The best DJs are those who have, of course, an extensive knowledge of music -- but often what's more important than depth, necessarily, is an accompanying breadth. Members of the iPod generation rarely want to hear hours of even their favorite musical style any more -- but they do want that style cut up and juxtaposed with others, made to sound fresh again.
Local guy Johnny the Boy definitely understands this. His signature all-over-the-place mixes traverse from Britpop to hip-hop to pop to house and back, but still work, woven together by a shared beat or vibe. For a taste, download his latest mix here (or download a zip file with separated tracks here). It starts with disco and manages to pass through ELO, Blur, and Twista before landing on a chunk of that cut-up-re-edited stuff that the Internet kids love. (Of course, though, he had to throw some ZZ Top in there just to shake things up).
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And as always, DJs, if you have a new mix you want to share with the Internet world, e-mail us some information about you, your gigs, and your mix, and we'll post it here too. -- Arielle Castillo