August 28th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

District Soul was founded in 2000 by Avery and Johnson Lee after their infamous ‘a little bit higher‘ mix.  During the next couple of years, Bobby Jae, LBS, and DJ D-Up joined to form one of the most talented crews.  They’ve continued to rock dance floors from DC to Miami to Bali to São Paulo.



Avery has always been akin to music.  From his childhood days of his infamous pause-mixes where he would capture the lastest music from the radio in the 80’s, it was pretty much destiny that he would find his way as a DJ and in music.  In 1994, Avery embarked on his career as a DJ. He pioneered St. Mary’s College’s first house music radio show.  Then he went on to have two more radio shows at University of MD working alongside the infamous DC hip-hop legends The Soul Controllers.  Avery has spun at almost every club around the DC area (such as Red, Five, Nation, The Vault)  as well as clubs in Chicago and Miami along side many local and national legends.  His skills behind the decks have landed him awards and plenty of notoriety including runner up in both the house and downtempo categories for Urb Magazine’s 1st Annual mixtape contest.  His latest creation is the “Off The Beaten Path” radio show.  Here he gets a chance to showcases his eclectic and wide taste of music.  His first love is house music, but don’t be surprised to hear dnb, lounge, salsa, jazz, funk… you name it.  He’s currently living and doing his music thing in São Paulo, Brasil.



LBS was born and bred in Washington D.C. and started DJing in 1994. Hip-hop parties and house music laid the basis of what his sound is today… after joining District Soul in 2000, he and his cohorts went on to DJ in most if not all of D.C.’s most happening clubs like Red, Nation, Club 5, and Eighteenth Street Lounge. In 2006, LBS packed his gear up and took his “Chocolate Milk” sound to Asia where he has been living in Bali, Indonesia ever since. Now a resident at Home Café, Bali’s underground vibe central, and tourist mecca Sky Garden, LBS will forever be searching for the perfect match of house, beats, and love. 


dj d-up

With stellar technical ability and a vast knowledge of music, DJ D-UP truly is party rocking at its finest. By combining hip hop turntablism and house style mixing, DS brings forth a unique approach not often heard and creates an uplifting atmosphere not often duplicated. Although focusing on hip hop, DS incorporates all types of dance music into his action-packed sets, including dancehall/reggae, 70’s & 80’s classics, house and rock music.

The Jamaican bred, Washington, D.C. based DJ has been destroying dancefloors throughout Miami and D.C., as well as founding and maintaining various residencies, most notably the always live “Chocolate Milk” @ SAKI, where he has annihilated the dancefloor since November, 2003.


bobby jae

Considered a don in the DC area’s soulful drum and bass movement, Bobby Jae comes correct with his impeccable mixing and top notch selection.  His brand of funk and soul is always pushing the creative envelope, yet is still geared at moving crowds.  Bobby Jae has managed impressive sets at parties and clubs such as Buzz, Sonar, Destination, and Five playing alongside heavyweights such as LTJ Bukem, Andy C and Goldie.   He created Upfront Industries as an artist and event management company and you can be sure that they throw some of the best parties in DC.


johnson lee

Johnson has been a music lover for almost 30 years now, having grow up around influences such as a father who was one of the D.C. area’s better known music promoters and owner of Joe’s Record Paradise–one of the metropolitan area’s premier record store’s. He was able to see up close the magic music brings to the masses. A fire was lit…

Dancing at raves and club Tracks in the early 90’s started a love affair with dance music that went beyond his prexisting flair for musical direction–now the music didn’t stop! By the mid 90’s, 95′ to be exact, he could no longer hold back the urges to try and control the dance floor himself.

About 5 years later he joined forces with his friend and fellow music lover Avery to create District Soul. As absolutely boring as bio’s can be, it’s probably time for you to visit the mix section of this site to hear why we do what we do.

The love of music!

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