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UK’s DJ Jordan Suckley doesn’t suck.
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DJs: Spin Zoned

Summer 2012 was one for the memory books–possibly one of the best in years. And top-flight DJs seemed to be a weekly reoccurring theme highlighted by Cut Chemist, Z-Trip, Shadow, The Crystal Method, Christopher Lawrence, Exile, MSTRKRFT and suave beat creator Onra.

Over the next few months music festivals are bringing in the biggies such as Steve Aoki, Fortilive, and UK extraordinaire, DJ Suckley.

There’s a reason why “live” and “live” are spelled the same. Here’s what to expect this Fall.


Electric Palms Music Festival

Checking in at more than 200 shows a year, Aoki is the fifth-highest-paid DJ in the world, raking in close to $14 million last year. The highlight of his much-publicized rider is the inflatable boat; Honolulu wants to know how the superstar intends to use it!

Explosive drum-and-base duo Kill the Noise and Canadian electro wonder-kid Felix Cartal will surely get the crowd to erupt. Dance or prance (if that tickles your EDM fancy) and experience electronica overload.You can count on the landscape of electronic beats will be well covered.

Kakaako Waterfront Park, 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Fri., 9/21, 5pm–1am, [bampproject.com], tix at Local Motion Stores / Navy ITT Offices / Hickam ITT Offices / Marine Corps ITT Offices / U.S. Coast Guard MWR / UH Campus Center, $38–$80 VIP, 18+

3rd Annual High Chief XL Tribute Show

Walter “High Chief XL” Saole was the soul of local underground hip-hop, Island Music and nightlife circles. Since his passing, keeping his memory alive has taken on a definite sense of purpose for his friends and family.

National renowned hip-hop trio Fortilive headlines the gala. The former Hawaii resident will be joined by island R&B singer, Kaipo Kapua. Puzzled Mugs, Mo Illa Pillaz highlight the tribute show. DJ Technique and legendary DJs Jrama and Sub Zero of Stone Groove will be getting the boom-bap blitzing. Door proceeds will benefit the High Chief XL Memorial Foundation.

Nextdoor, 43. N. Hotel St. Sat., 9/29, $15, 21+, [nextdoorhnl.com]

End of the World Block Party

How does that R.E.M tune go again? A better question may be, “Is there a hard dance or dubstep version?” If so, it will be played at the End of the World Chinatown Block Party. What better time to encage the party rage within, dance and be free at this free event?

At nightfall, the block party’s after-party relocates indoors at Nextdoor, SoHo, Hank’s, The Dragon Room Upstairs and Lotus. A single wristband gets you access to each venue. (Don’t you love downtown club mergers?)

UK rising star DJ Jordan Suckley, namede by DJ Mag “2011 Breakthrough DJ of the Year”, will be elevating the madness at Nextdoor. Don’t let the Disney-Channel-pop-star look or the first four letters of his last name fool you. The trance prince is a force to be reckoned with. Former Honolulu resident and hard dance princess, DJ Kitsch gets the dance floor messy at SoHo.

Mayan myth or the music? Choose the music.

Nextdoor, SoHo Mixed Media Bar, Lotus Downtown, Hanks Lounge, The Dragon Upstairs, (Chinatown), Fri., 12/21, 5pm–10pm, after party, 10pm–2am, $20, 21+

Rumor Rap:

Diplo, Felix the House Cat, Junior Sanchez, legendary DJ that fights for his right to party, and a rapper turned actor who likes Chicken and Beer and is just 2 Fast and 2 Furious. Details to come.