A San Francisco native and DJ since 1991, DJ Taj emotes the artistic essence of the city’s counterculture history. He has both a unique look and mixing style that garners significant attention. Coupled with his diversity is his passion and dedication to the art of being a musician. Hard work has led him to prestigious West Coast residencies with club brands Spundae, in San Francisco, and United State of Consciousness, in Seattle.
While maintaining these residencies for the past several years Taj has also performed at many illustrious parties and clubs, which have taken him to un unprecedented level as a West Coast DJ. In San Francisco Taj has played for seven continuous years at legendary club 1015 Folsom, held a two year residency at the famous Pablo’s Sugar Shack, as well as a three year residency at his self produced event Zendada. Taj has also maintained a two and a half year residency at Baby’s at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and is always a favorite at the Velvet club in St. Louis, including the headlining spot for their annual NYE “White Ball” for 2002.
Having built a strong reputation for rocking the party, it was only natural that Taj was tapped to play dates for UK super clubs Ministry of Sound and Cream on their U.S. tours. He has also appeared at Spundae and United States of Consciousness annual anniversary shows and special events.
Taj’s perseverance as a DJ has led him to international gigs in Paris, France; Istanbul, Turkey; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Mexico City, Mexico; and Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been chosen by West Coast promoters to perform opening or closing sets for most of the world’s top DJ talent: Carl Cox, Sasha, Paul van Dyk, Chemical Brothers, Seb Fontaine, Timo Maas, Hybrid, Westbam, Boy George, Pete Tong, DJ Dan, Stacy Pullen, BT, DJ Sneak, Doc Martin, Sandra Collins, Christopher Lawrence, Todd Terry…you get the idea!
In 1999 Peers and Punters voted Taj as the most versatile DJ in San Francisco. This well deserved honor reflects his love for the music. His well-crafted sets and diverse styles include funky house, quality trance, breakbeat and progressive house. Speaking of progressive house Taj also currently reviews records for North America’s monthly publication of BPM culture magazine.
Introduced to music firsthand at the age of thirteen, Taj played the standup base. Learning to read and write music has naturally led him into producing. He teamed up with long time friend Dave D to form the production team “The Waller St. Boys”. Along with the Bay Area group ETI, they produced the successful LP “City of Gods” on Oboro Records. The LP sold more than 3,500 copies and was selected for several DJ mixed CDs within just a few months of its release.
Working diligently in the studio Taj aims to prove his talents as a producer to express how he feels about the music. As a DJ his ability to ride with and steer an energetic dance crowd further demonstrates his goals and motivation to stay real with the music and open the door that will free people’s mind, body and soul.