MAKJ Blends Talents For 2014 North American Peyote Tour

February 25th, 2014


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This spring, you won’t believe your eyes and your audio expectations will be re-energized as MAKJ kicks off his 2014 North American Peyote Tour. With a premiere show at Montreal’s Igloofest, MAKJ will be jet setting across the United States, Mexico, and Canada for a slew of dates that include sets at some of the nation’s premiere nightclubs as well as huge appearances at festivals like Ultra, Coachella, and Euphoria. For us East Coasters, we can look forward to a handful of dates on the 30+ stop tour starting later this February in Connecticut over the tour’s two month stretch.
As one of the scene’s breakthrough talents, the rise of MAKJ, aka Mackenzie Johnson, has been anything but typical. Living in China and traveling internationally as a professional race-car driver during his early teens, Johnson’s journey as a musician started with the purchase of a pair of Technics 1200 turntables off the popular online classifieds site at 17 years old. MAKJ developed his skills in his parents bedroom, eventually working his way into California’s San Luis Obispo college and club scene. His rise caught the eye of many, including the late DJ AM, who personally mentored MAKJ on scratch technique – skills still prevalent in his sets today.



Gaining notoriety for his technical mixing and mashup skills, MAKJ sought to steer away from being a “Hollywood DJ” and fall victim to becoming a bootleg only artist. Johnson delved deep into producing his own music; while attending the ICON Collective Music School in Los Angeles, he focused on honing his technique to push the extents of his musical talents and prove himself as a serious contributor to the electronic music community.
MAKJ’s synergy of turntablism, scratch-techniques, overall production talent and ability to read the crowd synchronize in a rush of parallel abilities that continue to drive the career of the multifaceted start forward. Collaborations and support from superstars like Hardwell, Henry Fong, Nervo, Sander Van Doorn, Afrojack, W&W, and Tiësto have brought this bounce baron to the main stages of internationally renowned music festivals TomorrowWorld and Ultra. Fresh off his sold-out “Let’s Get Fucked Up” European tour and  Peyote will be MAKJ’s first headlining U.S tour, though he recently providing supporting alongside Bassjackers for Bingo Players fall Rattle and Roll Tour. With releases on record labels like Revealed, Hysteria, Doorn, Ultra, Diffused, and Spinnin’, Johnson continues to combine his passion and talents in interesting and unique ways despite being only 23 years old. The Peyote tour offers a chance witness MAKJ’s adaptable techniques as he blends turntable talents with progressive house in an experience that will be the energy of a festival main stage.

Calling all Bostonians: you can catch MAKJ’s weekly appearance on Evolution 101.7FM every Sunday starting at 8PM EST.


2/25 (Tue): Shrine, MGM Grand

2/28 (Fri): Julep, Boston

3/8 (Sat): Webster Hall, NYC

3/24 (Mon): Mur Mur, Atlantic City

4/4 (Fri): Gamechanger World, Freehold

6/27 (Fri): District N9NE, Philly (Rescheduled from 4/4)


Full tour dates here


Written by contributor Seth Hiravy. Find him on Twitter here.

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A hybrid child of the 203 & 860, Seth would save up any allowance money he had and raid the dance section of his local CD store for anything with a 4X4 beat. By high school, he organized his area’s first electronic event. While this proved to be a disaster, he wrote a killer college acceptance letter about it - thus a music journalist was born. Today he continues to document from behind the keyboard. When he’s not searching for the perfect emoji or making festival posters/totems, he enjoys long walks into parallel universes, pulling off shameless dance moves, and leading the fight against kids from CT who feel wearing cowboy hats is okay.

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