DJ Zona : aka : Walt Smith
I've been involved in the underground dance music scene, now called EDM, for more than 20 years. I got started djing in 1995 spinning funky house and Chicago house sounds, but found myself heavily influenced by the hip hop and rap sounds of breaks I heard throughout the Midwest and East Coast scenes of Baltimore and Philly. Soon I discovered DJs like DJ Icey and John Kelly and others that pioneered the Florida sounds and was hooked. Throughout my years of playing everything from local club nights in Columbus, OH to large scale parties and festivals throughout the Midwest, as well as producing my own events and parties with my crew Collective Intelligence, my love for the music grew. As my career grew, so did my style as I discovered the UK sounds of Nu Skool breaks from producers like Stanton Warriors and Freestylers. Again,bass heavy beats and high hat snaps and the incorporation of brass horns and vocal sampling that kept it fresh and also reminded me of my break dancing days in the 80's, is what kept me going throughout my career. By the early 2000s, the midwest was now thoroughly involved in break beats when it was once heavily rooted in Chicago house, Detroit and New York techno and UK drum and bass scene. As a production team, we have brought together some of the biggest names in music scene and I've dj'd just about every event we've ever show cased!!
I look forward to bring even more flavor to the now thriving EDM scene with a resurgence of vinyl as well as embracing the new technology, but always the latest sounds that have come out the of breaks music scene!!!