Music and fitness go hand in hand. Most of us would never consider hitting the gym without our Beats by Dre or Airpods plugged firmly into our ears enjoying our favourite mixes while getting in a sweat session.
There is a growing trend these days to forgo your personal device and instead listen to the live beats dropped by a local DJ during the class. They have been part of the fitness culture for a while now but more and more studios are mixing in live music during your spin or yoga class to help motivate and encourage their members to push through their workout plateaus.
This month, we’ve checked in with a few of our readers favourites. These are the movers and shakers that help you move and shake to get YEGFit.
Brad Dawson (aka DJ Bradley James)
Instagram – @djbradleyjames and @bradleyjamesentertainment
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/dj-bradley-james
Spotify – Bradley James
Brad Dawson, aka DJ Bradley James, is an Edmonton-based DJ and entertainment entrepreneur. Getting his start in an amateur DJ competition over a decade ago, he has now become a fixture in the local community with recurring gigs all over the city and current residencies at Central Social Hall, Boston Pizza Ice District, and the new Midway bar. Brad is also on the DJ roster for the Oilers Entertainment Group and a part-time DJ for 91.7 KiSS FM on their 5 O’Clock KiSS Mix. In addition, he is the owner and operator of Bradley James Entertainment, which offers comprehensive wedding and event services for over 40 events per year.
Music Genre : It’s hard to nail down my music preferences but I generally like jams more than bangers. Stuff that sounds good in your ear. Tracks that are feel-good, funky, crunchy, melodic, and flow well. To give you an idea, I’m a big fan of artists like Kygo, Matoma, Don Diablo, Cash Cash, Galantis, and Sam Feldt. One of my favourite YouTube channels for new music is called Proximity.
What drew you to music as an occupation: I was quite into music growing up. I enjoyed listening to my dad’s old tapes and dancing around the house. I also took music in school and played several instruments. Most notably, I played the piano and took music theory for many years which gave me a good foundation to become a DJ. In university, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) was becoming extremely popular. DJs like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Deadmau5 were starting to make a name for themselves in mainstream music. When I heard these songs and saw these DJs perform, something lit up inside me. I wanted to be up on that stage. I wanted to make people dance. I downloaded software and began messing around on my laptop in my bedroom, dreaming of the day where I could play in front of a crowd. Now, almost 10 years later, I get to do it multiple times a week at some of the biggest and most popular venues in the city!
Top 5 Songs On DJ Bradley James’ Playlist At A Fitness Event:
- “’Till I Collapse” – Eminem
- “Bring Em Out” – T.I.
- “Welcome To The Party” – Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia Ward
- “Heaven To Me” – Don Diablo ft. Alex Clare
- “Save A Piece Of Your Heart” (Sammy Boyle & Melodie Rush Mashup) – Meduza
Girls Club DJ’s – Jaclyn Panylyk & Suzy Kenny
Jaclyn and Suzy are co-founders of Girls Club Entertainment, an Alberta based DJ collective and booking agency. They represent and showcase talent with a strong dose of femme. For almost ten years, Girls Club has been elevating the DJ landscape in Western Canada. They started as a club night in August of 2009 at a legendary Edmonton venue, Halo now known as The Bower, and have since performed and created events in cities all over. They’ve worked with over 200 brands, event planners, and promoters to-date.
They’re passionate about giving back to the Edmonton community in a unique way. Jaclyn and Suzy both have over 10 years of experience DJing on top of pursuing careers outside of the entertainment industry; Jaclyn in Human Resources and Suzy in Commerce and Digital Marketing. As avid members of the fitness community, they are actively working towards a healthier Edmonton. Their business continues to grow and with it, so does their passion for inspiring and mentoring women in their community.
Music Genre : Bass House/Indie Rock/Hiphop
Ways you keep yourself active: Running, Yoga, The Movement, Hiking
What drew you to music as an occupation: I’ve always loved music, since I was a little kid, grew up listening to classic rock with my dad. He plays the guitar. I took piano lessons for 7 years. And then fell in love with electronic music after attending a few music festivals. It’s the best job in the world.
Your personal take on music and fitness: They go hand in hand. Music builds a vibe, brings energy and can motivate you on the days you just aren’t feeling it.
Music Genre : Disco/bass house with a pop twist
Ways you keep yourself active: Yoga, Cycling, Running, Hiking
What drew you to music as an occupation: the joy of watching people come together and bond over the shared love of music paired with a lifelong obsession of discovering new music and dancing.
Your personal take on music and fitness: they go together like chips & dip! Music has the power to move you, physically and emotionally. The playlist can make or break the class – the right playlist will help people get into a flow state and leave them feeling lifted!
Top 5 Girls Club DJ Songs On Their Playlist At A Fitness Event:
- “So Real (Warriors)” – Too Many Zooz, KDA, Jess Glynne
- “Spread love (Paddington)” – Bostun Bun feat DVNO
- “Low Rider (DJ Kue remix)” – War
- “Bring the Funk Back (remix)” – Nicolas Haelg
- “Venus – sunshine people mix” – Cheek
Thomas Scott (DJ Thomas Culture)
Website – www.thomasculture.ca
Instagram – www.instagram.com/thomasculture/
DJ Thomas Culture has been working in arts and entertainment for over 30 years and has played throughout North America and Europe. He is an avid spin enthusiast and loves to be active especially behind the decks giving it his all. Known as the merchant of nostalgia, retro dance parties are his speciality and can throw down a mix of classics and current floor bangers. Keep positive and be kind.
Music Genre : I am an open format, get down, four on the floor, dance party DJ. I DJ all styles and formats of DJing. I have been doing this for 30 plus years now.
Ways you keep yourself active: I am an avid spin cyclist and love to freestyle dance.
What drew you to music as an occupation: I have always had an interest in music and entertainment. I used to DJ raves and events in the 90s and it evolved into event production and promotion. It is a full time business and occupation.
Your personal take on music and fitness: Music is key to motivation. It is so individualistic to the instructor and if done right elevates any class to the next level pushing everyone to excel just a little bit further then they did before. And it is just down right FUN!
Top 5 Songs On DJ Thomas Culture’s Playlist At A Fitness Event:
- “Hold on 2.0” Grandtheft & Sleepy Tom
- “Not Going Home (feat. Gia Koka)” DVBBS & CMC$
- “Best Friend (feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno)” Sofi Tukker
- “Another Life (feat. Mark Asari)” KREAM
- “Technologic (Extended Mix)” Kevin McKay, Marco Anzalone