DJ Focus: Miss Djax

Miss Djax

Miss Djax

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Miss Djax is the alias of Saskia Slegers. Not only an excellent deejay, but also the founder of Djax Records in 1989.

Djax (and its variety of sub-labels) must undoubtedly be considered as one of the most important dance labels in the world. At the back of the book ‘1989 – 1999 Djax Records The Power of the Underground’ James Hymann, (MTV Europe) calls it ‘one of the decade’s crucial labels’ and further ‘one of the world’s most talked about labels’. No surprise then, Djax received many awards being best record label.

The first signing of Djax Records was the hardcore rap act 24K (No Enemies 1990). A couple of months later the first techno release (Terrace – 916 Buena Avenue) followed on the famous Djax-Up-Beats label.

The year 1991 can be looked at as the starting point of the Djax succes story: Saskia visited Chicago and Detroit where she met many talented techno producers. With Djax-Up-Beats she created an European outlet for producers like DJ Rush, Mike Dearborn, Claude Young and Paul Johnson by releasing their tracks on this imprint. Music was not the only thing Saskia picked up in Detroit; draftsman Alan Oldham is responsible for Djax’s unique character with his very special drawing skills. The year 1991 had more surprises, as Saskia signed the Dutch hardcore hiphop act Osdorp Posse and with this signing she launched a complete new movement: Nederhop.

Miss Djax had her international breakthrough when she played at the notorious Mayday rave in Berlin in 1992. With her hard and uncompromising techno set she made great impression on the many promoters present and she played the mainstage at all big international parties from that day on.
In 1993 Miss Djax was declared ‘DJ of the Year’ by Frontline (nowadays Raveline) Magazine. In the years that followed her name was always in the international top 10.

For four years in a row, 1995 till 1998, the Djax Records truck took part in the Love Parade float with 1998 being the absolute highpoint when the 20 meters long red/silver Djax rocket, with 20.000 watt of techno terror on board, started at pole position! Miss Djax also played two times at the Victory Tower at Love Parade.

In 1999 Saskia celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Djax Records by publishing her amazing book ‘The Power of the Underground’. This was also the year that Saskia recieved ‘De Veer’ award for her contribution to the Dutch Music Industry.

In 2004 Miss Djax released her first mix album ‘Djax-It-Up’ to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of her successful label.
2005 saw the release of her album RAW that included floorfillers such as ‘Sick of U’ with vocal support of DJ Rush. Miss Djax promoted her RAW album with a European live tour.

2008 has been a succesful year for Miss Djax. She got an invitation to take place in the jury of the famous TV show X-Factor but decided that a TV career was not (yet) her ambition. Her new album ‘Inferno’ was very well received and the singles ‘Hell’s Bells’ and ‘Headbangin’ both became Record of The Month in Raveline Magazine. ‘Still Dominating’, a remake of the 1992 hit ‘Dominator’ from Human Resource, rocked the dancefloor all over the world. Furthermore she mixed the hardtechno album ‘Kick Down Volume 1’. Her European ‘Inferno Tour’ started August 30th at Qbase festival where she hosted her own area. The tour took her all over Europe again.

Being a true vinyl purist the artwork always has been very important to Miss Djax. She works with the best of the best, such as Ed Repka, illustrator of the great album covers for Megadeth (Peace Sells a.o.), Alan Oldham and Zender.

In 2009 Saskia celebrated the 20th anniversary of Djax Records by releasing the amazing DVD ‘Underground Nation’, which contains 90 minutes of pure underground club culture. At the Djax 20th anniversary party she received a gold award for 1.3 million records sold in 20 years of Djax. Further she received a gold award for 40.000 sales of the album Afslag Osdorp by Osdorp Posse.

In 2010 she re-launched the successful Djax it Up parties and started hosting area’s at various festivals. In the meantime she kept on producing high quality (hard)techno and acidtechno such as the floorfiller ‘Acid Storm’. She formed a collaboration with Pet Duo and together they released ‘Dance or Die’ under the name Pet Trio. In 2012 she released the album ‘Techno Crusaders’ together with Canadian DJ Patrick DSP. This pure techno album shows the roots of Miss Djax and Patrick and got great reviews. In 2013 they released ‘Techno Crusaders The Remixes’ with amazing remixes by Mark Archer, A Paul, A-Brothers, Chris Liberator and many more.

In 2014 Miss Djax reaches another milestone when she celebrates the 25th anniversary of Djax Records! Get ready for an international Djax it Up 25th Anniversary Tour, a new Miss Djax album, a new Miss Djax comic by Alan Oldham and some cool goodies. Stay tuned!

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