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Z-TRIP voted America’s Best DJ for 2009
The votes have all been counted and it's official: Los Angeles-based DJ
has been voted America's Best DJ for 2009, contest sponsors DJ Times
magazine and Pioneer Pro DJ announced. Two DJs with Bay Area ties, Qbert and Kaskade, made the top five but fell
short of winning over the public's vote.
Z-Trip, a longtime staple of the mash-up movement, will be honored
September 12 in Las Vegas for the ABDJ Closing Party, which will
include a press reception at Ghost Bar in The Palms Hotel & Casino.
After being presented with his trophy -- a special Gold-Plated Pioneer
mixer -- Z-Trip will perform with Paul Oakenfold at the Rain Nightclub
for the Planet Perfecto party.
to see one of Z-Trip's live sets that show his remixing and scratching
Z-Trip, who beat out more than 100 DJs who competed in the contest,
appeared humbled after learning that he won.
"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 by the people," said Z-Trip (aka Zach Sciacca), "especially
considering all the incredible talent out there these days."
WINNER - Z-Trip
An early leader in the mashup movement, Z-Trip can entertain almost any
crowd -- he’s opened for The Rolling Stones and played with jam bands
at the Bonnaroo Festival. The Los Angeles-based turntablist was also
featured heavily in Doug Pray’s terrific documentary, Scratch. His
Uneasy Listening collaboration with DJ P remains a hot eBay item.
Check Out Z-Trip's Myspace here!
SECOND PLACE - Steve Porter
Another true mobile-to-global story, Porter honed his studio skills and
eventually gained notice from top touring jocks like Chris Fortier.
Soon his energetic remixes and sharp original productions found
themselves in sets by Carl Cox and Paul van Dyk. Over time, his
Porterhouse mix CDs and club nights, which showcase his driving
dancefloor sound, have solidified his status as one of America’s Best
THIRD PLACE - DJ Qbert
A genuine DJ legend, Qbert is a turntablist who makes other jocks stand
back in awe. Hailing from the San Francisco area, QBert gained fame as
a competition-winning battle jock and as one-fifth of the Invisibl
Skratch Piklz DJ crew. Always the innovator, QBert’s repertoire of
scratches and other tricks has won a global following of fans and
FOURTH PLACE - Kaskade
A DJ whose profile continues to rise, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) has
become one of our most in-demand club talents. As evidenced by his
terrific recent artist CD, Strobelight Seduction, a slew of
high-profile remixes, and a series of dance chart hits 'Everything,'
'Stars Align' and 'Move For Me' (with Canada’s Deadmau5), Kaskade
stands as one of America’s most prolific remixer/producers and most
popular homegrown DJs.
FIFTH PLACE - Scotty Boy
Another DJ with wildly diverse tastes and talents, Scotty Boy has
become one of the DJ Kings of Las Vegas. In addition to playing several
radio shows and Sin City residencies, Scotty has become best known for
the infamous Rehab pool party on Sundays at the Hard Rock Hotel.
How did the other DJs fare in this year's ABDJ voting? Get the final
results their website.
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