A native and resident of New York, DJ Onionz is a club jock/producer who is known for his mixing talents. Onionz first started DJing in the early '80s, when he was in his early teens. At first, his focus was East Coast hip-hop; Onionz wasn't old enough to vote when he started spinning records at rap-oriented events in Queens. But after that, he shifted his focus to dance music, concentrating on '80s and '90s house as well as '70s disco. Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders (the leader of Jesse's Gang), Steve "Silk" Hurley, Frankie Knuckles, and Frankie Bones are some of the house-oriented artists who influenced him. As a young adult, Onionz made a name for himself in Manhattan, spinning records and showing off his mixing techniques at well-known dance clubs like the Roxy, the Limelight, and the Tunnel. In 1995, Onionz became a founding member of the Chocolate Factory, a collective of New York-based club DJs. The Chocolate Factory not only worked in New York, it also toured the U.S. and kept people dancing at major clubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and other U.S. cities. In 2001, Onionz's mixing talent was heard on CD when Future Acoustics was released on the Mannequin Odd label. Focusing on house, club, and rave music, the mostly instrumental Future Acoustics finds Onionz mixing his own material as well as tracks by Saturday Night Soul, H-Foundation, Nocturnal Affairs, Joeski, and other club-minded artists.
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