Spotlight: MAKJ

August 18, 2013 -

Finn Lurcott

Mackenzie Johnson, better known as MAKJ, uncovered a passion for mixing and DJ’ing at only 15 years of age while living overseas in China as a professional racecar driver. The teenager soon grabbed hold of his first set of Technics 1200 Turntables and the rest was history. As a 17-year-old, Johnson made his way back to the United States with a unique outlook and greater ambition than ever before. The insight Johnson acquired abroad gave him incredible local momentum; Johnson found himself repeatedly invited to DJ countless local university and community college events in his home town of San Luis Obispo, CA. It was at this age that MAKJ also received priceless DJ’ing tutelage from one of the best in history, the late great DJ AM himself, who trained MAKJ in the art of scratching over the course of several one-on-one lessons. Honing and perfecting his skills over the past several years, MAKJ has DJ’ed at premier venues all over the country including Avalon, XS, Ruby Skye, Pacha, and Liv, and has also toured and played in Hong Kong, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and the Dominican Republic.

He also performed at the 2013 Ultra Music Festival in Miami and was a part of the 2011 IDentity Festival Tour. Johnson’s creativity and diversity as an artist have now carried over into the field of original production, where his works have deservingly awarded him much critical acclaim and positive praise. His originals, edits, bootlegs, and remixes have received immense support from renowned artists such as Hardwell, Tiesto, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, R3habChuckie, Avicii, Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and many others. With the support of these greats in his pocket, MAKJ is now thriving as a producer; he has a slew of new tracks slotted for release over the course of 2013, including releases on Hardwell’s Revealed label, The Bingo PlayersHysteria Records, Nicky Romero’s Protocol, Michael Woods' Diffused, and Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Music. He has also released several official remixes on mega-dance label Ultra Music. Additionally MAKJ hosts a weekly radio show on Clear Channel’s Evolution channel which can also be heard on 101.7fm in Boston and online via iHeartRadio. At only 23 years of age, Mackenzie Johnson has achieved an almost unfathomable amount of success. His dedication to his craft and ambition to surpass any and all competitors will further propel MAKJ higher than he could ever have imagined.

As one of the most prominent up-and-coming DJs/producers of 2013, MAKJ has been turning heads for quite some time now and doesn't seem to be slowing down in his explosive rise to the top. Having just landed himself a nice little residency at a cute, boutique club you may have heard of called XS Las Vegas, there's nothing to keep MAKJ from total world domination. This guy is the definition of a hard worker. He is constantly releasing free downloads to different incredible mashups, which he somehow manages to put together in the shortest of time periods. I'll post you some of them below so you can see for yourself. If you had never heard of MAKJ before I suggest you start paying attention because I can say with absolute certainty that this guy is going to be coming to the mainstage of a festival somewhere near you VERY soon. I can say that with the utmost confidence. Don't believe me? Alright enough talking and time for some MAKJ! I'll let you witness the talent for yourself. Enjoy!




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