DJ Relentless (Half face)Bio: Toronto Queer club scene import DJ Relentless is an internationally renown Queer African-American house music DJ, VJ, remixer, radio personality, music journalist, and HIV+ activist originally from Tampa, Florida.
Named in 1997 by John F. Kovacic, (an avid fan of his popular nights at both The Works and The Hangar for being “relentless on the turn tables” in turning out the crowd), DJ Relentless (and his alter-ego drag entertainer and Ber’lin Records Recording artist Jade Elektra) arrived in Toronto in December 2009, following the conclusion of a historic 12-year residency at New York’s world-famous Escuelita nightclub.
First launched in 1998 and ending in 2010, Sunbeam Sundays’ magic formula of DJ Relentless paired with superstar drag hostess Harmonica Sunbeam (and later co-hosted with Sugga Pie Koko) still holds the record as the longest running weekly Queer party in NYC history.
“Relentlessly Cunty”, his critically acclaimed 5-volume bitch track mix compilation series released by 2nd Level Records in 2000 and 2001 has been hailed ‘the Bible Of Bitch Tracks’ and is the subject of a new feature-length music documentary currently in production in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2007, Relentless contributed vocals to Loop Da Funk’s classic club track “House Is Alive” and with MJ White to the Electro Preacher Mix of “Let The Rain Fall” by Daniel Kingsley.
With 35 years of DJ experience under his belt, DJ Relentless has held successful residencies at ¬†several esteemed ¬†Queer New York City nightclubs including Barracuda, The Cage (Hoboken, NJ), The Circuit (Asbury Park, NJ), Escuelita, The Hangar, J’s Hangout, Langston’s, Lennox Lounge, The Monster, Sally’s, Stonewall, Therapy and The Works. Toronto – Crews & Tangos, WAYLA, Club 120, Fly and Church On Church.
His style and mixes often copied by other DJs (and in some cases, outright stolen!), DJ Relentless has worked in New York, Aspen, Miami (South Beach), Fire Island, San Francisco, Boston, Tampa and Orlando in the United States; Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa in Canada; Amsterdam and Athens in Europe as well as in Bermuda and the Dominican Republic.