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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eight Local Mixers Who You Should Help Storm the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs List

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Mark Farina
  • Mark Farina

DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs list is known to skew heavily British and European (owing to its U.K. home base), but this year the publication is especially keen to spread the word outside those territories that the poll -- and the honor -- is open to anyone around the world.

No disrespect to DJs with umlauts, but let's do our part to stack the decks with a diverse selection of fine deck wreckers that hail from around here. The poll closes on September 23, which gives you enough time to check out a few of these spinners in the mix (whether live or via our links here) and submit your vote. Here are eight local DJs we think deserve consideration.

Mark Farina

A soulful house staple on global dancefloors for years (not to mention stereos, with his long-running Mushroom Jazz series), Farina's name probably rings the most bells abroad and has the greatest chance to secure a deserved spot on this list.

Listen: Mushroom Jazz Mix for Japan

click to enlarge DJ Mr. E
  • DJ Mr. E
DJ Mr. E It's no mystery why DJ Mr. E (who moonlights as owner of Papalote Mexican Grill) should be considered for this poll. His blend of soul, hip-hop, and reggae stylings are as crowd pleasing as his salsa. Listen: Sade vs. Badu
Jeffrey Paradise
  • Jeffrey Paradise
Jeffrey Paradise The DJ and Blow Up promoter is helping to redefine the epic fun that is possible for 18-and-over parties and connecting the dots among an international group of electro-favoring producers and labels. But he's also not afraid to drop an R&B bomb into the mix when duty calls. Listen: Unpredictable Dance Mix: Blow Up Forever
click to enlarge DJ Hakobo
  • DJ Hakobo
DJ Hakobo The owner of Som Bar and co-creator of fun and exceedingly popular events like the annual Stevie Wonder tribute Wonder-Full, Hakobo balances classic artists such as Wonder with an open ear to emergent electronic styles that are challenging the frontiers of rhythm. Listen: Wonder-Full
Dave Paul
  • Dave Paul
Dave Paul He made his name internationally in the '90s with the seminal indie label Bomb Hip-Hop, and for the past nine years has put on the runaway smash party Prince vs. Michael Jackson in San Francisco as well as in cities like Honolulu, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. His simple concept is aching for a larger international audience. Listen: Escape From the 80's
Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
Peanut Butter Wolf His Stones Throw label helped ignite an international resurgence in interest in rare grooves and throwback soul. Besides, we need at least one DJ in the Top 100 who can spin an amazing set using only 45s. Listen: Stones Throw 2011
Nikola Baytala
  • Nikola Baytala
Nikola Baytala The resident DJ of the popular techno party Kontrol (among others) is one of the most engaging local jocks not only to hear in the mix, but to watch. His love of great music and the relentless head-bobbing that accompanies it is infectious. Listen: BIONIC Mix LIVE
David Harness
  • David Harness
David Harness Deep house and garage stays alive in S.F. in large part to the efforts of Harness, whose 11-year-old party Taboo is ground zero for the genre. Doubtless more than a few of the jocks on previous DJ Mag lists have snuck through the city to soak up some inspiration from this man. Listen: Harlum Muziq Sessions 4.2011

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