JUSTIN HOFFMAN

JUSTIN HOFFMAN

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Designed for greatness, an image of funk, good vibes, and the ultimate source for a sensational time, Dj Justin Hoffman has been given the hand that literally keeps the rec... read more

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Designed for greatness, an image of funk, good vibes, and the ultimate source for a sensational time, Dj Justin Hoffman has been given the hand that literally keeps the record spinning. Sprung from the revolutionary genes of his uncle Abbie Hoffman who stirred the world through a different rhythm, Justin Hoffman has continued to voice his love through his music. Now to embark on his journey through his passions we visit the intimate world that is spun by Dj Justin Hoffman.

Born on June 18th, 1969 Justin Hoffman arrived in Framingham, Massachusetts just in time to say goodbye to the revolutionary 60s. Nevertheless the influence of music in his life began almost immediately, as family surrounded him with the vivid notes of Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, and Paul Simon. He became fixated on the movement that each artist brought to their individual sound and soon found himself listening to genres of music including the creation of the Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash.

In high school, Justin found himself as a drummer playing for the high school and local bands, here his roots in punk and classic rock were formed and he continued his drum career right into college. At the University of Massachusetts in Boston Justin studied Psychology and Law and even though college held a great interest for him, still his heart yearned for the music. He decided then to find himself a job where he could get closer to his greatest love. At the age of 24, he found himself to be the only one-hundred and forty pound bouncer at a Boston club called Axis. Axis is where he would find his in as a Dj. A hard hitting, fun loving atmosphere where Djs could demonstrate their raw talent, Justin was soon asked by the manager to be one of the many body movers. He had very little experience in front of large crowds, at the time he had been only playing for house parties and other small events, but took the opportunity for the experience and never looked back from there.

At Axis you could find Justin playing the music he grew up on; soul music from the 70s and hip hop which eventually paved the way for the definitive beat of house music. Much of what Justin had learned was taught to him by Dj Might Mi, a famous Dj in Boston that later started the group The High and Mighty and gave him the skills to grow into an amazing artist. Once on his career path Justin began to see why he truly loved music, for him playing in front of a large crowd had become the ultimate thrill. The energy and love people could bring in on any given night was enough for Justin to become more and more involved in his art. So much that in 1998 he won “Best Night of the Year,” by The Boston Globe and soon after the Best Dj for the first Nightie Awards in Boston. In 1996 Justin played at the Olympics, he opened for James Brown, and Parliament Funkadelic. At Avalon in Boston, Justin opened for Prodigy, soon after he opened for Jamiroquai also in Boston, just a few of the many accomplishments Justin has achieved. It was only time before the rising star would pack up his bags and move to Las Vegas to try his hand in the city of sin.

After a friend of many years had put in the call to Justin that he was starting a club in Las Vegas and wanted him to come out, Justin began his migration. The Foundation Room and Spanda on Sunday nights at House of Blues in Las Vegas would be Justin’s first truly professional gig in the city that never sleeps. Learning the ropes as a new Las Vegas Dj, Justin took it all in. The year 2000 had proven to be a new start in many ways.

Working for Shawn Christie and Andy Masi at House of Blues is where Justin created his name; it was only one starting point on a very large map. Now going strong for nearly five years you can find Dj Justin Hoffman all over the strip on any given night. On Monday night he can be found at the Foundation Room’s hip-hop lounge, Thursday night at Drai’s, Friday night and Saturday night at Club Ice, and Sunday night back at Drai’s playing with his house twin from France Chris Garcia. With a schedule like his it seems impossible that he would have the time to do much else, but Justin has found himself able to make guest Dj performances in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and the Caribbean as well as a host of others.

Justin describes himself and his job as the “heart behind the party”. He controls the mood, when to play the right song at the right time, and when to really turn the crowd up. He keeps the audience alive by playing a variety of music that includes rock, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and house music, seeing the reaction on people’s faces as each record comes to play is the best part about mixing it up. If Justin could name five songs he can not live without right now it would probably be, Timmy Thomas, “Why Can’t we Live Together”, Main Source, “Looking at the Front Door”, 3 Times Dope, “Funky Dividends”, Jackson Brown, “Doctor my Eyes”, Eric B and Rakim, “Eric B is President”. Although he loves house music for its beat and eccentric feel, he holds a special place for the old school hip hop; especially from the years 1986-1992 with Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, Public Enemy, and BDP.

But, for now we can find our Dj spinning the Las Vegas night life, bringing the sun up with unique twists to the everyday beats, placing rhythm in the rooms, and bodies on the floor. Dj Justin Hoffman will move us no matter where his hands may spin the record. Watching the man in movement, the artist at work, understanding for our Dj that music is life, and life is based on the beat we create. Justin will continue to create the beat that moves us.

Destined for greatness, an image of funk, good vibes, and the ultimate source for a sensational time, DJ Justin Hoffman has been given the hand that literally keeps the record spinning. Sprung from the revolutionary genes of his uncle Abbie Hoffman, who stirred the world through a different rhythm, Justin Hoffman has voiced his love through his music since childhood. Now let’s embark on our journey through his passions and visit the intimate world that is spun by DJ Justin Hoffman.

Born on June 18, 1969 Justin Hoffman arrived in Framingham, Massachusetts just in time to say goodbye to the revolutionary 1960’s. Nevertheless, the influence of music in his life began almost immediately as family surrounded him with the vivid notes of Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, and Paul Simon. He became fixated on the movement that each artist brought to their individual sound and soon found himself listening to new genres of music including the creations the Sugar Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash.

In high school, Justin found himself as a drummer. While playing for the high school and local bands, Justin formed his roots in punk and classic rock. He continued his drum career right into college at the University of Massachusetts in Boston where he studied Psychology and Law. Even though college held a great interest for him, his heart yearned for the music. He decided to find himself a job where he could get closer to his greatest love and at 24 years old he found himself to be the only one-hundred and forty pound bouncer at a Boston club called Axis. Before long, Axis became the vehicle for Justin to find his niche. A hard hitting, fun loving atmosphere where DJ’s could demonstrate their raw talent, Justin was soon asked by the manager to be one of the club’s body movers. He had very little experience in front of large crowds, at the time he had been only playing for house parties and other small events, but leaped at the opportunity for the experience and never looked back from there!

At Axis you could find Justin playing the music he grew up on, soul music from the 70’s and hip hop, which eventually paved the way for the definitive beat of house music. Much of what Justin had learned was taught to him by DJ Might Mi, a famous DJ in Boston that later started the group The High and Mighty. Justin absorbed all he could from this up-and-coming musician, honing his own skills and developing into a truly amazing artist. Once on his career path, Justin began to see why he truly loved music. For him, playing in front of large crowds had become the ultimate thrill. The energy and love people could bring in on any given night impassioned Justin; compelling him to become completely captivated and immersed in his art. His passion did not go unrecognized. In 1996, Justin was selected to spin at the Olympic Games where he opened for famed funk artists James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. In 1998 he was awarded “best residency in Boston” by the Boston Globe and ’The Best DJ in Boston" according to the First annual Nightie Awards. He went on to open for various other musicians when they visited the Boston area such as Prodigy and Jamiroquai just to name a few.

In the year 2000, Justin was called on by a friend of many years. He was starting a Club in Vegas and he wanted Justin to join him. Excited by the prospect of trying his hand in the City of Sin, the rising star packed up his bags and began his migration. The exclusive Foundation Room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Spanda on Sunday nights at House of Blues in Las Vegas were Justin’s first professional gigs in the city that never sleeps. Learning the ropes as a new Las Vegas DJ, Justin took it all in. The year 2000 had proven to be a new start in many ways. Working for Shawn Christie and Andy Masi at House of Blues is where Justin created his name, but it was only one starting point on a very large map. Now going strong for nearly five years, you can find DJ Justin Hoffman all over the strip on any given night. On Monday night he can be found at the Foundation Room’s hip-hop lounge, Thursday night at Drai’s, Friday and Saturday nights at Club Ice, and Sunday night back at Drai’s playing with is house twin from France, Chris Garcia. With a schedule like his it seems impossible that he would have the time to do much else, but Justin has found himself able to make guest DJ performances in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and the Caribbean as well as a host of others.

Justin describes himself and his job as the “heart behind the party.” He controls the mood, feeling the moment and knowing exactly what rhythm to play; how and when to really turn the crowd up, or enchant them into a soothing sublime. He keeps the audience alive by playing a variety of music that includes rock, soul, funk, disco, hip-hop, and house. Always the ultimate party host, he has said that seeing the reaction on people’s faces as each record comes to play is the best part about mixing it up. When asked the five songs, at this very moment, that he could not live with out out he answered that they would probably be, Timmy Thomas’s ‘Why Can’t we Live Together’, Main Source’s ‘Looking at the Front Door’, 3 Times Dope’s ‘Funky Dividends’, Jackson Brown ‘Doctor my Eyes’, and Eric B and Rakim ‘Eric B is President.’ He loves house music for its beat and eccentric feel, but holds a special place for old school hip hop, especially from the years 1986-1992 with Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, Public Enemy, and BDP.

Spinning the Las Vegas night life, bringing the sun up with unique twists to the everyday beats, placing rhythm in the room and bodies on the floor, DJ Justin Hoffman will move us no matter where his hands may spin the record. As we watch the man in movement, the artist at work; and understand that for our DJ that music is life and life is based on the beat we create, we thank Justin for continuing to create the beat that moves us.