We at The Hot Six love to promote local DJs with awesome original sounds. Artists, who we feel you should get to know and love just like the big names. It’s our pleasure for this installment to introduce to you: DJ Shnooms
HOT SIX: DJ Shnooms…that’s an interesting name. Tell us where your DJ name comes from.
Growing up, my brothers were fans of the TV show Martin. There was this eccentric rambunctious long nailed, hair weaved female character that Martin himself played. She wore lots of lipstick and nothing to do with the reality that my family grew up in. These same brothers thought it made sense to nickname their youngest brother, Sheneneh after the Martin character. Somehow this name followed me to school, where through the process of evolution, and learning about drugs (of which I do not partake) like mushrooms, my friends finally settled on Shnooms. Becoming a DJ was only natural.
HOT SIX: How would you describe your sound and musical influence?
Being a young child entering the musically innovated world, my brothers filled my ears with the joyful sounds of reggae. My father, a witness to the hippie revolution, grew up in Baltimore and skipped most of their music. Instead, as a Jewish teenager he identified with and was drawn to the civil rights movement and it’s soundtrack. The soulful trailblazers like Sam and Dave, Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gay, etc. is what he loved and introduced us to. The love for black music goes back further as my grandfather would travel to New Orleans in search of the blues. He used to play Cab Calloway and John Lee Hooker in the car for us. Our favorite family movie is the Blue Brothers, which actually features almost every aspect of blues and soul music up to that point in time. That early inspiration is a big reason why my music is melodic and upbeat whether it is house, trance, hip hop or rock.
HOT SIX: What are the six hottest tracks you think everyone should be listening to right now?
Alesso – Clash
“Clash” is a straight up bomb by Alesso. This song has been around for a couple of months but is still unreleased. Be one of the first to know the track before it hits the clubs.
Ehrencrona – This is so good
“This is so good” has been circulating as an Avicii track but it is actually produced by Ehrencrona. Very well produced and it is confused to be Avicii’s for a good reason.
Fun. – Some Nights (Jakob Liedholm Remix)
A great remix done by Jakob Liedholm to “Some Nights”, a track rising up the billboard charts, that will get the club going.
EDX ft. Hadley – Everything (Cazzette Remix)
“Everything” is a beautiful track that evokes those summer feelings and makes you feel good.
Rank 1 & Jochen Miller ft. Sarah Beetns – Wild and Perfect Day (Denzal Park Remix)
Trance is my favorite genre and I highly recommend checking out “Wild and Perfect Day”. It has elements of house with translucent vocals.
Sander Van doorn & Mayaeni – Nothing Inside
With already a lot of airplay, “Nothing Inside” has beautiful vocals with a great guitar riff for the drop. It has similarities to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris.
BONUS: Afrojack & David Guetta – ID
No name but great song. Not even underground yet but I found out about it a while back, however, there has been minimal talk about the song. Props to whoever can figure out the name (it is not Big Booty Bitches) http://www.youtube.
HOT SIX: Where are you from and where do you usually perform?
I grew up right outside our Nation’s Capital. The DMV [D.C. Maryland Virginia] will always be home, but I am making the move to New York City. I have been the house DJ at a popular club, played throughout the country and in Europe last summer.
HOT SIX: Who would you love to DJ with on a tour?
What cities would that tour hit? I would DJ with Armin since my favorite genre is progressive trance, even though I mostly play house. Along the tour we would visit cities of sentiment to me including the beautiful beaches of Ibiza, the mecca of electronic music; Rome, where the ancient city is robust with adventure; Los Angeles, as a tribute to the Electric Daisy Carnival; and Tel Aviv, it’s such an amazing place where you can’t help but feel excitement in the air.
HOT SIX: Any interesting stories about DJs you’ve met or performances you’ve done?
One of my first memorable performances fueled the fire to my passion. I was the resident DJ at The Mark at the University of Maryland. The crowd was feeding the energy. The set was bumping. Everyone was enjoying themselves and having a blast. At the of end the show, the starting QB for the Maryland Terrapins approached me and said, “I usually don’t like house music, but tonight I was fist pumping the whole time!” …And isn’t that what it’s all about.
HOT SIX: Where can we find more of your music?
My music can be found on YouTube & Soundcloud.
HOT SIX: Tell us about the track you are presenting to the Hot Six.
The song I’ve chosen to present is a very serene track. What does it compare to? No particular song comes to mind. Instead, while playing it I picture sitting on a beach, watching the sun set at the end of an amazing journey with close friends. And as the night sky replaces the sunlight, you realize you are about to embark on a much different and exciting experience.
Without further ado:
Shnooms – Sunset Boulevard
The Hot Six Team