There are too many records in the world to stick to one style and DJ Stylus embraces that in his party-rocking philosophy. Dubbed The Vibe Conductor by his fans, his approach to mixing is groove oriented and applied to a palette of tunes from overlooked classics to the newest progressive electronic sounds. DJ Stylus connects the soulful elements of his selections to inspire dance floors. With extensive multigenre fluency, DJ Stylus creates musical narratives that are nuanced, compelling, ambitious and far-ranging.
Stylus keeps an international focus while repping his hometown of Washington DC. After getting his start as a DJ while living in the Netherlands, Stylus has since touched audiences from London to Greece to Brazil and shared turntables with Rich Medina, ?uestlove, Gilles Peterson and many more.
Stylus started 2015 in grand fashion by sitting in with the National Symphony Orchestra as a part of their NSO In Your Neighborhood program.
In 2014, DJ Stylus performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the One Mic festival. The show Hip-Hop In The Pocket was a collaboration with Pure Perfection Band that put hip-hop and Washington D.C.’s native go-go music in playful conversation.
With DJ’s Deep Sang, Meistro and percussionist Hermon Farahi, Stylus started Sol Power, the hottest afro-latin party in DC. In 2012, the first release by The Sol Power All-Stars became a top pick in the crates of leading funk and global music selectors worldwide, leading to a second release on BSTRD Boots. In 2015, the crew started their own label Sol Power Sound with a vinyl and digital EP release currently heating up tropical dancefloors.
Stylus is a resident DJ with Axel F, an event launched with partners Jahsonic and Adrian Loving that celebrates all the jheri curl funk, champagne soul and lazer boogie that you never hear at your standard ’80s party.
As a member of The Soul Controllers, Stylus started out at the University of Maryland’s 88.1 WMUC before eventually moving on to a two year stint on XM Satellite Radio. The Soul Controllers helped launch the Decipher progressive hip-hop block on Pacifica’s WPFW 89.3 FM and continue to define excellence as a DJ crew into their third decade together as a unit.
Stylus is also a founding member of The POEM-CEES, the “Run-De La Soul” of DC hip-hop who are nationally recognized for fusing together the best of the poetry and hip-hop worlds. Since 1998 the POEM-CEES have released three albums, two chart-topping independent singles, won two Wammies, toured extensively and performed theatrical productions for the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Capital Renaissance Theatre. Stylus is an integral part of the POEM-CEES’ legendary live show, a portion of which was experienced on television after naturalaw-dp and Black Picasso’s three appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Stylus has plied his trade at all of the major venues in Washington DC and won back to back Wammies for Hip-Hop DJ. He was the main DJ for the Freestyle Union, an organization started by emcee, educator and author Toni Blackman that honed the skills of most of Washington’s most talented veteran hip-hop performers.
In addition to bringing his sophisticated style of party rock to eclectic audiences, The Vibe Conductor’s remixes pop up in mixes and live sets from tastemaking DJs.