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A good DJ does more than just plug his iPod into his laptop and press “play.” Good DJs read the crowd, choose the right song for the vibe they want to create, and pack the dance floor. Good DJs aren’t constantly on the microphone trying to hype themselves and the crowd up, rather, good DJs let the music speak for itself. Check out this list of Cleveland area DJs that are guaranteed to rock the crowd until the club lets out.

DJ Sheepdog

This man is one of the best drum ‘n’ bass DJs, period. He uses three turntable decks and incorporates jungle and dubstep into his mixes to create a unique sound. Sheepdog appears at nightclubs across the Midwest, and has been featured alongside renowned drum ‘n’ bass DJs Dieselboy, Bare, and Mark Instinct.  For booking information, interested parties should email DJ.Sheepdog@gmail.com.
DJ SlimD

Hailing from the Ukraine and now residing in Mayfield Heights, Dmitry Burkalov, a.k.a DJ SlimD, expands the boundaries of techno music. His sets include dance-pop, house, and international hits. He DJs every Friday at Restaurant Europa and at the Sherwin-Gilmour Party Center two Saturdays per month. Message him on Facebook or call (440) 341-6194 for booking.

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DJ Kaos

Kaos becomes your favorite DJ the first time you hear him spin. His set incorporates a mixture of throwbacks and new school hip-hop and R&B tracks, and his transitions are always seamless. His dance floors are packed and the crowd is hype every time this mix-master steps behind the decks. Kaos also spins at weddings, corporate functions, and other private events. For booking, call (646) 820-KAOS, or send him a tweet.

DJ Chubby

Chubby and Leisa Engel’s “Caribbean Groove” radio show airs Saturdays from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on 88.7 WJCU-FM. Chubby has been spinning soca, dancehall, and reggae since he was a youth in Jamaica. His mixes reflect his diverse tastes while remaining true to his roots. Catch him spinning at Caribbean Flavor on Friday nights, and Anthony’s Place on Saturday nights. For booking, email OrganikDJChubby@gmail.com.


E-V has been around the world and still came back to Cleveland. He is well-known for being Mike Posner’s official DJ and the mixtape DJ for Machine Gun Kelly. His Top 40 playlists are crowd-bangers and his mixtapes are award-winning. It’s incredible that this talented DJ is still in town. Visit his website for a complete schedule, or email Pat Cline at BookDJEV@gmail.com for booking info.

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Brownie Marie is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.