Today, XS Las Vegas has announced the introduction of 23-year oldDJ, Mackenzie Johnson, better known as MAKJ, to its resident line-up. MAKJ, learning to scratch under the tutelage of the late great DJ AM, has since grown into one of the stand-out young talents in the industry today. You may have already seen him spin over at Tryst, but his debut at the number one ranked nightclub, XS, will take place on July 12 with several additional dates throughout the year.
MAKJ uncovered a passion for mixing at only 15 years of age. Honing and perfecting his skills over the past several years, he has deejayed at some of the premier venues in the country including Avalon, Liv, Pacha and Tryst. He also performed at this year’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami and the 2011 IDentity Festival.
As Jesse Waits, managing partner of both XS and Tryst, has observed, "after several dates at Tryst, we saw the power of MAKJ’s sets and knew he would be a great addition to the XS roster. He has a distinctive style and a true talent for remastering tracks. As one of the emerging talents in the scene, I’m excited to watch him grow and develop even more at XS.”
MAKJ has played direct support to DJ greats such as fellow Wynn resident Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Morgan Page and more. With the guidance of these veterans in his pocket, he is now thriving in the realm of original production with a slew of new tracks slotted for release over the course of 2013, including releases on Hardwell’s Revealed label, the Bingo Players’ Hysteria Records, Nicky Romero’s Protocol and Michael Woods’ Diffused. Additionally MAKJ hosts a weekly radio show on Clear Channel’s Evolution channel which can also be heard on 101.7 FM in Boston and online through iHeartRadio.
When we spoke to the young DJ, he clearly expressed his enthusiasm on joining the XS roster:"it was such an honor when Wynn brought me on as a resident at Tryst, and I have been having a blast playing there the past six months,” said MAKJ. “I am beyond thrilled to be moving on up to XS now. It's been a dream and goal of mine to play at this club, and I'm absolutely elated to be able to now call these prestigious venues my home."
We are very excited to see MAKJ take the decks over at XS and wish him the best of luck at his new home! Check out our interview with the Wynn resident below and stay tuned to WynnSocial.com for upcoming dates and behind-the-scenes content.