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Sounding like a synopsis for an Hollywood movie MAKJ’s introduction to electronic music was nothing if not dramatic as he uncovered his passion for mixing the tender age of 15 whilst living overseas in China as a professional racecar driver. No sooner had the teenager grabbed hold of his first set of Technics 1200 Turntables than his future as a DJ was decided. As a 17-year-old, Johnson made his way back to the United States with a unique outlook and greater ambition than ever before.

As a 17-year-old, Johnson made his way back to the United States with a unique outlook and greater ambition than ever before and quickly found himself under the tutelage of the late great DJ AM himself, who trained MAKJ in the art of scratching as he began to forge a reputation as one to watch for the future. Several years then passed with him playing at premier venues all over the U.S. including Avalon, The Hollywood Palladium, XS, Ruby Skye, Pacha to name but a few as his productions started to see release on some of the industry’s most respected labels and his edits, bootlegs, and remixes received immense support from international artists such as Hardwell, Tiesto, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Chuckie, Avicii, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Michael Woods, Nervo, Bingo Players.

Still only 23 and with lofty ambitions for the future we thought the time was right to introduce you to the EDM sounds of MAKJ. Enjoy.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… Derp derp derp derp derp derp derp bangers bangers derp! What’s your personal favourite track on it? My new track “Encore” that I did with Henry Fong.  What’s the special ingredient in this mix? Lots of new MAKJ music! What’s the best gig you’ve played recently? The last stop on the Rattle & Roll Tour with Bingo Players and Bassjackers in San Bernardino, CA. It was completely sold out and the crowd was nuts! What have you got coming up? Encore” comes out on December 2nd on Hysteria, and then December 6th I have a remix for Nervo and Ivan Gough coming out on Spinnin’.  Then in 2014 I have a remix for Diplo on Mad Decent, my collab with Lil’ Jon will finally becoming out, and much much more! And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? Thanks so much for the love and support, my fans are the reason I do what I do! 

Tracklisting:

Encore (Orginal Mix)

MAKJ & Henry Fong Revolution Night Spirit (MAKJ vs. Hardwell Live Edit) MAKJ & M35 vs. Nirvana vs. Krewella Not Taking This No More (MAKJ Remix) NERVO & Ivan Gough feat. Beverly Knight Countdown (Original Mix) Hardwell & MAKJ Baby O’Riley Toca (MAKJ vs. Avicii Edit) The Who vs. J-Trick Reset (Original) Prezioso & VINAI Fuckwind (Original Mix) Tommy Trash Minerals (Original Mix) Congorock & Nom De Strip Dare You (Original Mix) Hardwell ft. Matthew Koma Look Closer (David Tort Remix) Morten Tsunami (Blasterjaxx Seismograph ReFixx) DVBBS You Gotta Know (Original Mix) DYRO Ft. Radboud Kernkraft 400 (Riggi & Piros Remix) Zombie Nation    

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