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Dynamix in the house tonight at Tommy’s

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Who: Mark Dynamix

Where: Tommy Africa’s

When: Thursday, Feb. 17

Tickets: $17

This is a banner week for house music fans, and it starts tonight (Thursday, Feb. 17) with a visit from one of Australia’s Top DJs.

Mark Dynamix is a regular at Sydney’s Yu Bar and Sounds On Sundays when he’s not touring the country playing for crowds of 10,000 at outdoor events like Big Day Out and Field Day. On the scene for more than a decade he has 22 high profile mix CDs to his name, 13 of which are compilations and mixes for Ministry of Sound Australia.

Dynamix has played alongside Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, and Paul Oakenfold. Tonight’s show at Tommy’s marks Mark’s first time spinning in Canada.

Tickets are $17 available in advance from Snomotion, with 50 tickets reserved for the door. DJ Garth spins the opening set. For more info go to www.tommyafricas.com.

Also at Tommy’s this week: local favourite DJ Vinyl Ritchie returns to the eclectic Wednesday club night Humperdinck Slapptyback. The night is back in full effect after a period of alternating weeks with a Whistler edition of STACKed – featuring DJ Lush from Celebrities nightclub in Vancouver. Opening for the Vinyl-icious One on the Humper-decks is DJ Ace.

The following night features Japanese house music DJ Shimizu with interactive digital visuals by VJs Kazuma, Fujimoto and Fsuchiya. Bonzai!

DJ Dan is still the man

Who: DJ Dan

What: Foundation

Where: Garfinkel’s

When: Tuesday, Feb. 22

Within the nebulous non-entity of electronic music there are the "DJ’s-DJs" and there are the "DJs of the people."

The former maintains the respect of their astute, progressive-minded peers but often it’s at the risk of alienating the dancing masses.

The latter plays to the delight of Joe-partygoer but runs the risk of fronting rehashed signature sounds and becoming – gasp – boring!

In a world that disregards the star system of mainstream music the standouts are the DJs and producers that have their foot in both pools – constantly progressing sonically but at the same time maintaining a familiar and welcoming presence behind the decks.

Long-time West Coast DJ Dan is one such superstar – deemed "the DJ’s DJ" by one interviewer on electronic music website Resident Advisor, who later notes how he "defies the conventional wisdom that the DJ has to retain a kind of standoffish mystique."

The balance has sustained a healthy career since the early ’90s, making his name in the Los Angeles rave scene and migrating north to hook up with the Bay Area Funky Tekno Tribe, a group influential in the creation of a distinct West Coast house sound in the mid-1990s.

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