Phoenix's DJ Lujan Gets Into the Mix at WMC 2014 in Miami
Jay Lujan is fast becoming a local DJ success story. He's opened for countless big-name DJs and EDM superstars like Wolfgang Gartner and Fedde Le Grand, played last year's Groove Cruise Los Angeles and recently toured the country in support of his annual compilation CD, This Is Lujanic.
Courtesy Photo DJ Lujan hopping into the madness of WMC 2014
On top of planning local shows, getting things in order for the next Groove Cruise Los Angeles and playing the latest Wet Electric next month, Lujan will be representing the local dance music scene this weekend at Winter Music Conference in Miami.
For those who might be unfamiliar, the WMC is the EDM world's most influential industry conference that's held every year in the Magic City also includes the influential Ultra Music Festival, Miami Music Week, and the International Dance Music Awards. It's a "Who's Who" of world-renowned DJs, beatsmiths, producers, mixmasters, and other EDM movers and shakers. In other words, the sort of place where an up-and-comer like Lujan would want to be seen.
This year's version kicked off on March 21 and runs through Sunday, and the 28-year-old has been in Miami gearing up for the gigs he's booked for the event.
It's been a hectic experience, to be certain, but nothing that Lujan isn't unfamiliar with. Organizing a gig, no matter how big or small, has many interconnected parts that all rely on each other, which can make the process a bit hectic and seemingly disorganized if a person isn't self-motivated and able to create structure for themselves.
As an employee of local EDM promoter Relentless Beats, however, Lujan is adept at the ability to network and stay on top of opportunities he wants to make happen. It helped him land a few coveted set times at Miami-area clubs during WMC 2014.
"[I'll] try to maximize my opportunities while I'm there," says Lujan.
Planning for WMC this year began in the fall, during the release of his 2013 comp This Is Lujanic. He knew he wanted to organize a mini tour for 2014, and music being an "it's all about who you know" industry, had Lujan scrolling through his contacts, seeing which cities he has connections in and where he could maximize his know-who. Miami, was one such place, he says, including contacts like George Acosta and the owners of influential label Sleeping Giant Music.