America’s Best DJ: A Tale of 2 Cities—A Look Back

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This weekend America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times takes a rare break, but this past Friday night (June 7) it hit both coasts simultaneously with impressive shows from a pair of top-shelf EDM acts—Gabriel & Dresden and BT.

Gabriel & Dresden—the Cali-based DJ/production duo behind such hits as “Tracking Treasure Down” and Motorcycle’s “As the Rush Comes”—rocked the Rumor club in Philly’s City Center. Playing to a well-appointed audience that braved a nasty rainstorm to make the scene, G&D played a two-hour set of remixes, productions and club classics that raised the temperature of Rumor’s main room. Afterward, fans clamored for show posters and autographs from Josh and Dave, then clamored for taxis home through the wet stuff.


On a Journey: BT at San Fran’s Ruby Skye.
Photo: Javier Ovalles

On the Left Coast, EDM legend and former Grammy nominee BT and took the decks at San Francisco’s Ruby Skye and carried the packed room on a propulsive journey. As usual, BT (aka Brian Transeau) played proprietary software on his Macbook, working the crowd into a lather. Of course, at both locations, DJ Times maintained a dedicated booth, taking votes for BT, Gabriel & Dresden, and the other 98 ABDJ nominees.

As always, voters online and at ABDJ tour stops are automatically entered to win a trip for two to Las Vegas for the ABDJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party at the Marquee Nightclub. And fans who Like America’s Best DJ on Facebook or Follow America’s Best DJ on Twitter are automatically entered to win one of many weekly prizes from Pioneer DJ and DJ Times.


Vote & Win: Ruby Skye fans cast their ballots.
Photo: Javier Ovalles

We’ll need this week to rest up before heading out to the Nevada desert June 21-23 for a weekend of EDM insanity. Yes, we’ll be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an ABDJ voting booth during Electric Daisy Carnival. ABDJ nominees playing EDC Vegas include A-Trak, Alvin Risk, Baauer, Cedric Gervais, Claude VonStroke, Crizzly, Dillon Francis, Diplo (with Major Lazer), DJ Craze, Dubfire, Flosstradamus, Green Velvet, Kaskade, Kill the Noise, Krewella, Manufactured Superstars, Max Vangeli, Morgan Page, Nadastrom, Porter Robinson, Tommie Sunshine, Tritonal, 12th Planet, Victor Calderone, and Wolfgang Gartner. Whew.

But that’s not all. We’ll also be holding down events and taking ABDJ votes at Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub. On June 21, we’ll be at the Dayclub for Blake Jarrell’s set, as he plays with Armin van Buuren—you might’ve heard of him. The next night June 22, we’ll be at Marquee Nightclub for Kaskade, the 2011 ABDJ winner, now eligible to take the title again. (Remember, no DJ can win in consecutive years.) And if that’s not enough, we’ll catch Kaskade again at the Dayclub on Sunday, June 23.


All Smiles: Rumor dancers at the ABDJ booth.

So that’s three days in three venues with 27 different ABDJ nominees. We’ll be sure to bring our tanning butter. Stay tuned.