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BASS: Z-TRIP voted America’s Best DJ for 2009
The votes have all been counted and it's official: Los Angeles-based DJ Z-Trip 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.

The talented 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.

Click here to see one of Z-Trip's live sets that show his remixing and scratching skills.

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."


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 DJs.

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 vinyl-fetish DJs.

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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