DJ Scene

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DJ Scene
Birth name Brian Alex Herwander
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Club, Electronic, Turntablism, Hip Hop [1]
Occupation(s) Producer, Disc Jockey
Instruments Turntables, Serato Scratch Live, Ableton, Access Virus TI, Moog Little Phatty
Associated acts Wild 94.9, KUBE, XM Satellite Radio, DJ AM, A-Trak, The Crooklyn Clan, and Naughty by Nature
Website http://www.dj-scene.com

DJ Scene is a producer and DJ who has surfaced as one of the most consistent traveling DJs in the United States.[2][3] Scene has performed with a great variety of different artists, including 50 Cent, Ludacris, Nas, Tiesto, Busta Rhymes, Benny Benassi, Jurassic 5, Fedde Le Grand, The Roots, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, and Lil Jon. DJ Premier, DJ AM, Common (rapper), Public Enemy (band), Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Method Man.

Background[edit]

Early Years[edit]

DJ Scene, born Brian Alex Herwander, is an Everett, Washington native. He moved to Yakima, Washington at sixteen, where he purchased his first turntables. However, his initial plan was not DJing in clubs- he was a drummer in a small band and thought the addition of scratching would bring a unique sound to the band.[4]

Notoriety[edit]

DJ Scene moved to Seattle, Washington at age eighteen, where his career started to take off. His first weekly radio show was with DJ B-Mello on KEXP-FM 90.3. Then after opening for 50 Cent in 2002, Scene was asked by KUBE to come try out as an on-air mixer. DJing had always been secondary prior to this point, but it began to take priority. He began mixing daily on the "Mixtape at 8" and soon started doing the "5 o'clock Traffic Jam" on Fridays. It wasn't long before XM Satellite Radio 67 ‘The City' approached Scene and began broadcasting his pre-recorded mixes nationally 5 days a week.[3]

Before clubs and radio became primary, Scene made a name for himself in the DJ battle circuit, becoming the 2002 Northwest DMC Champion, a competition held in New York City by DMC World and hosted by Jam Master Jay several weeks prior to his death.[4] Around the same time, he helped lay the foundation for one of Seattle’s most legendary nights, ‘Yo Son!’ at Chop Suey, which Rolling Stone named ‘one of the country’s top parties’.[4]

In 2013 Scene placed first in the Las Vegas, Redbull Thre3Style competition, moving on to the Redbull Thre3Style USA national championship, where he placed second.[5]

Las Vegas[edit]

DJ Scene started playing Las Vegas in 2005, where he was first booked to play New Year's Eve at Club Ice. He went on to sign his first Vegas residency with Light Group and played weekly at Jet Nightclub inside and eventually becoming so active in Las Vegas, he moved there soon after he locked in his vegas residency. The Mirage and Light Nightclub inside the Bellagio (now 'The Bank').

In 2008 Scene started his first Vegas pool residency, playing every Sunday and Monday at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. During the same year, he began a new weekly Tuesday residency at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

The following year, 2009, DJ Scene began working with N9NE Group and was regularly at Moon Nightclub at the top of The Palms and 'Ditch Fridays' at The Palms pool. Then in 2010 DJ Scene moved again, this time to the new CityCenter to play every Thursday at Liquid pool inside Aria Resort & Casino. This was also the year Scene was named Las Vegas Weekly's "Best Pool DJ". Scene currently holds a Thursday night residency at Haze Nightclub at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas.[6]

2013[edit]

Throughout the past three years, DJ Scene's resume grew where he acquired residencies include Encore Beach Club, Haze Las Vegas, Shrine at MGM Grand Foxwoods, The Estate Boston, The Park Sacramento, Manor West San Francisco, and Mur.Mur at The Borgata in Atlantic City. Scene is also a prolific producer. He produced Naughty By Nature's official 20yr anniversary remix of "Hip Hop Hooray" in 2013. His latest single “DAMN”, with Jayceeoh was released Nov 2013 on Fools Gold Records and is getting major support from A-Trak and other notable DJs. Scene is the 2013 Westcoast Thre3Style champion, has been voted ‘Vegas Best Pool DJ’ twice by JackColton.com, ‘Best Open Format DJ’ by RemixReport.com and has a DMC champion title under his belt.

Style[edit]

Scene is known for incorporating various styles of music into his work. His distinct style of scratching, live remixing and blending classic party anthems, spans every genre from AC/DC to Jay-Z and 80s to pop. He is able to spin open format, EDM, 80s sets, old school hip hop, and everything in between.[3][4] DJ Scene also established the brand ’2080s’ and released 2080s parts 1 and 2 on CD which remixes, blends and scratches 80s classics.[3][7] The brand was inspired by the desire to produce something his parents could relate to and get a look into the type of work he does.[7]

Scene's latest mix "Epic Shine" is a first hand glance into the Vegas pool daylife. The idea formulated from his 2010 residency at Liquid Pool at Aria Resort & Casino.[7]

Reaching the Fans[edit]

Aside from the constant traveling, collaborations, and performances, Scene currently has a weekly mixshow every Saturday on Wild 94.9 FM in San Francisco, California.[2] Scene also has an iTunes podcast that he updates frequently, reaching the ears of over 400,000 subscribers through iTunes and features a variety of free downloads. .[8]

The Music[edit]

In addition to his podcast, radio shows, and live performances, DJ Scene gets music to his fans through his official website, SoundCloud, Facebook, and Beezo (located in the external links section).

Mixes and Artwork
Title Cover
2080s Part 1
Available for Download
2080s Part 2
Available for Download
Epic Shine
Available for Download
Hip Hop Hooray (DJ Scene Remix)
Available for Download
DAMN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ Scene". MySpace. myspace.com. September 26, 2003. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: DJ Scene". Metromix. metromix.com. September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on March 16, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "DJ Scene Exclusive Interview". Outfit: Chicago. outfitevets.com. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "High Rolling". The Stranger (newspaper). thestranger.com. June 6, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Red Bull Thre3Style Crowns Top Party DJ in US.". Redbull. Redbull.com. April 7, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nite Bite: 2010 Las Vegas DJ Awards results". Las Vegas Weekly. lasvegasweekly.com. April 26, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "On The Scene With DJ Scene". Young Hollywood. younghollywood.com. September 3, 2010. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "DJ Scene". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 

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