DJ Stylus Chris
Real Name: Chris Stiles
Position: Co-Founder & Director
Chris Stiles also known as DJ Stylus Chris has dedicated 20 years of his life pursuing a career in music. The foundation to his journey started with Hip Hop Culture. Dancing, DJing, Rhyming, and Studying the “break,” has always been his passion. He realized that Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, Disco and Rock were the main components in Hip Hop. This helped him to discover and appreciate many forms of music. He was taught that a true B-boy could encompass all the elements of Hip Hop Culture. Influenced by some of the pioneers of DJing, Emceeing, and B-Boying, he practiced his techniques throughout his childhood. It was this philosophy that has lead him to where he is today.
Making his way into the clubs at the age of 14, he fell in love with the nightlife, where he quickly started to pick up side jobs as a dancer and street promoter. As a DJ, he started doing house parties in the early 90′s, then worked his way into the night clubs.
In 1993, Chris landed his first major break as a b-boy dancer for the super group, Deee-lite. He moved up to New York City where he lived for 3 years. This incredible experience allowed him to listen to and meet so many great DJ’s, Dancers, and Musicians.
Coming back to D.C. in 1996, Chris started to pursue his career more as an MC and a DJ. With some longtime friends, he started Pollen. This party helped to fuse the Hip Hop Culture along with the Club and Rave Culture. Pollen brought too many Worldwide Dj’s to list but, Sam Burns and Oso-Fresh along with Stylus Chris served as the purveyors of sound weekly. Soon along with Dj’s Dirty Hands and Tek-One created what many call the most prolific Hip Hop Party ever in D.C., “Soul Camp”. These parties are where Stylus Chris truly honed his skills as a Dj and MC.
In 1997, Chris joined the staff of the legendary record store 12″ Dance Records as the Hip Hop Buyer. It was here where Chris met up with Jamal Reid to form the group Defined Print. They released their first ep in 1999 title “The Fine Print”. Defined Print gained worldwide recognition with their follow up release “Rhymes Connect” in which the single titled “My Library” was used during ESPN’s XGames in 2001. As an MC he has collaborated with the likes of 3 Levels of Genius, Fort Knox 5, Afrika Bambaataa, and Team Demoition. Also while at 12” Dance Records, DMC, the Worldwide DJ Competition held annually, recruited Chris to host the Mid Atlantic Regionals, which led to hosting the 2003 US Championships. DJ Craze, A-Trak, Roc Raida, DJ Enferno, and Cash Money are just some of the names that performed at the regional DMC competitions.
In 2002, Chris joined up with a few partners to open, DJ Hut, Washington D.C.’s perennial Record store designed for DJ’s by DJ’s. Providing a service to the community has always been a passion for Chris. Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, DJ Babu, DJ Premier, Biz Markie, DJ Craze, and Afrika Bambaatta are just a few of the World Famous DJ’s who would frequent the store.
In 2001 Stylus Chris started a weekly Friday residency at Modern, a gig he still continues today. You can hear him play Hip Hop, House, Downtempo, Funky Breaks, Soul, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Baltimore Club, 80′s, Disco, and just about anything else. His Saturday night residency at Current Sushi has proven to be one of DC’s hot spots frequented by local and national celebrities. Chris also works as the Washington Nationals Official Party DJ, while doing special events for corporate entities Adidas, Express, Snow Shoe Mountain Resort, along with various Charity Organizations. Chris has had monthly residencies in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, and currently at Metro! in Roanoke, Virginia. You can find him regularly guest spotting in D.C. at such clubs as Fly Lounge, Josephine, Steve’s Bar Room, The Park to name a few.
Real Name: Brian Sadiarin
Position: Co-Founder & Director
Brian Sadiarin a.k.a. DJ Geometrix from the Washington, DC area is one of those envied artists that makes a living doing what he loves to do. What’s great about it is, he’s also loved right back. 5 years ago, he gave up his corporate day job as a computer programmer to pursue his passion for music and performing, but make no mistake about it, he’s been a student of the DJ game since 1993 and has been rocking the Washington DC club scene in the last 10 years. DJ Geometrix is truly a master behind the decks, and his amazing skills, celebrated experience and extensive knowledge of music has helped him become the # 1 “go-to” guy in the D.C. metro area.
Music and DJ culture has been a part of Brian’s entire life since he was brought into the world on April 19, 1978. Some of his earliest memories as a child were of days listening to music with his mother at home. At an early age, Brian learned how to mix on turntables when his older brothers were mobile DJ’s in the Philippines during the 80’s. He would accompany them to their parties as the designated “record boy”, at the same time, learning the importance of rocking a party with great song selections. Brian’s family then moved to the United States when he was ten years old, forcing his brothers to leave the turntables behind in the Philippines. Brian fell in love with hip-hop after discovering Yo! MTV Raps and in watching the likes of DJ Aladdin, DJ Scratch, Jam Master Jay, DJ Cash Money, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DJ Premier rocking the turntables on TV, he knew that he wanted to be a DJ. In 1993, Brian’s father found an old Pyramid DJ mixer at a neighborhood garage sale, bought it for $5, hooked up an old belt drive turntable and a Sony Walkman into it, and DJ Geometrix was born.
DJ Geometrix began spinning at house parties, school events, and mobile gigs in the Northern Virginia area during his high school years in the 90’s. He made friends with a couple of DJ’s from high school who shared his passion for music and in 1998 alongside DJ Quixotic and DJ Sneek, they formed a DJ crew called The Trooperz Crew. A few more DJ’s joined the crew afterwards, among them Madonna’s tour DJ – DJ Enferno, World Champion DJ I-Dee, and The Original Oz. The Trooperz Crew helped DJ Geometrix sharpen his skills in scratching, beat juggling, and being an overall performer, and after practicing countless hours and studying many DJ videos, he decided to enter the DJ battle circuit.
From 1998 to 2003, DJ Geometrix has won numerous DJ competitions, even making the national finals in major organizations such as DMC, ITF, Guitar Center, and Kool Mixx, and has also traveled the US performing in DJ showcases while earning the respect of his peers as a world reknowned turntablist. DJ Geometrix’s success in the DJ battle scene got the attention of local nightclub promoters in Washington, DC and in 2000, he landed his first club residency at Cage Nightclub. Since then, he has been a staple in the DC nightlife scene, regularly performing and holding residencies at every major nightclub, including Love/Dream, Fur, Ibiza, Park, Ultra Bar, and many more to name. His hard work and creativity has earned him a place among Washington DC’s elite DJ’s, even being nominated as Best Hip-Hop/Rap DJ of the Year at the 2004 Wammies, the DC version of the Grammys. He has shared the stage with some of the industries’ best including Diddy, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Gangstarr, EPMD, Wale, the legendary DJ Q-Bert, Grandmaster Roc Raida, and DMC World Champions DJ Craze & DJ A-Trak. Outside of the Washington DC area, DJ Geometrix has found success as well and has been a featured performer at high profile events such as Winter Music Conference in Miami, Starscape in Baltimore, Tuner Bash After Dark in Seattle, and the Mountain Dew AST Tour in Baltimore. He has performed in nightclubs around the US, more recently DJ’ing a Red Bull New Years Eve party in Las Vegas. He’s even DJ’d out at sea, acting as the celebrity guest DJ on Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom class cruise ships.
In 2003, he was named Breakthrough DJ of the Year by a nationwide publication called The Scene Magazine and has also been featured in various publications such as XLR8R, Best Events, DJ Times, URB, Tablist, Washington Post, Empire, City Paper, and Go Magazine. DJ Geometrix was also published in the book “ON THE RECORD: The Scratch Academy Guide”, which is the definitive DJ book, guiding readers through 40 years of music, creativity, and DJ culture. He is currently sponsored by RANE, Aerial7, dbmLabs, and Soy Clothing. DJ Geometrix earned his spot among DC’s nightlife elite through hard work and dedication; and he stands to be at the top of the game for some time…prepare to be envious.
Real Name: Kimberly Venetz
Position: Manager, DJ Instructor (Bethesda)
Kim Venetz, aka DJ Alkimist, started taking classes from the Beat Refinery when it first opened, and was immediately hooked. Two years later, she had finished the program and, along with DJ Miles Money, became one of the first Beat Refinery-certified DJs. She is now a full time DJ in the DMV area and also teaches at the Beat Refinery and manages the Bethesda Beat Refinery location. You can catch her spinning at Public Bar rooftop on Friday nights and at Capitale most Saturday nights. She has opened for DJ Jason Smith, Shwayze’s tour DJ, and has DJ’d for the Pussycat Dolls at Eden’s Green Room. She was the first female DJ to spin on Crate Apes Radio. She occasionally hosts an indie-pop dance party at the Black Cat, has spun Georgetown’s Fashion’s Night Out, and performed a scratch routine at Inkfest Live. She has been featured on www.goodietwosleeves.com, www.oribe.com, and www.theinformedvegan.com. Before she was a DJ, she spent 15 years as a classical violist and performed with several symphonies, chamber orchestras, and chamber groups, including an electric quartet. DJ Alkimist views music as a fun and emotional experience that makes people smile, dance, and feel connected to each other. She draws a lot from the ladies of pop and hip hop and is heavily influenced by international sounds, especially the European scene, as well as South American, Latin, and tropical hits. She is also heavily influenced by her home scene, the Pacific Northwest.
Real Name: Matt Alexander
Position: DJ & Ableton Live Instructor (Bethesda, McLean)
From the nightclub DJ booth, to the concert stage, to the battle, Trayze is no stranger to the turntables. His unique mixing style combined with battle-worthy scratching talent has commanded attention on an international level, bringing his party-rocking abilities to venues around the world. He has toured the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and the US, spinning for an international audience. With 14 years behind the decks, and a lifetime of musical study, Trayze has the ability to move any crowd and seamlessly blend a party across any genre of music.
Trayze’s musical journey began with self-teaching on the drums and piano throughout his youth- and then grew into something much more exciting. His early love affair with radio mix-shows in the mid-nineties drove him to purchase a pair of turntables and a mixer at age 13. Soon after, he was accompanying older friends and DJs to various record shops around the Washington, DC area, collecting vinyl and building a reputation at high school events and house parties as the go-to DJ. Though his first love is Hip-Hop music, trayze started his record collection by adopting his parent’s vinyl. These records were a great influence on his style- including various rock, pop, jazz, classical, and r&b. During his high school years and an internship at XM Satellite Radio, Trayze entered the burgeoning D.C. nightclub scene. Before he was even old enough to be allowed in, he was blowing up dance floors at the hottest night spots in the area, such as VIP, DC Live, Platinum, and Home Nightclub.
Upon his return to Washington, DC in 2005, he effortlessly blended his way back into the nightlife scene. Rocking nightclub dance floors is just one part of Trayze’s impressive resume. In addition to being guest-DJ for the concert venue giant Live Nation and guest DJ’ing for the Washington Nationals, he has provided unique sounds and musical blends for companies such as American Express, H&M, Nissan Motors, Nordstrom, InStyle Magazine and Adidas. When not touring around the world, you can find him spinning at DC hot spots like Eden, Public Bar, Ozio, Josephine, Modern and 95 Live! Keep up with Trayze online at www.djtrayze.com.
Real Name: Isaac DeLima
Position: DJ Instructor (Herndon)
Isaac DeLima aka DJ I-DEE, has carved out a name for himself in the world of scratch music, having already conquered the battle scene by winning three of its most prestigious titles–the Disco Mix Club (DMC) USA Supremacy, Scribble Jam and Gong World Supremacy–all within six months of each other and by the age of 19. Past winners include internationally recognized names including DJ Q-bert, Mixmaster Mike and DJ Craze. At age 20, he decided to leave his battle career behind and focus on creating new music by using the skills he developed as a deejay. And now, a seasoned DJ and performer at the age of 21, DJ I-DEE has most recently released his debut full length album of original material SOLITUDE via Adiar Cor Records in the summer of 2008.
DJ I-DEE is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to blur the lines between genres. His winning performance at the DMC USA Supremacy saw him mix hip hop, hard rock, 80’s pop and Darth Vader all while entertaining the crowd with his incredible stage presence. He honors the past with his style of producing, while still maintaining a new sound.
DJ I-DEE began his DJ career at the age of 10, growing up in suburban Washington DC, where he would sneak into his older brother’s room and practiced scratching using his turntables when he was out of the house. He began battling in 2002, leading to his victories in 2006. Since retiring from battles, he has moved on to perform his signature sets, including live DVD mixing, around the world in places such as England, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Brazil, Taiwan and China. DJ Q-bert recently said of I-DEE, “…just as b-boys are dancers, I-Dee reminds us that DJs are entertainers.”
Most notably, DJ I-DEE has shared the stage alongside artists such as Lady Sovereign, Fat Joe, 3 Doors Down, Jean Grae and Pete Rock. He has also produced tracks for Jean Grae, Royce Da 5’9″, C-Rayz Walz and more.
DJ I-DEE has captivated the international press being spotlighted in Scratch Magazine, URB Magazine, Remix Magazine, XXL Magazine, Teen Vogue Magazine, MTV United Kingdom, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, Fox Sports Net, Telemundo, Univision, Okayplayer.com, The Associated Press, Ortofon DJ News Magazine, Hip-Hop Connection UK Magazine and the front cover of the Miami New Times. Most recently, I-Dee was recently featured on G4TV’s “The Mix” sponsored by DJ Hero.
Real Name: Artit Sriboonruang
Position: DJ & Ableton Live Instructor (Bethesda)
Artit Sriboonruang (a.k.a. DJ As-One) is a multi-talented Turntablist, DJ, Producer, and Remixer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. His most recent professional accomplishment is earning the title of Disco Mix Club’s (DMC) 2009 DC Regional Champion, representing the entire DMV in the DMC US Finals later that year. Throughout his career as a Turntablist he has competed in and won many battles, most notably earning him spots in two DMC US Finals (2009, 2005), two Gong Battle US Finals (2007, 2008), one Guitar Center National Final (2005) and top 8 in the Gong Battle for World Supremacy (2006).
Studying traditional music since the fourth grade, DJ As-One started off playing the alto saxophone. He got his first taste of the competitive side of the music scene as a member of the Parkland Middle School Jazz Band. Upon becoming a freshman at Wheaton High School, he retired his saxophone for guitars before finding his way towards the decks.
During the summer of 97’, DJ As-One went from Weezer to Wu-Tang, traded his CD’s for LP’s and purchased his first pair of belt drive turntables. Collecting vinyl records for close to a year, one particular stop to a local record shop and the purchase of a VHS tape would soon prove to be a major turning point in his life. After watching DJ Craze’s 1998 DMC World Finals winning set on video, he was both blown away and intrigued by how he saw the turntables being used as a musical instrument, and was convinced that this amazing art form was unlike anything he had ever witnessed before.
His first ever-live performance behind the turntables was at the annual Wheaton High School talent show in 1999. With nearly the entire school in attendance (including peers, staff, and parents), it was an experience that has ultimately paved the way for him becoming the seasoned stage performer that he is today.
In 2005, DJ As-One started DJ’ing events for corporations such as Nordstrom, Gap, Ann Taylor, LOFT, H&M, Vans, Charlotte Russe, Sephora, Seventeen Magazine, Mountain Dew (Sports Action Tour 2007), NBA (Rhythm N’ Rims Tour 2007), Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN, MasterCard, and Marlboro (50th Anniversary Bash DC 2005). During the summer of 2010, DJ As-One was featured as a celebrity guest DJ on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Jewel cruise ship, sailing through the Caribbean for a month providing musical entertainment for guests of all ages.
DJ As-One has shared the stage with artists such as Kanye West, Common, Talib Kweli, Madlib, and Cappadonna. He has also performed locally as the backbone for Emcee acts Protoman, Navi The Swami, and Bobby Coma of Saint Jude.
Never afraid to play tracks that other DJ’s ignore, whether for a crowd of 50 or 5000 at a club or private event, get ready for an energetic yet eclectic and precise showcase of cuts and blends when DJ As-One is behind two turntables and a mixer.
Real Name: Eric Jao
Position: DJ Instructor (McLean, Herndon)
As a kid, Enferno spliced together tracks from his favorite cassette tapes to create seamless mix tapes. Soon after getting his first DJ setup, Enferno (also a trained pianist) practiced for hours a day, and played local parties. After graduating college, Enferno saw a tape of the DMC DJ competitions, and was hooked. A few years later, he won the DMC USA Championship (2nd in the Worlds), and made music his career. In 2006, Enferno created the next progression in live DJ performance: the Live Remix Project (LRP). Through the LRP, Enferno becomes a one‐man band, playing and sampling synths, drum controllers and turntables to create live music. Enferno’s LRP got him noticed by Madonna, who invited him to be her DJ on the 2008‐2009 Sticky & Sweet world tour. While on the tour, Enferno also helped create and program musical arrangements for the show. Today, Enferno balances studio work with jetset life as he travels the world weekly for his own tours.
Real Name: Brian Ragonese
Position: DJ Instructor (Herndon, McLean)
An accomplished Battle DJ/Producer and a product of the West Coast Hip Hop scene. He has opened for the likes of Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli), Company Flow, Heltah Skeltah, Busta Rhymes and a host of other acts as well as being the Dj/Co Producer for the Jazz Addixx. He has over 20 years of experience rocking crowds from state to state. While rocking shows around the country DJ Ragz also co-produced three breakbeat/battle records called “Bare Bones Battle Breaks” (I,II & III). DJ Ragz has done nationally distributed mix cds and been featured on Return of the Dj’s twice. Battle Wise, Dj Ragz has been a 1997 DMC finalist, 2005 Scion runner up, and has ranked with some of the best Dj’s in the Nation Reppin the Gorilla Fist Clothing.
Competitions • 1995 Howard University Battle • 1996 Howard University Battle (Runner Up) • 1996 Rap Sheets 2.5 (3rd) • 1997 West Coast Dmc (Finalist) • 1997 East Coast Dmc • 1998 East Coast Dmc • 1998 Turntable Showdown (Richmond Zulu Nation) (1st) • 1998 Scribble Jam Battle • 1998 DC Dmc • 1999 Scribble Jam Battle (Semi Finalist) • 2000 Scribble Jam • 2002 Guitar Center Faifax (Runner Up) • 2005 Scion Championships (Runner Up) Opened Up for the Following Acts • Organized Confusion • Company Flow • Non Phixion • ClokWorx • Biz Marke • Busta Rhymes • Black Star • Del • Mobb Deep • Heltah Skeltah • Masta Ace • Mr Complex • Ugly Duckling • Dr Becket • Akrobatik
DJ Miles Money
Real Name: Bill Rautzen
Position: DJ Instructor (Bethesda)
Bill Rautzen is a Dayton, Ohio native that made his way out to the DC metro area after graduating college. One of the major influences in his wanting to become a DJ was watching Doug Pray’s 2001 documentary, Scratch. He purchased two Technics 1200’s, a Stanton mixer, and started collecting records. Not being a good self-teacher, he could never make the turntables do the things that he saw in that film. The day that all changed was when he saw a write-up online of a brand-new school for DJs in Bethesda, Maryland, called the Beat Refinery.
Bill started taking classes at the Beat Refinery when it first opened its doors in May, 2010. He enrolled in the Basic class as a last-ditch effort to learn how to properly use the DJ equipment he had purchased a few years prior. Basically, if he didn’t pick up on it during that six week course, he was going to sell all that equipment and move on. With the excellent instruction from DJs As-One and Stylus Chris as his first instructors, he formed the basis for everything he needed to know to continue on through the rest of the Beat Refinery catalog, ultimately becoming one of the first DJs certified through the Beat Refinery Certificate Program.
Along the way he volunteered to help out at the school, setting up the equipment on Mondays and breaking it down again on Thursdays. Founders Stylus Chris and DJ Geometrix realized that they couldn’t get rid of him, so they hired him to work as the Operations Manager at the Bethesda location. As of the Winter 2012 Semester at the Beat Refinery, he can add the label “Instructor” to his title, as he has been given the go-ahead to teach both the Intro and the Basic courses, and can fill in for other instructors when the need arises.
Real Name: Reed Griffith
Position: DJ Instructor (Bethesda, McLean)
Obeyah’s sound is a fusion of his turntablist dj mentality with track selections pulled from hip hop, dancehall, house and genre-bending burners worked into live mash-ups and seamless blends, giving Obeyah the reputation of creating diverse high-energy sets leaving dance floors asking for more. While djing many high-profile events such as movie premier after parties, fashion shows, club nights and gala events, as well as many performing arts venues as a member of Urban Artistry. Obeyah has created his own path as a producer and dj while staying true to his roots by competing in events such as the DMC dj battles and djing for hip hop legend Buckshot of Black Moon. Obeyah’s dance floor rocking sets have received high praise from his DC contemporaries at the infamous Moombahton Massive events and have taken him as far away as the 2011 Carnivale in Panama as a resident dj at that event. As a producer Obeyah has released music though labels like Top Billin, Rot10 Musik, Sol Selectas and Swedish Columbia gaining support from MTV Iggy, Mad Decent, Mixpak, Generation Bass and many others. His current tracks have made appearances on countless mixtapes, most notably by Brodinski and Nadastrom and have been supported by dj’s such as Tittsworth, Jillionaire, Paul Devro, Sabo, Dave Nada and Torro Torro to name a few.
DJ Amen Ra
Real Name: Ramy Abou El Oyoun
Position: DJ Instructor
Having spent time on both coasts of the US & overseas and in Europe, Amen Ra’s diverse musical background is translated through his Djing. Boasting a variety of experience with concerts clubs and Radio, (Power 98.3) Amen Ra’s is in complete control behind a pair of turntables. Amen Ra musical taste was influenced by his surroundings growing up in Europe. The emergence of the electronic dance scene in the mid to late 90′s had a profound influence on Amen Ra’s style. Artists such as Fat Boy Slim & Daft Punk were at the fore front of pushing boundaries long before they were considered mainstream. With the push of pop & Hip Hop from mainland North America, Amen Ra was exposed to the best of both worlds. Obsessed with capturing the energy of the room, Amen Ra guarantees a delivery of all genres of music at any given time. Amen Ra’s ability to shift through genres and read a room is a direct result of his years of Djing throughout the US & world. Amen Ra has built a wide network of clubs nationwide while also boasting an impressive corporate clientele list. Currently residing in Washington DC, Amen Ra has found a mecca of culture & diversity to call home.