DJ Nugz (Raleigh, NC) – The Highball

Born in New York, bred in Miami and seasoned in the South, DJ Nugz is a master of the funk, soul and tribal. Son of acknowledged music professor at the Institute of Popular Culture and Dance in Cali, Colombia, Nugz was heavily influenced by his father’s musically rich background and Miami’s dance music renaissance- Freestyle, Miami Bass, Hip-Hop and House of the early 80s.

Nugz learned the craft from his big bro Hans and Hans’s best friend Ross. Together they formed Beats Per Minute (BPM) in the late 80’s early 90s at Cornell. Under their tutelage he learned the art of mixing the crazy flavors of the day; old school hip hop, dance hall reggae, house music and 80s new wave. DJ Nugz and BPM started filling dance-floors at the pinnacle of the NY house scene playing classic house anthem hits like Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body, Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It, Raze – Break 4 Love, Frankie Knuckles – Your Love, just to name a few.

After working the NY house scene for several years and with a growing breakbeat movement coming out of Forida, DJ Nugz began his journey into breakbeats. He exposed club going audiences in North Carolina with signature Nu-Skool, Tribal, Progressive Breakbeat sets. In the early 2000s DJ Nugz moved back to his hometown of Miami to pursue graphic design. Since then he has returned to the roots of House Music in the North Carolina area.

In 2009, with partner Marshall Jones, they created Sound Cartel. Together they have been responsible for bringing some of the biggest house music acts to Raleigh and the Triangle. They are also co founders of DanceGruv Radio.

DJ Nugz is known for his fusion of Deep House, Funky House, Latin Tribal and Soulful House. DJ Nugz has played with the likes of Roy Davis Jr, Halo Varga, XL, Julius the Mad Thinker, Johnny Dangerously, Mario Romay, Jask, Deep Just, Deamarkus Lewis, Jask, Lady D. He also has several Winter Music Conference shows in South Beach under his belt, and was blessed to join the roster at MiCasa Holiday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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