DJ, Marlon Flohr, and producer, Ralph van Hilst, who together form Bassjackers, are perfectly in sync as a duo. Their opposing personalities – Marlon being the wild one rocking the stage, and Ralph, the more cool, calm, and collected one, preferring to shine behind the scene in the producer seat, are an ideal combination for this unique one-dj-one-producer partnership.
The duo exploded onto the scene and in 2011 their dancefloor bomb “Mush Mush” was picked up by Tiësto and released on his label Musical Freedom. The track dominated the Beatport top 10 chart for over two months and was one of the biggest festival tracks of the year. This was a sign of things to come.
Since then, Bassjackers have reached massive new heights in their career such as a current #28 position in the DJ Mag Top 100, numerous chart-topping bangers, and hit collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton, to name a few, as well as remixes for A-list artists including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, and Ne-Yo. At the top of their game, Bassjackers continue to tear up stages worldwide and wow crowds along the way.
Although MAKJ has spent his career collaborating with some of today's most talented DJs, few of his peers can claim to have entered that world only after a successful career abroad as a race car driver. MAKJ - real name Mackenzie Johnson - grew up on California's Central Coast before moving to China as a teenager, parlaying his childhood fondness for go-karts into an 18-month stint racing professionally. His first meaningful experience to DJing would come at the Macao nightclubs he and his teammates would frequent after races.
When he returned to the United States, he saved money working at a sandwich shop until he could buy a set of used turntables and the cheapest speakers he could find. From there, Johnson took to YouTube, where he used video tutorials to teach himself to scratch records. He spent as many as 16 hours a day at home tinkering with music, sometimes agreeing to take a break only when his parents would politely ask for some nighttime peace and quiet.
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