JAUZ, aka LA-based Sam Vogel, surfaced in last year's chart for the first time off the back of his wobbly bass mechanics, energetic DJ style and a host of high-profile fans. With his name pronounced the same as Steven Spielberg's famously snappy shark, it was clear we were soon going to need a bigger boat to accommodate this EMPHATICALLY CAPITALISED young talent.
Just 21 years old, the graduate of his adopted city's Icon Collective has been doing his old teachers proud in the last twelve months with a string of killer releases, from the recent UK house-sounding 'Meant To Love You' featuring ROUXN, via edits of Skepta and Chase & Status, and the merciless bassline/wub alternation of 'Claim To Be', to remixing MØ alongside Diplo — just one of his many supporters.
This festival season, meanwhile, has seen his adventurous eclectic sound venturing into neuro d&b, and his debut at SW4 was so warmly received he's been invited back to headline Electric Brixton alongside a host of allies. It would also be churlish not to mention that another poll in a transatlantic magazine voted him America's best DJ of 2017 — no small feat given the current competition.
Driven by the same hunger as his namesake, this won't be the last you've heard of JAUZ.