In The Mix
Isles top DJs
take a bow
SOME OF HONOLULU'S top nightclub, mobile and radio disc jockeys were recognized last week during the first annual Hawaii DJ Awards. Cox Radio Hawaii's creative imaging director, James Coles, organized the awards and announced the winners Wednesday night at a fund-raiser for the Musical Youth of Hawaii.
This year's honorees included Daniel J as the best underground deejay, KSM for the nightclub division and the female collective Sisters in Sound as newcomers of the year. I-94's K-Smooth was named best radio mixer, and the Stone Groove Family took home best hip-hop and R&B deejay honors. DJ Jedi was selected as best turntablist; G-Spot took the best house, trance and techno award; and Mystical Sounds was recognized as the top mobile disco crew in the 808 ...
ALSO PERFORMING at "Muzik" was Jennifer Perri, the 15-year-old who released a self-titled album last Tuesday. She'd better remember to take her Flintstone vitamins if the rest of her summer is anything like the last seven days; Thursday night saw Perri singing a few tracks plus the national anthem on the rooftop of Dave and Buster's, and Friday and Saturday brought in-store appearances at Tower Records and Borders.
The promotional blitz is all part of her Japanese management's plans to market Perri around Asia as an established Hawaii artist. If things go well, "Jennifer" will appear on the mainland around December. While it's been notoriously difficult for Hawaii artists to achieve national recognition, Perri isn't fazed. In a recent Associated Press interview, she predicted, "I'm going to win a Grammy. Give me 3 1/2 years." You go, girl! ...
OVER ON KALAKAUA, the Wave Waikiki kicked off a busy week last night with Black Flys Hawaii's fifth-anniversary celebration. The Nocturnal Sound Krew, Positive Regime, Microscopic Syllables and others were all there to party. Also, tonight at the Wave marks the first visit home for DJ Jrama since leaving a few months ago. He'll rip it up with L.A.'s PAULe and Vegas' Charles Lee at "The Glitter & Glamour Experience." And don't get me started about this weekend's can't-miss event: The DMC American Battleground 2002 qualifier takes place Saturday. Three-time world champ DJ Craze will represent with a live performance.
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