Groove Line

Wed. March 4, 2009 12:00 AM
by DJ Plez

Spotlight on DJ Tracy Young

As this gets posted on, DJ/Remixer Tracy Young will undoubtedly still be basking in the glow of having just headlined the signature event of Miami's 2009 Winter Party Festival : this past Sunday's Beach Party. This huge honor is but another feather in the cap for the supremely talented DJ who has been a big hit for almost a decade within the gay dance club/circuit party scene. She's not only spun at many of the most famous and biggest nightclub venues around the world, Young has also been a featured and/or the main event DJ for dance festivals such as White Party Palm Springs , Orlando's Gay Disney , Montreal's Black & Blue , NYC's Gay Pride Pier Dance , and the former Fireball that was held here in Chicago. As well, Young became known as "DJ to the stars," spinning various private parties for Cher , Smashing Pumpkins and Lenny Kravitz , as well as providing the soundscape for Madonna and Guy Ritchie 's wedding reception.

More than just a DJ, Young has proven to be a creative force in the studio over the years with her various remix and production projects. Her remixes of Madonna 's "Music" and "Hung Up" have garnered worldwide acclaim while dance floors have been energized routinely by her treatments of songs by the likes of Shakira, Pink, Cyndi Lauper, Kristine W, Britney Spears, Stevie Nicks, and Christina Aguilera. Her original works, which have become more plentiful of late, includes the floor-filler "What's Done Is Done" featuring Ceevox. The track is on Young's most recent CD, Genesis pt. 1 , a high energy continuous mix that's been produced by her own Ferosh record label and that ably represents her current groove when she's in the DJ booth.

Young's demonstrated success in both the DJ and studio booths has fueled an exciting career that seemingly gets stronger and that has led to fame, popularity, and legions of fans around the world and in Chicago. She'll next be serving up a meaty and satisfying Windy City set this coming weekend on Saturday, March 7th at Hydrate Nightclub. (Event Details)

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