The 20 Greatest Gay DJs of All Time

More than any other genre, the roots of dance music are steeped in the ideals of unity, respect and love for all people. At THUMP, we explored the history of gay dance music, from the hot house of early disco and house that flowered at the same time as the first movement toward gay rights. We also examined where the movement is today in terms of the EDM explosion, and we followed the original underground strain all the way up until today’s vibrant queer scene.

Now, in honor of National Coming Out day on October 11, we are honoring those who gave birth to dance music, and have kept its energy alive for four decades and beyond.

The bearded host-cum-DJ who started it all in the early 70s at his legendary residence-cum-afterhours, The Loft. Though mixing was barely an ideal in the earliest days, Mancuso’s music selection and crowd curation undoubtedly gave birth to the scene.

Second only to The Loft in its pre-disco popularity was Siano’s The Gallery, where it is said that he became the first DJ to constantly blend and beat match records together. He then went on to become a resident at the infamous of all nightclubs, Studio 54.

The Charlie Parker of DJs, Levan took what he learned at Mancuso’s Loft and other gay discos around New York and elevated the clubbing experience to high art and high drama.

Recently departed and dearly missed disco pilgrim who brought the New York spirit to Chicago club The Warehouse, creating the house music genre in the process. He went on to become one of the earliest house music superstars.

Chicago wild child to Knuckle’s benevolent godfather, Hardy stripped down the disco sound to a raw and fierce reign of beats and bleeps that still resonates in this age of machine music.

The UK’s greatest gay DJ, De Vit drew his inspiration from the British rave scene as much as from America’s rich house and techno history, resulting in the pure rush that was his infamous club, Trade.

Madonna’s favorite DJ cack when Madonna mattered, this diva behind the decks delivered some of the fiercest tribal house tantrums off all time from his custom elevated DJ booth in famed 90s NYC hotspots Sound Factory and Tunnel.

This DJs DJ ruled the roost at clubs like Twilo and Vinyl in NYC, fought an infamous feud with fellow NYC titan Vazquez and has reinvented himself from tribal king pin to progressive superstar and, most recently, techno master craftsman, while never losing his own sound and style.

A perennial favorite of the West Coast scene, the unassuming Dan has been blasting the dance floor with funky house bombs for over two decades.

The bompity-bomp prince of Chicago house, Carter’s Classic imprint and two decades of DJ domination have lit up clubs worldwide.

This disciple of Junior Vazquez brought the tribal sound of New York into the next decade with his classic „The Revolution.“

Austrian jock Rauhofer was another undeniable star on the NYC club scene at the turn of the Millennium, when every pop hit from Cher to Britney Spears required a house music remix. The founder of the once ubiquitous Star 69 label tragically died of a brain tumor at age 48.

This hard house queen banged the box across the American rave scene.

This Detroit-Berlin star became known for her „minimal“ contributions to Richie Hawtin’s Minus posse. But her sound has evolved to include plenty of jackin house beats and dark disco flare that she now spreads solo around the globe.

Musical impresario behind some of Rupaul’s biggest hits, Tee went on to lead the New York electroclash movement of the early 00s.

MICHAEL TThe vamping vampire behind the infamously naughty Motherfucker parties which brought rock, glam and punk into the dance floor mix. SAMANTHA RONSON

She might be notorious for her fling with Lindsay Lohan, but this celebrity-DJ holds real talent behind the decks. More than can be said for many of her paparazzi peers. DJ SPRINKLES

Terre Thaemlitz makes sophisticate music for thoughtful audiences. Whether he chooses to work on the experimental side of electronica, or spending her time crafting delicate and deep dance floor tunes, themes of identity politics run through every ANN FOXMAN

As part of Hercules & Love Affair, Foxman helped to reignite the passion for classic house music being heard today. On her own as a DJ, she continues to spread the message. PROSUMER

This former Panorama Bar resident and connoisseur of all things house and techno has inspired a new generation of gay DJs to take to the decks.

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Former Aztecs basketball star moving over from Victory Christian Academy

La Jolla Country Day, looking for a new boys basketball coach, got more than 80 applicants from across the country.

The Torreys found the right man in their backyard, naming former San Diego State standout DJ Gay to replace Ryan Meier, who resigned after 14 seasons.

“We had a ton of applicants, guys from all over, guys with really good credentials, I mean really good credentials,” said LJCD Athletic Director Jeff Hutzler. “The final four candidates were pretty darn good.

“We did a good deep search, involved our entire school, and got the best person.”

After playing 140 games for San Diego State from 2007-11, Gay played professionally in Europe before being named head basketball coach at Victory Christian Academy in Chula Vista.

In three seasons he led the Knights to a 46-35 record, including 18-10 in 2018-19. The Knights were 13-16 last season, but won three Citrus League championships under Gay, going 29-1 in league play.

“As a player, I never wanted to be a high school coach, it was never a passion,” Gay said. “Over the last six years, though, I’ve coached club ball and coaching kids has grown into a passion.

La Jolla Country Day plays in the ultra-tough Coastal League, which includes Foothills Christian (20-10 last season), Francis Parker (22-6), Santa Fe Christian (23-10), Army-Navy (17-12), Orange Glen (16-15) and Bishop’s (11-18). LJCD was 12-17 last season.

“The Coastal League is no joke,” Gay said. “Chad Bickley at Santa Fe Christian is one of the best coaches around. Brad Leaf at Foothills is great. Brad Levine at Bishop’s and the rest of the guys can really coach.

“That league has always been the big dog. Now I get to stand next to those guys and test myself as a coach.

“I’ll always be grateful to Victory Christian for giving me my first chance. Those people are family. They allowed my passion to grow.”

Gay replaces Meier, who left posting a 226-186 record at the school.

Meier’s teams won a pair of San Diego Section championships. The 2018-19 team, led by Ryan Langborg, captured the State Division III championship.

The Torreys went to five Southern California Regionals under Meier and won at least 20 games five times, including 28-6 in 2015-16.

“Ryan Meier did a great job here, but was looking for a new challenge,” Hutzler said. “We think DJ can not only maintain our level, but elevate us.”

Gay was captain of the Aztecs his senior season, leading SDSU to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, and he was named first-team all-conference.

He played his high school ball at L.A. Poly in Sun Valley.

In addition to coaching basketball, Gay will be a full-time physical education teacher at LJCD.

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Personality

DJ can be described as a „teddy bear“. While his large size can make him look intimidating, his true demeanor is anything but that. He is actually a very soft spoken and sensitive guy who is very compassionate and kind to those around him. He is often seen sleeping with a teddy bear and tends to cry or overreact to many minor situations. However DJ wants the best for everyone and values the safety of everyone else more than winning a challenge. He loves animals, and has adopted a few pets during his time on Total Drama. Unfortunately, they don’t always return his affections. Many of DJ’s encounters with animals end with one side sustaining injury. His compassionate behavior has made him one of the most popular competitors among the cast. He sometimes can be too sensitive and easily frightened, which interferes with his challenge performances. DJ holds his mother to the highest authority, crediting her for making him the way he is and names her as his best quality. She is also responsible for a huge decision DJ once had to make, when he is haunted by an illegal deal. He loves cooking, and the food he has crafted has been enjoyed by a majority of the cast.

Camp TV

In Camp TV, DJ was one of the main characters and was also one of the most far-removed characters in appearance from the original series. While he appears as a gentle Jamaican boy in the current show, he was portrayed as a large African-American rapper-type character (probably as a play on the word „D.J.“) and he had a deep voice, unlike the squeaky yet calm voice he has now. Despite the more intimidating appearance, DJ’s personality was virtually the same. He was a strong brute who was kind towards animals and afraid of snakes (shown in a promotional art where Duncan is waving snakes at him and he is backing away in fear). According to the Camp TV promo, DJ was a linebacker. DJ’s old design was recycled into one of the interns. In Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island, he is seen in the car at the drive-through when Courtney finds out the truth about the island, and he later makes appearances in Total Drama Action, alongside the intern whose design was first Duncan’s, then Cody’s. His design would be later used for BTotal Drama: Revenge of the Island.

In dieser Sonderausgabe von GayMusic beschäftigen wir uns mit Gayparties und deren wichtigster Komponente: Den DJs. Eingeladen sind:- DJ Robert Sun („SchwuLesDance“ u.a.)- DJ Shanojh („Pink Party“)- DJ Tyger („Tabu“ u.a.) „Faithless“ übertrieben, als sie sangen „God is a DJ“? Was macht der Mann am Mischpult eigentlich? Wie kamen die Jungs dazu? Welche Musik hören sie privat? Was haben sie bei ihren Gigs schon erlebt? Was halten sie von Kollegen wie „Avicii, Calvin Harris oder David Guetta“? Was macht eine gute Party aus? Was sind ihre Geheimnisse? Dieses und mehr wollen wir mit viel Musik garniert ergründen.

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