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My first time being exposed to Shortkut (Jonathan Cruz) was when I saw the Triple Threat DJs in the early 2000s at Kelly's Mission Rock, Grandmaster Flash may have DJ'd at the same event. Whether it's at Stern Grove, his monthly residency at the Emporium San Francisco, or Outside Lands, it's always a privilege getting the opportunity to catch one of the Bay Area's OG turntable masters at work, DJ Shortkut. He is a member of three of the most influential DJ crews in history: The Invisbl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkie Sound & The Triple Threat DJs. He is a seasoned veteran in the DJ battle circuit and plays music spanning countless genres to crowds all over the world. 

Didi Han 

Born and raised in Seoul, Didi Han is a Producer and DJ currently living in Paris. She started DJing after being a music director for fashion shows and curating the soundtrack for fashion week in Korea. After a few years in playing in the underground scene in Seoul, she performed for Boiler Room on two separate occasions, leading to tours in Asia and Europe. She released her first track in 2019 and a 5 track EP Wale Up on French label Roche Musique in 2020. Her tracks fuse elements of hip hop jazz and house. 

Louise Chen 

I first came across Louise while scrolling through Instagram and seeing a college classmate backstage at Louise’s show in LA. 

Louise Chen is half-Taiwanese and half-French with deep musical roots encompassing classic & modern house, disco, should, hip pop, & more. She made a name for herself in Paris in 2012, with her collective and night Girls, Girls, Girls, providing a safe space for women to express themselves on the DJ decks and the dance floor.

She currently resides in London and is a resident at NTS Radio and Corsica Studios.

My college classmate still hasn’t replied to my DMs, but at least she didn’t block me from following her.


Asian American Festivals 

I recently watched the movie the Summer of Soul about the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, which became known as Black Woodstock. The closest thing I could find to an Asian American equivalent would be the Diamond Head Crater festivals that took place in Hawaii in the 1970s, which became known as Hawaii’s Woodstock.  The Asian presence would mainly be in its attendees of Hawaiian locals rather than artists and performers. 

Peter Lin and Yardbird Productions put on the first AAPI Jazz Festival in Newark, NJ in May 2023. 

This weekend August 5-6th 88 Rising will put on the 5th Head in the Clouds festival in Pasadena, CA, showcasing Asian artists from all over the world. 

It’s great to see more Asian American artists and music festivals.