The Passionate DJ Podcast
Episode 220: Exploring New Paths wZAANDR

Episode 220: Exploring New Paths wZAANDR

June 8, 2021

In today's epsiode we present an interview with return guest ZAANDR, who joined us to talk about all the great new stuff he's got going on and to share some encouragement with us Passionate DJs. Before we get into that, Mo and David get into a little bit of behind-the-scenes discussion: what's coming up soon, what we're thinking about, and general catching-up.

We talk about:
- Livestreaming and Twitch
- Upcoming content and experiments
- ZAANDR's latest single, and his experience shooting a music video
- What kept ZAANDR busy through the pandemic
... and much more!

We really appreciated ZAANDR’s approach to dance music. While his sound is very accessible and festival-friendly, there’s also a lot of “underground” influence. He transitions between house music and halftime trap beats, yet manages to make it all sound cohesive.

While he was here, he brought the heat in a much different way... playing a livestream of more subdued dance music. We'll be posting the set on Thursday... subscribe so you don't miss it!

Episode 219: Beyond The Grid (w/Cryztal Grid)

Episode 219: Beyond The Grid (w/Cryztal Grid)

May 20, 2021

In today’s episode we catch up with Cody and Gerrad of Cryztal Grid, to find out what they’ve been doing in the last several months. As it turns out…. a lot! Today, we hear all about their other projects:

💙 Chilled Samples
A podcast and sound sample source for lo-fi producers:

💙 Red Rocks Dubstep & Riddim Drums
A unique sound pack capturing the energy of Red Rocks amphitheater:

And their musical side-projects:

💙 Summit One (a lo-fi hip-hop project by Cody)
💙 Cloud Effect (an ambient music project by Gerrad)
💙 Celestial Intentions (a binaural beats project by Gerrad)
… all available now on Spotify!

And, of course, always check out the lovely sounds of Cryztal Grid:

Since their inception in 2017, Cryztal Grid has exploded into the electronic music scene. Their live sets infuse a wide variety of bass music with live saxophone and both organic and electronic drums. Cody and Gerrad combine their rhythmic and melodic talents to create an experience, self-titled as, Rhythm Meets Melody. Similarly, they utilize their unique personalities and perspectives to create emotionally charged, melodic bass music. They center their production and live shows around connecting with people, sharing experiences, and inspiring listeners to be their best, happy selves.

Episode 218: Light at the End of the Tunnel (Crew Show!)

Episode 218: Light at the End of the Tunnel (Crew Show!)

April 19, 2021

We've got the whole band together for today's episode of The Passionate DJ Podcast. Since we're getting to the point where we can, knock on wood, see the end of the pandemic on the horizon... we all talk about what we've done in the past year, and what we hope to do in the coming summer.

We also talk about:

Being hesitant to get back to business
The Pioneer DJM-S7
David and Tony... switching to Serato??
Beatport and Beatsource LINK
Using Dropbox as a DJ library
Our renewed focus on Twitch

Check out our Twitch channel for great new performances to come:

Follow David's personal Twitch, as well:

Episode 217: DJing and Gender Diversity w/Kilma

Episode 217: DJing and Gender Diversity w/Kilma

March 29, 2021

DJ/Producer, content creator, and thoughtful human Kilma joins us today on The Passionate DJ Podcast. Kilma is an early fan and long-time contributor to the show, and we're thrilled to have her back! She joins us today to speak with us about her experiences as a woman in the music industry, and issues surrounding gender diversity in the DJ space.

A big shout-out to The Mighty Mo Dingo for putting today's interview together.

Follow Kilma on Instagram: @kilmamusic

Follow Passionate DJ on Instagram: @passionatedj

Episode 216: Spare Change (Competition Turntablist)

Episode 216: Spare Change (Competition Turntablist)

March 8, 2021

In today's episode we're talking with Spare Change, Competition Turntablist. Spare is a 5 x DMC US Finalist (2013 Vice Champ), Scribble Jam Champion, Redbull Thre3style US Finalist, and 2 x Guitar Center Spinoff US Finalist.

Today, we'll hear what it's like to participate in scratch battles and DJ competitons, and get a few killer demonstrations along the way. Later this week, we'll be posting an extended set where Spare Change demonstrates what he can really do! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss it.

Follow him on Instagram at therealdjsparechange

Episode 215: Cutting Up w/Ike B

Episode 215: Cutting Up w/Ike B

February 23, 2021

Today we're proud to present one of our hometown heroes, Ike B (da bad boy). Ike has an impressive DJ resumé, and has spent many years on FM radio as a mix show DJ. In today's episode, he shares with us a little bit about his history, what he misses about old-school radio, his love for hip-hop (especially The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff). Today's show comes with a language warning!

Ike also shared a little about a brand he's working with, called Keepin It 1200. You can check the apparel out at

We also hear a brief news spot from the homie, Mo Dingo, following up on his CASE Act segment back in Episode 213. The CASE Act refers to new litigation about media piracy, which may or may not eventually trickle down to DJs.

We'd love to hear your thoughts about today's episode, and radio DJing in general. Is it a lost art? Does podcasting play a role in bringing it back? Let us know by joining the conversation at

Episode 214: From The House to the Jungle w/Firecat 451

Episode 214: From The House to the Jungle w/Firecat 451

February 8, 2021

On today's episode we're joined by special guest Firecat 451. He’s a DJ, MC, and Producer, and has an entire repertoire of gigs ranging from headlining act, to direct support, to host and MC. Today he joins us to talk about his love for House, various forms of Drum n Bass, and for DJing in general.

Firecat 451 is a DJ, MC, and Producer, and has an entire repertoire of gigs ranging from headlining act, to direct support, to host and MC. He originally joined us in Episode 130 over three years ago, for one of our "Bad DJ Gigs" episodes. But today, it's all about the love of the craft.

Today's episode also continues our experiment with mixing musical performances and interviews together. If you like this idea for the podcast, or if you think we should keep the podcast strictly a talk-show only, we'd love to hear from you. Just hit us up in the comments.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Passionate DJ Instagram:

Firecat Instagram:

RANE ONE Coverage:


Episode 213: New Year’s Special 2021!

Episode 213: New Year’s Special 2021!

January 1, 2021

Sayonara, 2020! It's a fresh new year, and for Episode 213, we're bringing you our year-in-review, backed by some killer tunage by our own Trip Turlington. We talk about the things Passionate DJ did in the past year, the guests we talked to, and the topics we covered.

What kind of topics did we cover? What were the most popular episodes? What were some of our favorite moments? Our struggles?

2021 marks the start of our 8th year at Passionate DJ. We thank you so much for listening, whether this is your first or 200th time!

Episode 212: Ten Years Ago (2010)

Episode 212: Ten Years Ago (2010)

December 24, 2020

For Christmas Eve this year, we're releasing our fourth annual "Ten Years Ago" episode. This time around, we're taking a look back to 2010. We talk about what was happening in pop culture and music, what was popular in the world of DJing, the films that were released that year, some notable events, the people we lost, and more.

If you are not able to be with your family during the holidays this year, we hope that this episode will  help you feel a sense of normalcy. In Episode 213, we'll be back with our annual New Year's Special!

Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 211: Lights, Camera, Axcess!

Episode 211: Lights, Camera, Axcess!

November 30, 2020

Today's show features the return of DJ Axcess, who joined us in-studio for an interview and live performance. Since 2007, Mike Salone has been entertaining crowds across the United States. Known for his open-format style and creative mixing abilities, Axcess has the skills and experience to rock any crowd. 

You can normally find him performing at weddings, hosting corporate events, playing sold-out arenas (pre-pandemic) or helping to train the next generation of outstanding DJs.

During the interview, we discuss stuff like:

• The new Native Instruments MASCHINE+ 
• The new Pioneer CDJ-3000 
• What it's like to play a "Covid wedding"
• Streaming services for DJs (Beatport, SoundCloud, etc.)
• Why Mike loves his RANE TWELVE players
• The Columbus DJ Podcast

...and much more, all while Mike plays a smattering of great tunes!

Check him out at

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