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DJ Sun

Andre J. E. Sam-Sin (born January 19, 1966),[1] known professionally as DJ SUN, is a Dutch-born American record producer and DJ. He is one of the most prolific musicians in Houston, having secured his position as the top-ranked DJ and as the owner/operator of the popular live music venue, The Flat.[2]

DJ Sun
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Background information
Birth nameAndre J. E. Sam-Sin
BornRotterdam, Netherlands
OriginHouston, Texas
GenresElectronic, downtempo, Electronica
Occupation(s)Music Producer/ DJ
InstrumentsAkai MPC 1000, Akai MPC 2000, Technics Turntables, Rhodes Piano, Wurlitzer Piano, Korg Trinity, Micro Korg, Farfisa
Years active1993 - present
LabelsAlternate Take Records, Soular Productions
Associated actsDJ Sun & Resolution, Martin Perna, Tim Ruiz (La Mafia)
Websitehttp://www.djsunmusic.com/

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Early lifeEdit

DJ Sun was born in Holland, his mother a native New Yorker and his father from Suriname. As a child, Sun and his family settled in Suriname until his early teens, following which they relocated to Texas.[3][4]

His exposure to diversity of culture in childhood became the foundation for his music, which as a mixed-race teenager in Texas became indelibly important for his sense of identity and creativity.

CareerEdit

DJ Sun's professional music career started at age 26, in Houston, TX [5] and became successful rather quickly, lending to him the designation of Houston Press DJ of The Year seven times.[6][7] During this time, he also started a radio show in 1995, Soular Grooves on KPFT 90.1 FM, Pacifica Network. The music played on Soular Grooves has the aesthetics of soul and jazz, irrespective of bpm or tempo. Soular Grooves was initially known as an acid jazz show.[8][9]

DJ Sun's style has been described by music writers like Shea Sherrano of The Houston Press weekly[10] as varied with a distinct signature for loungey, groove-oriented eclectic music shaped by his exposure to music while living abroad.

In 2007, DJ Sun became a music producer with the release of Monday Drive (Alternate Take Records), an EP reflective of his varied background, blending styles and nostalgic aesthetics into a down to midtempo paced EP. DJ Sun released Para, a 12” EP which included remixes from DJ Sabo (Sol Selectas), J Boogie (OM) and Genre Jazz (Presto and Mhax Montes), released in November 2008.[11][12][13]

On January 15, 2013, DJ Sun released "One Hundred", a 19-track album featuring guests Tim Ruiz (La Mafia), Leah Alvarez, Jessica Zweback, Mark Sound, Meghan Hendley, and Martin Perna.[14][15][16][17] Soon after that, on October 10, 2013, DJ Sun was awarded the Best CD by a Local Musician in the annual Best Of Houston edition of The Houston Press.[18]

In 2016, DJ Sun released his album, QINGXI, a concept album culminating from an ancestral quest to China (funded by Asia Society Center Texas), has been received favorably by reviewers such as Phil from "Phil's Picks" who referred to it as "One Of 2016’s Most Original, Creative New EDM Offerings"[19][20]

DiscographyEdit

  • Current Cuts Vol. 1 (2007)
  • “Sure” (7"-single format) - Soular Productions (2007)
  • “Ten” - Label-less Scion CD 11 (Scion/The Rebel Organization) (2008)
  • Monday Drive EP" (Alt Take Records) (2008)
  • "Para EP" (Alt Take Records) (2009)
  • "One Hundred EP" (Soular Productions) (2010)
  • "One Hundred" (full album) (Soular Productions) (2013)[21]
  • "Qingxi" (full album) (Soular Productions) (2016)

AwardsEdit

  • 1999-2005, 2009, 2013: Houston Press DJ of the Year[22][23][24][25][26]
  • 2013: Best CD By A Local Musician- DJ Sun, One Hundred (Soular Productions, 2013)[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ignited, Lauren. "DJ SUN:100". Lauren Ingnited. Lauren Ignited. Archived from the original on 2013-01-23.
  2. ^ Alberto, Valerie. "2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  3. ^ Rowland, Hobart. "Biography: DJ Sun". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. ^ Lipczyk, Jacob. "DJ Sun- One Hundred". The Aquarian Weekly. Diane Casazza, Chris Farinas. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  5. ^ Rowland, Hobart. "Here Comes The Sun". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group.
  6. ^ Alberto, Valerie. "2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  7. ^ Cobb, David. "Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Calling. David Cobb. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  8. ^ Rowland, Hobart. "Here Comes The Sun". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group.
  9. ^ Lipczyk, Jacob. "DJ Sun- One Hundred". The Aquarian Weekly. Diane Casazza, Chris Farinas. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  10. ^ Serrano, Shea. "Monday Night Hero". Houston Press. Village Voice Media Holdiings. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  11. ^ Rodgers, Donna. "DJ Sun Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. AOL Music. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  12. ^ Inc, Slacker. "AOL Radio Stations". AOL Radio. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  13. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (2009-02-18). "DJ Sun: Para EP". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  14. ^ Guerra, Joey. "DJ Sun rises to the occasion with soundtrack to Houston". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  15. ^ Gray, Chris. "DJ Sun's Guided Tour of One Hundred, Part 1". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  16. ^ Gray, Chris. "DJ Sun's Guided Tour of One Hundred, Part 2". The Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  17. ^ Admin (23 January 2013). "DJ Sun – 100". Nerdy Frames. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Best CD by a Local Musician: DJ Sun, One Hundred | Best of Houston® 2013: Your Key to the City". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  19. ^ "Sun's Resolution with DJ Sun". Texas Asia Society. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  20. ^ "Qingxi Is One Of 2016's Most Original, Creative New EDM Offerings". Phil's Picks. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  21. ^ Lipczyk, Jacob. "DJ Sun- One Hundred". The Aquarian Weekly. Diane Casazza, Chris Farinas. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  22. ^ "Houston Press Music Awards winners". Houston Calling. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  23. ^ "Music Awards Winners". Houston Press. 2000-07-27. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  24. ^ Lomax, Valerie Alberto, Olivia Flores Alvarez, Chris Gray, John Nova (2007-07-26). "2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  25. ^ Lomax, John Nova (2004-08-05). "¡Viva H-town!". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  26. ^ "Congratulations to the 2013 Houston Press Music Awards winners". Houston Calling. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  27. ^ "Best CD by a Local Musician: DJ Sun, One Hundred | Best of Houston® 2013: Your Key to the City". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-06-04.

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