintains an All Gone residency at Sound Nightclub in his new home of Los Angeles, while he also visits Miami regularly to DJ at Story and SLS Las Vegas at new club LiFE.
In addition to that, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has gone worldwide with festivals like the Winter Music Conference, Creamfields, TommorrowWorld, and SW4.
Well, you don’t have to travel the world to see Pete Tong, because Pete is coming to DC to spin at Soundcheck on Thursday, Sept. 22. What a brilliant opportunity to see a living legend in an intimate space right in our own city!
But in this case, hearing is believing. Become a believer, and listen to what Pete has been doing on Soundcloud:
“The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into uncharted territory. I feel now it’s essential to be in the middle of all that,” Pete said in a recent press release.
Sail into uncharted territory with Pete this Thursday! Tickets are available online.
Thursday, Sept. 22