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Makj in 2015
Background information
Birth nameMackenzie Johnson
Born (1990-06-25) June 25, 1990 (age 29)
OriginSan Luis Obispo, California
  • DJ
  • radio host
Years active2011–present
LabelsRevealed Recordings, Spinnin' Records, Ultra Records, Juicy Music, Hysteria Records, Doorn Records, Diffused Records
Associated actsHardwell, Lil' Jon, DJ AM, M35, Showtek, Henry Fong, Bassjackers

Mackenzie Johnson, better known by his stage name Makj (stylized as MAKJ), is an American DJ. He has released a number of singles as a solo artist since 2012, as well as a large number of collaborative singles with artists such as Hardwell, Lil' Jon, and M35. Since 2013 Makj has performed at large festivals such as Electric Zoo, Voodoo Experience, Coachella, and a main stage slot at TomorrowWorld.[1] In March 2014, Billboard named him one of the Top 10 Artists to Watch at Ultra Music Festival.[2] Also in 2014 he was named No. 63 in the Top 100 DJs list put out by the DJ Magazine Awards. Makj is the host of the radio show Revolution Radio on Clear Channel’s Evolution channel.[1]


Mackenzie Johnson was born in 1990 in San Luis Obispo, California. By his teens, he was living in China while pursuing a career as a professional race car driver. At age fifteen, he became interested in DJing, and he purchased a set of Technics 1200 Turntables.[1] By age 17, he had returned to the United States, where he found himself invited to perform at local events in his hometown. He had a number of lessons with DJ AM, who trained Makj on scratching.[1]

In late 2013, Makj embarked on his first major US tour, traveling the country with Bingo Players and Bassjackers.[1] After a time playing small venues, he began to attend festivals as well.[3] Since 2013, he has performed at festivals such as Electric Zoo Festival, Voodoo Experience, Coachella, a main stage slot at TomorrowWorld, Northern Lights Festival, Euphoria Festival, Webster Hall, and Ruby Skye.[1] In March 2014, Billboard named him one of the Top 10 Artists to Watch at Ultra Music Festival.[2] He toured Europe in 2014 with his "Let’s Get Fucked Up Tour," then traveled North America with his "Peyote Tour." Plans for an Asian tour were also announced.[1]

He has released a number of singles as a solo artist since 2012, as well as a large number of collaborative singles. He has collaborated with artists such as Showtek, Lil Jon, and DJ Kura. In 2013, he released a collaborative single with Hardwell entitled "Countdown" which peaked at No. 1 on Beatport within three days. He has also released music on Hysteria Records, Doorn Records, Diffused Records, and Juicy Music, among others.[1] In late 2014, he released his track "Generic," which had earlier debuted at the Ultra Festival in Miami.[3] Several of his original songs have charted in the Beatport Top 10.[3]

Makj has been a guest judge for the Campus DJ contest, and he is the host of a radio show on Clear Channel’s Evolution channel, with the show also streaming at iHeartRadio and 101.7 Boston.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2014 DJ Magazine Awards Makj Top 100 DJs (63rd) Nominated


MAKJ playing live at Airbeat One 2019

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions
(with Hardwell)
2013 28 41
(with Henry Fong)
"Let's Get F*cked Up"
(with Lil Jon)
(with Bassjackers)
"Mad Max" 2015
(with Thomas Newson)
"Party Till We Die"
(with Timmy Trumpet featuring Andrew W.K.)
(with Steve Aoki, Deorro and Max Styler)
(with Deorro and Quintino)
"Bounce 2 This"[8]
(with Will K)
(with Linka & Mondello)
"Grow Like This"[10]
(with Tropkillaz and Will K featuring Demarco)
(with Steve Aoki and Showtek featuring Kris Kiss)
(with Deorro)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Other singles[edit]

  • 2011: Parallax (with KURA and dBerrie)
  • 2012: Crunch
  • 2012: Croche
  • 2012: Galaxy / Old Memories (with KURA)
  • 2013: Conchy
  • 2013: Hold Up
  • 2013: Springen
  • 2013: Hakaka
  • 2013: Revolution (with M35)
  • 2014: GO (Showtek Edit) (with M35)
  • 2014: Generic
  • 2014: Ready (with Deorro)
  • 2015: Lose Your Mind (with Deorro)
  • 2015: Ante Up (with Deorro)
  • 2015: Get Whoa (featuring Fly Boi Keno)
  • 2015: On & On (vs. Kenze)
  • 2017: Knock Me Down (with Max Styler featuring Elayna Boynton)
  • 2017: Space Jam (with Michael Sparks featuring Fatman Scoop)
  • 2017: Too Far Gone (featuring Matthew Santos)

Further reading[edit]

  • "Makj Makes a Beatport Hit with Pee Sample, Unleashes His Latest Track "Generic"". Vice Media. December 4, 2014.
  • Makj at Allmusic
  • Makj at Discogs


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About MAKJ". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, Zel (March 28, 2014). "Ultra Music Festival 2014: The Top 10 Artists To Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  3. ^ a b c Lhooq, Michelle (December 4, 2014). "MAKJ Makes a Beatport Hit with Pee Sample, Unleashes His Latest Track "Generic"". Vice Media. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  4. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #390". auspOp. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Bein, Kat (June 15, 2018). "Steve Aoki, Deorro, MakJ & Max Styler Mix Boom With Mariachi on 'Shakalaka': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Knockout - Single by Deorro, MAKJ & Quintino on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bounce 2 This - Single by MAKJ & WILL K on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Sunkel, Cameron (January 11, 2019). "MAKJ and Linka & Mondello bring the heat with 'Fire'". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Makj joinsf orces with Tropkillaz, Will K and Demarco for 'Grow Like This'". May 28, 2019. Archived from the original on June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Farrell (1 July 2019). "Steve Aoki, MAKJ, and Showtek merge for mainstage anthem 'Rave' featuring Kris Kiss". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  12. ^ Cameron, John (August 15, 2019). "Deorro and MAKJ reunite for big room banger 'Retumba'". Archived from the original on August 30, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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