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Confident.Exuberant. Raw. Innovative. These are just a few of the words industry insidersand fans have used to describe the talent behind one of America’s favoritehouse DJs, Donald Glaude. Ranked #68 on DJMag.com’s Top 100 DJs List in 2005,Donald skyrocketed to #48 this year and his genius keeps on growing…
Bornin Tacoma, Washington, Donald’s love for music began at an early age.Originally a disciplined student of classical music, he was well-versed in theupright bass and violin. Any aspirations Donald had to continue in theclassical vein vanished once he heard his first house record. With an ear forblending music already under his belt, and a love for the energy and soul ofmusical prodigies like George Clinton and Funkadelic, Donald began to amass acollection of house records which he taught himself to mix with a pair ofmismatched turntables and a Radio Shack mixer.
BeforeDonald few DJs had attempted to spin house records. Donald’s fine ear helpedhim give birth to a new style. After mastering his craft, Donald began DJing invarious clubs around Tacoma and Seattle. During that time he made severalimportant connections which would launch his music to the forefront of what wasquickly becoming one of the largest underground movements since New Wave in thelate-70s. Perhaps the greatest connection Donald made was with another aspiringDJ and friend, DJ Dan.
TogetherDonald & DJ Dan sparked the rave scene in Seattle and developed largefollowings. Knowing that Donald possessed an energy and ability to work thecrowd that was unparalleled to anyone else on the circuit, Dan convinced SanFrancisco’s legendary Funky Tekno Tribe to bring down his good friend Donald toplay at one of their parties. Donald’s talents quickly made him a permanentfixture on F.T.T.’s roster.
SomeDJs seek commercial acceptance. Donald, on the other hand, has always preferredan emotional connection with his audience. For Donald, house music is notsimply a mixed bag of sound, but rather an experience that provokes the soul.Apart from his mastery on the decks, Donald is best known for his dynamicshowmanship. He enjoys his music as much as his audience does. Embracing theirenergy, it is not uncommon to find Donald pumping his hands in the air, jumpingup and down and shouting back his love to the crowd. It is this powerfulsignature style which has led fellow DJ and musical producer, Dave Aude, tocall Donald the “James Brown ofDJs.” Donald also caused some stirin 2005 and 2006 with his residency at ICE Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Donald’suncompromising style and innovation show no sign of slowing down any time soon.With the credit of 5 full-length CDs and numerous remixes under his belt,Donald has focused much of his time to production work. Producing such dancefloor hits as “Get Up” and “Soul Cha Cha”. As such, Donald has launched two record labels in which are causingrumblings in the industry. Eden Recordings, started with fellow DJ Rick V, andDurty Records, a collaboration with good friend Vince Lombardi.
Donald’s2005 release, “This is Me” (Moist Music), is a 35-track double CD that defineshis creativity, sound and vibrant style. Since its release, Donald’s fans havebeen eager to hear what’s next from their favorite DJ. Fans will be pleased toknow that Donald’s hard at work on another double CD, “For the People” (MoistMusic), a live recording and original tracks produced by Donald himself. Withthe completion of this latest project, the world should be prepared toexperience all sides of Donald Glaude: DJ. Producer. ARTIST.
Continuingto be “The Hardest Working American Dj” Donald has many new projects plannedfor this upcoming year. He has a tourscheduled with “America’s Most Beloved Dj” Dj Dan and he also has another newCD releasing in 2007. Also expect newrelease from both of his labels Eden Recordings and Durty Records. You have seen him use his musical talentsfrom bring his experience in playing bass, percussion, violin and then movingon to the turntable just show us his grasp on music. To mastering the turntable and then on torecently turned Serato user always expect the unexpected when you come seeDonald Glaude………