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Jen Mas
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One of the leading ladies of hard dance music in North America
Jen Mas is one of the leading ladies of hard dance music in North America. Founder of the Vitus crew, she's maintained an electronic music scene presence for 15 years strong, and has an invariably growing fan base that spans the globe. She is the country's first lady of hardcore, helping to push the sound to new levels and heights, which has been her main goal from the beginning. Known for her lightning fast mixing and scratching abilities, she never fails to impress with her fast-paced DJ sets and mind-bending mixes. While she's best known for playing hardcore and hardstyle, she also rocks many other genres including house, tech-house, electro, fidget, schranz, drum and bass, 80's dance and more. She has proven time and again that she is a DJ without boundaries, and has raised the bar when it comes to showmanship on the decks. Since her start in the scene, Jen has kept herself completely immersed in her music endeavors. Her fascination and connection to music and rhythm stems from her earliest days, making sounds with every toy she could get her hands on, along with having been classically trained in piano and of course her lifelong hobby of collecting records and tracks. Music has always been her fuel and passion in life, and that still holds very true today. Plus, her involvement in the music scene has always been a personal thing for her, and she embraces every connection she's made with her friends and fans on and off the dance floor. The energy transference that takes place when she hits the decks is a rare gift that she is happy to share and it is something that cannot be explained with words. Her performances are not only unique, but uplifting, fulfilling, and entertaining on a level few have experienced before. She will dance, sing, and jump along with you, and every set will tell a fun and exciting story. You will feel the music in new ways, both physically and emotionally, if you open yourself to what she has to offer. Voted one of the top 20 female DJs in the world by Shejay magazine and playing countless shows across the continent for years, Jen has proven that she is a renown artist who is here to stay. She's one of the heavy hitters representing the New York City electronic scene, right behind the original hardcore masters Lenny Dee, Omar Santana, and Delirium, to name a few. And that is no easy task, as hardcore has often been an underrated and misunderstood genre. But her drive and dedication to pushing the sound along with her innate ability to infect you with her music has turned many people onto it which in turn has helped the genre get more recognition in America. Her fascination with variety and vast musical interests are the driving forces behind her unique DJ approach, and her diverse sets are always an exhilarating aural experience, whether or not the partygoers are hard dance music fans. And with her unrelenting willingness to learn and affinity for self-improvement and change, she hopes to continue opening minds and pushing her artistry to new levels as a DJ and producer. As if all that wasn't enough, Jen has been behind some of the most memorable events in NYC's rave history, including Time Machine, the Collaborate events, and Women on Wax. She started her production crew, Vitus, back in 1999 after organizing several events in the area under other monikers. Over the years her crew has been home to some of the Northeast's best talent, and has formed alliances with other valuable area crews as well. And every once in a while, you can expect them to host another special event gathering to celebrate one of the best things in life, the love of music ?
Band/artist history
check out: www.soundcloud.com/jenmas www.facebook.com/jenmasdj www.facebook.com/jenmas www.myspace.com/jenmasdj www.myspace.com/jenmas
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I've spun many parties in many different cities...and every party has its special moments. When I started spinning my own productions and refixes in my sets things definitely got more exciting for me though. And you can totally see and feel the elevated energy levels every time I play.
Your musical influences
I love old and new rock, metal, hip hop, and all forms of electronic pretty much...and my sets and music contain many different elements of all those styles.
What equipment do you use?
DJ: Technics Tables, Rane TTM 56 and Pioneer DJM600 mixers, Pioneer CDJMKII cdj's. Producing gear: Cpu running Cubase SX5, Reason 4, Soundforge, NI bundle and and a buttload of other softsynths and programs along with a Virus C, Microkorg and an Arturia Laboratory synth.
Anything else?
Hardcore is a form of dance music that has to be experienced firsthand to be appreciated. It contains so many styles and genres within it, that I believe it has something to please everyone. It's all about releasing energy and having fun, and it definitely has a tendency to make a person want to dance their ass off or bang their head. There's been some closed-mindedness and aversion to it, but I say don't knock it til you try it (from the right DJ and or producer) ;-)
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