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Biography of DJ Mary Jane
|Real name / ||Mary Smith|
|Moniker(s) / ||DJ Mary Jane, TOIL|
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DJ // PRODUCER // PROMOTER
spinning since 1990
genres- tech house, techno, minimal, tribal, moody, progressive, funky house, deep tech house, acid, electro, dubby house, breaks
Mary Jane has spent over the last two decades centered around underground electronica and rave & dj culture. Even from a teenager she was hooked on listening to music, collecting records, and even played the drums in a local garage band. Mary Jane has often been called the “grandmother of the Memphis scene” and helped pioneer and further the Memphis underground. In the past, she has owned, operated and bought for 2 different record stores in the Memphis area, Millennium Records and Electric Soul Patrol. Mary Jane also promotes events with her crew ESP, and has been a vital element throughout the South and Mid-West United States. She has performed in over 20 different cities and DJed at several hundred nightclubs, massives, one-off’s, and events, as well has held numerous club residencies, including Hard Rock Café, Escape, XYZ, Nocturnal, Full Moon, Minglewood Hall, amongst others.
She began her DJ career laying down strong, fierce, pounding melodies of hard trance, blistering techno, and furious acid, combined with heavy kicks, mind bending rhythms, and fast paced BPM's. Over the years she has adapted to various sounds and styles, playing each one with ease and precision. Currently she is able to become a chameleon of sorts under her DJ guise and spin various underground styles with elegance. Mary Jane enjoys spinning heavy bass driven tracks with driving synths….everything from funky and uplifting to progressive and moving to stoney and melodic, to dark, moody, and serious. She often takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, layering melodies together and mixing the tracks for extensive periods of time. She can perform for any crowd and any condition and has a genuine knack for reading a crowd. Mary Jane’s hypnotic techy rhythms of house, techno, breaks and trance are enjoyed by crowd’s worldwide. Her seamless mixing skills, vast knowledge of music producers, labels, DJ gear etc has propelled her into the forefront.
Mary Jane has graced the stage with such world recognized talent as Paul Oakenfold, Sandra Collins, Timo Maas, Christopher Lawrence, DJ Garth, Rabbit in the Moon, Frankie Bones, Nigel Richards, Simply Jeff, John Kelly, Larry Heard, Boo Williams, DJ Liquid, Thee-O, DJ Huggie, Adam X, Keevens (Live PA), Colette, DJ Heather, Mark Farina, The Crystal Method, Evil 9, Deepsky, Leon Alexander, Terrence Dixon, D.D. R., Andy Hughes, Baby Anne, Omar Santana, DRC, Quivver, Max Graham, Spacegirl, Micro, Dieselboy, Forest Green, Bam Bam, DJ Funk, CJ Bolland, Boombox, Donald Glaude, George Acosta, Dave London, D-Fuse, Woody McBride, Feelgood, Stacey Kidd, John Larner, Craze, Dylan, Evol Intent, Adam Freeland, Prototype 909, Dubtribe, James Zabiela, AK 1200, Krafty Kuts and many more.
Behind the scenes she also has even been a sound and lighting engineer, as well as being a part of the roster of Journees Music, Subculture Agency, and Remix Culture out of San Francisco, headed by DJ Liquid. Journees/Remix has been introducing the freshest clothing, music and events since 1991.
For several years she resided on LFO Radio every week with her weekly online radio show “Release”, often with her DJ partner, Eno aka ?Confusion?, LFO Radio is an all electronic radio station that features guest mixes from DJ's from around the world. Currently the duo has joined up with the UK's Fnoob Techno Radio and started a brand new tag team, techno mix show, every week on Wednesday's (8:00pm-10pm CST Memphis Time) or (Thursday's 2:00am-4:00 GMT UK Time)
Mary Jane has also started the deep adventure of producing tracks and remixes. Even though she is still learning as a producer, she has been collecting various analog synths and such for many years. Her first release was on Journees Music called "Creeper" back in 2006. She has also remixed "Supercharger" for Burufunk, and "Blister" by Spectromanski from Macedonia, both on Journees Music. Mary Jane also has released the "Enchanted Desert EP" which features a remix by Burufunk, plus 2 other original tracks, "Creeper" (Enchanted Desert Remix) and "Sacred". Her first EP is called "Pipe Dreams" which features three original tracks, ranging from moody minimal techno to funky tech house, "Thunder Snow", "Pipe Dreams" and "Murder" Also on the Journees Music imprint, she released remixes for Stormy Rayner and Spectromanski. Check out more of DJ Mary Jane's productions & remixes on the Memphis based electronic music label, Freaquewave Records. Expect more tunes from Mary Jane, released very soon, from Denmark's own Subtec Records. She has also teamed up with Eno aka ?Confusion? to form a dark techno music project, called TOIL, which focuses on dark, heavy, pounding warehouse vibe proper techno.
DJ Mary Jane is also seeking other labels worldwide, which focus on tech house, tribal, techno, minimal, moody tech and deep progressive, for upcoming productions and remixes.
Her legendary sets have been listened to world wide. She will continue to spread her unique and infectious sounds across the states as well as producing top quality music for the massives.
Selected discography of DJ Mary Jane
***DJ Mary Jane Discography***
DJ Mary Jane "Creeper" Original & Dub mixes, Journees Music, 2006
DJ Mary Jane "The Enchanted Desert EP" with remixes by Burufunk, featuring Mary Jane tracks, "Creeper (The Enchanted Desert remix)" & "Sacred" Journees Music, 2010
Burufunk "Supercharger" DJ Mary Jane's ESP remix, Journees Music, 2010
Spectromanski "Blister" (Mary Jane's Memphis Rerub), Journees Music, 2011
DJ Mary Jane "Pipe Dreams EP", featuring tracks "Murder", "Pipe Dreams" & "Thundersnow", Journees Music, 2011
DJ Mary Jane "Plastic Dolls" / "Sucker Punch" Freaquewave Records, 2012
DJ Mary Jane USA “Drive” / “Springboard” Freaquewave Records, 2012-11-02
DJ Mary Jane "Springboard" Secret Groovers remix, Freaquewave Records, 2012
DJ Mary Jane “Pixie Dust” Freaquewave Records, 2012-11-02
DJ Mary Jane “Mind is Going”/ “Out There” Journees Music , Dec 2012
Toil aka DJ Mary Jane & Eno aka ?Confusion? "Optic Nerve" / "Large Hadron Collider"
DJ Mary Jane "Stalker EP" Subtec Records
DJ Mary Jane "Wombat" / "Europa" / "Tyrant" coming soon on Replic8 Recordings
TOIL aka DJ Mary Jane & Eno aka ?Confusion? "First Winter EP" coming soon on Subwoofer Records