When you think “bass music” in the US of A, Play Me records stands as one of the top influential labels in recent years, catering to the ever growing hybrid of house/electro/dubstep and d&b styles. The creative force behind this giant is also one of the most in-demand DJs in America, Reid Speed. With over a decade of commercial DJ mixes, production and label management under her belt, she continues to push boundaries and harvest new talent in the electronic arena..
Nick Monaco grew up just north of San Francisco in a town called Santa Rosa. “It's sort of a slow-going artsy alternative town in the wine country,” he tells DJ Mag. “I always felt a little trapped there, so I was always taking the bus to the city — which took three hours. I found refuge in record stores and concert halls in San Francisco.”
Michael Brun is living the dream. At just 22-years-old he has played the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, closed out the dance-centric Sahara tent at Coachella and crafted official remixes for heavyweights Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Calvin Harris.
Sliding into July, DJ Mag USA joins the rest of the country in cracking open a cold one for American's traditional celebration month when remembering our country's birth on Independence Day.
To continue the theme of homegrown heroes making a stand, we've selected some MVP and Rookie DJs that are revolutionary and have contributed specifically to the US circuit in this worldwide EDM craze, all born right here under the red, white and blue.