Best Club DJ - 2013
Norin and Rad
These days, just about any douche with a laptop can have some sort of DJ career. But creating a sound that generates a true fan frenzy in a crowd is a feat not every Serato jockey can achieve. But that kind of je ne sais quoi is aptly woven into the music of Bruce Karlsson and Nick Sember—a.k.a. DJ duo Norin and Rad. In a short time, the pair morphed from bedroom producers into current rising stars signed to U.K. trance heroes Above & Beyond's acclaimed Anjunabeats label in 2011 after doing a remix for them. Norin and Rad's first original single, "Bloom," combined contemporary synths and piano breakdowns to create something special. Not bad for two young, whacky guys from Orange County who like to party but also enjoy being at home watching movies and dousing their food in Sriracha—a habit developed in their hometown of Westminster.