April 23, 2014

America’s Best DJ: Markus Schulz Gets the Golden Mixer

Las Vegas—The glitz and glitter of Sin City was in full effect this past Oct. 7, when Markus Schulz was officially honored as America’s Best DJ 2012.

The Mixer: Markus Schulz with his trophy. By Al Powers

After 20 events on America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times, the fans spoke with their ballots in-person and online at americasbestdj.net—and Markus was this year’s choice. (For America’s Top 50 voting, please visit here.)

So, early on that Sunday evening, a press event was held outside the historic El Cortez Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Print and online press converged on the proceedings, as Schulz was presented with The Golden Mixer (for the first time) by Davey Dave Arevalo, Pioneer’s Sr. Manager, Marketing/Artist Relations.

A-Trak: Fool’s Gold co-founder opened the night.

Later, fans lined up outside Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan for the America’s Best DJ Official Closing Party/Award Ceremony with A-Trak (who finished #8 in the voting) and Markus Schulz soon to hit the decks—and they didn’t disappoint. After Fools Gold co-founder A-Trak buzzed the packed room with hits from his catalog like Duck Sauce’s “Big Bad Wolf” and his remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll,” Schulz was honored again, this time in front of the fans.

“I want to thank Pioneer and DJ Times for this award,” said Schulz, after being presented again with the 24k-Gold Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer, symbolic of the America’s Best DJ title. “And I want to thank all of you out there, too. It’s always the fans’ voice that makes things like this happen—the fans are always No. 1. So I hope that you guys are ready to do some slaying tonight!”

The Club: Markus rocked Marquee late into the night.

The Club: Markus rocked Marquee late into the night.

Then Markus commenced to slaying. With an energetic set that went deep into the night, he entertained an enthusiastic crowd that included his parents (visiting from Arizona) and staffers from DJ Times, Pioneer DJ and Armada Music. Additionally, America’s Best DJ grand-prize winner Joi Motley of Chicago was there, enjoying the all-expense-paid weekend with her fiancé, Sasa Matijevic.

On behalf of everyone at DJ Times, we’d like to thank the voters, Pioneer DJ, Marquee Nightclub/Tao Group (especially Sol Shafer and Morgan Deane) and rephlektor ink’s Justin Kleinfeld for making America’s Best DJ 2012 another huge success.

And once again—Congrats, Markus!

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