“Forward-thinking techno played by a master of the CDJs.
“If I were to just sit there while the track plays for two minutes I would lose my mind,” Juliana Huxtable told Resident Advisor last year. If you were to sum up her DJing style in one sentence, that might be close to it. The American DJ is one of the most dynamic, creative and innovative jockeys going, and her skills on the CDJs equal Total Freedom or Karizma. She’s one of those DJs who likes to use every piece of technology and function that the CDJs offer, as she explains in the interview below.
But it’s not just a matter of using bells and whistles, either. Huxtable organizes and hears things by tone, atmosphere and, of course, key—she can mix together things that should make no sense on paper, she can stop and start in the strangest of places, or drastically change the tempo on a dime. Her approach is all about tactility, from the feeling of the music, and the way it changes and shifts over her sets, to the feel of the CDJs themselves.
Huxtable’s RA Podcast catches her in peak-time form, inspired by a set she played in Berlin and then tried to recreate. It’s techno with a twist, plowing through tracks from Special Request, Ploy, Hodge and even Coyu, with the kind of aggressive but stylish mixing style we’ve come to expect from Huxtable. Oh, and that stretch through SHYBOI and Jasmine Infiniti through to DJ Seinfeld and Tygapaw in the middle? Divine.”
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