During our Meet MAX launch party on July 21, two up-and-coming St. Louis-based DJs will rock the Ready Room in the Grove. Noah will open the party with a set from 8-9 p.m., and Sail the Skyline will close the event from 9-11 p.m. For free admission, register at maxstl.com/party.
Noah began creating custom mix tapes at a single-digit age before he owned, or could even reach, a turntable. His love of compiling music as a selector grew from making radio edits on pink-and-yellow 90-minute Maxell cassettes to playing music for friends in his small southern Illinois hometown.
His life as a DJ began to take shape while moving the bodies of sweaty coeds for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late ’90s.While on spring break in Jamaica in 2000, he played De Buss, his first large venue. The following year, he returned to Negril, Jamaica, to play throughout the spring, which opened his heart and mind to reggae and deepened both his musical and spiritual roots.
Noah has played tunes and twisted knobs in the DJ booth of nearly every St. Louis venue. He has also traversed the continent, playing Shambhala Music Festival in Canada, after-parties at Coachella, events at the Standard and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, as well as Miami’s annual art, music and fashion exposition Art Basel.
Noah defies musical genres, filling his often-unpredictable sets with new remixes of contemporary music alongside classic and future house, techno, electro, deep and tropical house, as well as anything else that stands to move the room. His signature black-on-black attire with eyes shielded by the tilted brim of his hat is intended to keep the crowd’s focus right where it belongs: the music.
Sail the Skyline
Aaron Anderson, Sail the Skyline, was 23 when he attended his first electronic dance music (EDM) show. “I couldn’t stop smiling,” he says. “That night, I knew that EDM had to be part of my life.” In the following days, he picked up a cheap controller from Guitar Center and started messing around with it in his basement. “At the time, I was living in the country and didn’t have an internet connection, so I had to teach myself everything through trial and error.”
Anderson’s first gig was a birthday party for a friend. He then began playing house parties and college events for free on the weekends. “I took any opportunity I could to get behind the decks,” he says. “Eventually, I got hooked up with B&W Productions and played my first show at the Old Rock House.” From that point forward, he began marketing himself as Sail the Skyline.
Anderson says 2017 has already been a huge year for him. “I was fortunate enough to play a show with Cash Cash,” he says. “I played for my biggest crowd yet by closing the Effen Tent during Mardi Gras [and] I headlined my own show at Ryse Nightclub.”
Although Anderson is unsure of what his future holds, he plans to focus on producing his own tracks. “I’d love to take my act beyond state lines,” he adds. “Of course, the dream is to play the big festivals one day.” M