Best Showman: Shawn Smallwood

Shawn Smallwood, aka Destruskhawn, is the city’s most astute student of DJing, exploring the wild-man maximalism of Larry Levan, Nicki Siano, David Mancuso, and others. For example, his set at Version at the beginning of the year jumped from a remix of the theme song to “Sailor Moon” to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony,’ and somehow in less than an hour moved from a run-through of Three 6 Mafia classics to a bloghouse interlude that had us tasting, in the back of our throats, the shitty coke we were all snorting while dancing to Justice and Daft Punk back in 2007 (or OK, maybe that’s just Soderberg), to um, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ It was impulsive DJ-ing at its best and Smallwood is a showman, headbanging, tossing out trippy speaker-switching tricks, and some live sample-slicing too. Moreover, Smallwood’s out there, DJing everywhere and often offering his skills in support of community and social justice events.

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