MAKJ: I Wouldn’t Be a DJ If It Wasn’t for Hip-Hop

MAKJ performing at Control’s six-year anniversary at Avalon in Hollywood. (Oh Dag Yo)
Most people think of MAKJ as an electro house artist, but the California native is an open-format DJ at heart and cut his teeth opening for genre-benders like AM and Vice. A prime example of MAK’s versatility was his performance at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. To close his set, he brought out rapper O.T. Genasis to perform “CoCo” for unsuspecting EDM fans.
And as the lines between hip-hop and dance music continue to blur, MAK is set on showing the world that he can not only mix multiple genres, but also produce them.
DJcityTV’s Styles Davis spoke with MAK at Los Angeles’ Icon Collective Music Production School about his love for open-format DJs and his new musical direction. He also played an unreleased song which can be heard exclusively in the interview below.

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