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DJ Andy Reid
The buzz over Toronto’s internationally renowned dance scene, to some extent, falls on the shoulders and turntables of DJ and music magazine editor Andy Reid. Since its humble beginnings in 1996, Andy is the creative director and editor-in-chief of the increasingly popular and prominent NocturnalMagazine.net, an online dance music publication that has garnered worldwide recognition and praise from fans and industry heavyweights such as Erick Morillo, Mark Knight, Simon Dunmore, Roger Sanchez, Steve Angello, Funkagenda, and The Shapeshifters alike.
Since beginning his DJ career in 1992, Andy’s panache for the ultimate house beat, and his technical precision has enabled him to journey across North America and for his UK debut co-headline legendary London nightclub, The End for MN2S. Early in 2007, Andy ventured into the studio, and after extensive mentoring from global heavyweight producers Hatiras and Adam K it is time for Andy to take the stage. It is only a matter of time before his brand of proper house music is dominating dancefloors worldwide.
Simon Jain has always held a certain presence in a room. His demeanor and persona often mirror his musical style: wild, brooding, seemingly out of control, yet subtly contained in the right places. He is known for an exuberance and charisma behind the turntables held by few. Make no mistake: he can quickly back up his antics with savvy programming and a keen ear and eye for the dance floor. Being submerged in musical culture at an early age, by very progressive parents who insisted he be musically versed, Simon understood the root of electronic culture long before the lights, lasers and speaker stacks emerged in front of him. In 2001, having transplanted himself in Toronto via the London, Ontario rave scene, he had landed a residency at the coveted underground Film Lounge by 2003, and by 2005 was playing to larger rooms, and of course, larger praise.
Having held residencies with Boa-Redux, the esteemed Guvernment, the notorious Comfort Zone, and more recently Sound Academy (formerly The Docks), The Mod Club and Footwork, Simon turns his eyes to the horizon, dead-set on what lies ahead as he looks to achieve a more global direction. He has rocked with the likes of Rene Amesz, Richard Dinsdale, D-Formation, Dave Spoon, Laidback Luke, Sarah Main, James Talk... the list of up-and-coming who’s who artists simply keeps expanding! Now, signed to upstart label 44th & Filth and slated to grace the decks in dozens of North American cities and electronic festivals, with a slew of productions in the works, Simon is setting his focus squarely on getting his no-holds-barred attitude to dance floors across the world; after all, why should they be denied the Jainism experience?
With over 10 years of crafting sound under his belt, Toronto native YUG is emerging as one of the most in-demand producers. With international and commercial credentials, YUG has created house hits for labels such as Ministry of Sound, Spinnin Records, Jamayka Recordings, as well as his own independent label YUG Music, and has remixed top-selling artists such as Canadian R&B superstar Jully Black and global recording sensation Justin Timberlake.
YUG’s reach doesn’t stop there, however, as he has also collaborated with many notable names in today’s electronic music landscape including Ian Carey, Hatiras, The Soul Providers and SoundBluntz. Further, many of his productions are supported by leading international DJs such as Deep Dish, Roger Sanchez, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, and many more.