I know, you tried to stay away from EDM as much as possible but wait these rockers have proved that the term DJ isn’t a bad thing. They have Deejayed an event or even broke out to make their own music. You’d be surprised if you don’t get hooked into some of these songs and become a fan or check them out as they spin their sets.
These hometown heroes (they are from Toronto), known as Hooks and DC by their fans or Zach and Dylan, know how to throw it down. Starting their craft at Bassmentality Wednesdays alongside The Killabits, they grew over time to be one of the heavy hitters of Dubstep. They have gone on to remix songs from bands like the Foo Fighters, Massive Attack, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Prodigy, just to name a few. Every year Zeds Dead pays homage to their hometown by doing their annual Holiday show in Toronto. This year they are doing a back to back sold out set of shows at the Danforth Music Hall and an after party at the Hoxton. Definitely worth the listen for any Toronto native.
Better known as Deadmau5, is one of the leading artists in the EDM scene. This Niagara Falls native grew up listening to bands like Slayer, Megadeth and Mastodon. He started producing his own music back in the 1990’s but it was not until 2008 that his music made him into a household name. Since being one of the biggest DJ’s in the world and also one of the biggest trolls in music history, Deadmau5 has gotten media and press wherever he goes. Deadmau5 has remixed songs from Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and many more artists. He has done collaborations with Gerard Way and has gone on to win Grammys for his music. He is also infamously known for his cars and also his Coffee runs with other celebrities, including Kristian Nairn (known for his portrayal of Hodor in Game of Thrones). He was also the last artist to play the legendary Guvernment Nightclub before it shut down, in addition to selling out Rogers Centre. He is definitely one of the heavy hitters and certainly here to stay.
Better known as Skrillex, Sonny was in a post-hardcore band even before starting his deejaying and producing gig. He was in the band From First to Last while this was the last of his band days, he decided to go solo. Skrillex was then born and he became a household name after he was signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap recordings and released his EP “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”. He has since left the label and gone on to create his own label, OWSLA. He has since collaborated with legendary musicians such as The Doors, Korn, and remixed songs from Bring Me The Horizon, La Roux and All American Rejects, just to name a few. He is going on to tour with Diplo as a part of Jack Ü for the upcoming year and he continues to dominate the music industry including producing tracks on Justin Bieber’s new album.
This Montreal duo has their roots in rock and roll, they started their musical endeavours in a pop-punk band. Remixing songs from bands like Alexisonfire (I am not kidding about this), Brand New, Thrice and Ms Mr just to name a few. Composed of Christian Srigley and Leighton James (who is also dating Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella), these Canadian boys also know how to party and play practical pranks. They have been known to put Spandau Ballet in their actual set and they edit Wikipedia pages including “where they added themselves as members of Hoobastank on the band’s Wikipedia page”. These boys have played the around the world and it doesn’t seem that them or their pranks are ready to stop.
Serial Joe – Ryan Dennis
Do you remember Serial Joe? That band from the late 1990’s, you know, “Mistake”? Lead singer Ryan Dennis has been underground since Serial Joe decided to call it quits. However, in recent years his moniker “Platypus” has surfaced, and he’s been producing under another moniker called MNR. He has been producing ambient music under the EDM genre. Even though he hasn’t played a set throughout the city, I am pretty sure that some of us out there want to see “Mistake” be remixed by Ryan and ask him what he has been doing since 2001. He currently works at Nature’s Emporium out in Newmarket as the Director of Communications, but still dabbles in music here and there.
This legendary drummer traded his drum kit for some beats and has been playing clubs ever since. He is good friends with Deadmau5 and you can usually see the two hanging out. He has also toured with DJ Aero (Chester Deitz) and have gone to play over 60 club dates as DJs throughout North and Central American. Tommy and Aero have also played on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival during the Winter Music Conference back in 2004. Both Lee and Aero have been DJing together since the early 2000’s and since then changed the perception of what is now known as EDM. Tommy Lee also has DJed with Sharam (who is one half of the Grammy Award winning DJ group Deep Dish), Sharam playing live piano while Tommy spins his house DJ sets. He has also opened for Deadmau5 during his Meowington Hax tour with DJ Aero. He still drums on tracks here and there but now is known for his DJ sets, watch out.
Lead singer of the band Limp Bizkit, well known for the backwards red hat, but more recently he’s been seen deejaying in nightclubs. He was seen Djing at Sala Nightclub in Mexico, earlier this year during “Ladies Knight”. This goes along with Limp Bizkit’s tour “Money Sucks Tour”, and he has been seen Djing elsewhere as well. Durst grew up in Florida and while he was growing up made ends meet by doing odd jobs in order to start his career in the music industry. Since Limp Bizkit is currently touring (they reformed in 2009) he has made new music and continues to tour.
Lead singer of the band Radiohead, Thom Yorke surprised everyone by doing a small and intimate DJ set at Leopallooza last year. Since then he has played a Boiler Room set, a set at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles during their weekly Nightswim party, and he’s played in Japan. He was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, in England and ended up going to University of Exeter before Radiohead was signed to Parlophone records. It’s unknown if he will play more secret DJ shows but after seeing his Boiler Room set, I am definitely wanting to see more.
Lead singer of the post-hardcore band, Glassjaw, as well as Head Automatica and well known for his screams, but back in 2013 he released an electro-house track called “Don’t Leave Me”. He has done a few small shows regarding his DJ sets but he still currently tours with Glassjaw. they are doing a North American tour early next year with a stop in Toronto on February 24, 2016 at the Opera House. Daryl grew up in Long Island, New York and has Crohn’s Disease which makes it hard to tour for him due to this. However, they have played major festivals including Riot Fest and Daryl Palumbo doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.