America's Best DJ 2008


Carl Craig
As it celebrates 20 years of chronicling U.S. DJ Culture, DJ Times magazine kicked off its 2008 America's Best DJ contest on March 25th at Miami's Winter Music Conference by announcing this year's top 100 nominees.

Now entering its third year, America's Best DJ (ABDJ) stands to solidify itself as the pre-eminent DJ & nightlife culture-branding event in the nation. Inaugurated in 2006, this exciting prize-packed promotion supports the growth of US DJ & nightlife culture by encouraging dance music fans to get involved and promote their favourite US-based DJ. Previous ABDJ winners include New York club king Jonathan Peters (2006) and Miami trance master George Acosta (2007). A tour, which will culminate with a closing ceremony in Las Vegas, will include 40 events that will entertain over 100,000 dance music fans throughout the United States.

Over the past two summers, participating fans chose from a panel of America's Top 100 DJs (nominated by the staff of DJ Times), casting votes both online at and in-person at the 40 tour stops featuring showcased nominees at some of America's top club venues.

"We believe that America's Best DJ - the contest and the tour - will continue to bring visibility for DJ culture and strengthen its lasting foundation in the US," says DJ Times Editor, Jim Tremayne.

For the full list of 2008 America's Best DJ nominees and more information on the America's Best DJ 2008 Summer Tour including tour cities dates and participating nominees, log on to Voting for the 2008 contest begins May 1.

America's Best DJ 2008 Summer Tour
April 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Fluid - Josh Wink
May 10 - Tampa, FL - Hyde Park Cafe - Adultnapper
May 10 - Columbus, OH - BoMa (Bar Of Modern Art) - Filo & Peri
May 17 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Mixx/Borgata Hotel & Casino - Roonie G
May 24 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Electronic Music Festival - Moby
May 25 - Columbus, OH - BoMa (Bar Of Modern Art - Micro
May 25 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Electronic Music Festival - Carl Craig
May 26 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Electronic Music Festival - Dubfire
May 31 - Boston, MA - Underbar - Joe Bermudez
June 5 - New York, NY - S.O.B.'s - DJ Rekha
June 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon - Miguel Migs
June 20 - Austin, TX - Sky Lounge - Chris Fortier
July 4 - Las Vegas, NV - The Palms Hotel & Casino - DJ Skribble
July 5 - Las Vegas, NV - Empire Ballroom - Sandra Collins
July 12 - New York, NY - Sullivan Room - Steve Porter
July 12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Harrah's Hotel & Casino - Dennis Ferrer
July 19 - Hampton Bays, NY - Neptune's Beach Club - DJ Theo
September 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Empire Ballroom - Closing party (tba)

***Additional dates to be added weekly

[Published on: 4/19/08]

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gmoo Sat 4/19/2008 10:34AM
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Demf used to be free. Wha happened?

DibS starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/19/2008 11:29AM
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When did that BS go down? I used to go like every year and check out all the freaks, they've had some pretty good shows, thats real bogus.

briank67 Sat 4/19/2008 07:08PM
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no chicago show =( oh well we have a kickass local scene anyway...

overall Sun 4/20/2008 10:01AM
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Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/20/2008 12:06PM
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Detroit Funk

dude, demf hasn't been free in like 3 years. get with it.

santacruzin Sun 4/20/2008 12:31PM
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if i wasn't going to bobolink, i'd definately make the trip to the d, but show me some 3 chairs for f's sake! best house music coming out of detroit. period.

Anitya Mon 4/21/2008 07:44AM
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overall-Your comments are insulting to the entire music world. Don't forget that the DJ is the backbone of hip hop. The art turntablism should be held in higher esteem then how you describe. Beyond ecstacy freaks! Com on were would music be today without the DJ.

overall Mon 4/21/2008 08:52AM
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Insulting to "the entire music world??????" Not even close, Meltyface.

My comments and my opinions hold nothing but sincere reverence for honest, true, talented musicians from the worlds of jam, rock, pop, reggae, jazz, country, bluegrass, classical and all other genres that focus on original music and/or thoughtful interpretation. And, considering Jambase's slogan, "Go See Live Music," the operators of this site are supposed to feel that way, too.

The only residents of the "music" world I disrespect are those who carve up the talented work of others and then hold it up as respect-worthy original material.

If someone printed a photo of the Mona Lisa, used a computer to lay it out on a 64-square grid, replaced squares 25 through 35 with 11 copies of square 24, and then covered the rest of the piece with scribbled graffiti (limited to comments like "Yeee-ah," "C'mon c'mon," "Uhh" and "Here we go"), would that be considered original and noteworthy art? How about if the "artist" wore clamshell Adidas and a sideways ball cap while doing it?

You ask where music would be today without the DJ. I assume you don't mean the type that introduced the world to rock music in the 1950's, or the type that stirred urban thought and civic action in the 1960's, or the type that pretty much got replaced by programmed tapes shortly after the disco era. I assume you mean current club DJ's.

And if that's what you're asking, the answer would be "being broadcast on radio, shared online, and performed live by actual artists and MUSICIANS. Would that be a problem?

gmoo Mon 4/21/2008 11:09AM
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Thanks for coming out of your shell to tell me something I already knew, rejunkulous. You can go away now.

Anitya Wed 4/23/2008 08:29AM
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Ever seen or heard Cut Chemist, Babu, Abilities, or even Shadow perform? Tell me that they arn't original and talented. These are the DJs I am talking about, turntablist. When I say "entire music world", I guess I should have said hip hop music instead of the entire music world but still hip hop influences many genres of music like reggae, jazz, even jam stuff like Lotus, STS9, and Pnuma Trio. I strongly believe DJs are artists and musicians too. They just choose turntables as their instrument of choice.