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Jewish Top 10s: DJ’s

In honour of this week’s Red Bull Thre3Style DJ competition in Toronto, Shalom Life compiles its list of the top ten Jewish DJ’s, assisting in making all of us twerk, bump, grind, and dance!

By: Zak Edwards

Published: November 8th, 2013 in Culture » Music » News

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the brightest of everything yehudi, from delicious recipes to funniest actors, to most obnoxious Jewish wedding songs.

In honour of this week’s Red Bull Thre3Style DJ competition in Toronto, we at Shalom Life have decided to look at those legendary Jewish aficionados of music, who have succeeded, at one point or another, in making all of us dance the night away, either at your favourite nightclub, or at a random house party.

DJ’s have had a profound effect on the music industry, notably hip hop, but over the past few decades, they’ve become influential in the thriving electronic music scene, guiding their analog synthesizers and Macbook computers to provide bass-heavy, beat-dropping, full-fledged electro. Electronic music comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from dubstep to house to garage to trance, and Jews and Israelis (particularly regarding the latter) have continued to craft solid beats that will have you dancing all night long.

So dim the lights, arm yourselves with glow sticks and Kanye-esque glasses, and get ready to dance to ten of the most bumpin DJ’s to have graced the stage. It’s like a private show all from the comfort of your home.

TOP TEN

10.


DJ: Offer Nissim

HOMETOWN: Tel Aviv, Israel

NOTABLE RECORDS: “All the Love”; “Only You”; “In Your Eyes”

While Israel is famous for pumping out amazing trance artists like Infected Mushrooms and DJ Yahel, Offer Nissim is known for his hard and tribal house music that feature exclusively female vocalists, particularly Maya.

Nissim released Forever Tel Aviv in 2007 to critical acclaim that contains remixes with guest vocals from artists like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, and Donna Summer. Nissim tours extensively around the world, from Brazil to Mexico to Toronto and Montreal.


Nissim is also a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, often playing gay clubs and featuring queer artists like Dana International (who was listed in our Jewish Top 10s: Influential LGBT Members) in his work.

9.


DJ: Borgore

HOMETOWN: Tel Aviv, Israel

NOTABLE RECORDS: “Legend”; “Decisions” feat. Miley Cyrus; “Nympho”

While others on this list are famous for innovations in established styles, especially house and trance music, Borgore’s triple drum beat, heavy metal influenced music is named after him, affectionately called “Borecore” by his many fans. Described as listening to a horror movie, Borgore’s sound is immediately distinctive despite coming from the very competitive arena of Israeli dance music.

But perhaps his scariest track is his collaboration with:


The Israeli DJ has his own record label, Buygore, that houses producers Dead Audio, Ookay, Kennedy Jones and Bare, Shift Key, and At Dawn We Rage. At 26, Borgore is one of Israel’s rising stars.

8.


DJ: The Alchemist

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California

NOTABLE RECORDS: “Hold U Down”; “Lose Your Life”

The Alchemist started out rapping in L.A. before catching the attention of Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs. Muggs, famous for mentoring young DJs, introduced the rapper into sampling and mixing. Since then, “Al” has made beats for rappers like Prodigy, Oh No, and Action Bronson on top of his own solo records.

Al also helped produce Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, expanding into the world of soundtracks, and also helped curate the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V.


Being mentored by Muggs has had a major impact on Al’s approach and he maintains strong ties with the underground hip hop scene, often providing some of his best beats for up and coming bands. Using his fame to help new talent? That’s a mitzvah!

If that’s not enough, Alchemist, who is also a rapper, was featured on our Jewish Top 10s: Rappers list as well. Quite the accomplished gentleman.

7.


DJ: Guy Gerber

HOMETOWN: Holon, Israel

NOTABLE RECORDS: “Timing”; “The Golden Sun and the Silver Moon”; “One Day in May”

Guy Gerber’s adoration of English guitar acts like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine has strongly influenced his techno-house sound, with its unique harmonizations and interesting interpretations on the genre.


Gerber’s music tastes aren’t the only thing old school about him: his performances are done exclusively with live instrumentation and synthesizers, giving them a distinct sound that pays homage to the second British invasion in the eighties, a sound also found in Scotland’s current musical darlings CHVRCHES.

Gerber owns his own record label, Supplement Facts, which released his remixes of New Order and a fifth anniversary collection called Heartbeats.

6.


DJ: DJ AM

HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOTABLE RECORDS: “Butterly” (with Crazy Town); “Cosmic Trip”

Adam Michael Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, was a popular DJ during his very brief career. Born in Philadelphia in 1973, he tragically died of a drug overdose in 2009, but not before leaving his mark on the world of djing.

While plenty of DJs own record labels, DJ AM is probably most famous for his personal branding, frequently appearing on television in and out of his musical ambitions. His last appearance was a cameo in Iron Man 2, where he spun for Tony Stark’s house party.

DJ AM did scratch work for Will Smith and Papa Roach in the early 2000s before teaming up with Blink-182’s Travis Barker, whom he survived a plane crash with in 2008. He also was in the band Crazy Town. While he recorded and did plenty of production work, DJ AM was most comfortable in the club and he often played for celebrity private functions and drew huge crowds to wherever he spun. He even held a contract at Las Vegas’ Pure Nightclub, spinning every Friday and becoming a staple of the town’s club scene.

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