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Philly DJ duo Hollertronix are notorious for their live turntable approach to the mash-up. They may have honed the technique through their own series of parties where they blend indie, crunk, Miami bass, new wave and anything else that fits in the mix, but it's a skill that's making critics all over the globe go ga-ga.
Last New Year's Eve, we saw Florida native Diplo and his Philly-bred DJ partner Low Budget team up to rock a warehouse party at 99 Sudbury, but they're also doing more touring on their own now, taking advantage of their in-demand status to cover more ground and develop their solo identities.
While Diplo's been making his name as a producer, working with MIA and signing to Ninja Tune, Low Budget has focused on pumping out a steady stream of DJ mixes, although he recently moved into production as well
"I'm the guy who'll play Michael Jackson," explains Low B, still weary from his gig the night before. "I can be kind of cheesy, and I'm more into the party stuff, while Wes (Diplo) is more into the weirder stuff. I just want to make people feel good, dance, have a good time."
That lack of concern with hipster cred allows him to play more mainstream club gigs along with the arty eclectic ones. And Low B's flexibility in accepting those more lucrative offers meant he was finally able to quit his day job at a record store a couple of years ago.
"Working at the shop was good for me in a lot of ways, but I gave it up because this might be the only time in my life when I don't need to wake up and be somewhere - or answer to a boss."
Of course, in reality this means the dance floor is his new boss, as he found out last night when the crowd at one of his weekly parties wasn't feeling the more obscure Dirty South hiphop he was excited about. Luckily, if anyone can switch up the vibe quickly and make it work, it's Low Budget. A true DJ nerd, he honed the everything-at-once approach while categorizing his record collection by tempo and mood, which revealed previously hidden possibilities.
"Piecing together all these styles and tempos is kind of like a jigsaw puzzle," he says, "and that's part of the fun. Breaking it down to the math actually allows you to be more creative. I started noticing that all these weird songs were in the same tempo range as the more club-oriented stuff, so why not play them together?"