Confident. Exuberant. Raw. Innovative. These are just a few of the words industry insiders and fans have used to describe the talent behind one of Americas favorite house DJs, Donald Glaude. Ranked 68 on DJMag.coms Top 100 DJs List in 2005, Donald skyrocketed to 48 this year and his genius keeps on growing
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Donalds love for music began at an early age. Originally a disciplined student of classical music, he was well-versed in the upright bass and violin. Any aspirations Donald had to continue in the classical vein vanished once he heard his first house record. With an ear for blending music already under his belt, and a love for the energy and soul of musical prodigies like George Clinton and Funkadelic, Donald began to amass a collection of house records which he taught himself to mix with a pair of mismatched turntables and a Radio Shack mixer.
Before Donald few DJs had attempted to spin house records. Donalds fine ear helped him give birth to a new style. After mastering his craft, Donald began DJing in various clubs around Tacoma and Seattle. During that time he made several important connections which would launch his music to the forefront of what was quickly becoming one of the largest underground movements since New Wave in the late-70s. Perhaps the greatest connection Donald made was with another aspiring DJ and friend, DJ Dan.
Together Donald & DJ Dan sparked the rave scene in Seattle and developed large followings. Knowing that Donald possessed an energy and ability to work the crowd that was unparalleled to anyone else on the circuit, Dan convinced San Franciscos legendary Funky Tekno Tribe to bring down his good friend Donald to play at one of their parties. Donalds talents quickly made him a permanent fixture on F.T.T.s roster.
Some DJs seek commercial acceptance. Donald, on the other hand, has always preferred an emotional connection with his audience. For Donald, house music is not simply a mixed bag of sound, but rather an experience that provokes the soul. Apart from his mastery on the decks, Donald is best known for his dynamic showmanship. He enjoys his music as much as his audience does. Embracing their energy, it is not uncommon to find Donald pumping his hands in the air, jumping up and down and shouting back his love to the crowd. It is this powerful signature style which has led fellow DJ and musical producer, Dave Aude, to call Donald the James Brown of DJs. Donald also caused some stir in 2005 and 2006 with his residency at ICE Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Donalds uncompromising style and innovation show no sign of slowing down any time soon. With the credit of 5 full-length CDs and numerous remixes under his belt, Donald has focused much of his time to production work. Producing such dance floor hits as Get Up and Soul Cha Cha. As such, Donald has launched two record labels in which are causing rumblings in the industry. Eden Recordings, started with fellow DJ Rick V, and Durty Records, a collaboration with good friend Vince Lombardi.
Donalds 2005 release, This is Me (Moist Music), is a 35-track double CD that defines his creativity, sound and vibrant style. Since its release, Donalds fans have been eager to hear whats next from their favorite DJ. Fans will be pleased to know that Donalds hard at work on another double CD, For the People (Moist Music), a live recording and original tracks produced by Donald himself. With the completion of this latest project, the world should be prepared to experience all sides of Donald Glaude: DJ. Producer. ARTIST.
Continuing to be The Hardest Working American Dj Donald has many new projects planned for this upcoming year. He has a tour scheduled with Americas Most Beloved Dj Dj Dan and he also has another new CD releasing in 2007. Also expect new release from both of his labels Eden Recordings and Durty Records. You have seen him use his musical talents from bring his experience in playing bass, percussion, violin and then moving on to the turntable just show us his grasp on music. To mastering the turntable and then on to recently turned Serato user always expect the unexpected when you come see Donald Glaude
*Has toured nationwide over the past 15 years playing cities such as Miami, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Eugene, Anchorage, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Moscow ID, Hartford CT, Washington DC, Canada, Guam and in his hometown area of Seattle / Tacoma / Olympia WA.
*Owner of two world class recognised record labels: Free The Funk / Free Records. Talent includes Chris Anderson, DJ ESP Woody McBride, Martin Venetjoki, Hakan Lidbo, Angel Alanis, Jacob London, DJ Vitamin D, The Mile High Club, The Floorfillerz, Sean Biddle, DJ Jelo, Rennie 'Dubnut' Foster, Rick V, MattLok, Dj Roman and Donald Glaude, etc. Label tracks played everywhere from BBC Radio 1 (UK) to Ministry of Sound (UK) to Love Parade (GER) to Ultra Music Festival (US) to XM Satellite Radio and charted / reviewed by countless DJs and publications.
*Licensed tracks to: Carl Cox (UK), Dave Angel (UK), Chris Simmonds (UK), Dj ESP Woody McBride (US), Donald Glaude (US), Jelo (CAN), etc.
*Produced & remixed tracks featured on: Moonshine, Phunkedup, Redhanded, Free The Funk & Free Records, etc.
*Featured in FeedBack Magazine's 4 year anniversary cover story "dJ dAb - Freein' The Funk" (Austin TX - 20,000 circulation) and also featured in an all-electronic TV show entitled Feedback Magazine Presents alongside Perry Farrell, Dieselboy and Dubfire from Deep Dish.
*Alaises: Sir Swift (Produced for E-Dawg before his joining the Sir Mix-A-Lot Posse), Dj Dabster, Disk Data Corrupt, dJ dAb, Sean Ober, Digital Pimp (Along w/ Donald Glaude) and 20 Year Noise Reduction.
*DJing peformance rig now fully self-contained featuring audio / video / visual mixing (HDMI/DVI/VGA) with added live audio / camera capture capabilty!
*Also enjoys D.I.Y. electronics, circuit bending and modifying electronic musical instruments.
*Residencies: (Seattle) Last Supper Club, I-Spy, Contour, EMP Liquid Lounge, Showbox, Power Plant, Medusa, etc. (Tacoma) Tempest, Detour, Paradox, Central, Victory Club, Jazzbones, Harmon, 6th & Proctor, Positive, Time Tunnel, Cheers West, Drakes, The Loft, 21 Commerce, Hell's Kitchen, Cans, Maggie O'Tolles, etc. (Olympia) Barcode, Thekla, etc.
The Last Supper Club
124 South Washington Street- Pioneer Square
Seattle, WA 98104
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