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DJ Turbulence digs his own track with Jermaine Dupri

DJ Turbulence is ready for another big dayclub season.

DJ Turbulence (aka Tim Alejandro) has been a full-time Las Vegan for four years, but Vegas has been his second home much longer. He’s become such a prominent force in the club scene, it feels like he’s been part of the Vegas party scene forever. If he’s not priming the audience as Lil Jon’s tour DJ, he’s playing his own gigs at spots like Hakkasan, Heart of Omnia, Tao and Jewel, and dayclubs like Liquid and Bare.

Turbulence plays a little bit of everything and always keeps the mix fresh, but lately he’s been working in a favorite track he put together a couple of years ago with legendary Atlanta hip-hop and R&B producer Jermaine Dupri. “It’s a little bit trap, about 76 beats per minute, and it’s just a feel-good song,” he says of “Foes,” which features vocals by Mishon and a big, heavy EDM drop leading into the chorus. “Those chords have a summer type of feel, and the lyrics are really good ... it’s something for the ladies, for sure.”

The hard-driving EDM and smooth R&B combine for a sound that feels more current than ever, showing off Turbulence’s ability to blend genres in a unique way. He says trap remains a hot ticket. “Everyone is still playing it, and the charts still prove it, too,” he says. “All the big EDM [DJs] are playing hip-hop now, so it’s not a surprise. It’s in its prime right now.”

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