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DJ Language

DJ Language is one of New York City's premiere underground DJs. Renowned for rocking dance-floors from New York to Stockholm with smooth blending skills and an impeccable selection of tracks ranging from the deepest underground dance classics and obscure Soul and Funk break-beats that are the foundation of Hip-hop, to classic and new underground Hip-Hop, left-field Soul, Electro, R & B, Reggae, Afro-Beat and House, DJ Language has been schooling club-goers since 1995 with eclectic yet coherent sets that span over thirty years of musical genres. Born and raised in Chicago, his diverse musical sensibility and mixing style have been strongly influenced by that city's rich musical tradition, especially its heritage as the birthplace of House music. After buying a used pair of turntables and a mixer in 1995, Language quickly established himself as one of Chicago's hardest working DJs, holding down as many as five weekly residencies (including the bi-weekly Wednesday Reggae party at Joe's Pub in New York). Moving to New York City in 1999, he teamed up with Philadelphia DJ and producer Rich Medina the following year to throw the weekly Stoned Soul party (currently on hiatus), which has grown into one of downtown's best-attended and beloved Saturday night parties, and was named as one of NYC's best parties by Flyer magazine. He has also shared the decks with Hip-Hop icons DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Afrika Bambaataa, as well as Reggae legends such as Dillinger, Trinity, Dawn Penn, Tony Rebel, and Yami Bolo. Language has also recently started the acclaimed monthly NegroClash party with DJs Lindsey and Duane at New York's APT, which highlights electronic sounds in Black music, and whose featured guest DJs and hosts have included Afrika Bambaataa, Mantronix, Fab 5 Freddy, Charlie Dark, and Larry Heard AKA Mr. Fingers. He is also a contributor to The Fader magazine's "Mix Tape" column, where he highlights and reviews notable new releases.

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