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[One Track Mind]

Jerzy finds inspiration in international sounds

Which one is the DJ?

Since he’s known for flipping tracks in unexpected ways, it’s no surprise that Jerzy’s current sonic weapon of choice comes from the genre-bending Major Lazer.

“I just like that direction. It could be taken as festival music, but it also could be played in a hip-hop club,” says the Chicago DJ with Vegas residencies at Tao and Light. “There are a lot of artists and producers that would be considered one-dimensional, [making] music that can be played in the big room and that’s it. Major Lazer, you can play it wherever and people will dance to it. They do a great job of keeping that balance, and that’s why the music has crossed over and is international.”

In particular, Jerzy is digging the Wale collaboration “My Love,” featuring WizKid and Dua Lipa, a summer track with extra energy. “I just like the feel of that song,” he says.

Also known for the mascot that makes regular appearances at his club shows—“It’s about being open to cool stuff and building things around a party”—Jerzy has managed to put together a powerful collection of new music between gigs in Vegas, Chicago, Arizona, San Francisco, Atlantic City and Miami. “I just put out a little compilation to showcase some stuff I’ve been working on,” he explains. “It’s very open-format. There are a lot of old ’50s samples, James Brown and ‘La Bamba’ and all kinds of stuff layered with hip-hop beats underneath. It’s fun for the club, and then after the first of the year I’ll be in the studio working on original songs that I’m hoping to get some new and upcoming singers on.” Jerzy at Tao at Venetian, October 21.

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