it that some DJs get booked for numerous parties around the globe yet still
have trouble landing a gig in their own hometown? Such has been the case
in recent years for New York-based DJ Escape, but thats all about
to change. On Friday, November 9th, Escape (a/k/a Jeff Jonas) will take
his place at the helm of Joys turntables for the weekly Do It party.
native New Yorker has been mesmerizing crowds for a decade now with his
bass-driven blend of tribal beats and vocal anthems. Revelers in just about
every major North American city can attest to his popularity, but New York
has proven more elusive for Escape since his residency at Life ended a few
just dont understand how certain promoters can book the same DJ week
after week or even two nights in a row when there are so many other talented
DJs out there, he muses. But Im very happy that I finally
have a chance to play here in New York City again.
Escape has been so patient because his already overflowing schedule keeps
him immersed in Manhattans dance music scene. Despite traveling most
weekends, he somehow found time to work in the studio with Junior Vasquez
(Juniors Be Quiet and CeCe Penistons Finally
2000), produce his own original tracks (Everybody Get Up,
People Get Down, Wer*ship and Music Take Me
Higher) and coordinate A&R for sizzling indie label Groovilicious
(of the Strictly Rhythm family).
Escapes more prominent signings is Sonos Keep Control,
a record that has dominated Billboards dance charts in 2001. Poised
for similar success are Inaya Days new single, Cant Stop
Dancin, and DJ Disciples Caught Up (my
favorite record right now, Escape reveals). Expect to hear both at
Joy on Friday, the latter freshly remixed by Guido (formerly of Razor N
Guido) and destined to become an anthem of the highest order (maybe even
as big as Vernessa Mitchells This Joy?). Other new records
to listen for are The More I Love You by Andrea Martin, Kim
Englishs Everyday and the Victor Caldrone remix of Bring
It To Me by Dreamworks latin girl-group Soluna.
is hoping to land another residency in New York City, but until that happens
hell keep himself busy mixing the next Ultimate Afterhours compilation
(Volume 1 of the series and his Party Time 2000 and 2001 CDs all
Groovilicious releases are top sellers) and establishing a radio
mix show in New York City similar to Pete Tongs Essential Mix on the
BBCs Radio 1.
He is clearly enjoying his phenomenal success behind
the scenes, but Escape is most animated when talking about
his live DJ sets. I love the reactions I get when I
play gay venues, he says. Working the crowd and
getting energy off of them, that is the best.