A local dj born & raised in Venice, CA representing Techlepatic. Mr. Smith’s impeccable ear for the best up and coming sounds in house and techno has propelled him forward as a rising star in the local LA music scene. A music festival enthusiast for years, Mr. Smith has been exposed to wide and varying styles of dance music and credits Lightning in a Bottle as one of his favorite festivals and biggest influences. After realizing he was spending all his free time hunting for new tracks and mixing with two tabs open on YouTube, Mr. Smith decided that it was time to give DJing a real shot, releasing mixes in 2014 under his prior alias Jonas Abbs. One mix turned into twenty, Traktor turned into CDJs, and audiences consisting of only friends and family grew into bars full of like-minded music lovers. From his humble beginnings playing electro house at beloved local dive bar The Good Hurt in LA, to his first music festival Genius Loci Fest in Baja, Mexico, to his current monthly residency at The Room in Santa Monica, Mr. Smith has been fortunate enough to share his love of dance music to continually expanding audiences.
What genre would you describe yourself as?
Tell us something that you’re doing now and are excited about.
Lately I have been working on a lot of new original music as well as making strides with Dylan Andrew for our local San Diego collective Tech Support. I Have an EP with Susio, set to release on Minimal Sessions records late summer/early fall.
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
The list is ever changing but for my style of music, I’m really into artist like Reinier Zonneveld, Moonwalk, Olivier Giaccamoto, & Jiggler at the moment.
What is your proudest moment so far? (blogged/signed/etc..)
For me i still go back to Genius Loci Fest 2016 when I was lucky enough to open the after hours stage for the weekend. GLF is a magical festival in a magical location.
What DAW do you use?
What are some of your favorite plug-ins?
Ana2, vocal synth, & massive
What is something you cannot leave home without (besides keys, phone, wallet)?
USB duh 😉
If you had to do something else (outside of music), what would it be?
What was your favorite show that you’ve played?
Genius Loci Festival
What’s your current favorite show (tv/netflix/etc…) worth binging?
Ozark was awesome but I’m a ride or die BoJack Horseman fan.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what album would you have with you?
Elton John’s Greatest
Long days and nights in entertainment can take quite a toll on your body. What are some of your self care practices?
Sleep. This is something I need to work on personally.
What is a quote or phrase that you try to live by? Why?
If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
“A stranger in life is a neighbor on the dancefloor.”
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WRITTEN & CURATED BY MARIAH M. VAZQUEZ